Gratitude: Your Secret to Healthy, Beautiful Skin

November is National Healthy Skin Month and what better way to celebrate than making sure you are intentional in taking care of your skin?

We now know that it’s not just our skincare routine that affects how our skin looks. Stress, diet, sleep, medications, health problems, and more can all make a visible difference in our appearance.

But did you know that there’s an ultimate secret to healthy and beautiful skin that won’t cost a dime?

The answer is: BEING GRATEFUL.

When you practice gratitude daily, it radiates throughout your life and most importantly, your skin. Studies have found that grateful people experience a number of health benefits - all associated with a more radiant complexion.

When we become more grateful people, a number of physiological changes occur in the body that improves its overall function and benefit the skin, too.


Gratitude helps us manage stress.

When we experience stress, the body releases stress hormones called cortisol that can cause premature aging, inflammation in the skin, and can tear down collagen in your body. A consistent attitude of gratitude may help lower levels of stress and reduce skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

Gratitude tames toxic emotions.

How do you look when you’re frustrated, angry, irritated, envious, or regretful? Probably not as radiant and beautiful as when you’re feeling positive emotions.

Turns out gratitude helps reduce these toxic emotions. Studies about gratitude and well-being will tell you that repeatedly and regularly thinking about what you’re grateful for can help you feel a lot better, which will show up on your complexion.

Gratitude helps you sleep.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body is naturally stressed. Gratitude can actually help you sleep better. When you have trouble sleeping because your mind is racing with stimulating thoughts and worries, think about all the good things that happened during the day instead. The fact that you woke up today is actually something to be grateful for.


Gratitude boosts your confidence.

What’s more attractive than a confident person? If you’re not feeling so good about yourself these days, practicing gratitude can help. When you are always grateful, you see your life in a whole new set of eyes and in effect gives you an increased sense of self-esteem.

Gratitude strengthens the immune system.

We need an optimally functioning immune system to repair skin damage and regenerate younger-looking skin. Research has linked gratitude with optimism, and optimism is connected with a stronger immune system. A study from the University of Utah, for example, found that participants under stress who were more optimistic maintained a higher number of blood cells that protect the immune system, compared with more pessimistic participants.

Gratitude reduces inflammation.

Inflammation is extremely damaging to the skin. When you recognize and give thanks for the good things in your life, it does not only improve mood and sleep but can actually lower levels of inflammatory markers in the body.

Since Thanksgiving is around the corner, people are preparing their feasts and lists to be thankful for. But if you want a long-lasting radiant and youthful glow, practice gratitude not just on Thanksgiving day but every day.

Start by being grateful for where you are right now, for all the good things in your life, and for how much your body has helped you in your journey.

Spend 15 minutes writing a gratitude journal before bed to help you sleep better and list 5 things you are grateful for at the end of the day - such as good food, weather, an interaction that made you smile, a good moisturizer, an outfit that you loved, and accomplishing small tasks that made you proud.


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