The Relationship between Stress and Aging

Notice any undesirable health changes recently? Do you notice your skin seems dry and your hair falls? Could it be an illness or another symptom of stress? Indeed, stress can bring about many changes in the body, which also can eventually lead to premature aging of your cells. Here are the ways on how your stress influences aging.

Stress from your Job. Research studies find that there is a significant change in the length of telomeres in relation to work stress. These results were deducted from the study entitled: Work-Related Exhaustion and Telomere Length: A Population-Based Study of Ahola K, Sirén I, Kivimäki M, Ripatti S, Aromaa A, et al conducted in a selected working group in Finland. This study showed that cells with short telomeres significantly accelerate cell damage, death and getting older. This means that the more stress you get from your job, or the less you were able to control the stress, the more you will feel and see the effects of your body damage and aging.

Stress can affect almost every system in the body. Because stress affects the basic core of the human body, it is but logical to expect that its effects are multi-system. It can accelerate the speed of your heart rate, influence you to eat more than is necessary, develop kidney, bile and liver stones, thicken your blood with cholesterol, upset your stomach as well as impair your hearing and sight. One of the factors that make dementia develop faster than they should during the aging process is the consistent presence of stress in your life during your younger years. If you do not cope with stress well, chances are, you will be availing needing some help.

What you can do is listen to what your body is saying. Most of the time, when you feel stressed, you will notice quite an amount of hair falls from your head or consistent episodes of migraine. Stress can also manifest in your skin, since it is the first line of defense. You will notice that it becomes increasingly dry and prone to develop injuries from minor scratching or insect bites when you are exposed to a lot of stress. Needless to say, this is how important that you learn to cope with stress effectively on a daily basis.

Stress affects brain cells. As mentioned above, stress plays a role in the rate of aging by the cells. Your brain also contains cells. In fact, your body is composed of aggregate of cells which can be subjected to stress. Until now, what causes Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, protein plaque deposits on the brain are showing significant changes in the brain. The same process is also linked to stress as the main triggering mechanism.

Skin Care Beauty Tips

  1. Protect your skin from the sun

Protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the sun is the most important thing in skin care. It is the best natural skin care that you can do. Too much exposure of sun can cause your skin with problems such as wrinkles, age spots and others. You are also in great risk of skin cancer.

Here are ways in which you could protect yourself from the sun:

Use Sunscreen. Apply sunscreen every 2 hours and use the one with an SPF of at least 15.

Seek Shade. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do avoid going outside in these times.

Wear Protective Clothing. When going outside and will be long exposed to sun, you should be wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wear hats.


  1. Don’t smoke

Smoking is dangerous to your health as well as dangerous to your skin. Smoking depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. It can make your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles.

  1. Treat your skin gently

By treating your skin gently, there are things that you should avoid and limit doing.

Limit Bath Time. Long and hot showers remove oils from your skin.

Avoid Strong Soaps. Strong soaps and cleansers can strip oil from your skin. Choose only the mild ones.

Shave Carefully. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it. Apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving to protect and lubricate your skin.

Pat Dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.

Moisturize Dry Skin. Moisturize your skin with the use of moisturizer that is fit for your skin type preferably the one that contains SPF.

  1. Eat a healthy diet

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain and lean proteins. With this healthy diet, it is a sure way that can help your skin look healthier.

  1. Manage Stress

Stress is a common skin problem trigger. It can cause acne breakouts and other skin problems. It is encouraged that you should have a healthy state of mind, manage your stress.


BONUS Skin Care Tips:

  1. Use cucumbers for skin moisture
  2. 4-2-4 cleansing rule

For four minutes, cleans your face using an oil cleanser, while massaging. After rinsing, apply and massage with regular facial soap for two minutes. Lastly, rinse your face for four minutes using water, letting it air dry. Don’t use a towel.

  1. H20

For a natural skin care, water is the most important element in skin hydration. It keeps your skin healthy, moisturized and hydrated.

  1. Use the four key skincare components: a facial mist, moisturizer, mask, and sunscreen.
  2. Drink cabbage juice (yes, like, liquid lettuce) to keep skin glowing.




Infographics to Keep Your Skin HEALTHY!

Remember puberty? Acne was everything that ruined your day. Despite one’s age, acne could still grow out of proportion. Luckily, there’s a healthy diet to prevent that.

Another problem you could have is blemished skin. I know all about that trouble. Blemished skin is often due to dehydration and a bad diet. If you want to lose weight and have better skin, follow this fast!


By now, you’d really want to go for something that would keep your skin healthy. Food for maintenance is everything. Include these in your daily diet!


Skin Care for Every Age

Still using the cream your mother gave you when you were 18? Here’s the beauty regimen you need at your age. The pictures (from a reliable online skincare magazine) are posted because we absolutely agree on their advise on skin care as you go though each decade.


Just because you are 20, you think that partying, drinking and sleeping late are all right. Youth is not an excuse to neglecting your skin. This is the basic regimen. Cleanse and moisturize (with SPF) during the day. Spot treatment could be optional based on your skin type and if there are certain skin conditions you want to focus on. Apply serum or moisturizer at night after cleansing.



The sun can be harsh and may take its toll on your skin. Exfoliating is the key and adding a good moisturizer can prevent the onset of fine lies and wrinkles. Retinoids may be applied at night to maintain the skin tone. But remember, at this age, hydrating the skin is very important.



You look in the mirror and you notice those claws on significant and visible places on your face. Your neck has more lines than ever. You may start using peptides to build collagen as well. Moisturizers that has glycerin helps retain moisture may be used generously.



Sagging becomes your dreaded adjective. Rejuvenating treatments can be considered but your regimen must include not only retinols and peptides but also amino acids. Moisturize moisturize moisturize! And simply using petroleum jelly is the cheapest way to lock in the moisture. In fact, petroleum jelly can be used at night to moisturize at any age.


Added to all these- live, laugh and love.  At any age, these are the ticket to naturally beautiful skin. Everything begins from within and the simpler we see and do things, the lesser complications to skin care.