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How relationships affect your skin

The way to your heart is through your stomach – at least that is generally known, if you believe the popular saying. But did you also know that relationships can also have an influence on the appearance of our skin? We want to pursue this thesis in this article.

More mindful through a functioning partnership

A US study showed that people who live in a happy relationship, with the help of their partner, react more attentively to changes in their skin's appearance and are generally more willing to have their skin checked more regularly. For this purpose, around 130 participants were divided into two groups. Half of the test subjects were given an introduction to how to properly check the skin surface and were asked to check this again and again over a period of four months. The other half received exactly the same introduction and identical tasks as their fellow test subjects - but all of this together with their partner.

According to the results of the study, those who lived in a particularly stable relationship were more conscientious about checking their skin than average. This was mainly because, thanks to the help of their partner, they were able to take a closer look at the parts of the body that tend to be harder for them to reach, such as the back.

Stress can lead to skin problems

While those who are happily in love feel like they're glowing from morning to night, relationship stress can have exactly the opposite effect. Problems, arguments, but also deadline pressure because you have to squeeze in time for your partner in addition to your job and free time, can quickly degenerate into stress. And as we all know, this is quickly reflected on the skin. Our emotional well-being and our skin health are actually very closely linked. Stress triggers certain processes in us with which the body tries to react to the stress. It leads to the release of adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol. Our body receives an internal boost of heat, which is balanced by increased sweating. At the same time, the blood vessels in the heart, lungs and muscles expand while those in the skin constrict. Ergo: Our skin temporarily has less blood flow and releases more moisture. While these mechanisms can balance themselves out and our body can regulate itself again during short-term stress, these mechanisms continue to work permanently during chronic stress. The result is that the skin dries out due to the excessive loss of moisture. It becomes rough, starts to tense or peels off. Itching, redness, swelling and blemishes can also be caused by emotional stress. In addition, stress accelerates skin aging because consistently high cortisol levels reduce the skin's elasticity. The result is thinner skin and wrinkles. But skin diseases such as neurodermatitis or psoriasis can also worsen due to stress.

So: more cuddling instead of arguing!

Regular me-time times in which you just concentrate on yourself and do something good for yourself can help with long-term relationship stress. Sufficient sleep and a healthy diet can also make a positive contribution.

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