The past year has not been gentle on our skin. In addition to everyday troubles like to-do lists, unexpected hiccups and career-related pressure, 2020 brought our stress levels to an entirely new level. One of the most unanticipated side effects is that it’s starting to show in our skin. This can manifest in acne, dullness and stress lines, among other things.
Don’t sweat it. We’re going to show you how to care for your stressed-out skin in five easy steps.
1. Create a Sleep Routine
Beauty sleep isn’t a myth. Our skin regenerates and produces collagen while we sleep, which means that quality sleep is crucial to our skin health.
With our brains buzzing with information and tasks to do tomorrow, it can be challenging to fall and stay asleep. Our bodies crave routine, so creating a couple of small steps that you take every night before bed can make a large difference in your overall sleep quality. Try these sleep improvement methods:
- Write a to-do list for tomorrow before you go to bed. Many of us stay up thinking about the things that we need to accomplish the next day. Get ahead of this by creating a list so you can rest your thoughts.
- Try not to use electronics for an hour before bedtime. I’m guilty of bringing my phone into bed to scroll, but the blue light that emits from electronics keeps our brains active. If you want to have something to read before bed, try a book or a magazine with a soft light.
2. Learn a Quick Facial Massage
Your face holds all of your emotion and stress from the day and yet, we never give it the love that we give to our other muscles. If you mindfully think about relaxing your face, you’ll notice all that tension that you carry around daily.
You can start your facial massage by using an oil-based product such as our PM Serum. Take a couple of drops into your fingertips and gently slip the serum on to your face using upward strokes. Start in small sections and give gentle pressure from the centre of your face outwards. This not only feels peaceful and calming, but will also help to depuff your face by draining excess fluid.
If you’re interested in trying a facial tool to help with massage, a jade roller is a great place to start for stressed-out skin.
3. Stay Hydrated
When we’re stressed and the tasks start to pile up, there’s a tendency to pump up the caffeine intake and live off of coffee. Although coffee is comforting and gives us that boost we need, it can be counterproductive to decreasing stress. Caffeine can sometimes cause our body to release cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, and can have a dehydrating effect.
Instead, try to maintain a generous water intake. Staying hydrated not only helps to prevent skin sagging and fine lines, it also keeps your skin looking bouncy and glowing.
4. Prioritize Self-Care Time
“I don’t have time.” “I don’t even know what I want to do.” “There are so many things I still need to get done.” These are all excuses I’ve made to myself when presented with the idea of self-care.
Self-care isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. You need time to disconnect and take care of the most important person in your life - yourself. Book time in your schedule (seriously!) to do something that you enjoy. Maybe that’s pouring yourself a glass of wine and enjoying a favorite album. It could even be running a bath and grabbing a good book; whatever brings you joy.
5. Make Skincare Easy
If you haven’t already seen our article on Simplifying Your Skincare Routine, it’s a must-read! You have enough things to worry about; skincare shouldn't be one of them. You’ll want to choose no-fuss, high-quality products that will moisturize and care for your stressed-out skin.
“It’s really important to keep a skincare routine simple and strip it back,” shares Dr. Rachel Murkett, Head Scientist at Potent Serum. “A good serum that is packed with ingredients that will hydrate and nourish the skin is the most important thing.”