Skin Care April 17, 2015

How Romance Affects Your Skin

Couple kissing in front of the Santa Monica Ferris Wheel.

Love is a many splendid thing, so says the old song by the lovely Nat King Cole. Love, believe it or not, can have many impacts on your skin’s health and appearance. Lionesse Beauty Bar would like to take a look at the different ways in which love can have an effect on your skin, and share those findings with you, our readers.

Happy in Love
When you are in a happy, loving relationship, your skin reacts by giving off a glow. This could be due to the fact that the happy hormone, serotonin, is released when we are happy, triggering an effect throughout the body. Studies have shown that the happier we are, and the more content we are as humans, the less likely our skin will be to react in any negative sort of way. Psychologists around the world have been delving into the deepest, most mysterious parts of the human brain for years, but it’s only recently come to  light that the effect being in a happy relationship is likely to give you better skin with less risk of developing undesirable skin conditions or problems.

Couple in a difficult, stressful relationship.

Stressful Relationship
If you are in a stressful, exhausting relationship, your skin can have a much different appearance than those who are in happy relationships. The release of the stress hormone, cortisol, can have a huge effect on the overall appearance of the skin. Those who seem more stressed than others have exhibited signs of the following moreso than those who are not stressed in their relationship:

  • Acne and breakouts – this is one of the most usual ways in which stress releases itself
  • Dry skin – Drying of the skin is due to hormonal imbalance
  • Psoriasis – Psoriasis flare ups can be made much worse by stress. Psoriasis is an itchy skin condition.
  • Alopecia – a condition in which the hair falls out from any place on the body, including head
  • Hives – Itchy bumps or welts that appear on the body usually in relation to an allergy, or stress
  • Dull skin – Skin that looks lifeless, and has lost its brilliance and luster –
  • Wrinkles – Fine lines and deep lines which form on the face due to aging or stress
  • Eczema – Dry, itchy skin condition that can form anywhere on the body
  • Itching – Can occur on any part of the body
  • Pain – Can occur in any part of the body
  • Rosacea – Reddened skin across the face
  • Overactive oil production- can cause acne and breakouts

Among the above mentioned conditions, there are many others which may be exacerbated by stress, and therefore, it is best to try and keep your stress levels as low as possible. By alleviating the stress, you can alleviate those conditions from occurring or getting worse.

Other unfortunate diseases and disorders can arise out of stressful relationships that may affect your quality of life, and ultimately, your overall health. Stress is a major cause of heart attack, heart disease, and certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, and insomnia. Aside from those, it can also lead to major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and more.

When it comes to stress within your relationship, if there is something you can modify or make different to eliminate or cut back on the stress, then that is ultimately the best course of action. If there are no solutions in regard to the stress, and your partner is the actual stressor, perhaps it may be time to go ahead and either take a step back, or end the relationship. If the relationship or marriage isn’t healthy for you mentally, then it’s not healthy for you period.

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