Stress. It’s one of the biggest contributors to ill health in the world, but it’s something that almost all of us have to deal with on a regular basis. As well as having knock-on effects such as high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety and depression, it can also contribute to certain negative aspects of the ageing process, leaving you looking far from your best. Obviously, reducing your daily stress levels is the most important thing to help you avoid all of the other side-effects, but we also wanted to give you a heads up about some of the amazing products that we stock which can really help with the physiological tolls that stress takes on our bodies:
The eyes are one of the most obvious places where stress takes it’s toll. Fine lines and puffiness from lack of sleep and frowning can make your whole face look aged and drawn, almost over night in some cases. This high-performance eye treatment and masque energises skin to reduce visible signs of stress and is suitable for all skin conditions. It firms and de-puffs the under-eye area while brightening dark circles and building your skin’s natural defences against stress.
Stress and tight muscles pretty much always go hand-in-hand; feeling stresses and upset makes us tense our muscles up which makes them feel tight and fatigued by the end of the day. Elemis has developed this massage oil which not only helps to loosen tight muscles, but will also use the aromas of rosewood, melissa, marjoram, geranium, rosemary, lavender and chamomile to soothe you from the inside out.
Stressed-out skin will often do all of the things you DON’T want it to do, with some faces reacting by becoming oily and others doing the opposite and drying out altogether. This masque treatment from Dermalogica is specifically designed to de-stress, utilising vitamin A to increase elasticity and moisture content while antioxidant Vitamin C aids in collagen synthesis and restores suppleness. Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 promote healthy tissue regeneration, while calming botanical extracts of Licorice, Comfrey and Burdock soothe the skin.
Nighttime is a great time to deal with stressed skin as it’s usually the time when you’ll be resting, full-stop. This means that you can use a more powerful treatment and give it time to sink in, without wiryying about greasy residue. This night cream from Elemis is an anti-oxidant rich night cream that helps prevent moisture loss and works to nourish and de-stress tired skin. It’s totally natural too, giving you the confidence that you aren’t smearing a bunch of chemicals over your face while you sleep.
Dermalogica has also jumped on the ‘masques for stressed skin’ bandwagon with this hydrating mask which guarantees to pump your skin full of much-needed moisture which can be lost over the course of the day. It contains a soothing blend of botanicals which will soothe and calm your skin, leaving it plumped, smoothed and less red.