Do you regularly feel yourself tensing up at work? Clenching your fists during a testy conversation with your partner? Or biting your nails for no reason but to release some kind of inner trapped tension? That’s called stress – a pandemic all on its own.
Don’t worry. There is something you can do about it and don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to cross your legs, close your eyes and exhale “om” (although meditation does help!). No, this time we’re talking about releasing our daily troubles through skincare.
So if you regularly feel stressed, how about dedicating a little time into adopting these skincare habits for a better complexion and a brighter mind? Read on to find out more.
And we’ve got scientific proof!
According to an eight-week study carried out by skincare brand Rodan + Fields, those who indulged in a three-step skincare routine saw significant drops in stress levels. The results found that the stress hormone known as cortisol decreased by 83%.
It’s hardly surprising though really. Just think back to the last time you enjoyed “me time” … remember how awesome you felt? It’s bound to chill you out a little. But now we’ve got proof that it actually works on our psychological wellbeing.
“There is also a growing body of scientific evidence connecting an individual’s skin health with their mental health, including both emotional wellbeing and stress levels,” says Dr. Tim Falla, chief scientific officer of the study.
While psychiatrist Dr Galyna Selezneva pipes in, “It feels that every single aspect of our lives has been disrupted right now and that lack of routine can easily lead to increased anxiety and stress. So, it's no wonder that skincare routines have proven to be such a popular and positive factor – they allow people to feel in control of their daily life, which is always calming and reassuring.”
So, let’s put it all into action!
Simplify Your Skincare Routine
For starters, as much as having a skincare routine matters for our mental health, it shouldn’t be overwhelmingly complicated. For instance, if you’re someone who’s used to freshening up with a squirt of cleanser and a splash of water, adding a load of products into your routine might be stressful rather than stress-reducing.
Invest in a few basics like a cleanser, exfoliator, serum, and moisturizer. This is more than enough to keep your skin looking beautiful, and your mind feeling calm. You really don’t need a 10-step skincare routine – unless you want one of course.
Truly’s Ultimate Skincare Bundle is a great, low maintenance routine for gorgeous, flawless skin.
Indulge in Masks
Designate one to two nights a week to enjoy a face mask. It doesn’t need to be anything expensive, just a nice quality facial mask to ease your mind and put you in relax-mode. For an even more enjoyable experience, set the tone beforehand by lighting a candle, putting on some soothing music, and pouring yourself a glass of red.
Face masking is great for the skin, especially if you use a mask that targets your specific skincare concerns, whether that be acne, wrinkles, or dullness. But it’s equally as beneficial for your mental wellbeing. Let your skin soak up the mask for at least 10-15 minutes so that you can enjoy the sense of tranquility while your skin gets majorly pampered.
Try Truly’s Vegan Collagen Face Mask for a youth and brightening boost.
Spritz Your Skin with Rosewater Mist
They say splashing your face with cold water helps to invigorate and revitalize a person, but rosewater mist works just as well. Besides balancing the skin, reducing redness, and promoting a healthy glow, rosewater mist refreshes the skin and its beautiful scent delights the mind.
Spray a spritz of Truly’s Volcanic Rosewater Mist onto your skin anytime you need a wake up. It’ll feel great – and you’ll smell like roses. It’s a win-win!
Remember Your Body
Who doesn’t cherish that moment at the end of the day when you get to wash away the day’s dirt, slather yourself in sweet-smelling skincare products, and slide into bed? If you’ve had a stressful day at work, there’s no better way to get rid of that stress than by massaging your entire body in body lotion. It’s a chance for you to embrace the present moment and look forward to silky, smooth skin.
Truly’s Ultimate Body Products Bundle is the best choice for some self-pampering time in the bathroom.
Get More Zzz
Sleep isn’t just an old wives’ tale. We need sufficient sleep in order to function properly and to keep our skin looking young and healthy. Poor sleep is associated with premature skin aging as it leads to a slower cell turnover. There’s also evidence to suggest that people who sleep longer have better, stronger skin.
A study in the Clinical and Experimental Dermatology journal discovered that those who slept seven to nine hours a night had skin that was more hydrated and could protect itself from being exposed to environmental aggressors like pollution and the sun.
If you struggle getting your forty winks, try investing in a few sleep-seducing essentials like Truly’s Satin Sleep Set. It features a silk pillowcase, eye mask, scrunchie, and headband – all the essentials for a great night’s sleep.
Enjoy the Results
All that TLC – it pays off you know. Both for the appearance of your skin and your mental wellbeing.
“It’s very rewarding to feel accomplished and love your reflection in the mirror,” explains Dr Galyna. She later continues, “In my view, routine and appearance isn’t about vanity or a hot trend in beauty standards – skincare is a representation of self-love and even escape from daily stress. You are bringing the focus back onto yourself.”
Besides allowing you to embrace and enjoy your own skin, it’s a chance to relish the results, too. Over the weeks, once you start adopting these skincare habits, you’ll really notice a difference in your complexion.