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Skin, revealing emotions

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Sensitive, stressed, our skin is talkative: it reveals all these small disorders that we would like to hide. Decryption of our cutaneous states of soul.

Valérie Bauhain

"I've always had pimples and mixed skin," recalls Charlotte, 44. "I've got them from my mother, but when I started working, she became really fat and my acne, severe, I tried everything, nothing helped. " A position with responsibilities, a lot of business trips and a lot of stress: ten years after this life at one hundred kilometers an hour, Charlotte cracks and slams everything. She raises her two children, takes care of her, practices yoga intensely for several years and founds her company. "In a few months, my skin has returned to normal: no more pimples and more untimely shine," she says. . What made the difference? A turning point: "I decided to be happy."

Many studies have established the impact of our emotions on our skin. And for good reason, when we are at the stage of the embryo, it is the same area that gives birth to the cells of the skin and those of the brain ... The two organs are somehow twins: if one is afraid, the other gets on the road to defend it. Even great joys are stress. Tests have shown that tensions act as a vise: stress, the skin is poorly oxygenated, because of the concentration of free radicals. So she regenerates and detoxifies herself less well. But, for Didier Coustou, a dermatologist, what we need to focus on today is "this chronic stress that keeps the symptoms going". Our emotions can shake our immune system and, thus, reveal or aggravate certain skin diseases. And it is by letting this state settle that the problems become permanent.

De-stressing your skin

Faced with a very strong emotion, the skin sometimes behaves like a hyperactive child and uses a language of its own to scream what one would like to (hide). Some neuropeptides (neuromodulators that regulate sleep as well as emotions or learning) make it more sensitive and responsive. Studies have also shown that stress increases the transepidermal loss of water, causing areas of drought.

How to de-stress his skin? It is by trying to answer this question that Regis Martin, a doctor of pharmacy and cosmetologist, has founded a cosmetics brand based on plant active ingredients that offers a customized aromatherapy. "Several ranges are available, he says. A test helps determine the "mood" in which you feel best.Then the combined action of massage, flavonoids and aromatherapy gradually loosens the vise that traps the skin and stimulates the supply of oxygen. It happens that customers change their range because their needs have changed. It is important to stay tuned to your inner evolution. "

Avoid overheating

Maria, 35, has always had a beautiful skin, but for more than a year, it began to show up: regular hot flashes and indelible redness, followed by a very uncomfortable dryness. " At times, I looked like a little girl who put on makeup with her mother's blush, she says. I realized that these problems had started shortly after my return from maternity leave, when I found a very poorly lit office. I was suffocating. I needed air, to regain control of my body, my time. Oat-based cosmetics helped me calm the fire. And I started running. I finally felt like I was moving forward, breathing deeply. "

When our skin is overheated and lacks air, it's because our mind is in the same state." It is very difficult, if not impossible, to separate the emotional part from the rest, warns Laurent Misery, dermatologist specialized in the skin-brain link. On these durable skin changes, medications are rarely needed; on the other hand, relaxation, meditation, yoga or hypnosis, which invite us to accept our emotions and put them into perspective, have largely proved their effectiveness. "

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