In the stressful times we’re living in, one of the most common answers to the question “how are you?” is “sis, I am stressed!” While there are several ways to destress the mind and body, you also need to pay attention to your skin. Yes, stress affects the skin how. But unlike the body, the skin has a peculiar way of letting us know that it’s stressed. Look out for these five signs from your skin that indicate it's stressed and how to deal with it.


01. Dullness


We all aspire to have glowing skin each and every day, but it doesn’t always work out. When we’re stressed, our skin is anything but glowing. Stress can cause your skin to look dull, your face to lose volume and cause fine lines. So what to do? Use Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant because it gently exfoliates the skin leaving it smoother and brighter. You can also use the Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate that reduces dead skin cells and pore-clogging impurities and renews the skin's clarity and texture giving you an even-toned and bright skin.


02. Tired Eyes

Tired Eyes

Stress fills our nights with pondering, worry, and adding to our never-ending mental to-do list. Beauty sleep? Yeah right. We wake up with puffiness and under-eye bags. There are lots of natural ways to reduce the look of tired eyes. Dehydration is one of the biggest causes, so drink one cup of water before your morning coffee. Add a slice of lemon for a refreshing twist. Tired eyes are caused by inflammation, but how do you stop it? Let’s take a more luxurious twist to the popular ice method, shall we? Chill rose water for about 20 minutes, soak cotton balls in the chilled petal infused liquid. Place the cotton over your eyes for approximately 5-10 minutes to reduce the look of puffiness. You’ll smell, feel, and look fresh all day long.


03. Redness


Stress triggers a flight or fight response in the body, which releases stress hormones into the bloodstream. As our anxious emotions begin to flow, our capillaries begin to expand causing an increase in blood flow to the face. This causes facial redness, which is perfectly normal, so no need to panic! However, red patches on the face make the skin look uneven and inflamed. So use the Vaseline Aloe Moisturizing Gel to soothe your skin and retain the moisture.


04. Acne


We’ve all been there. A big meeting, a blind date, or family is coming to town when, BAM, a red bump appears. When we are stressed, our cells produce sebum, an oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, leading to a pimple. Even washing your face ten times a day would not suffice and leave you dry and flakey. And acne is a problem that needs attention internally and externally because of which you need to ensure you are relieving your stress internally by practising yoga and meditation.


05. Dryness


Wondering why your skin turns dry and flaky when you’re feeling stressed? Chronic stress increases the production of the hormone cortisol, which decreases the skin’s ability to retain water. So while the best way to curb it is to increase water intake it’s also important to include the right products into your regime with the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser that instantly doubles skin’s hydration or the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Oil-in-Creme that is non-greasy and helps you get radiant and dewy looking skin.