Valentine’s Day is all about love and hearts, but here at Care to Beauty we specialize in skin, so that’s what we’re talking about today. Curious to know if the whole “you look radiant” that you hear when you are in love is pure myth or a fact? We have all the answers for you and some might actually surprise you (they have surprised us)!
Now, let’s face it: when you are in love you feel radiant and beautiful even if you are just sleeping 3 hours per night. We’ve all been there and it’s awesome. On the other hand, the fact that you feel great doesn’t necessarily mean that it actually does anything to your skin, or does it? Well, the link between your mind and your skin is pretty easy to spot – just have your crush appear unexpectedly and you will probably turn red in about 0.3 seconds. So this tells us something – that the mind and the skin are deeply connected and it’s nothing to be disregarded.
However, the link between being in love and your skin runs much deeper than the occasional flush caused by good surprises. But let’s face it that just that blood flow will have some pretty serious effects on your skin, as an increased blood flow means that the nutrients will reach your skin cells more easily and will make your skin look radiant. In addition, the effects of love on the skin are actually also linked to the circulating molecules we produce when we are in love, particularly three of them that we’ll address below.
Also known as “the love hormone” or the “attachment hormone”, this is one molecule that is running through your body like crazy when you experience love and contact with other people. It doesn’t even have to be related to romantic love, as skin-to-skin contact between parents and their babies will raise this hormone’s levels in just a few minutes. If you have a loved pet, they will also spark an oxytocin peak in your body. Love is love here, it makes no distinctions regarding this hormone.
So, you already know that your oxytocin levels are high when you feel love – what does this mean in terms of your skin? Oxytocin reduces inflammation, boosting the skin’s speed regarding healing processes. This is great news for those who suffer from chronic diseases that are related to inflammation and healing, like rosacea or atopic dermatitis. Besides increasing the body’s ability to heal, oxytocin is also responsible for lowering cortisol levels, which is highly linked to stress. The thing with reducing cortisol is that it can actually boost collagen production, leading to a dramatic increase in elasticity and firmness of the skin.
This neurotransmitter is deeply linked to depression and anxiety. What you also don’t know is that serotonin helps to get rid of free radicals, molecules that are responsible for premature aging of all organs, including the skin. This is due to the fact that serotonin promotes antioxidant circulation on the organism, that molecules responsible for fighting off free radicals. Serotonin is also what helps you feel amazing even if you’ve only slept three hours since it relaxes you and helps to get rid of signs of fatigue.
Dopamine is also a neurotransmitter that makes the connection between neurons and is responsible for controlling movement and the emotional response to situations. Dopamine is also responsible for increasing microcirculation, ensuring that the nutrients reach the skin cells, and for the recovery of the skin barrier. This means that people who usually have compromised skin tend to have fewer problems regarding this issue.
Love and the skin
Surprised to learn that there is actually a lot of scientific evidence to support the glow that everyone tells you? Feeling in love is actually great for your skin, so we feel that dermatologists should start prescribing “love more” to help improve some facial features. Have a lovely day!
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