Pretty much every single person I know is experiencing an increase in their stress levels. There are many different reasons to feel stress due to this current Covid situation and problems with the skin can occur. Many people are breaking out and this is a new thing for them.
Some of the women I spoke to about their breakouts have had acne in the past but it has increased lately due to stress. The stress is causing a surge in hormonal activity and an increase in the production of the sebaceous glands. This can lead to breakouts.
So what can we do it about it? Here are 8 tips to help with your stress related breakouts!
WOW, everyone in the world is talking about this! Those of us in skin care have been saying it for years! The reason we don't want to touch our faces is because the spread of dirt and bacteria that cause breakouts.
I recommend using a spot treatment in addition to your usual routine. This can be applied at night and works best while you sleep. Using a product with Salicylic acid has been known to work really well, look at your ingredients when you are purchasing one. There are also a lot of masks that are clarifying and exfoliating. Remember to be gentle when actively breaking out.
When I was practicing as an esthetician, I would see this all the time. My clients would use harsh products thinking that stripping the skin of oil would help. But the skin wants to stay in balance so it will overproduce more oil to make up for that. This can lead to more breakouts and keeping you in a cycle.
As an addition to what I said above, keeping the skin hydrated is the best way to treat the skin to avoid overproduction of oil. Consider hydration as water to the skin not oil. Including products that are anti-inflammatory, gentle and hydrating to help heal and protect acne. Making sure it is lightweight and good for sensitive skin is important! This is why my clients with acne love UNDO serum and REPAIR toner. (See below) Also drinking water and hydrating from the inside is helpful.
This is easy to say, you hear people advocating for this everyday. I have to say for me personally taking some time for myself is self care. Taking a bath or walk is self care, it looks different for every one. This can be a negative if you stress about getting it in! Or not doing this whole quarantine thing the "right" way. Having grace for myself is also a form of self care. And of course helps to minimize stress.
Another great way to relive stress is to exercise! Something I do every day. One of the best tips to keep skin clearer is to workout/sweat with a cleansed skin. That way your pores can detox without something blocking it. I love seeing everyone walking and enjoying getting moving!
Minimize the bacteria by wiping down your phone and what ever else is touching your face. If its been a while since you have cleaned your brushes I would highly recommend cleaning them. I use a gentle facial cleanser to clean mine.
Sugar is correlated to acne breakouts. And for me personally, I see a difference in my skin when I avoid it. Since there is a lot of baking going on and alcohol consumption has gone up for many people, this can be a trigger. If you want to clear up your skin and feel like you want to clean up your diet, give it a try. There are a lot of resources out there for an elimination diet or low sugar plans.
I hope this helps if you are dealing with stress-related breakouts. If you are doing something that is working with your breakouts, please share! I am thinking of you all!
UNDO facial serum
Totally obsessed with Undo. It's super lightweight and absorbs so well. It not only brightens your skin, but leaves it feeling so soft and smooth. It has become my favorite part of my morning and evening skin regimen.
The new Simply Jess serum is amazing. My skin was dry and dull and after one use it was soft and vibrant. I will definitely be adding it to my daily skin regimen.
To put it “simply”, Jess’s Repair toner is just like my Amex. I never leave home without it. It’s perfect for a quick spray after a workout to cool and hydrate your skin. It’s also the first thing I put on my face when I wake up in the morning. It’s a must-have.
This is my second time purchasing the toner and I love it. Even if I do nothing else with my skin, I always use this to keep my skin hydrated, which is very much needed in the California sunshine. I am not a huge lavender fan so I was concerned at first that the smell could be off putting for me but it has a really delicate fragrance so I had nothing to worry about.
This toner is great for taking away my redness, and I love the smell!
The toner spray is so nice and refreshing. Super-fast shipping. I received my order the next day.
I received a question about eye cream and I wanted to share a few simple tips here!
How much do I use?
Typically we want to apply a pea sized amount to the eye area. This is the number one mistake I see, over use of product. Especially for the eye area, we want to remember the less is more rule. We can clog this area and that can lead to milia (oil stuck beneath the surface of the skin) which looks like a whitehead. Not the best place to be poking around with a needle.
Where do I apply it?
Seems obvious but I have seen people apply cream way to close to the eye. When applying I like to recommend tapping the product gently with the ring finger on the ocular bone. You can feel for the bone under your eye. I do a full circle around the brow bone and the middle of the eyes *third eye. Whatever I have left I dab around my lips, don't let it go to waste!
What type is best for me?
There are many options for eye care. First I like to ask what are your concerns and go from there. Usually eye care products will focus on a few concerns such as dryness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. Some of them will target more than one concern.
If you oily there are lighter serum-like products such as a gel. If you are dry, a nice cream will be more effective. I am loving my new Supergoop! eye cream because it has an SPF and a light tint making it amazing for day time use.
What to avoid?
Tugging at the eye area, applying on the eye lid, using too much.
I hope this basic explanation of using your eye cream properly helps! If you are noticing your eye area is starting to not look its best and are not using an eye product, try one! I love to put them in the refrigerator when it gets warm for the cooling effect. Using a gua sha around the eye area combined with product is also a great way to help with dark circle, puffiness and lifting.
Today I wanted to share an easy foot scrub I used over the weekend and loved! Its been quite a while since I have had a pedicure and I loved using this on my dry heels. It can get a little messy so I would do it over a towel or the bathtub. Follow up with a rich cream and sleep in socks if your heels are super dry!
Coffee Foot Scrub
1/2 Tablespoon coffee grounds
1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 drop of Roman Chamomile *or EO of your choice
Mix all of the ingredients together. Apply to feet and rinse off throughly. Apply rich cream to feet and put socks on.
Have you made any DIY spa treatments? Any recipe requests? Let me know!
I have been giving myself pressure point massage for years! When I was a skin care trainer I would teach estheticians and massage therapists different techniques including massage. I started doing a very simple version on myself when I would get stressed and have been doing it ever since!
This video explains my simple technique that is easy enough to do on yourself or a loved one. I hope you get a chance to try it, let me know if you do!
As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.