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The pressures of modern life can have a major impact on your appearance. Sleep deprivation and negative emotions like worry, sadness and anxiety cause “stress aging,” which can do even more damage to your skin than the passage of time. Inner turmoil always reveals itself on the surface – in the form of acne, lines, dullness and other visible signs – so in many ways, your skin is a reflection of your state of mind.

That is because of the mind-beauty connection. The powerful connection between the mind and body has been proven in numerous scientific studies, and is an accepted fact of biochemistry. This same principle is at work when you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see.

How does stress get under your skin? The skin, like the brain, is a command center, capable of affecting change inside the body and on the surface. Hormones also play an important role, as they control much of what we feel, good and bad. When they get out of balance or malfunction, numerous health problems can result, including a host of skin conditions.

This is why looking better really depends on feeling better. And the good news is, you can bring your hormones into balance, restore your body’s natural self-healing capabilities, and reverse stress aging. It all starts with taking a close look at what is causing stress in your life, understanding your emotions, and learning to manage them better.

At our practice, we consider healthy strategies for coping with stress essential to any beauty regimen. If we don’t give our clients the necessary tools, we are only doing half the job. You can’t halt the march of time, but you can use basic strategies to get stress under control and minimize the toll it takes on your looks. Learn to relax, develop a more positive mindset, and you will see dramatic improvements in how you look and feel.

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