Now that it’s August and officially the “Sunday” of the summer, everyone is feeling the stress and expectation of the impending school and work year that is soon to begin and that stress of expectation along with a summer of long days in the sun and in the pool can start to show up on your skin. So put your best foot forward and rejuvenate your skin before heading back to school or your job. See these easy tips to calm down your skin (and your nerves) before diving head first into fall.
Cheeks are prone to redness and blotchiness due to the all the blood vessels that they host, so if you looking like a tomato after long summer days, simply try a face cream with aloe or cucumber. These both work to calm redness and will help hydrate your skin after the heat exposure.
Stress also can cause you to bit or lick your lips more often, especially if you have a flavored lip gloss on. This can cause your lips to actually become drier and more chapped. Skip the tasty lip gloss and invest in a nourishing, flavorless balm for long-lasting moisture in your lips.
The key to eliminating stress – and thus eliminate it showing up on your face – is to get adequate sleep. It’s nature’s number one skin treatment. Our bodies (and complexions) use your beauty sleep as a time to repair and recover from the day. Shoot for getting seven to eight hours of sleep and be sure to wash and moisturize your face before snoozing.
Get up off your couch! Exercise improves your blood circulation and gives your skin a healthy glow. Plus, it produces endorphins in the brain which will give you more positive feelings to deal with stress. Healthy exercise is unique for every individual, don’t push yourself too much. Most recommend 30 minutes of activity a day, but just going for a brisk walk every day is a step in the right direction.
Just remember any kind of stress or anxiety that you’re feeling is being felt by your skin as well! So take it easy. All these tips aside, the best cure for destressing your skin is by distressing your life and living more positively.