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Stress leaves its mark on your skin by promoting the inflammatory process. Psychic stress can accelerate aging of the skin because it releases hormones such as cortisol, which can break down tissue and inhibit collagen synthesis. To protect your emotional well-being—and your skin—from decline, carve out ample time for relaxation through yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or massage. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate, stress-busting exercise also increases circulation and helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells.