Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your skin is your “largest organ” because it just doesn’t seem like an “organ.” Typically we think of organs as heart, liver, kidneys, etc. Ninety five percent of the cells in the epidermis (top layer of skin) work to make new cells and five percent of the cells make melanin, which gives skin its color.
In fact, though you can’t see it happening, every minute of the day we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of our skin to make room for the new skin cells. As we age, dead skin cells don’t shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly.
So, what does this have to do with beautiful skin? Pretty much everything.
Feeling stressed? Your skin may be feeling it, too. In fact, stress is one of the most common factors that cause your skin and body to age.
Chronic stress has been proven to affect your health negatively.1 It can also accelerate the aging of your cells because your telomeres shorten at the end of chromosomes in your DNA.
Telomeres are found on each DNA strand in your skin cells. These telomeres get shorter every time a cell divides. If you have shorter telomeres, that means you have older skin cells. This is usually when you’ll start seeing fine lines and wrinkles.
Pregnancy – what a wonderful and unpredictable time! During pregnancy, most women expect that pregnant glow. But as many new moms can tell you, there are some things people just don’t talk about during pregnancy, like stretch marks, hormonal acne, and even facial hair. Yikes!
These changes are all thanks to pregnancy hormones that can affect the quality of your skin.
But don’t worry. These little pregnancy quirks are usually short-lived, and you’ll be back to normal as soon as the baby’s born. In the meantime, here are some ways you can control these pregnancy hormone outbreaks while still being able to enjoy your pregnant glow…