There are a couple of things that can affect your skin’s health in these uncertain times. Lack of exercise, switching to ready-to-eat meals to save time, and sleeping late can cause your skin to act up. The worst part is your dermat might not yet have opened up her clinic, so no professional help to fix the problem! But there is a way to keep your skin in check until she does: stress solutions in skincare.
Increased stress can contribute to a rise of cortisol levels in your blood, which in turn leads to certain skin issues. While working on your stress levels with exercise and medication can help, they might not provide targeted relief. That is why it is important to add stress solutions in your beauty routine to target those specific issues. Here are the four main areas which will need extra attention.
Acne and breakouts are one of the first effects of excessive stress you will see on your face. A simple solution to this would be to start washing your face with a clarifying cleanser at least twice a day. Avoid over-scrubbing as this could trigger excess sebum production. You can relieve blemishes with spot treatments formulated with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide in them. Also, stick to non-comedogenic serums and creams if you are breaking out.
If stress is making your skin dry, we suggest simplifying your skincare routine a bit. Wash your face once a day and use a moisturiser or serum with ingredients like argan oil, hyaluronic acid, ceramides or soothing vitamin B5 in them. Hydrate with lots of water and don't forget that nightly dose of night cream!
It’s not necessary that stress will lead to major issues for everyone. Sometimes, you can just feel your skin looking a bit dull and lifeless. A simple remedy to this is adding an antioxidant serum - like vitamin C - to your routine. Antioxidant ingredients fight free radical damage in your skin and bring back its lustre from within!
BB picks: Dermalogica Biolumin-c Serum
An existing skin issue that can get worse with stress is rosacea. Unfortunately, the cause for this inflamed redness of the skin hasn’t been found yet. But it can be targeted and solved by eliminating irritating products and adding a retinoid. Retinol helps increase cell turnover and balances redness-prone skin. Since starting with retinol can cause peeling for a couple of weeks, now is a good time to do it.
An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can also help with extreme cases of rosacea. If your redness is evolving into hives or bumps consult a dermatologist online to figure out how to deal with it.
If you do add retinol to the equation, you need to add a strong emollient too. Heavy or rich creams will improve your skin’s barrier protection and keep it moisturised.
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