Stress And The Impact On Ageing

November 6th, 2019

Todays women lead stressful lifestyles juggling full time work, long hours, family time and housekeeping

How does stress speed up cellular ageing?

When the body becomes stressed our stress hormone cortisol levels rise, Cortisol increases sebaceous gland activity as oil levels rise the excess production can lead to more spots and greasy feeling skin.

Stress impacts the barrier function of the skin, the water loss reduces the efficiency of skin repair this can lead to inflammation, sensitivity, redness, spots and rough texture.

Cortisol secretion increases as stress become more prevalent suppressing immune function this in turn reduces the release of telomeres. If Telomeres are not protected in cell division, they become shorter declining the longevity of a cell increasing cell ageing and oxidative stress

Telomeres what are they?

In simple terms, inside the cell nucleus our genes are arranged like twisted shoelaces (chromosomes)  and the end of a shoelace is the plastic cap (DNA- telomeres)  to keep it from becoming frayed this plastic cap prevents the frayed edges and shortening of the length – if the cap breaks away and the frayed edges become to short the lace (cell) can no longer grow. This shortening is associated with not only skin ageing but all degenerative diseases

Skin ageing is characterised not only by visible line and wrinkles but increased pigmentation, water loss, loss of elasticity, firmness and dull complexion.

These characteristics are caused from both internal stressors and external stressors such as pollution and smoking. This DNA damage speeds up ageing

Excess cortisol effects hair loss, skin pigmentation, inflammation and skin ageing

What can we do to prevent stress and premature ageing?

Sleep: Beauty sleep, whilst you sleep blood flow increases rebuilding collagen, repairing UV damage, reducing wrinkles and pigmentation aim for 8-10 hours a night

Exercise: Physical activity doesn’t always mean the gym, walk the dog, clean the house, hoover the stairs or try yoga. Any physical activity produces endorphins the chemicals in the brain act as natural painkillers improving mood and sleep patterns in turn reducing stress!

Facial Massage: Relaxing during facial massage activates the sympathetic nervous system reducing anxiety, improving circulation to the skin, improves mood, improves firmness and tone in the skin. At Skin Deep we offer treatments such as the Mindfulness Facial and Natural Face Lift Massage promoting the function of the skin and reducing stress and improving sleep.

Skin Deep uses a range of massage oils from, Naturally Thinking this range of UK organically produced 100% oil contains No added preservatives, chemicals or dispersants.

The tranquillity and calm massage oil combine a blend of Lavender, Frankincense and Sandalwood Almond and Jojoba to nourish the skin and calm the mind. Allowing mindfulness with the aromas of fields and woody undertones

The next blog from Skin Deep will look at SUGAR and how this effects your skin.
Another factor in aging is "glycation." It happens when glucose, the main sugar we use as energy, binds to some of our DNA, proteins, and lipids, leaving them unable to do their jobs. The problem becomes worse as we get older.

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