“Hey Catherine, you look great and beautiful” my colleague calls out to me.
I don’t think the same about that, but apparently I radiate something that strikes her. It makes me realize that how you feel has a big influence on a positive appearance. You don’t need makeup or perfect hair for that!
Think of those cute blushes on your cheeks when you’re embarrassed or the moments when your face turns white with fear. Your complexion can appear pale, dry or aged, especially during difficult times. This is because your skin won’t look any better after a heavy dose of stress. The solution is closer than you think 😉
Our skin fulfills many tasks. One of them is that our skin reveals our -often unspoken- emotions to the world.
That’s why during holidays you have a beautiful, shiny and even skin. But as soon as you go back to work or the to-do list gets bigger again, you notice that your shiny skin starts to look drier and more stressed.
We all know that meditation helps to reduce stress, but did you know that meditation addresses underlying problems that may cause skin problems? There even is an emerging field of ‘psycho dermatology’ that researches the interaction between mind and skin, looking at the effects of emotions on the skin and diseases with skin symptoms.
Stress And Skin Problems
Our bodies have to deal with more and more stress. Meditation can help you to get back in balance, which also provides more peace. A relaxed body can recover better than a stressed body. The stress hormone cortisol has a lot of influence on your skin and is an important factor in the recovery of wounds.
When you experience stress for a longer period, your body continuously produces too many stress hormones. Without you knowing it, these stress hormones increase the production of sebum. This clogs your pores and you get pimples faster. But that’s not all. The most harmful stress hormone cortisol damages collagen and elastin in the skin. Elastin and collagen are proteins in muscles and connective tissue that are essential for firm skin. A lot of stress can give more impurities, wrinkles, acne, puffiness when you’re lying in bed.
It is known that skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and even melanomas (malignant cells) are aggravated when there is chronic stress. By meditating regularly, you will produce less stress hormone, which in turn affects your skin.
It Has Been Proven
More and more research shows that meditation has a positive effect on our stress levels. It would also reduce feelings of anger, fear, depression, fatigue, tension and confusion.
In addition, meditation would have a positive effect on the condition of the skin, because the stress level decreases significantly and the immune system is increased. During a stress period, more stress hormones and inflammatory proteins are released into the blood that deteriorate the skin condition. In some cases this aggravates an already existing skin problem or provokes skin problems.
Research from the University of Sheffield has shown that techniques such as meditation, relaxation sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy offer real benefits for people suffering from skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and vitiligo (a pigment disorder).
Work From Inside Out
The bottom line is that you can keep lubricating expensive facial creams. In the end, beautiful, fresh skin really starts on the inside. The less stress you experience, the less stress hormones are produced. As a result, there are fewer inflammations in your body that can lead to skin problems.
The best way to deal with stress differs from person to person. Many people find their salvation in a yoga mat or by meditating.
Don’t ignore your jaw and facial muscles. If you are under so much stress that you start clenching your jaw and gritting your teeth, you may develop pain associated with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). The temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, is the joint that attaches the lower jaw to the skull and allows you to open and close your mouth.
You can start by doing a few facial exercises only 5 minutes a day. You can expand your lower lip in such a way as to create wrinkles on the chin, and lower your chin to your chest. Another exercise that does wonders, is to look at the ceiling. It stretches the muscles to make the skin firmer.
Influence of Nutrition, Hydration And Sleep
Besides stress management techniques there are of course other factors that can contribute to a better, healthier skin.
Healthy food is very important! Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. By minimizing cell damage, they fight aging from the inside out, plus they are high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins (Vitamin C!). Look at green vegetables, fruits, all with omega-3 (wild salmon), avocados, nuts / seeds and berries.
Drink plenty of water (at least 1,5- 2 liters per day) and make sure you get a good night’s rest (8 hours at least)!
Protect your skin from the sun, we can’t say this often enough. Did you know that it’s best to rub your skin with a cream with SPF each day? Even on days when it’s not so sunny, UV rays can damage your skin.
Yes, Meditation Helps!
So it is true that meditation can help to improve your skin condition. And, of course, there are other things you can do, to improve your beauty and charisma from inside out.
If you would like to read more about these topics I can recommend the following books:
“The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out” by Dr. Whitney Bowe
“Glow from within” by Joanna Vargas
Hope you enjoyed reading this article! If you experience problems with your skin, meditation can help you reduce your stress to improve your healthy look.
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Start being beautiful inside and out 😉
With love ❤,