Stress is an inevitable part of life, and it comes in all forms. And while we all know that worrying too much about a big exam or work presentation isn’t good for us, it can have an unfortunate effect on our psyche. And also, our skin. Sadly, a stressful period in our lives can also have physical side effects, including skin breakouts, redness, dullness or dark circles.
This is due to hormonal changes and our bodies going into “fight or flight” mode to deal with our emotions, in addition to the lack of sleep that also comes with extreme stress. And while none of this is fun to deal with, there are tons of skin care products to help guide us through the most intense periods in our lives. Not only do these products treat blemishes and add brightness to the skin, they also deliver a dose of self-care that can do wonders for our physical and mental well-being.
You deserve to look and feel good, because you’re amazing, and that’s why we’re here to tell you all about the best skin care products to treat stressed skin symptoms.
“Cool, calm, and collected.” It’s not just a figure of speech when talking about skin care products, as you need the right ingredients to soothe stressed skin when you need it the most. And there are few brands who understand the power of calming ingredients more than Glow Recipe, a K-beauty cult brand that incorporates your favorite foods into their masks to nourish your body from the inside out. Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is your stressed skin savior, as the key ingredient is rich in vitamins and minerals, including potassium and Vitamin E, to deeply hydrate your skin and leave it feeling soft. No more tightness and dry patches, just healthy and hydrated skin courtesy of your favorite fruit.
“Amazing for dry skin. Good moisturizer for night and day! But if you use it during the day, also use their moisturizer with SPF!” This community review knows what’s up when it comes to treating stressed skin. Ultra Facial Cream by Kiehl’s is formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and Squalane to provide 24-hour hydration, effective on even the most dry patches of skin caused by stress. Clinically proven to smooth, soften, and de-stress all skin types, you can also add a bit of SPF product afterward to prevent further dryness and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, another unfortunate side effect of stressed skin.
One of your new favorite skincare products that gives a whole new meaning to “petal-soft skin.” Rose Deep Hydrating Sleeping Mask is made with 100% gentle and soothing ingredients - rosewater, rose, and hyaluronic acid - to lock in hydration and clear up dry patches caused by stress. But as any skin care enthusiast knows, moisture is the answer to essentially all skin issues, meaning that this sleeping mask will also tackle a variety of other problems. No more redness, dullness, acne, or dry skin… just a soft and radiant complexion as sweet as rose petals.
Just the name of this cult skin care product will evoke excitement from beauty enthusiasts everywhere, and with good reason. It’s a classic that fades dark circles instantly, whether they’re caused by hereditary factors, lack of sleep, or a stressful event that makes the fragile capillaries under your eyes break and create the appearance of dark circles. Did you even know that was a thing? Because it is. Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex is formulated with 10X Concentrated Repair Technology, helping to reduce dark circles and hydrate your skin while repairing the damage created by stress, sleep deprivation, and blue light damage. Or even all three of those things, like when you stay up way too late in front of your laptop working on a stressful school project. Try this classic skin care product from a legendary brand to erase all signs of dark circles.
Even the most stressed skin is no match for Vitamin C, the best skin care ingredient to beat discoloration and bring your under eye area back to life. Even if you only got a few hours of sleep, this Neutrogena favorite will keep all your secrets… we promise. Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector uses a high concentration of Vitamin C to improve the appearance of your skin, making it brighter and more beautiful as you watch the dark under eyes disappear. And then there’s the other miracle ingredient in this product, Accelerated Retinol SA, which improves texture and relaxes your skin to create a radiant glow.
This eye cream doesn’t just fade dark circles (though it definitely does that too!), it also lifts your under eye area to make you look a lot less tired and stressed. Squalane delivers major hydration to fade discoloration and add brightness to your eyes, while the marine algae peptide complex is said to minimize wrinkles and fine lines in less than 7 days. Younger, brighter, and fresher eyes? Yes, believe it… and it’s all in this gorgeous green jar.
Symptoms of mental stress can often turn physical, like when it triggers existing skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, or just causes your skin to turn red and blotchy at the worst possible times. While prevention is obviously the best treatment, there are plenty of skin care products to help with stress-induced redness and give you an even skin tone… like this one by Skinfix. This lightweight, creamy gel contains a honey and peptide complex to visibly reduce redness and blotchiness, and green tea to protect against environmental stress. Because the last thing you need during finals week is more stress, are we right?
Our skin care tip to you? Overnight masks are your new best friend. They combine the two things you need the most to combat stressed skin, sleep and skin care, and let you wake up with a radiant, non-red complexion. Hypoallergenic Cica Sleeping Mask contains Fermented Forest Yeast Extract to deliver a surge of moisture that soothes redness and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving you with the most soft and smooth skin ever - all while you’re sound asleep.
It’s a vicious cycle. Your stressed skin becomes red and blotchy under pressure, which in turn makes you even more stressed. Just way too much stress for our taste. But you can always count on IT Cosmetics, one of our favorite brands to treat your stressed skin with hybrid makeup and skin care products for a glowing complexion. Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream features all the calming ingredients you can imagine, including anti-aging peptides, colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed collagen, aloe and avocado, to keep your skin in check and let you go makeup-free without having to worry about blotchy spots.
The best way to become even more stressed before a big job interview or school presentation? Waking up with a major stress-induced breakout, ugh. Sadly, it happens quite a lot, but it doesn’t have to with the Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask. The key ingredient in this lightweight gel mask works as an anti-inflammatory to soothe irritated skin, salicylic acid fights blemishes and pimples, and papaya and pineapple work together to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. All the worst things that come from stressed skin, like pimples, pores, and blackheads, will be essentially gone after you start using this favorite from Herbivore Botanicals.
Anybody who struggles with acne knows it - the best skin care products to beat breakouts contain salicylic acid. And this cleanser by Murad has two types of it. Let this gel cleanser dissolve excess oil and deep clean your pores as you say “bye, Felicia” to stress-induced breakouts. And we promise it won’t dry out the rest of your face, either, as it also contains green tea to soothe the skin and keep it looking dewy, not dry.
A stressed skin treatment that’s even better than all the rest. Pun intended. Clinique is here to solve all of your stressed skin issues with a variety of powerhouse ingredients - including CL-302, Salicylic Acid, Glucosamine and even a Brightening Yeast Blend. Your skin feels better when it looks better, and this is the ideal skin care product for those who want to tackle a ton of issues at once - from acne and acne scars to dullness and discoloration.
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