Q. I try to manage stress as best as I can, but I think it’s starting to affect my skin. What should I do?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
In today’s fast paced world, we’re always on the go—with added stress to boot. Everyday environmental aggressors, hormones and diet are all contributing factors to frazzled skin. Signs of stressed skin show up in various ways, from dehydration and dryness to irritation and redness. Heck, even breakouts can arise. Signs of aging can also become more apparent when skin is under stress. Definitely not what anyone wants to deal with.
The first thing you should do? Stop. Take a deep breath and look in the mirror. What do you notice? You’ll want to determine what your stress symptoms are. If your skin is red and inflamed then try using the MyChelle Hydrating Cactus Mask, which is intensely soothing and wonderful for strengthening damaged skin. Infusing the skin with a weekly treatment can help restore skin health.
If you notice tight, flaky, rough, ruddy skin, you need the MyChelle Pure Harmony Serum! This nutrient-dense serum reduces the appearance of puffiness and swelling and gives skin a fresher, more youthful glow. Blended with niacinamide (the water-soluble form of vitamin B3), kinetin and licorice, this restorative serum cools, calms and brightens sensitive skin without irritation.
Sometimes stressed skin can appear lackluster and dull while the texture feels rough. For this symptom, the MyChelle Fruit Fiesta Peel will renew a youthful glow and texture with Multi-Fruit Acids and 7% lactic acid. A potent alpha-hydroxy acid blend smooths the look of wrinkles, leaving skin feeling refreshed and invigorated, with a light tingling sensation.
Are you experiencing pesky breakouts due to the skin being stressed? For red, inflamed, congested skin, try the MyChelle Cranberry Mud Mask which is a blend of richly detoxifying kaolin and bentonite clays that absorb excess oil and debris from pores, while Totarol™ purifies and balances congested skin.
Seeing fine lines and visible wrinkles? Start using the MyChelle Supreme Polypeptide Cream, which is a nutrient-rich recontouring cream that lifts and retexturizes skin for a more refined, youthful appearance. Matrixyl® synthe’6™ reduces wrinkle volume by 21% and wrinkle depth by 19% in eight weeks. Proteasyl® TP Pea Peptide is clinically proven to improve skin’s elasticity, increasing overall firmness by 35% in just six weeks.
Ultimately, to calm stressed skin, purifying, detoxifying and healing with bioactive cleansers, treatments and nutrients will balance and restore health and radiance while reducing redness and inflammation.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.