It goes without saying that too many late nights, cocktails or deadlines hitting at the office can cause some major stress and lack of sleep, but what isn’t so well-known is that the effects of such stress creep up on our complexions first. In fact, recent studies show that not getting enough rest can actually cause you to appear less attractive and sociable to those around you. To keep stress off your skin, reach for these products that are designed to eliminate the evidence of stress on your skin—be it emotional, environmental or tech-based—because while we can’t control what happens at the office, we can now luckily better control how it shows up in the mirror.
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The cold metal applicator immediately provides a cooling, relaxing effect to tired eyes, but the real results come later when the blend of wild indigo seed, arctic algae and gallic acid kicks in, visibly reducing puffiness and dark circles and energizing depleted skin.
After 10 minutes with these eye patches, the evidence of those long days, late nights or love affair with the elements will be drastically reduced, lines will be plumped and your eyes refreshed.
Ideal for complexions following a fast-paced, tech-driven lifestyle, when used in the morning and before bed, this antioxidant- and amino-acid-infused gel moisturizer delivers a dose of healing hydration to dry, irritated skin and helps it visibly bounce back from long, tiring days.
For most of us, evidence of long nights and stressful times show up around our eyes first. The triple-steel rollerball applicator massages as it cools, refreshes and nourishes tired, puffy eyes with the antioxidant- and caffeine-infused gel.
Skyn Iceland Fresh Start Mask ($39 for six masks)
Fun fact: This entire brand is centered around Icelandic ingredients that reduce signs of stress on the skin. A fan favorite for its immediate refreshing effects, this two-phase mask uses blue clay and oxygenating mud to detox skin of all its impurities before the second phase (filled with AHA, fruit and sugar acids) deeply refines and brightens neglected, dulled-down complexions.
Designed to be used daily, this mask packs a relaxing blend of neroli, patchouli, lavender, vetiver and chamomile help to unwind mental stress while turmeric oil and peppermint, giant hyssop and rose root extracts work their magic on any trauma found on skin’s surface.
A unique whipped-meets-rich consistency makes this overnight cream a welcome new addition to my p.m. skin care routine, especially when the benefits range from increased collagen production to shielding skin from new damage.
Along with vitamin B5 and shea butter—plus a blend of aromatic essential oils to calm your mind—a high concentration of anise seed oil helps improve the appearance of dull, stressed-out and tired-looking skin while helping it appear soft and smooth.
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