Have you ever noticed that people in love have an inimitable glow? We know you know what we’re talking about. That glow that no matter how much highlighter you apply or radiant masks you do, your skin will never match THAT glow? Well lovers, there’s a scientific reason behind it: oxytocin hormone a.k.a. the “hormone of love”.
The oxytocin hormone plays a fundamental role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, childbirth, and the period after childbirth. This bonding hormone has shown to be very beneficial for our bodies. A study discovered that by couples hugging, they were able to improve oxytocin levels and decrease stress levels, as well as improve mood. In fact, this hormone is able to lower cortisol levels (responsible for skin inflammation), making pimples and skin rashes less noticeable. It can even reduce inflammatory factors that slow healing, making skin less irritated.
However, the love hormone needs to be stimulated at all times to make sure that it takes effect. In another study, couples separated for 4-7 days showed higher cortisol levels and worsened sleep.
The good news is that the oxytocin hormone is not only reserved for couples. Yes, that means that hugging your mother, your best-friend, or even your dog can boost your skin from within! So spread love.
That said, the impact of oxytocin on skin still needs more backing of scientific research before we can give it all the merit of glowing skin. Skin is impacted by so many things, that simply love may not be the cure for your skin problems, but it can’t hurt!