By  |  0 Comments

For the people who prefer to ask their sister to come over via Facebook rather than simply calling… for the person who chooses to text back two seconds after ignoring a phone call… for anyone in Chicago who blogs about how they hate political corruption, but then stays at home on Election Day… for the person who needs to post pictures of their night out to prove to everyone that they were, indeed, out… this article is for you.

Just reading the above sentences would exhaust anyone who has an already stressful, yet normal, social life.  Unfortunately, those types of people are very alive and well in our society and social networking has become an easily-accessible obsession through mobile apps, remote posting and live newsfeeds.  As though jumbling a life of work, friends, family, bill payments, diets, traveling, cooking, emailing, texting, cleaning and other daily activities isn’t enough, let’s throw a portable website into the mix that has been a leading cause of divorce and distress last year.  Today’s technology and social networking has increased our stress levels, while “user friendly” sites have also become “wrinkle-friendly” as the vanity, narcissism and constant surveillance of what others think will eventually lead to ugliness… literally.

Aging is caused by a number of factors, which fall into two categories:

Intrinsic factors that lead to aging are usually out of one’s control. These include genetics, natural immunity, slowed Collagen production and decrease in Elastin (gives skin buoyancy and enables it to snap back into place). The rate of cell-turnover may also decrease slightly, inhibiting the skin from renewing itself as readily as it used to.

Extrinsic factors include exposure to the sun (photo-aging), smoking, pollution and diet. Most extrinsic factors can be reduced or controlled, but there is one imperative factor that people seem to overlook- stress.

Good ol’ everyday stress that comes by the barrel-full is a sneaky little snake that slithers its way into everyday life and causes more harm than good, especially for the skin.  It increases sebum production and causes breakouts.  It increases production of Cortisol which leads to weight gain and, in turn, puts strain on skin’s natural detoxifying process.  And it creates internal inflammation that causes hives and skin sensitivity.  Stress is the main reason why people make unattractive facial expressions, and the long-term effects of repeated expressions can leave an even more unattractive mark on the face.

Some common stress indicators include the “number 11” between the brows from stern facials expressions, horizontal lines across the forehead from leading a arduous life, saggy nasolabial folds from constant pouting, etc.

So, why add to the daily grind’s own dose of stress?  Why worry about petty, insignificant things like Facebook or needing to be “in the know” of everything that is going on around us?  These habits will age you.  That is a promise.  Anxiety, obsession and feelings of envy cause stress, which leads to wrinkles, acne and a poor complexion.  Whereas, contentment, self-esteem, not caring what others think of you and becoming immune to naysayers will lead to a healthier life and motivate you to look your best.

When you’re 80 years old and looking in the mirror at the inevitable “intrinsic” aging that has taken place, I hope you’re able to say that you lived life instead of posting about it.  Don’t end up with “The Facebook Face” at age 35.  Relax.  Stop posting, commenting and updating.  Start living, verbally expressing and celebrating life outside of yours and others’ profiles.  Your skin can’t work a keyboard, but it will reflect every stressful move you make.


Written by Noelle DiLeonardo
Licensed Esthetician & Beauty Writer