How Your Mood Messes With Your Complexion

We skincare junkies are cursed with the compulsion to find out how everything in the world impacts our skin—food, the environment, products of all kinds. But rarely do we stop to think about what's going on internally.

Personally, I sometimes feel like no matter how many serums I slather on my face, my skin never looks better than it does after an intense rush of adrenaline. I receive a piece of exciting news, and bam—a healthy glow floods my cheeks, as if I just received a two-hour facial. 

This made me curious: How do our emotions affect our skin, both short-term and long-term? Does the key to perfect skin lie within? Read on to discover the fascinating ways love, excitement, stress, and other emotions are affecting your skin!

#1. Love
Good news: That whole “glow” thing people associate with being in love is, on some level, actually true. Those giddy butterflies and mushy feelings you experience while falling in love reflect a physiological process that can benefit your skin unlike any sheet mask. We have the hormone oxytocin to thank for this. Oxytocin is the hormone of love; it is often referred to as the ‘attachment hormone.. Surges of oxytocin are responsible for the bonds between sexual partners, between mother and child—even between people and their beloved dogs.

The hormone is thought to reduce some of the inflammatory factors that slow healing. So more oxytocin means potentially less irritation and more glow. Oxytocin also helps lower the body’s production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can have a number of negative effects on the skin.

Of course, being in love usually begets a lot of smiling, and smiling causes creasing and wrinkles, long-term. But hey, that’s why we have anti-aging serums, right?

For fine wrinklesBOTOX® microinjection is a tested-and-true age elixir to ease out wrinkles etched by time around your eyes. By relaxing knotted expression muscles, a subtle BOTOX® Browlift can be achieved at the same time to open up those windows to your soul and give you a more pleasant and calm countenance.

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#2. Anxiety
Speaking of cortisol, that’s exactly which hormone is released when you’re feeling worried or anxious. And apparently an unabating sense of impending doom is not so good for the complexion.

Elevated cortisol levels induce inflammation and suppress the immune system. Inflamed cells are also prone to breaking down collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and strong. Higher cortisol levels can also contribute to a decrease in hyaluronic acid, a natural skin lubricator. In other words, anxiousness and the cortisol that comes with it not only make skin susceptible to irritation, they can also reduce its ability to retain moisture, resulting in visible dryness and wrinkling.

All the more reason to stock up on lavender and maintain your meditation practice, no?

Soothe with Lavender: Sloane Inc Lavender Calamine Clarifying Water S4.4
This intelligent rebalancing toner douses zitty inflammation, gently detoxifies plugged pores and pH-balances skin, whilst soothing lavender and calamine lulls troubled skin into a calm clarity.

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For dry, irritated skin: A consistent, gentle skincare regime minimises irritation to reactive skin. Sloane Inc Luminizing II is a moisturising pro that soothes dehydrated and sensitive skins. Its non-comedogenic formulation ensures that skin is well-hydrated without leaving a greasy trail on skin’s surface turning your dull complexion supple and dewy fresh.

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#3. Excitement
Do you ever notice a healthy flush fill your skin after something exciting happens? That’s because the face contains thousands of tiny capillaries that can become dilated anytime you feel an emotional rush of adrenaline.

This happens with invigorating physical activity—exercise, a hot shower, sex—but also with internal excitement. When these capillaries are dilated, it can give the entire face a rosy glow and make the skin look more hydrated and smooth.

Of course, we can’t all expect to be thrown a surprise party every day, but we can re-create the same flush by using radiance-boosting skincare products. Ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and other super antioxidants all work to stimulate that excitable glow.

Skin Brightening and Rejuvenation: The Milk Peel
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Radiance-Boosting Makeup: Sloane Inc 24K Gold Primer
Try Sloane Inc. 24K Gold Primer which will transform your dull, lacklustre skin to sparkling radiant complexion in no time. Jam-packed with antioxidants and botanicals, it enhances skin’s elasticity, firmness and smoothes. Best use under makeup to give your skin an alluring glow and luminosity.

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#4. Sadness
I think we can all agree that being in a melancholy mood does not feel good. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t look good, either. People who are sad or depressed tend to stay indoors, which can make the skin look sallow. When you’re sad, your blood vessels constrict, causing your skin to look even paler.

Sobbing your eyes out certainly doesn’t help. If you’re chronically crying for long periods of time, it can cause increased wrinkling, particularly in the delicate eyelid skin. Plus, tears are super salty and can dehydrate the skin. So next time you feel the floodgates opening, remember to grab a moisturizing tissue… or the shoulder of your best friend. (Whatever’s closest.)

Repair sad skin with: Allies for Skin 1A All-Day Mask
Allies for Skin is new to the industry but has made significant waves in the local beauty scene. When it comes to quality over quantity, Allies of Skin means it especially when they launched only one product and still got everyone talking about it.

With a focus on creating smart, effective products with potent antioxidants and intelligent nutrients, their star product — the 1A All-Day Mask — does it all. Allies of Skin founder Nicolas Travis, wanted to create skincare that was effortless and not time-consuming, he came up with a mask that could be worn over any type of skincare and still give the most adaptable texture. Over the long run, the skin's natural collagen production increases, acne lesions are reduced, and the user is left with a healthy glowing complexion.

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For Revitalized Peepers: Sloane Inc Oxygen Eye Serum S10.2
Ditch concealer and give dark ad tired-looking under-eyes some love with Sloane Inc Oxygen Eye Serum S10.2. This contains Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that is said to erases dark eye circles and brightens up your peepers instantly.

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#5. Stress
Stress and anxiety may sound like synonyms. But they’re not always the same thing. Whereas anxiety comes with worry and fear, stress isn’t always brought on by something negative. Plus, stress can manifest itself in a number of ways: anger, frustration, or even manic energy. 

Physiologically, stress and anxiety do have one thing in common: cortisol, and its yucky effects on the skin. Cortisol enlarges blood vessels that enhances dark circles, because there’s more blood in the veins under your eyes. Ah yes, the cause of that exhausted look we experience when we’re racing toward a work deadline. 

Aside from cortisol, there’s additional muscle tension in your body when you’re stressed. That tension works its way into your face. Essentially, when you’re stressed, your face freezes in a contracted position. Maybe you’re a frowner or a squinter, or you tend to look surprised (subconsciously, of course). Whichever stress expression you default to, it will form lines perpendicular to the contracted muscles, which cause deep wrinkles over time. 

Stress also takes circulation away from the skin. Because when you’re stressed, your body is ready for fight or flight. When that happens, the body directs blood internally to your muscles and away from the skin, removing any lit-from-within glow.

Immerse yourself in deep breathing exercises

If the physiological symptoms of anxiety and stress are your problem, then deep breathing exercises will help to calm the nervous system. They are as simple as inhaling slowly for 4 seconds, holding for 2 seconds, and exhaling for 6 seconds. Diaphragmatic breathing comes from your belly, so try to put your hand there so you can monitor the rise and fall of your stomach.

Refresh & Rejuvenate: The Brilliant Skin Program
Stress and sleep-deprivation are the kryptonite of youthful, radiant skin. Garnering power from pure light, Fraxel Light delivers a one-two punch against complexion dulling villains by taking out uneven pigmentation, pores and lined, damaged skin, while supercharging the replenishment of dermal-toning collagen and healthy, glowing skin cells simultaneously. Translate: Photo-perfect skin in a flash.


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