In partnership with Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Future Night Cream, POPSUGAR Australia is helping you to combat the signs of ageing. Wake up to revitalised, luminous and flawless looking skin.
You eat well, drink lots of water and never forget to remove your makeup. But there is one thing holding you back from your perfect complexion and you didn't even realise it: stress.
Skin science time! Ceramides are the molecules that help keep your skin healthy and support your collagen. T elomeres are the branches at the tips of each chromosome that grow new cells.
his means damage to your skin's protective barrier and healing abilities, leaving you with uneven texture and tone and the loss of that healthy glow. Dullness, redness, dryness and even fine lines can all be caused by stress. Now the bad news: stress affects the level of ceramides in your skin, and damages your telomeres. T
It's not too late to turn things around, though! Here are our top tips to reduce stress damage and reclaim the soft, supple and nourished skin of your dreams.
Know Your Limits
Learning how to say "no" can be a struggle. We all want to please people, but when it's to the detriment of our own health and wellbeing, it's time to stand firm.
If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, just remember — you can do a better job when your mind is fresh and energised.
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Hang Out With Friends
Sure, it's easier to catch up and have a vent on social media, but face-to-face contact has some amazing benefits.
Making eye contact, listening and talking in person can release hormones that reduce stress, even if you can't do anything about what is causing it. Your friends will be happy you can trust them with your problems, and it will only make your friendship stronger. Win, win!
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Get a Good Night's Sleep
There are few things that reduce stress faster than a good shut-eye session. Here are a couple of techniques you can adopt to ensure you drift off with minimal fuss.
Have a regular bedtime, turn the TV off and do some light reading, avoid alcohol and keep your bedroom cool.
A good, restful night’s sleep is essential to the skin’s healing process.
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Add Ceramide to Your Skincare Routine
While you are looking after overall stress triggers, a night cream with Ceramide like
Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Future will help counteract the visible effects of stress on the skin.
''We created the Flawless Future line to address that skin aging is not solely a chronologically triggered event, but also instigated by the stress of today’s hectic lifestyles,'' says Aurelie Felix, Senior Scientist and Manager of Research & Development, Elizabeth Arden .
''Stress doesn’t stop when the day is over, and a deeper look revealed the significant correlation between stress, sleep and aging signs. This new perspective on skin-fatigue prompted the need for a 24/7 anti-stress skincare regimen and the introduction of a night cream to the Flawless Future product family.''
Added goodies: this beautiful cream also contains tephrosia purpurea extract, a mineral-rich botanical that helps create a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
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Become a Time Management Queen
Diaries, organisers, calendars, to-do lists — find what works best for you, and stick to it. It can be tempting to try and cram too much in to your day, but scheduling downtime is just as important.
Book in one day a month to yourself. You can head to the beach, lay in the park with a book, or work on something creative. This can be enough to recharge your batteries and reduce excess stress.
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You've probably heard it before, but it works, so we'll say it again. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress (and get your skin looking gorgeous).
Frustration just fades away when you work out, and the endorphin boost at the end can make your stress seem so far away. Opt for yoga if you can. It adds an element of meditation, which is also a great way to deal with extra pressure in your life.
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