What can be the health benefits of crying apart from making you feel better? Read this blog to know the surprising eye and skin benefits of crying.
The Beauty Behind Crying
Crying is a really beautiful emotion. Humans are born crying because it eases muscles, creates an emotional outlet, streamlines breathing patterns, and releases feel-good chemicals.
Do you know what tears are made up of? Tears’ contents are similar to the contents of intravenous (IV) fluids that energize the body. The only difference is that tears that eventually trickle down the cheeks are more saline. On a few occasions, tears can also contain antibodies and other stress hormones to ease your pain, both physically and emotionally.
Did you know that humans are the only creatures capable of expressing emotions with tears? While animals have the ability to release tears and feel sadness, they don’t do both together.
Health Benefits of Crying
Do you cry a river or are you done with a few errand drops? Crying reduces stress and gives you an emotional outlet when everything else fails. Occasional crying gives you mental peace and makes you feel human and alive. Here are three health benefits of tears:
How Much You Cry
As earlier mentioned, tears have saline in them. Short-term exposure to saline and an increased pH level can ward off any bacteria and irritants on your skin. Crying reduces cortisol levels. Cortisols are stress hormones and reduced levels can control aging in humans.
How You Cry
Do you let the tears run down or do you constantly wipe them? Letting your tears run down your cheeks can be quite beneficial. Since tears bring out stress hormones, antibodies, and even dirt accumulated around your eyelids, letting them run will prevent the irritants from reinfecting your eyes.
What Do You Do After Crying?
No matter how good the crying made you feel, you will soon start regretting those tears after seeing your red face, blocked nose, and puffy eyes. Washing away the tears with cold water and giving yourself a cold compress will restore your beauty in a matter of minutes.
Your skin will be radiant and your will sparkle making you look and feel good about your physical appearance after a good crying session.
How Crying Affects Your Skin
We have seen the advantage of crying but most of them are for the short term only. Long-term crying comes with its own set of disadvantages.
- Too much crying can dry out your skin
- Crying can cause pimples. Rubbing away tears will promote breakouts
- Tears can lead to water retention, permanently dilated pupils/bloodshot eyes, and affect optical muscles.
- Rubbing a lot will cause dry eyes and skin darkening
- Excessive crying can affect your capillaries and block tears permanently
Crying is good for you emotionally and physically only to an extent. While crying little releases happy hormones like endorphins, too much crying is a sign of depression. Consult a professional if you are crying for no reason.