Just as we blush at embarrassing situations and get goose bumps when we get excited, in the same way the emotional and psychic factor greatly affects the skin. Today we can find dermatologists with training in psychiatry and psychology. In addition to dealing with their patients’ skin problems, they practice talk therapies, even prescribing anti-depressants or anxiolytics. The result is a unique perspective when it comes to solving any skin problems.

Mind-skin connection is real.

Emotions manifest themselves particularly strongly when it comes to the skin. This connection begins in the uterus. This is because the skin and nervous system share common embryonic origin, i.e. the same cells form both the brain and skin, explains Josie Howard, a psychiatrist with experience in psychodermatology.

Every time we feel tension, we release cortisol, a hormone intended to be pumped only a few seconds. When cortisone is very high, it has many negative effects on the skin. Excess cortisol breaks down collagen, increases moisture loss, dilates blood vessels, causes inflammation, slows cell rotation and increases sebum production. This leads to wrinkles, dryness, irritation, opacity, breakouts.

Sleep is the best cure. While we sleep at night, cortisol levels are at no lower point, maximizing their repair capacity. Feeling serene or optimistic has similar effects to getting a good night’s sleep (that’s why when we’re happy we’re told we’re glowing). Sexual activity also benefits our skin, not only reducing cortisol, it also increases beta-endorphin like oxytocin, an anti-inflammatory molecule.

Because skin and mind are so intertwined, psychodermatologists recommend a treatment approach of both ends. A chronic condition such as acne or eczema is usually exacerbated by stress, so we should apply anti-stress practices such as meditation, regular exercise, herbal teas, etc. to our beauty routine. María del Mar Aguilera Zuheros, Miss World Spain 2019 argues in her theory of skin psychology, which is the largest organ of our body and reflects clear evidence of our mood and health. The skin is a mirror of what we carry inside and it has been shown that the features of the face (including the skin) influence how we are judged by others unconsciously, or we make important decisions regarding a person based on their appearance, health status and skin (e.g. choosing someone among several candidates, voting for someone, choose someone for a job).

We explored this philosophy by talking to Miss World Spain 2019.

When you talk about the theory of psychology in skin care, could you further develop this interesting and almost unknown concept?

Of course, we all unconsciously judge people’s health and care based on their appearance. Skin is one of those determining factors. More important than we thought, right? Not only does beautiful skin make us feel more attractive, it can also be decisive for us to be chosen in a job. So, let’s take care of ourselves!

Since you won the Miss World Spain pageant, your daily life has evidently undergone major changes, for example, travelling frequently, many hours of flights, exposing you to major routine changes in meals, schedules, sleep, as well as strong climate changes. Have these changes influenced your skin?

Definitely any alteration in your daily life shows immediately in the face, the eyes, the skin, making every sign of fatigue, lack of sleep, etc, so evident.   And from the moment I started changing the routines in my daily life, I had to start taking care of my skin much more than before.

What do you do for skin care when you are out of your normal life, with so many changes mentioned above? Do you follow any plans to take care of it and keep it looking fresh, natural and healthy?

In photo shoots many long-lasting products are used, some of them are very aggressive for the skin, the most important in skin care is to remove makeup very well, soothe and moisturize it.

It is common to hear that stress and anxiety are negative factors for the care of our skin, and that it can cause serious problems of acne, dermatitis, even psoriasis and skin allergies. What can you tell us about it, and how to avoid it?

Indeed, it is very common and there are also very few effective treatments that actually solve the problem beyond calming it down. As a solution I would recommend without hesitation, SQOOM XCential serums and devices, which acts as a regenerator of cells from the inner layers and is able to solve any problem in our skin.

What are the fundamental skin care products, which you say should not be missing in our beauty line?

A good makeup remover, tonic, moisturizer and SQOOM treatment along with its XCential Serums. There is no imperfection in the skin that resists to that perfect combination.

Many psychodermatologists claim that the notion of taking care of the skin without taking care of our inner state and psyche is not complete. You, as a psychologist and at the same time a symbol of international beauty, what is your opinion on this statement?

The face is the mirror of the soul, if we do not take care of our soul and mind, it will obviously be reflected in it.Everything is complementary, and we can see it ourselves with a special light on our faces when we are truly happy.