Stressed-out skin? Get your complexion back on track with our roundup of beauty and skin care products that help counter or camouflage the effects of stress.
Stress and your skin
Think stress just puts a damper on your day and zaps your energy? Along with the mental and emotional effects of stress, it can also wreak havoc on your complexion. Stress can mean blemishes; dark circles and puffy eyes; dry, flaky skin; a pale complexion; and even skin rashes. Luckily there are a few products that can help counteract or at the very least cover up the effects of stress.
For dry stressed skin
Increase hydration with a mask, add a hydrating serum to your skin care routine, and opt for a foundation that adds moisture when stress dries out your skin.
For dull stressed skin
If stress is causing your skin to look dull and lacklustre, exfoliate to reveal brighter skin, and fake your way to a glowing complexion with a highlighting or illuminating product.
Use First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish (sephora.com, $30) to slough away dead skin cells and gently exfoliate the skin, revealing a smoother, more luminous complexion.
Fake a gorgeous glow and camouflage a dull complexion with Origins’ Halo Effect Instant Illuminator (thebay.com, $23).
For dark circles and puffy eyes
Stress often means no sleep, which can lead to puffy eyes, and the more stressed out you are, the more you’ll notice dark circles under your eyes. De-puff and conceal to hide the effects of those nights spent wide awake.
Minimize puffiness under your eyes with Live Clean’s Fresh Face De-puffing Eye Treatment (well.ca, $22). The soothing eye roller treatment is formulated with green tea caffeine to de-puff.
Pretend those dark circles don’t exist by effectively hiding them with Benefit Cosmetics’ Boi-ing (Sephora.com, $26), a concealer made especially for dealing with shadows and dark patches.
For stress-related blemishes
Tackle breakouts caused by stress with a blemish-busting mask and spot treatment, and then cover them up with the right concealer.