Fall in Rochester is incredible with crisp air, changing foliage and the spices of the season, but fall also entails getting the kids back to school, getting back on a schedule and finding a new balance in your routine. With that comes stress, and stress can cause some serious damage to hair and skin. Stress can interrupt sleep patterns—a key component for skin and body repair. Coupled with stress, skimping on sleep weakens the immune system and puts the body’s chemicals out of whack, often leaving you with lackluster skin and dull eyes.
In particular, chronic stress deprives your skin of oxygen and essential nutrients—and without adequate amounts of them; you get skin conditions like acne.
When you’re stressed, the dead cell layer on the surface of the skin becomes thin and develops microscopic holes, which aren’t able to provide a sufficient defense against aging ultraviolet rays. Not only can stress cause breakouts, but it also creates tiny perforations in cell membranes that allow water to leak from cells and dehydrate the skin. That’s when fine lines and a lackluster skin tone begin to appear.
As stress causes the blood vessels begin to constrict, hair follicles are deprived of the oxygen, minerals, and vitamins it needs for healthy hair growth. When you’re feeling so frazzled, your body burns more energy and directs the vitamins and nutrients to those body parts that it needs for survival like the heart, lungs, and brain. So your scalp doesn’t get the benefit of these essential nutrients.
You can promote healthy skin and hair growth (and reduce stress) by doing the following:
• Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep Mackenzie Hutchings Dangler Senior Stylist & Bridal Consultant la salon Bianca 3259 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623 585-272-0707
• www.lasalonbianca.com can contribute to both mental and physical stress, especially if the sleep issues persist over a long period of time. It can affect your diet, your performance at work and your overall mood, which, in turn, can lead to stress or anxiety-related hair loss. Improve your sleep by getting into a regular sleep pattern - that is, waking up and going to bed at the same time every day. You should aim to be getting at least 7 to 8 hours sleep a night.
• Follow a healthy diet. Eating healthily gives your body more energy, enabling it to better cope with stress. Diet also contributes to the strength of hair, making it less likely to fall out. Eat at least three well-balanced meals per day. Never skip breakfast, as it gets your metabolism going in the morning and helps to prevent cravings for unhealthy snacks before lunch.
• Eat enough protein. Your hair is composed mostly of protein, so having lots of protein in your diet is essential for healthy hair. If you’re not getting enough, your body can shut down the supply of protein to your hair and use it for the most essential of many other body functions. Stay away from processed, sugary foods, and those high in trans fats. Instead, eat more fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and foods high in monounsaturated fats, such as avocados, oily fish, nuts, and olives.
• Exercise more. Exercise can be very beneficial in helping to alleviate emotional stress. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins - also known as happy hormones - which help you to feel calmer and more relaxed. Try to incorporate a yoga or meditation class into your weekly routine, as these have been proven to effectively reduce stress levels. Alternatively, you could practice meditation at home or at your desk - anywhere you can shut out the world for a few moments and just focus on clearing your mind. YOGA IS MY ‘GO TO’ STRESS RELIEVER!
• Increase B vitamins and decrease A vitamins. B vitamins are necessary for healthy hair growth, so if you’re not getting enough of them as part of your diet, your hair could be affected. On the other hand, excess vitamin A can trigger hair loss. The Recommended Daily Allowance for women is 700 micrograms (770 for pregnant and lactating women.) Do not supplement in excess of those numbers.
• Take good care of your hair. Taking good care of your hair will contribute to its overall health, making it stronger and less prone to fall out.
• Avoid over-styling. If you are obsessed with blow-drying, straightening, and curling your hair using heated styling tools, be aware that these can wreak havoc on the condition of hair.
• Don’t use a brush on wet hair. It rips your hair out.
• Use a deep conditioner once a week. I suggest Moisture Matcha Green Tea Butter Conditioning Mask by DevaCurl.
Mackenzie Hutchings Dangler
Senior Stylist & Bridal Consultant
la salon Bianca
3259 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623
585-272-0707 • www.lasalonbianca.com