Emblem for Skin Support Module - Utilizing Laugher and Joy to Naturally Improve Barrier Function and Skin Health

Executive Summary

Laughter and positive emotions can have a magnitude of positive effects on immune function, blood flow, markers of depression and have even been shown to directly influence important parameters for skin barrier function.

Introduction

Laughter and joy are emotions that are not only pleasant, but also beneficial to our health and mental stability. In absence of this emotions, depression and anxiety commonly fill the void and cause a myriad of unfavorable effects on our health.

As a result, finding ways to laugh and bring joy in to our lives can improve our health and directly influence the state of our skin. In short, positive emotions can be used to balance the detrimental effects of negative emotions.

Documented Benefits

The effect on positive emotions on the skin is not merely speculation. There are actually medical studies which have shown some direct benefits. This includes:

  • Increase in antimicrobial peptides [1]
  • Lowered facial skin temperature [2]
  • Improved skin barrier recovery [3]

In addition to these effects on the skin, more broad benefits include:

  • Improved immune function [4, 5]
  • Stabilized interaction between the immune system and the nervous system [6]
  • Improved blood flow – opposite of mental stress [7]
  • Reversing depression [8, 9]

Why It’s Important for Inflammatory Skin Disease

Characteristics most important for individuals affected by inflammatory skin disorders:

  • Improved skin blood flow
  • More stable immune function
  • Improved psychological stability

Expected improvements:

  • Improved skin barrier function
  • Reduced skin sensitivity

Ideas for Integrations

  • Videos, articles and books can be used to spark positive emotions and trigger laughter
  • People laugh significantly more when together with others and much less in isolation [10]
  • Laughter can be stimulated by physical interactions such as tickling
  • Forced laughing (simply mimicking natural laugh) may be of use as well, but perhaps not as satisfying

Additional Notes

  • It seems many people over-focus on the negative effects of stress, but fail to focus on the positive benefits of joy
  • Even stimulated laughter (non -humor laughter, for example triggered by tickling) has been shown to improve various health parameters [11], but research more remains limited

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