The natural aging process is inevitable. As we get older, the skin loses collagen and elastin fibers, which means our facial skin loses volume and is less able to hold its firmness. Fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin result. While we can’t avoid aging altogether, there are certain factors that speed this process up. You may be well aware of how smoking and sun exposure can age the skin, but did you know that your stress level is also a contributor?
When your body remains in a stressful state, or “fight or flight” mode, for a consistent period of time, high levels of cortisol are produced. The additional cortisol throughout your system inhibits your body’s natural ability to repair itself. When it comes to the skin, this means producing collagen and elastin fibers and undergoing a necessary cellular regeneration in the dermis layer of your skin so that your skin can be revitalized. Your stress, in short, makes it harder for this “anti-aging” process to take place.
Besides the extra cortisol, high levels of stress create an inflammatory process within your entire body. This can aggravate your skin issues, which further obstructs your pursuit of a healthy, glowing complexion.
The good news is that you can take steps to protect your aging skin by reducing stress in your life. Regular exercise, adequate sleep and a proper diet are three important ways to start. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, our dermatologists have a keen understanding of how the health of our body and our lifestyle affect our skin. If your stress has already produced unwanted wrinkles on your face, consider one of our skin rejuvenation services to unveil a younger looking you.