Feeling stressed? Then there’s a good chance your skin is, too. A few signs: it’s tight, itchy, tingly, a little red and dry. Skin irritation can last for a few hours or even a few weeks. If all this sounds familiar to you, it may just be time to use an anti-redness serum. Lancôme’s soothing face serum Advanced Génifique Sensitive and Hydra Zen Gel Essence e are two skincare options packed with active ingredients that are designed to chill out angry, stressed out and dehydrated skin. Read on to learn more about what makes skin stressed and exactly how these two products work differently to calm skin irritation.
The source of our stress
Whether it’s finances, career, lack of sleep, or an around-the-clock social schedule, women today have unparalleled amounts of stress. According to the American Psychological Association, millennials especially report greater stress levels than ever, with women in the lead.* And it all has a negative impact on your complexion, manifesting itself in a variety of ways, whether it’s red or blotchy skin.
The more stress, the more sensitive skin becomes, too—and the more essential it is to support your skin with a soothing serum.
The Quick Fix for Stressed-Out Skin: Hydrating Serum Hydra Zen Gel Essence
Sometimes when skin is inflamed you need an instant hit of relief, and that’s where the hydrating anti-redness serum Hydra Zen Gel Essence comes into play. With a mixture of rose, moringa, peony and glycerin, the essence is like a cooling drink of water for your face, making your skin feel immediately and intensely hydrated, supple, and soothed. Just add a few pumps of this moisturizing serum into the palms of your hands and gently press into skin after cleansing and before applying the rest of your skincare routine products. (Cue your sigh of relief.)
The Long Term Stress Solution: Advanced Génifique Sensitive
Suffering from bad skin that’s lasting more than a few days? Stress can cause everything from itchy skin to excess oil to flaky patches to breakouts. If your sensitivity is the lasting kind, it may be time to swap out your classic Advanced Génifique for a face serum for sensitive skin: Advanced Génifique Sensitive , the ultimate skin soother, in the evenings. This ultra-efficient, pioneering, antioxidant soothing serum was created as a month-long, nightly treatment for bad skin days.
The anti-redness serum contains two parts to be mixed before the first use: a blend of ferulic acid and vitamin E and a probiotic base that work together as an effective cocktail to soothe skin irritation. Ferulic acid, a rice extract, and vitamin e are both natural antioxidants that work within the cells to protect your skin from oxidation like UV, heat, and pollution, while the three probiotics work together to help the skin’s ecosystem: lactobacillus soothes inflammation, bifidus restores the skin's natural barrier, and yeast rejuvenates.
Skin Stress Do’s and Don’ts
DO Take a time out
Taking time to pamper yourself is essential. With today’s hectic lifestyle, women are skipping out on much needed ‘me time’. Whether it’s work, kids or even spending too much time checking Instagram, taking time for you—without distractions—is key to de-stressing. Do what makes you relax, whether that’s taking a long walk, baking, applying indulgent skincare (like an anti-redness serum), or taking an evening pottery class.
DON'T Miss out on sleep
With a hectic schedule, it’s easy to burn the candle at both ends and miss out on sleep, the essential stress buster. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recently found that 35% of U.S. adults** are not getting the recommended 7 hours of sleep each night. Remember that nighttime is when is when skin regeneration peaks, so if you aren’t logging regular Zzs it can have a negative impact on your complexion and cause skin irritation.
DO Indulge in the skincare ritual
Don’t be tempted to cut corners when applying your skincare products. Each step is essential, from cleansing to the massaging in your skincare to help boost circulation (and up the feel-good factor). When applying your soothing serum, start by using gliding strokes over your forehead, cheeks and chin, finishing with the T-Zone, upper and lower lips and jaw line.
DON'T Underestimate the effect of stress on skin
It’s official: The nervous system impacts our skin’s condition. The American Academy of Dermatology***recently published a report confirming what dermatologists had long suspected: the psyche and thus stress can be to blame for skin problems ranging from breakouts to eczema and more.