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CONSTANT STRESS PUTS A TOIL ON BOTH YOUR MIND AND YOUR FACE. MOH SHUYING DISCOVERS A SIMPLE SOLUTION – NOT YOGA OR MEDITATION – TO HELP YOUR SKIN UNWIND.
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When it comes to your complexion, you have the option of skincare to help reverse the negative effects of stress and “trick” skin
into feeling relaxed.
Let’s face it, we live in such harried times, even yoga instructors are stressed. Stress is a silent killer that affects your head, blood pressure, body and complexion. And you usually won’t realise the harm it does until it’s too late. By then, your skin is plagued by problems like dryness, premature ageing and breakouts.
According to Dr Eileen Tan, dermatologist at Eileen Tan Skin, Laser and Hair Transplant Clinic, stress upsets your hormonal cycle and slows down skin’s cell renewal process – which causes the complexion to appear dull and unhealthy.
Stress also has a negative effect on skin’s barrier function, says Dr Cheong Wai Kwong, dermatologist at Specialist Skin Clinic. When this happens, the skin’s ability to retain moisture and protect against external aggressors like pollution decreases.
Okay, take a deep breath. Help is here… somewhat. When it comes to your complexion, you have the option of skincare to help reverse the negative effects of stress and “trick” skin into feeling relaxed.
First, you need a good moisturiser. When your barrier function is damaged, the only thing that can repair it is a good dose of hydration. A strong protective skin barrier means you’ll be less prone to inflammation, premature ageing and dehydration.
Another useful tool in helping women – and men – relax is aromatherapy. While it might be hard to carry a scent diffuser around, beauty products infused with essential oils are an easy way to work aromatherapy into your daily life.
HOW TO CHILL
I tried the newly reformulated Kenzoki Cream With A Sheen moisturiser to see if it works. It boasts three new ingredients that ought to help me destress: Dulse extract, a red seaweed that boosts skin’s microcirculation and soothes inflammation; pink peony to give tired, dull complexions a glow; and white lotus, which gives the cream a sweet, floral smell, and also protects skin from free radical damage. It is also said to stimulate the release of beta-endorphins, which is naturally produced by the body after physical exercise or sex.
More news to lift the spirits: Anyone who purchases $160 worth of any Kenzoki products from Robinsons counters will receive a nine-piece gift set, which includes a limited edition Spray With A Sheen hydrating facial mist.
As for the cream, it’s too soon to see a marked improvement in my complexion, but using it has had a slight effect on my skin: I’ve noticed that it’s less prone to irritation and feels smoother. What’s more, I find myself more relaxed when I use it before bed. It’s a start, and maybe I won’t have to sign up for those yoga classes after all.
Kenzoki Cream With A Sheen, $105
Kenzoki Spray With A Sheen