Wipe That Stress Off Your Face
How you can undo the damage that anxiety wreaks on your skin
SLEEPLESSNESS AND STRESS mess with more than your mood. Look in the mirror. Any new lines or jowly-looking skin could be traced back to last night’s news or yesterday’s office hassle. That’s because stress spikes levels of the hormone cortisol in your body, which “creates oxidative stress that results in sagging and less ability to repair skin,” says dermatologist Dr Angela Lamb. “It can also aggravate pre-existing skin conditions or create new ones.” Now that researchers are developing products with ingredients known to counter this damage, you can worry less about worry lines and do something about them instead.