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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, a.k.a. a vital part of any skin care routine. 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 fine lines and 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 products (including our best moisturizer for sensitive skin) and tips into your daily skin care routine to help take care of stressed out skin.
Now’s not the time to aggressively cleanse your skin with harsh skin care 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 facial cleanser and wipe the pad across your face.
If you have stressed, sensitive skin, it’s time to turn your attention to cica cream. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro-Retinol & Centella Asiatica is formulated with centella asiatica—also known as tiger grass—an herb from traditional Chinese medicine. This cica cream helps repair the skin barrier to resist visible signs of aging. It’s like a shield for your skin. Smooth it over your face morning and night.
When you look and feel stressed, it’s a sign that you need to take a moment for yourself. And what better way to do so than with a soothing face mask to push you to sit back and relax? The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and seaweed to remove the build of oil, dirt, and impurities while working to clear skin for a calm, purified complexion. Twice a week, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
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. Stash the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream into your fridge, and when you’re ready to use it, take it out 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 True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons, which come in five pastel hues to do everything from disguise dark circles to neutralize the look of redness to hide dullness to mask discoloration. Apply your shade(s) of choice sparingly, then follow up with a flesh-toned concealer, such as the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer.
Loved learning about how to soothe your stressed-out skin? Perhaps you’d like to learn how to get in the habit of giving your skin the TLC it deserves. If so, check out our article, Face Mask How-To: Give Yourself a Spa-Like Facial at Home.