Health & beauty
How to Undo Stress-Induced Beauty Issues
Posted 04/19/11 at 12:46PM by Rebekah George
Wash in cool temps Here's the deal: When you're stressed, your skin is more likely to become inflamed. Hotter water temperatures can increase this and cause inflammation (no, thanks!), so be sure to shower and wash your face in cooler water.
Hydrate Yeah, you know water is a good thing. But it's even more of a good thing when you're under fire. Water helps flush your body clean and keep stressed-induced acne under control. So chug, chug, chug.
Cut the caffeine Whether you're stressed about exams or trying to meet a deadline (did you get your taxes in yesterday?!), caffeine may help you get an instant energy boost, but it also robs your skin of moisture and makes it look even more sunken in. Limit yourself to one cup if it's a must and have it before 11 AM so skin can rebound during the day.
Pump it up Ever heard of Soul Cycle? It's a popular spin class in New York City. Anyway, I say there's a reason it's called that -- exercise really does help your soul. And it's not just me who says so. There's good 'ol science that shows how it helps increase circulation and release positive endorphins, which help you feel calmer.
Each of these solutions will help you get a grip on your stress-induced beauty issues. And, hey, in the meantime, you can always slap on a little extra lipstick to boost your mood.
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