Smart Cover Explains Why Crying Is Good for You

If you’re the kind of person who gets teary-eyed while watching a romantic movie, or even an especially moving dog food commercial, we have good news. Crying is good for you! According to Dr. Neel Burton, “Crying activates both the arousing sympathetic nervous system and the sedating parasympathetic nervous system.”  That second one is the reason you probably associate crying with a calming sense of release.

Why Crying is Good for You, Body and Soul

It’s no coincidence that we instinctively cry when we’re hurting. Crying releases soothing chemicals like oxytocin, which help to dull pain and lift your mood. As Healthline.com explains, the act of sobbing “can help regulate and even lower the temperature of your brain.” This is because you’re sucking in bursts of cool air when you sob and our bodies like a cool brain better than a warm brain.

Emotional crying is different than shedding “reflex tears” like you would if you got something in your eye. When you cry emotional tears, it actually removes toxins from your body, like the stress hormone cortisol. You may have heard of cortisol, because it’s known for causing weight gain. Crying also helps to keep your blood pressure low, which reduces your risk of heart disease.  If you’re prone to stress-induced acne breakouts, having a good cry every now and then can even help improve your complexion.

If you’re concerned about the blotchy skin and swollen eyes that can follow a nice sob-fest, Smart Cover can help! Use the Smart Cover Stick around the eyes to hide redness and puffiness. Then apply some Camouflage Crème and add a little Compact Finishing Powder for a flawless finish. No one has to know you’ve been crying if you don’t want them to. But as health writer Marlo Sollitto points out, crying is “highly evolved behavior,” so be proud and cry out loud!