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Jacki Curcio: How stress can affect your skin

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Posted: December 16, 2010 8:17 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Recent studies show that stress ranks number two in the major contributors to premature aging of the skin. While this may seem shocking, really, given the fact that laughter can impact our total health positively, it makes sense that stress can cause damage to our overall health whether it is intellectually, emotionally or physically.

How does stress effect skin?

Stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline trigger rosacea, worsen acne and break outs, lengthen healing time, exacerbate skin conditions, suppress the immune system and cause enzymes that destroy collagen and elastin, resulting in a chemical cascade of undesirable skin effects.

Additionally, cell renewal slows, contributing to increased aging.

You can detect stressed skin by looking for any of the following:
n    Inflammation
n    Increased sensitivity
n    Flaking patches
n    Blemishes
n Psoriasis
n Eczema

Any other skin condition that presents itself more than usual.

To impact this unwanted and unnecessary damage to our skin and overall health, it is imperative that we first, acknowledge any stress in our lives and second, take action to reduce and balance any controllable stress we can.

Take a moment to evaluate your personal stressors and decide what you can do to decrease them.

Lifestyle adjustments can be simple and welcome choices, especially this time of year.

For some, the holiday season can push them to their limit.

Take time to take care of yourself .

A body massage or exercise, or better, both, will relieve stress and stimulate endorphins, making you feel stress free and renewed.

Meditation, music, and adequate sleep are all significant and enjoyable stress reducers that are easy to incorporate in a daily routine.

Getting quality facial treatments targeted to your specific needs by an experienced licensed skin care professional and/or dermatologist is a must for optimum skin.

Tending to your skin’s needs professionally on a regular basis will insure you looking your best and provide long term anti-aging benefits throughout your life.

Acquiring and using the appropriate professional-grade skin care products for your skin type and individual needs are also priceless in the long run.

These daily doses of care multiply, improve and maintain the health and beauty of your skin fairly effortlessly.

Use professional-grade products that include any or all of the following in your day and night regimes of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums, and masques:

n Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant to fight free radicals

n Multiple peptides, to fight stress

n Vitamin E, stabilized vitamin A, red tea extract, chamomile and lavender, or their pure aromatherapy extracts made for skin, along with quality moisturizers such as hyaluronic acid and squalane, are key ingredients to combat stressed skin

Remember that daily at-home care for all your skins needs plus the proper quality products, along with the assistance and recommendation by your trusted skin professional, will be the foundation for getting and maintaining the beautiful skin you’ve always dreamed of.

By cutting back on stress, you’ll also feel better and keep looking young longer.

Enjoy the holidays and keep up the good work on yourself.

Everyone around you will benefit and besides, you deserve the best.

Jacki Curcio is a skin care expert, nationally published health and beauty writer, and the owner and developer of La Curcio SkinCare Collection, available exclusively at Balance Point Spa and coming soon to 
For more information, call (661) 713-9679.


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