The Mind-Body Connection:
Are Your Emotions Causing Skin Problems?
I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. – Audrey Hepburn
One of the most beautiful women that ever grace this world with their presence and inspiration for many, the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star Audrey Hepburn knew a lot about beauty, and we are just learning. The legendary actress also believed that “the beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but it is reflected in her soul”. How is that possible, you might ask? Well, a number of studies suggested that stress was linked to various skin conditions (psoriasis, acne outbreaks, oily skin, inflammations, etc.)
Now you may see how, when the situation is the other way around, your happiness makes your skin gorgeous. Let us look deeper into this mind-beauty connection.
Your Body is Burdened With Toxins
If you are facing some skin issues and none of the products you are using is working, perhaps your organism is so burdened with piled up toxins that it cannot respond to nourishment in the right way. In fact, the piled up toxins affect both your skin and mood. Namely, you can experience fatigue, insomnia and hormonal imbalance, which further worsens the skin problems.
Detox is the only way to solve this problem, because it works at the very source, thus eliminating the toxins that are causing allergic reactions, rashes and acne outbreaks. There are various ways to cleanse your skin, but you should always start from the inside with nutrition and move on to other methods (dry brushing, clay, sauna therapy, bikram yoga, apple cider vinegar, etc.).
Eating Better Will Affect Your Skin and Your Mood
Your diet can strongly affect how your skin will look like, but it can also make you happy or get you in a poor mood. Contrary to popular opinion, what we know as ‘comfort food’ is not only not making us happy, but it can make us feel ‘miserable’. Processed and unhealthy food can also make our skin look bad and lead to other problems, such as acne.
So, it is about time to get rid of that habit, and to start avoiding other harmful foods and beverages, like alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar. Instead, eat food that boosts your mood and makes your skin glow (e.g. salmon, almonds, Brazil nuts, avocados, lemon, pomegranate, etc.).
Yes, Stress Can Actually Cause Skin Issues
You know those movies where the lead actress gets an acne breakout the very day of her wedding? Well, it might not be the ‘bad luck’ phenomenon, but a regular old case of stress. A 2001 study confirmed our suspicions that there is a strong link between psychological stress and skin diseases, and there are many more studies researching this connection. Besides causing acne stress can cause an increase in oil production, which can later cause oily skin.
There is some evidence showing that stress leads to a higher risk of inflammation. How to solve this? Relax! Take some me-time, visit a spa, practice yoga, or find some other activity that makes you happy and calm.
Nurture to Perfection
Sure, dealing with the things on the inside will create a perfect backdrop for a healthy glowing skin, but you cannot have great skin without great skincare. No matter what our star from the beginning of the article thought about facials, they can be great complement to all the previous efforts to be healthy from the inside. When you are healthy and happy, you will do just fine with a basic skincare, using organic products, such as a natural cleanser, moisturizer and scrub. Choosing organic products will only contribute to your wholesome experience of unity of your mind and body with nature, and there is no higher goal than that.
Hopefully, you have absorbed all the important info that can help you on your way to clear and glowing skin. For the end, the most important advice: Don’t worry, be happy!
Author BIO: Sophia Smith is a freelance writer and graphic designer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in photography, organic beauty products and healthy living. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly in lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life.