A stressful week has been known to wreck everything from perfectly planned to-do lists to well thought-out diets, but don’t let it derail your beauty routine. While the right face wash can’t clear your overflowing inbox, an evening of pampering after a long week could be just what the doctor (we mean dermatologist) ordered. We called in the experts who gave us the best beauty remedies for a stressful week.
#1: Wash Your Face
No matter how stressful your week gets, nightly cleansing is an absolute must. Beauty guruElle Leary emphasizes the importance of “washing your face every night so that the grime and stress of the day is washed away, and your skin can breathe.” Because waking up with a pimple in the middle of your forehead is not going to help your stress level. DermatologistDr. Deidre O’Boyle Hooper maintains if you’re short on time (or energy) the bare minimum is makeup removal with makeup removing cleansing towelettes. We like to keep L’Oréal Ideal Clean All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes in our nightstand.
#2: Do a Deep Conditioning Mask
One of the best stress relievers is a nice, hot shower. While you’re washing your stresses away, lend some love to your locks. Apply a deep conditioning mask like Kérastase Masque Nutri-Thermique or Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask. Cover your head with a shower cap to lock in the moisture, and then let the heat from the shower take care of the rest.
#3: Slough Off Dull Skin
Even if you’re not feeling your most invigorated, you can keep your skin refreshed and bright by upping the exfoliation. Elle Leary reminds us we need to exfoliate bi-weekly. And when skin really needs a boost, pamper it with an exfoliating mask followed by an extra hydrating moisturizer. Try GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mask followed by Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator.
#4: Take a Soak
Fill the tub with warm water and Epsom salt, and feel your tension melt away. This long-time drugstore staple boasts a number of health and beauty benefits. Soaking with this stress-relieving solution is your ticket to soft skin, soothed muscles and migraine and pain relief. During a stressful week, take some “me time” to light a few candles, listen to music and relax in a beautifying bath.
#5: Try a Peel
Revitalize stressed out skin with an at-home peel. Deidre recommends using a peel containing salicylic acid like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel to break up clogged pores before they cause a problem. And the peel will help even your skin tone too!
How do you de-stress after a long week? Share your stress-relieving secrets below!