Thoughts and words spoken may play a role in how your skin behaves. While there are a host of factors that determine the behavior of your skin, evidence supports that your mind and the thoughts that emanate from it can negatively or positively affect your skin.
1. Stress and Cortisol Release: Negative thinking and chronic stress can trigger the release of stress hormones like cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can disrupt the normal functioning of the skin, leading to increased inflammation, impaired skin barrier function, and a compromised immune response. This can result in various skin issues such as acne breakouts, increased sensitivity, and delayed wound healing.
2. Accelerated Aging: Prolonged negative thinking and stress can accelerate aging. Chronic stress increases oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, which can damage collagen and elastin fibers responsible for skin elasticity and firmness. This may lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull complexion.
3. Impaired Skin Healing: Negative thinking can affect the body's natural healing processes. Studies have shown that psychological stress can delay wound healing by impairing the production and migration of skin cells involved in the healing process. Negative emotions and thoughts can also contribute to a weakened immune system, making the skin more susceptible to infections and slower recovery from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
4. Skin Sensitivity and Irritation: Negative emotions and stress can trigger or exacerbate skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. These conditions are often characterized by increased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation. Negative thinking can contribute to the release of neuropeptides and other inflammatory mediators, further aggravating these skin conditions.
5. Unhealthy Habits: Negative thinking can lead to unhealthy habits that can adversely affect the skin. For example, stress-related behaviors such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, poor dietary choices, or neglecting skincare routines may disrupt the skin's balance and contribute to skin issues like dryness, acne, or inflammation.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but knowing and acting on what you know are two different things. So let’s shift our knowledge to application.
What do you think about your skin and why?
Where did that narrative come from?
Do you compare yourself to anyone you do or don’t know?
Have you had longstanding skin challenges and feel sad about it?
What specifically makes you sad?
Activity: Skin is often praised for its texture (luminous, glowing, poreless, smooth). Try praising your skin for the work it always does. I’ll share mine with you.
Girl! You are holding it me together, I don’t know what I’d do without you. I remember when I fell off that tree in Upstate NY when I was 8. Do you remember that? Ugh! It caused that massive scar and Mommy thought I needed stitches, but you came through and healed up so well and so fast! I felt like a superhero. It’s getting hot outside, we gotta remember to keep you protected. We can look sunkissed and be safe at the same time. Thank you my precious skin for holding me together today and every day.
Have fun with it or be more serious, however, you’re feeling. There is NO wrong way to show yourself, love.
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