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When it comes to skincare, UV damage remains at the forefront of chemists and researchers around the world. More than 80% of the signs of skin aging, from wrinkles to age spots, can be traced back to UVA and UVB rays damaging skin cells and even our DNA. But there is a second stressor to skin that I believe is underestimated: stress. I took a five-week course with Eli Bay, one of the world’s foremost experts in the science of stress management and was amazed at the difference in the skin of several participants by the end of the course. I noticed reduced redness and rashes in one woman that was quite dramatic.
“Most of the symptoms of stress are so common that its identity remains hidden to many people,” says Bay. “The opening salvos may consist of headaches, insomnia, mild depression, anxiety, skin disorders, muscle pain and constipation. As the effects dig in, symptoms can escalate to high blood pressure, asthma attacks, ulcers, panic attacks, and immune deficiencies.” It makes sense that stress would have this effect as it triggers a flood of adrenalin-related hormones into the blood stream. And skin is the body’s largest organ, performing a multitude of tasks from regulating temperature, protecting against environmental aggressors, and sending information to the brain through touch.
“We’re doing too much in too little time today,” adds Eli. “We’re actually working a whole month more each year than we did in 1973. Most people are so habitually stressed that they have no idea that they are.” He says that we need to train ourselves to relax at regular intervals to allow our body to rest and recharge. “A relaxation regime with just 15 to 20 minutes a day, at least four times a week can work wonders.” I personally love Bay’s 20-minute “Let Go” progressive relaxation exercise where he asks you to tense and then relax each major muscle group to soft music. I’ve been practicing it for 15 years and I always feel calmer and more in control of life after doing it. You can download it for a small fee at www.elibay.com I highly recommend it. You just might notice an improvement in your skin after just a few weeks’ use.
I hope you enjoy this month’s issue.
Dave Lackie, editor
BEAUTY the Guide magazine