by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

5 Easy Ways to Soothe Stressed Skin

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The good thing about your skin is how visible it is; if there’s something affecting you, it won’t take very long to spot it. When you’re feeling stressed, anxious or worried, it’s likely to manifest outwardly on your skin. You’re more likely to experience irritation, breakouts and a lacklustre appearance.

Fortunately, BEAUBIT has some solutions for your stressed skin. These are the tried and tested beauty solutions we rely on to keep our skin resilient, especially during these uncertain times.

Back to basics

As a general rule of thumb, bring your skincare routine back to basics, and eliminate any products with excess fragrance, colours or dyes. In times of stress, products can sometimes begin to irritate your skin. Stick to a minimal routine— cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer.

Avoid irritating products

If your problem is redness, steer clear of certain ingredients in your skincare—like acids, which are commonly used for exfoliating. Avoid using strong retinols, as these can irritate sensitive skin, as well as harsh physical exfoliants and polishing scrubs. Acne products containing benzoyl peroxide can also be drying if you have sensitive skin.

If you can’t give up your favourite exfoliating product, look to low-percentage and gentle formulas.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, SGD130

Look to soothing ingredients

It’s important to incorporate products that are meant to soothe, calm and strengthen your skin barrier. Look out for botanical ingredients like aloe vera, centella asiatica and calendula, which are known for their skin-soothing properties.

Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Serum, SGD66
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, SGD59

Fight acne with spot treatments

Acne is one of the most common side effects of stress. To combat this, start using a clarifying cleanser twice a day. Avoid over-exfoliating, since it can lead to an overproduction of sebum. For blemishes, look for spot treatments with salicylic acid, or you can opt for acne patches. As for moisturizer, switch to something lighter and non-comedogenic, like a hyaluronic acid serum.

Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser, SGD33
Origins Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, SGD34
Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8, SGD57

Boost with Vitamin C

If your skin doesn’t have any major skin concern, but you’re feeling like it’s looking dull and lacklustre, add a Vitamin C serum into your routine. It helps brighten your complexion, fade hyperpigmentation and reduce fine lines.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum, SGD114