The Ultimate Stress-Quieting, Glow-Boosting Serum Is Here

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2020 was lacking in many departments—in-person connection, travel, around-the-table conversations—but was brimming in one: stress.

From leaning into self-care practices and training the mind to see the silver lining, we’ve put in the work to try to stave off excess worry that seems to creep up without warning. But no matter how many breathing exercises we have under our belt, constant agitation and anxiety can also wreak havoc on our faces and bodies, aging us quicker than we’d like.

Preserving our mental health is of upmost importance, especially now, but taking care of our skin is also a non-negotiable. While skin care can’t stop stress in its tracks, it can help prevent it from creeping up on our skin, a practice Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Super Serum ($74) knows a thing or two about.

Because stress slows the production of collagen, antioxidants and our skin’s own moisturizers (think ceramides, phospholipids and squalene), a constant state of fight-or-flight results in deepened worry lines, dullness and dehydration, redness, flareups and tired eyes. With help from niacinamide (aka vitamin B3), superfoods and adaptogens such as ashwagandha and goji, The Stress Rescue Super Serum works to combat these main signs of stress-induced aging. But it doesn’t stop there: while a blend of potent maitake mushroom, maca root and cacao calms redness and strengthens the skin barrier, it also results in beaming, radiant-looking skin.

The serum itself is lightweight, silky-smooth and safe for all skin types—it’s hypoallergenic for sensitive skin and noncomedogenic for easily congested faces—and sinks right in without any stickiness to be found. (I like to use it before my moisturizer both in the morning and before bed at night.)

In this unprecedented year, the holidays can be confusing. But one thing is for certain: With a new year on the horizon, it’s important to intentionally carve out some time for what makes you—and your skin—happier. What makes a better gift than that?

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