“It releases adrenalin, which encourages sweating, oil production and cell turnover,” explains Simple Skincare’s psychologist, Dr Christine Bundy.
This can cause redness, uneven skin tone, oiliness and early aging.
Dr Bundy says: “When we’re stressed we also tend to frown, clench our jaw and purse our lips, all of which can accelerate the development of wrinkles.”
Luckily, the beauty experts are now tackling the tension problem by incorporating the latest de-stressing technology in their products.
Psychoanalyse your skin
Psychodermatology – the study of how our emotional state affects our skin – is the new buzzword in beauty and a leader in the field is Dr Linda Papadopoulos, whose skincare range contains ingredients known as nootropics, which encourage the release of ‘feelgood’ chemicals in the body to de-stress the mind.
Try out LP Skin Therapy Uplifting Facial Water, £15.25, www.qvcuk.com. It contains soothing plant extracts to freshen the skin and lift the mood.
Unleash your happy hormones
French skincare brand Happy Cosmetics uses 100% natural plant extracts to create the so-called ‘happiness molecule’, which mimics the activity of endorphins, chemicals that reduce stress and make us feel good.
They pop this happy formula into all their skincare and we love their Fabulous Cleanser, £27.95, www.beautywall.co.uk.
Oils are essential
Essential oils are made up of very small molecules, meaning they can penetrate deep into the skin to combat aging, but their aromas also act on the deepest parts of the brain, which control our moods and emotions.
“Look for products with relaxing essential oils such as frankincense, sandalwood and lavender,” says natural therapist Suzannah Jenkins. Try Suti’s Rejuvenate Face Oil, £28, www.suti.co.uk, a mood-lifting blend of sandalwood, frankincense and neroli.
“Take time over your beauty routine if you can. Massaging products into your face can be a huge stress-reliever,” says Suzannah.
Ayurvedic medicine originated in India thousands of years ago and uses herbs and plants to heal, calm and balance the body and mind.
A new skincare range from Pukka Herbs incorporates anti-stress ingredients in its range. We like the Gentle Cleanser, £11, www.pukkaherbs.com.
After applying the cleanser, try this trick, suggests Sebastian Pole, founder of the range.
“Press the area between your eyebrows known in Ayurveda as ‘the place of stillness’ with your index or middle finger for 10 seconds, then repeat. You can slowly rotate or pulse the pressure of your fingers at each location for deeper effect.”
Flower essences have been used by the Aborigines for thousands of years to deal with stress.
The Spirit of Beauty range of skincare contains orchid flower essences to de-stress your mind and gently hydrate the skin. Try Dancing Orchid Facial Spritz, £17.95, www.nutribeautyproducts.com for quick stress relief.
If you’re a fan of Bach’s Rescue Remedy (a few drops on the tongue and tension disappears) you’ll love the Rescue Cream moisturiser, £5.65 from pharmacies.
Stress is one of the main causes of insomnia, but with the right beauty routine, you can rest easy.
Take a warm bath in Marks & Spencer’s Spa Collection Absolute Calm Bath Essence, £6. It contains a sleep-inducing blend of essential oil of mandarin, chamomile and lavender to comfort and relax.
Choose the right night cream, it should not only anti-age your skin but help you relax, too.
Spritz to de-stress
Even perfumes are adding stress-busting scents to their formulations. Try Abahna’s Lilac Rose and Geranium Eau de Parfum atomizer, £15, www.abahna.co.uk. Geranium oil helps to balance the mind and soothe stress.