What do you do when you’ve got a problem at work? Or beef with a friend? Or a to-do list a mile long? You don’t let the stress consume you—you handle it! (Or at least try.) Well now’s the time to approach your nagging complexion concerns with that same enthusiasm and can-do attitude: You can save yourself from all the problems that pop up when your skin gets stressed. After all, feeling good about your skin can send your confidence soaring, which will only help you boss up when you need to in the rest of your life.
Plus, the latest unicorn products are so good that there’s no reason you shouldn’t feel like a glowing goddess all the time. Here, we put together a rundown of three of the most common skin issues—there’s a good chance at least one of them has been on your mind lately—and the latest and greatest problem-solvers that can help. Read on to combat dryness, unwanted signs of aging, and redness with the best stress-cancelling skincare right now.
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Whether you normally have dry skin or not, pretty much everyone is on the dryness struggle bus at this time of year. With little humidity in the air, the environment sucks moisture from wherever it can get it, which (yep!) often means your face. This can make your complexion flaky, or look and feel rough and dull, or it can cause peeling, says Devika Icecreamwala, MD, a dermatologist in Berkeley, California.
“Your skin’s barrier plays a big role in dryness,” she says. “If you’ve been over-washing or over-exfoliating, that can strip away the barrier that helps hold moisture in.” To deal, don’t simply slap on extra lotion or the thick and heavy skincare equivalent of a snowsuit. The trick to thriving during these drying times is to moisturize smarter:
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We can pretty much all agree that getting older is a good thing—we’re more settled in our lives and likely more comfortable in our own skin. But wrinkles, uneven skin tone, brown spots, dryness, large pores, and loss of radiance aren’t exactly on our wish list. “As skin ages, cells don’t turn over as quickly, and those extra dead skin cells on your face can leave you with a dull appearance,” Dr. Icecreamwala says.
Sun exposure is enemy number one because it triggers free radicals (unstable atoms) that damage skin, so make SPF your top priority. But other factors, including stress and pollution, can also trigger free-radical damage and contribute to signs of aging. Here, simple ways to treat skin and protect your complexion:
Rosacea and eczema are common causes of redness, but there’s not always an underlying condition responsible, Dr. Icecreamwala says. Instead, skin can simply be more sensitive and red, and—you guessed it—stress can also trigger a flare up. Or, in addition to moisture escaping and skin drying out, irritants in the environment and certain products may also trigger visible signs of inflammation like redness and irritation and a ruddy appearance.
The best solution? Treat skin with extra TLC. Avoid exfoliating and harsh ingredients, and look for gentle products designed to be soothing, moisturizing, and protective, Dr. Icecreamwala says. A few tips:
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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