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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

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