3 Ways to Help Fight Stressed Out Skin!

3 Ways to Fight Stressed Out Skin

Today we are talking about STRESS. Stress is kind of just the worst, for so many reasons. I mean, being stressed sucks to begin with but it can manifest itself in a lot of different ways, affecting your mental health and your body (ugh!). Today, (in partnership with Sephora) we’re talking about how it can affect your skin… and what to do about it. Sephora actually has an entire section of the site dedicated to stressed out skin – highly recommend taking a peek!

I have said this before but I had a pretty stressful year. It was a good year, but I was stressed out. A lot. I personally find that when I’m stressed, my skin gets really dehydrated and dry.. way more than usual! I think it’s really important to take good care of yourself and when you feel stressed, notice it and take the proper measures BUT today I wanted to share three products that can make a big difference.

The effects of Stress on your Skin

The four main ways that stress can manifest itself on skin are dryness, redness, signs of aging, and clogged pores. As my skin is prone to dryness already (AND it’s winter), this is a true recipe for disaster.  Dry skin + stress = flaking, redness, dehydration, and crepiness.

Lucky for us, Sephora has curated an assortment of skin care products focused on combating the effects of stress on skin. As I have dry skin, I’m going to show you three products I’ve been testing for about 6 weeks. I really love them and think you will too!

3 Ways to Fight Stressed Out Skin

3 Ways to Fight Stressed Out Skin

Today I’m going to share three AMAZING products (all of which can be found at Sephora!). There’s the LANEIGE Hypoallergenic Cica Sleeping Mask which works while you sleep, the Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Serum with Niacinamide which works under your makeup and moisturizer, and (maybe my favorite, it’s hard to pick!) Tatcha’s The Serum Stick for on the go!

I started testing them in mid-December and have fallen in love with all three for different reasons! It’s funny how these products can work in two different ways. I personally find the act of applying my skincare routine to be relaxing in and of itself, but it goes deeper than that – these products all have incredible results and benefits.

3 Ways to Fight Stressed Out Skin

Do I look stressed? I was trying! 😉

How to Soothe Stressed Out Skin

LANEIGE Hypoallergenic Cica Sleeping Mask

This mask fights the signs of stress (particularly with redness) while you sleep! The texture is almost fluffy – it isn’t heavy or greasy, but it provides tremendous hydration and is incredibly soothing.

  • What it is: An overnight mask designed to deliver intense nourishment overnight, when skin loses moisture and oil, while Forest Yeast Cica works to support the skin’s natural barrier. Created with irritated, stressed-out skin in mind, the hypoallergenic formula is great for sensitive skin, providing a calming effect and reducing the look of facial redness.
  • How I Use It: Apply after moisturizer, as the last step in your nighttime routine. I personally love using the Dr. Dennis Gross serum underneath for maximum benefits. 

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Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Serum with Niacinamide

The second way to fight the signs of stress is with this serum from Dr. Dennis Gross. This serum is designed specifically to defend against the signs of aging (fine lines, etc).  It is wonderful.

  • What it is: A morning and evening serum that targets premature signs of aging. Dr. Gross added superfoods, adaptogens and niacinimide in this Super Serum to help your skin fight stress, restore radiance and support collagen levels when you are stressed.
    • Niacinamide (also known as B3) helps the skin to retain moisture, improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps reduce the appearance of redness and breakouts.
    • Goji is a superfood and adaptogen which helps with redness, brightening, and evening skin tone!
    • Ashwagandha helps the skin adapt to stress, improves appearance of dark spots and fine lines.
  • How I Use It: Before moisturizer (LOVE it under the Tatcha dewy skin cream), or even before the sleeping mask. I tend to use this before bedtime. After a long day I will double cleanse my skin, tone, apply this, and apply moisturizer. I also really like it underneath a sleeping mask like the Laneige one.

Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Serum with Niacinamide

Tatcha The Serum Stick

I love this magical little serum stick. I feel like I have tried a lot of these “sticks” and this is the best of all of them. It’s packed with all the good stuff (Japanese lemon balm, hyaluronic acid, squalane) to help hydrate and tackle dryness and dehydration, but still glides on (totally weightless and without any sort of greasy finish).

I take it with me EVERYWHERE. It’s such a miracle product. Of course you need to drink enough water and hydrate, but nothing fixes dry skin in a pinch better than this.

  • What it is: This is a treatment stick that soothes and smooths dry, chapped skin as well as the look of fine lines and wrinkles, revitalizing stressed skin that looks tight, depleted, or dehydrated. It’s a weightless, emollient balm that glides on, for instant (but long-term) radiance.
  • How I use it: On the go, before makeup, over makeup… basically all the time. I particularly love it for flying/travel which can be super dehydrating. And besides those times where you just need a boost of hydration, from a purely superficial standpoint, it’s also very pretty when you just want to add a little extra sheen to your high points (brow bone, temples, etc.)

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Created in partnership with Sephora // Photography by Carter Fish.

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  1. I’m a huge fan of Tatcha and would love to try their serum stick! It sounds really nice! Great post, Grace. 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Those products seem amazing! The biggest sign of stress in my skin is clogged pores. At the end of the week, when I take a good look at my skin and realize it’s so clogged and my pores are huge, I know it’s time to relax and do something. Definitely gonna check out those products, I’ve been meaning to try a serum for the longest time.

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    • Thanks Marta! Sephora has a great section for clogged pores (on the stressed skin page). Highly recommend checking those out!!!

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  3. Caroline:

    I just bought the glow recipe banana soufflé from Sephora’s stressed skin email last week. It’s definitely helped with the dryness and redness I’ve been experiencing the past few weeks (that and drinking a ton of water and calming teas). I love that they extended your Sephora partnership, because this is the content I always look forward to!

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    • Oh good I’m so glad to hear that!
      And yes drinking a LOT of water is another good thing you can do!

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  4. Oooo that Laneige mask looks enticing! I love their lip products, but have never tried any of their skin/face things. My skin needs all the TLC right now as I stress-study for the MCAT!! And girl, you have gorgeous skin!!!

    xx Libby

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  5. They all sound like the perfect type of products for stress, especially in the winter. I definitely want to look into the serum stick.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  6. Lillyphunq:

    Thanks for all the info! I love the idea of a sleep mask and have considered this one. If I’m prone to breakouts do you think the Laneige water mask is a better option? Do you think it’s as good for overnight skin stress fighting? Thanks!

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    • Hey there! Honestly, I am not sure as I have very dry skin and I haven’t tried the water mask yet- so it’s hard for me to give advice here. This one says that it’s okay for oily skin and I will say that it’s very, very lightweight. I don’t think it will clog your pores. For either one, I would make sure you get your skin really nice and clean and use a toner beforehand. That will a) ensure the mask doesn’t clog your pores and b) allow it to be absorbed more easily.

      Sorry I know this probably isn’t the most helpful answer but since I’m not a derm I don’t always feel comfortable providing advice for skin types different from my own!

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      • lillyphunq:

        Thank you, Grace! I’ll try it and worst case scenario I can exchange it for the water mask. Thanks!

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  7. Stephanie:

    Definitely trying the serum and stick. Are any of these clean per chance? Thanks!

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    • Hey Stephanie! The Serum Stick is clean! ONe thing I really love that Sephora does is they place a green “clean at Sephora” seal on all of their clean options!

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  8. Elizabeth:

    What bath robe are you wearing ?

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  9. LANEIGE HYPOALLERGENIC CICA SLEEPING MASK – my love!! I have been using the cosmetics of this brand for about 3 years and it’s great! Thanks for your recommendations !!

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