How does stress affect my looks?


The hypothalamus is often referred to as the seat of the emotions. It takes center stage in emotional processing; the moment we even think about something stressful or encounter a stressful experience, the hypothalamus secretes CRH, which eventually leads to cortisol rushing out of the adrenal glands. Here’s one way to see the big picture on how influential hormones can be once stress triggers the release of thismaster of ceremonies: cortisol leads to collagen and muscle breakdown, fat retention, hunger leads to overeating, sleep loss leads to exhaustion, moodiness, lack of control at the dinner table leads to more sleep loss, more stress, more weight gain, more collagen breakdown leads to wrinkles, baggy eyes, breakouts, poor diet choices leads to more frustration when we realize that now were overtired, overweight, moody, and looking haggard.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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