There’s plenty of evidence out there that shows good relationships make us healthier in a variety of ways, but did you know they can also be good for your skin? Skin is our largest organ and there’s a lot going on under the surface. Quite often, when something is amiss in your body it will show up in your skin. Likewise, your skin will also reflect good health. Interestingly, healthy relationships have been linked to good health and longevity – and your skin will reflect it. Here’s three cool ways that a healthy relationship will make your skin glow.
Your risk of cardiovascular disease is lowered
The INTERHEART study found that marital or relationship quality and loneliness play a significant role in heart health. When the heart is not healthy, the skin often has a grayish or bluish tint and appears dull. By contrast, the skin of a person with a healthy heart has color in their cheeks and their overall skin has good color and vibrancy.
A little smooching can help you feel less stressed
We all know that stress can wreak havoc on our skin, making it dull, dry, and lifeless and contributing to acne. When you’re stressed, your skin will often be one of the first areas in your body to start giving you clues. A study led by Wendy Hill, dean of the faculty and professor of neuroscience at Lafayette College found that when two people kiss, there is a release of certain, stress relieving hormones – and, well, in healthy relationships there’s usually a good bit of kissing going on! This results in less stress and healthier skin to show for it.
You’ll get sick less and heal faster
Studies show that people in healthy relationships have stronger immune systems. They get sick less and heal faster. When you have a strong immune system, your body is better able to ward off illness and diseases which means a healthier you. Good health in and of itself will make your skin glow, but should you get a pimple it will heal faster. On the other hand, unhealthy relationships cause slower healing.
So, carve out some quality time with your significant other and enjoy a little healthy skin freebie. Sure you should still eat right for your skin and continue with your skincare routines, but try not to let the daily grind keep you from the best natural skincare boosts you have: the people you love.