We can do our best to try and avoid stress, but unfortunately stress is a part of life and it’s up to us to make changes in order to manage it. Aging is also a part of life, and while people do their best to avoid it, guess what? You’ll never be younger than you are this very second! But one thing is for sure, your diet, skin care products and regimen do have a lot to do with how gracefully your skin ages. Stress expert Dr. Cynthia Ackrill and dermatologist Dr. Doris Day joined me yesterday to discuss how we can manage stress before it manages us and to share tips on we can keep the worry lines off our faces.
Candace Rose: We’re all under so much stress in our daily lives. What are some simple tips we can take to help manage stress before it manages us?
Dr. Cynthia Ackrill: “That’s a great way to put it, I love that. It’s about us being proactive and managing it. First of all accepting that stress is a part of life, and not acting surprised and reacting to it. But then moving into being more proactive. How can you support yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually so that you’re not seeing the results of stress as it lands as signs and symptoms. Stepping back from that and building up your resilience is truly important and there’s a whole menu of ways you can do that and finding the recipe that works for your best life.”
Candace Rose: What can we do to minimize its (stress) impact on our appearance?
Dr. Doris Day: “Well, there’s so much you can do. When I see patients that are stressed, often their skin can look red, blotchy, uneven in skin tone and dull, and even puffiness around the eyes. So there are specific stress signals released in the skin that can be reduced. There’s lots of great ingredients you can look for- there’s niacinamide, caffeine, retinols are really great ingredients.
There’s one called Rosa Galica that’s found in a new product by Kiehl’s- in the Skin Rescuer. This actually turns off those stress signals in the skin, the skin is less inflamed, has a more intact healthy barrier and it looks more vibrant, more radiant and ages better.
There’s a lot you can do starting with simple skincare and then there are also other in-office treatments that we can do in terms of neuromodulators like Botox or Dysport that can help relax the expression lines that we make when we’re stressed. And somehow just by smiling more and furrowing less you start to feel better and when you feel better, you tend to make better decisions and those small incremental changes can have a very profound impact in the decisions that you make and in the behavior you have. And often patients will come in when they’re ready to make those changes, and it goes way beyond the skin.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else we can do to keep the worry lines off our faces?
Dr. Doris Day: “Proper sun protection is critical. A healthy diet really does have an impact on the skin. There’s lots of published data about that- so higher antioxidants, fruits and vegetables in season, olives, almonds. Olive oil is really good for you as well, and then the sun protection I mentioned, and I’ll mention it again because it’s that important, and getting enough sleep. And just being fulfilled in your life will really show in the radiance and beauty of your skin, along with proper skincare.”