Our skin is the largest organ in our body and we must treat it with care. When we are stressed, exhausted, or angered, our skin shows it. That’s when it’s time to step away from our hectic lives (even if only for a couple of minutes each day) and gift ourselves with an emotional detox. Sherianna Boyle, author of EMOTIONAL DETOX, explains why a cleanse can do wonders for your skin and body, giving you the youthful glow we all crave.
Weeks after finding out about the affair, I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and did not recognize myself. I looked like I had aged twenty years. The skin on my face was drained from limited blood supply, leaving me with harsh lines and sagging skin. I remember taking an ice pack and lying down on the couch in an attempt to get the blood flowing back into my face. What I learned that day was the impact over-processing your emotions can have on your skin and face. Emotional detoxes teach how to reduce tension, and as this occurs your skin no longer must hold onto the heaviness of your over-processed emotions.
The mind-skin connection is nothing new. The skin is the largest organ in the body and happens to be the first thing we see when we look at ourselves in the mirror. It is no surprise that when we are stuffed with anger, riddled with guilt, or exhausted by life stressors, that those around us can recognize our state in our face and body. Again, our emotions are not bad—it is our reaction to them that holds them in place, affecting the elasticity of tissue and skin, forcing our muscles and organs to carry their weight. Emotional detoxes rid the body of this burden, and as a result we feel lighter, more flexible, and youthful.
If you want to learn more about the mind-body-skin connection, check out Kate Somerville’s article “The Emotional Connection to Beautiful Skin” on Oprah.com, which explores how unresolved emotions can cause skin flare-ups such as acne, eczema, and wrinkles.
An emotional detox and a hearty diet can keep you looking young. Try these tips.
Excerpted from Emotional Detox by Sherianna Boyle. Copyright © 2018 by Sherianna Boyle. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.