THE BIGGEST THREAT TO HEALTHY SKIN Comes From Within
A stressful week at work might leave you feeling like you’ve aged 10 years in just five days. What’s more, prolonged periods of stress can also wreak havoc on your skin. You might have heard that stress was bad for your skin before, but have you ever wondered exactly what connects stress and bad skin? It might not be what you’d expect, but understanding that connection can help you reduce inflammation, irritation, and premature aging. Stress and bad skin are connected by a chemical produced naturally within your body: cortisol. In small doses, the hormone cortisol is harmless and even helpful. Your body produces it to help navigate fight-or-flight situations, and it also helps defend immune cells against infection. Cortisol is at its most helpful when it’s produced in short bursts. However, if the body produces it too frequently, it can actually cause your skin to deteriorate. When you’re constantly stressed out, your body continues to produce cortisol. Over extended periods of time, excess cortisol breaks down collagen, a protein that holds your skin together. When your skin is weakened, it doesn’t
hold moisture as well, which leads to inflammations of the skin, such as acne and eczema.
In an overworked and overstimulated world, your skin’s worst enemy ends up being a healthy hormone your body produces naturally. That means there’s likely not a special moisturizer or mask that’s going to soothe your skin — unless it soothes the stress that comes from within, as well. However, the good news is the best treatments for stress are free. Getting plenty of sleep, eating well, and exercising are all ways to reduce stress and make your skin healthier. Wanting to look your best for the summer months can put a lot of undue stress on your body. That’s why at Cool Renew MedSpa, we can help you achieve your perfect summer look in a stress-free environment, with your favorite drinks and even access to Netflix during treatment sessions. For a stress-free CoolSculpting, hydrofacial, or laser hair removal treatment, give us a call today!
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Inspired by TasteOfHome.com DEVILED EGGS
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1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced 1/2 tsp ground mustard
Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste
12 large eggs, hard-boiled
Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish
1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. 2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites. 3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.
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