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We’ve all experienced moments of stress in our lives—whether it’s been caused by a breakup or loss of some kind—or whether it’s just the result of having a super-hectic schedule. And when you’re dealing with constant stress, the National Institute of Mental Health states that one of the negative side effects can be a lack of sleep.
So, what’s this all got to do with your skin? Well, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), sleep is very important for your skin. That’s because while you’re snoozing every night, your skin works on repairing itself. So, if you’ve got wrinkles, dark circles, or other skin imperfections, you may notice that they become exacerbated if you don’t catch enough Zzz’s. (Hey, it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing!) What’s more, the AAD states that stress itself can worsen skin issues—and if this has ever happened to you, you know that this can just lead to more stress, becoming a vicious cycle.
If you find yourself in this situation, your skin may be in need of a little extra TLC. Try incorporating the following skin care tips into your daily routine to help take care of stressed out skin.
Now’s not the time to aggressively cleanse your skin with harsh products. Instead, reach for a gentle cleansing option, like micellar water, which is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The best part? There’s no rinsing or rubbing required. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes. Simply saturate a cotton pad with the cleanser and wipe the pad across your face.
One of the most important steps in your daily skin care routine should be moisturizing morning and night. Pick one that’s formulated for your skin type—and apply it after cleansing. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration. In the morning, follow up with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher to help protect skin from UV rays. If you’re pressed for time, you can use a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, to help cut down on the number of steps in your skin care routine.
Haven’t yet made serum part of your beauty regimen? It can definitely be beneficial. Look for one that targets your specific skin issues. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power TM Concentrated Serum is a luxurious, lightweight serum formulated with hyaluronic acid and Pro-Xylane to help address the look of aging skin. The serum can help skin look brighter immediately and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with continued use over time. Apply it after cleansing but before moisturizing.
Ready for a cool treat? It’s time to store your eye cream in your fridge. The cold can help to temporarily reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. The L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense is a light, non-greasy gel-cream specially formulated to defend against signs of premature aging around the eyes, including puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. When you’re ready to use it, take it out of the fridge and apply it in small dots around your eye area until fully absorbed.
Sometimes, it’s all about faking it until you make it—and that’s where color correcting concealer comes in. Take the stress out of your makeup routine by using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, which comes with four pastel-hued concealers: peach to disguise dark circles, green to neutralize redness, purple to hide dullness, and yellow to mask discoloration. Apply your shade(s) of choice sparingly, then follow up with a flesh-toned concealer if necessary and foundation.