face the music — and your skin will thank you for it. Vibing out to hits from the chart-topping likes of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, SZA and Drake is no longer solely a form of funky entertainment — it’s now a means to achieving healthy skin, according to an October study on the therapeutic benefits of tranquil sounds. “Relaxing music can have a profound effect on how we feel — physically and psychologically,” Micheal Bonshor, professor of Music Psychology at the University of Sheffield in the UK, said in the research conducted by luxury skincare membership club BeautyPie. “The neurological pathways which process sound affect the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotional responses, memory and behavior.
So listening to ‘relaxing’ music helps us to regulate our emotions,” continued Bonshor. “It can also reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol, [which is] the stress hormone.”In the report, analysts point to an October 2021 study featured in the National Library of Medicine, which found that stress can “increase skin inflammation, increase itching, impair skin barrier function, impair wound healing, and suppress immunity.” However, the researchers found that mind-body therapies — remedies that simultaneously heal the mind and the body, such as relaxation therapy through music — can reduce stress and aid in the elimination of dermatologic conditions, including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and self-induced skin conditions.