The lines that run from the corners of our eyes, the furrows on our forehead and the wrinkles on our neck – these are all tell-tale signs that we’re getting older. But while some wrinkles are simply a natural consequence of the aging process, others may be the result of something that we’re doing (or not doing) on a regular basis. One such thing that can cause wrinkles is stress.

Yes, stress – that emotion that we all feel from time to time, and that can sometimes be downright debilitating. Believe it or not, this emotion can take a physical toll on our bodies, causing us to develop wrinkles. How? Let’s take a closer look.

When we experience stress, our bodies go into fight-or-flight mode. This means that our adrenal glands start secreting cortisol and adrenaline, which in turn cause all sorts of physical changes. Our heart rate increases, our breathing becomes faster and we start to perspire.

All of this is beneficial if we’re actually in danger and need to take quick action to save ourselves. But when we’re constantly stressed out and our bodies are constantly in fight-or-flight mode, this can take a toll on our skin. The reasons for this are numerous.

First, when our hearts are racing and we’re breathing rapidly, this decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches our skin. This can cause the skin to appear pale and translucent. Additionally, the sweat that we produce when we’re stressed can contain oils and bacteria that can cause skin irritation and blemishes.

And then there’s the cortisol. This hormone, which is released when we’re stressed, can actually damage the collagen in our skin. Collagen is the protein that helps keep our skin looking young and healthy, so when it’s damaged, this can cause wrinkles to form.

In short, stress can cause wrinkles in a number of ways. It can make our skin look pale and tired, it can cause skin irritations and blemishes, and it can damage the collagen in our skin, leading to the formation of wrinkles. So if you want to keep your skin looking young and healthy, it’s important to find ways to reduce stress in your life.

One of the best ways to reducing stress is to get your hormones under control or in-balance. Victory wellness can help you with this issue. Our Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement treatment helps get your hormones to the levels they should be. This helps you feel better, have a better mood, and thus relieve stress (and in the longer term, wrinkles).  Call today to find out about Hormone Therapy from Victory.

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