STRESSED OUT no excuse for looking like crap :D
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh these stressful days! Yes, Beauty Wonkette feels your pain. My assistant recently sent me a video clip of an appearance that Allure Editor in Chief Linda Wells made on (I think) the Today Show. She had a lot to say. Bottom line: Your stressed, I'm stressed, we're all stressed. BUT that doesn't mean we have to look like hell! Read on....
In fact, an allure.com poll showed that 87 percent of us notice a difference in our skin when we’re freaking out. (And it's not all in our heads—one Miami derm we talked to said about 50 percent of her patients are coming in with stress-related skin problems.)
In case you're stressing out, here's a rundown of the products that won't necessarily lower your blood pressure, but will at least make you look like you weren't tossing and turning all night.
If you're breaking out:
Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, $5.99, is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hey, the price is right.
Clearasil Ultra Pimple Blocker Pen, $8, contains 2% salicylic acid and is a great spot treatment.
1-percent hydrocortisone cream, about $5 at the drugstore, can eliminate redness, but use it sparingly: It can thin the skin over time.
If oil's the issue:
Clinique Pore Minimizer Oil-Blotting Sheets, $14.50, are purse-size for on-the-go action.
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier, $39.50, is a lotion that will keep you grease-free all day.
Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder, $42, sucks up oil as it covers up imperfections.
If you're suddenly red in the face:
Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray, $17.50. Spritz it on before moisturizer to soothe skin all day long.
A milk compress (about $2), is the best at-home anti-redness remedy we've come by: Dilute one-to-one with cool water and splash it on or let it rest on your face as long as you can.
Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer, $16.99, is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and contains the red-fighting botanical ingredient feverfew.
B. Kamins Booster Blue Rosacea Treatment, $75, reduces all over red blotchiness with bisabolol.
If your lines and wrinkles are plunging deeper and deeper:
Elizabeth Arden Prevage, $115, contains the powerful, high-tech antioxidant idebenone. (And a little goes a looooong way.)
RevaléSkin CoffeeBerry Day Cream, $110, offers potent antioxidant benefits in a light, but deeply-moisturizing, formula. (Again, you only need a tiny bit.)
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Antioxidant Treatment, $150. OK, the price is totally nuts. But dermatologists swear that just a drop truly counteracts environmental damage, and may even help your skin create new collagen.
Retin-A,, is commonly prescribed by derms because its key ingredient, vitamin A, is the most well-documented anti-ager around. (It seriously turns back time, trust us.) If you don't want to deal with prescriptions, get a lotion with retinol.
Olay Regenerist Night Continuous Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment, $21.99, increases collagen production without decreasing your net-worth.
If your skin has just totally gone to Hell in every possible way:
La Roche-Posay Biomedic LHS 2% Zone Peel, $80, has lipohydroxy acid (believed to be six times more effective than salicylic acid!), to exfoliate, diminish lines, and make your skin look brighter.
Neutrogena 14-Day Skin Rescue, $25.99, is a kit that incorporates retinol to exfoliate and increase collagen production, soy to lighten dark spots, and vitamin C to fight environmental damage—all in a cleanser, a day cream with SPF 30, and a night cream.
Olay Regenerist 14-Day Skin Intervention, $24.99. This two phase treatment combines peptides and antioxidants to fight environmental damage and fine lines, and micro-powders to exfoliate the skin.
And, last but not least, are Beauty Wonkette's own personal, neverfail, all-time super duper stress relievers: a Cadillac Margarita and truly great sex :D