The ‘stress less’ edit

The ‘stress less’ edit

De-stress with these calming beauty treats

Stress can be caused by many factors – but if you spot the signs, taking action is a must.

This time of year can be particularly challenging – and political upheaval, pre-Christmas pressure at work/school/uni, and the constant rain we’ve seen this month, don’t help matters.

If you feel stressed, working out the root cause is vital. Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and under constant strain isn’t good for your health or sense of wellbeing, so it’s really important to seek professional advice.

Sometimes stress is temporary, or something you might experience in short, sharp bursts – but it’s still worth taking time out to deal with it, even if you know those feelings of mental or emotional pressure will soon pass.

Products to help you de-stress

Simple acts – a massage, a soak in the tub or relaxing with a face masque and your favourite playlist – can make a big difference when you feel stressed out.

Try these must-have treatments to help calm and relax mind, body and soul:

An antioxidant-rich blend of skin-nourishing oils to replenish, calm and moisturise, Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Body Oil helps to heighten the senses, giving you a sense of being invigorated and refreshed, with your skin feeling incredible. Great for de-stressing at the end of the day.

A good night’s sleep is one of the best remedies for stress. Dermalogica’s Sleep Sound Cocoon is a night gel-cream that harnesses the power of nature with science to promote sound sleep and healthy, radiant skin. It contains active ingredients that take advantage of the body’s overnight recovery and repair process to transform skin by morning, along with motion activated essential oils to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier looking skin every morning.

Massage can be almost magical when it comes to stress, working out physical tensions as well as calming the mind. Elemis De Stress Massage Oil melts away tension and harmonises your body with a relaxing synergy of pure rosewood, marjoram, geranium, rosemary, lavender and chamomile to soothe the mind and nourish your body.

If you struggle to just sit down and relax, applying a face masque is a great way to force yourself to take a breather. Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Masque contains plant extracts to help soothe and calm skin, providing in-depth moisture and shielding against premature ageing.

Removing stress and tension, Elemental Herbology’s calming Water Soothe Bath and Body Oil will promote a feeling of clarity and wellbeing – as well as encouraging a peaceful night’s sleep. With a powerful essential oil blend, this product provides an unforgettable bath or shower aromatherapy experience.

A 100% natural serum for sensitive skin, Decleor’s Organic Harmonie Calm Aromessence Rose Soothing Oil Serum soothes, evens and stabilises skin all day long. You only need to use three drops in the morning to calm your skin and prevent flare-ups all day long. An ideal product for stressed-out skin.

Containing five emotional essentials, designed to support you throughout your day and bring you back to yourself, the Elemis Mindful Collection can be used to quiet your mind, harmonise your senses, or bring things into sharp focus. Calm is a soothing blend to help calm daily stresses, leaving the senses feeling relaxed and tranquil; Clarity is invigorating, supporting mindfulness, clear thinking and awareness; Fortitude is an empowering blend to ground you throughout the day and leave your senses feeling stronger; exhilarating Embrace ignites the senses and inspires a sense of adventure; and Sleep is a deeply relaxing blend, proven to leave you feeling well rested.

With powerful essential oils including rose, chamomile and geranium, Decleor’s Rose Damascena Night Balm helps to soothe stressed skin, all night long. As well as having a gentle and comfortable texture that’s easily absorbed into the skin, its’ fragrance, designed by aromacologist Patty Canac, is naturally relaxing.