• Words by Sonia

The ultimate skincare: cuddles

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Most of us already know that cuddling with someone, whether it is our pets, best friends, partners or kids, makes us feel cozy, safe and warm. It's what we want to do when it's cold at home, or when The Walking Dead is on TV and zombies are all around.

I have just received this photo and I was wondering if snuggling could be scientifically proven to be healthy. We all know about LOVE as a powerful medicine but what about cuddles (a love expression)? Does cuddling make any difference? Fortunately, the answer is YES. As it turns out, cuddling might as well be a miracle medicine resulting as the ultimate skincare treatment. This is what I've found out. Several studies have shown it and these are the 5 reasons why:

1. Cuddling makes us happier.

When you're physically close to someone, you tend to feel happier and healthier. Touching someone releases dopamine and serotonin, both of which can boost your mood and curb depression.

Furthermore, when a person is physically close to someone, his or her body releases oxytocin, another "happy chemical" that contributes to us cultivating and maintaining intimate, and healthy relationships.

2. Cuddling can strengthen our immune system.