Is beauty part of overall health, or is overall health required for beauty? My belief is they go hand in hand. You must be healthy on the inside and look healthy on the outside to have a complete sense of well-being. Beauty is more than just skin deep. It is our personality, spirituality, nutrition, sleep, attitude, and energy. As a medical aesthetic practitioner, it is my job to help you achieve a healthy balance of all of these to be your best you.
Remaining happy and positive in today's world requires intention. We are bombarded with negativity, fear, and anger daily. Stress takes a significant toll on us, both inside and on the outside. Stress speeds up the signs of aging, causes us to gain weight and affects our hormones. Cortisol is our stress hormone, and elevated cortisol increases wrinkles, thinning hair, increased acne, hyperpigmentation, and more by degrading healthy collagen and elastin. Increased inflammation is another effect of increased cortisol, and we all know increased inflammation wreaks havoc on our skin, weight, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and more. Many say inflammation is at the root of aging and disease.
How do we decrease the visible signs of stress? Prevention is the number one way. Sleep is when our body heals. Make sure you get eight hours a night. Sugar and dairy create inflammation. Sugar is known to degrade our collagen and age us, so a diet rich in protein and plant-based foods is crucial. Engaging in relaxation and self-care is another means to decrease stress and all that it brings. Naps, walks, hobbies, reading, massages, and facials help reduce stress and slow down aging. While starting a prevention program, reversal is another essential factor. There are many ways to reverse the signs of aging. Laser resurfacing, neurotoxins such as Botox, dermal fillers like Volume, DiamondGlow treatments, PRP, Microneedling, and good at-home medical-grade skin care will help reduce the visible signs of stress and stress-related aging. We will all age, but we do not have to show it.