September Stress Showing Up On Your Skin? Here’s What To Do

Here’s how to keep your skin from getting stressed out.

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We’re back in the swing of it: school, work and unfortunately, stress. What does stress do to skin? Only total chaos. 

Stress can lead to cystic acne; early signs of aging like fine lines and dull skin; and it can worsen existing skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Stress raises our cortisol levels, which breaks down collagen and elastin, making skin breakout and age. (Not to stress you out more.)

What’s the Rx for stressed skin? Read on to find out.

[SEE ALSO: How To Choose The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin Type]

Sleep It Off

Between early morning classes, brand-new work projects and reconnecting with friends and coworkers, sleeping in is a thing of vacations past—and you’re probably burning the candle at both ends. You’ve got to get at least seven hours of shuteye each night. It’s essential repair and recovery time for our bodies. Lack of sleep can show up instantly on your face: puffy eyes, dark circles, sallow skin. 

So no more doom scrolling after a busy day. Shut the phone off and shut your eyes! Your psyche and your skin will thank you.

Water Yourself

Stress affects the skin’s barrier function so we look less dewy, more desiccated. We say it over and over for a reason: Drink water! At least half of your body weight in ounces of water. 

If you find yourself overindulging during after-work drinks or at a weekend house party, you’ll need to increase your water intake. Try following every alcoholic beverage with a glass of water. 

Rehydrating like this will save your skin and help you avoid any morning-after regrets. Win-win!

Stick With Your Routine

Yes, you’re busy with big back-to-school energy, but that doesn’t mean you can let your skincare routine slide. It’s tempting to fall into bed after a jam-packed day without taking off your makeup, much less doing your entire 10-step skin routine. But this is exactly when you need to be on top of your skincare. Not following your usual skincare regime is the number one reason your skin acts up. 


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Don’t Forget Your Self-Care

When we’re stressed, we often let the things that de-stress us fall by the wayside. Keeping up with your fave self-care practices (yoga, meditation, infrared sauna, knitting, reading) helps you maintain your inner peace, which naturally reflects on your skin. 

Healthy habits and self-care rituals keep you grounded and happy, which is the whole point, right? 

Which one of these skincare tips will you be trying? Let us know in the comment section!