To calm redness, niacinamide or vitamin B3 tones down ruddy skin and reduces the appearance of dry skin. Revive tired skin with vitamin C, caffeine and glycolic acid, while dry skin responds to hyaluronic acid, ceramides and vitamin E. If you feel a breakout coming, apply AHAs, BHAs like salicylic acid, and even lower concentrations of retinol.
Mathilde Thomas, founder of French skincare brand Caudalie, says: “Anti-stress skincare is not new, but it is growing in today’s world because of our constant lack of sleep, lack of hydration, and environmental pollution. A stable version of vitamin C, together with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants like polyphenols, is your best cocktail for stressed-out skin.”
However, experts say there’s only this much skincare can do to manage the overall pressure. What matters in the end is adequate sleep, hydration, keeping healthy with exercise, and reducing screen time.
Dr Benjamin Yim of IDS Clinic says: “One could treat the symptoms of stress by applying medicated creams to treat facial acne, but the best way to manage overall stress is using lifestyle methods. Try relaxation techniques like breathing, and have ample rest.”
It sounds cliched, but there’s nothing like getting enough water, sleeping seven to eight hours a night, and working out 30 minutes a few times a week. Do that, coupled with anti-stress skincare to help your skin cope, and your body will thank you.