I’d love to tell you that being stressed doesn’t affected your skin — as if being a great big knotted ball of stress is enough to contend with, right? — but the reality is, it does. In more ways than one. Below are three ways that stress can show itself on your skin, but more importantly, ways that you can combat them.
Dryness: Stress compromises the skin’s lipid barrier, which basically means that it doesn’t hold onto valuable moisture as well as it should. Because of this, be sure to use a super hydrating moisturiser like
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Dullness: You know how you feel lethargic when you’re stressed, as though everything’s an effort? Well that’s essentially how your skin feels, too. The whole cell renewal process takes longer, which means dead skin cells sit on the surface for longer, resulting in a dull appearance. Ensure your skin is looking extra radiant by making sure that you exfoliate every 2-3 days with a scrub such as Neutrogena’s new Deep Clean® Shine Control Daily Scrub ($12.99). And add a touch of liquid illuminator into your foundation for an extra boost. Try
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Breakouts: Breakouts intensify during periods of stress (we’ve already discussed the chicken-and-egg nature of the situation). Keep them in check with a targeted wash and spot treatment duo. Our readers swear by Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Power-Cream Wash ($14.99) and Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Spot Gel ($16.99).