How to remedy stressed skin according to an expert

Stress can wreak havoc on our health and unfortunately, own skin’s not immune to stress. Here’s how to remedy stressed skin according to a skincare expert.

If your skin has been causing you grief over the last few weeks, you’re not alone. Emma Hobson, skin expert and Dermalogica’s director of education Asia Pacific, admits she’s been busy fielding phone calls from friends and family asking for advice on an array of skin concerns. “Everyone seems to be breaking out at the moment,” Hobson says.

According to Hobson stress has a pesky way of showing up on our skin. “It’s a challenging time for everyone,” Hobson says. “It’s a stressful time and we know that the moment your skin gets stressed it gets into trouble.” Unfortunately, stress on the skin can trigger a vicious cycle, explains Hobson. “When your skin is bad and you look in the mirror you just don’t feel happy and that can cause more stress.”

There are a number of ways that stress can make itself apparent on our complexions, explains Hobson. “You can get a lot of side effects of stress on the skin,” she says. An impaired barrier function is a sign that skin is suffering and can lead to a whole host of problems. “Increased sensitivity, breakouts, dehydration, premature ageing, puffiness and dark circles are a few of the things you might notice,” Hobson says.

Hobson believes that our increased exposure to blue light – which emanates from devices including computers, smartphones and tablets – could be contributing to skin flare-ups. It’s true that many of us are spending more time in front of various screens than normal, which could, according to Hobson be impairing our skin’s barrier function and exposing us to more free radicals. “Our skin is taking a bit of a hit at the moment.”

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to remedy common skin problems if your skin is bearing the brunt of stress, says Hobson. “A really good skincare regimen is vital right now as being able to support your skin with the right products is going to make a huge difference,” she explains. Cleansing is the pillar of any great skincare routine, and while it might be tempting to skip your twice-daily cleansing ritual if you don’t wear much make-up, Hobson advises against making this common mistake. Hobson is a firm believer in the double-cleansing method regardless of whether you wear make-up or not. “Cleansing is more important when you have a disturbed barrier. Don’t skip it just because you’re not wearing make-up.”

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask; Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum; Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 Cleanser.

And while winter is on the way and most of us are indoors more than before, Hobson says now is not the time to skimp on sunscreen. “Quite a few people aren’t using their sunscreens as often as they should be. We still actually need to protect the skin with sunscreen,” she says. “You need to be screening free-radicals and blue light; plus we are still going outside.” Hobson says many of us are working close to windows which means that harmful UV rays are still hitting our skin. “We mustn’t forget about defending our skin with an SPF.”

If your complexion is missing your regular professional skincare treatment, Hobson says there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be doing great DIY treatments on your skin at home. “There are different things you can do. You can even have a therapist do an online skin consultation and online DIY classes on how to look after skin.” Hobson says a great at-home peel – her favourite is Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel – is one of the closest things you can get to a professional treatment. “Your skin will glow, it improves hydration, texture, discolouration and relieves breakouts. A good professional peel at home will improve the health of skin.”

RUBY’s New Collection ‘The Light’ is Almost Here

Anyone who loves fashion will understand the power it has to uplift and provide us with moments of joy.  RUBY’s latest collection aptly named The Light does just that.

Designed by RUBY creative director Deanna Didovich over lockdown, the collection has been created with a post-lockdown mindset, and features pieces that will take you from the kitchen, to the lounge, to the office and to glamorous winter nights out.

Didovich explains how an interview with Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort that she listened to over lockdown helped her challenge and change her design process.

“Li said that in times of crisis, people love knits as we crave tactility and comfort,” explains Didovich. “She also said that the way we design will reset – there will be less produced and everything will be more thought out and beautiful. This was so interesting to me because I realised that these few points were a direct reflection of how I was feeling about designing, and the changes that I wanted to make in this post-lockdown life.”

While Didovich admits that working alone from home had its challenges, it also came with the luxury of time to research, develop, draw and create at a slower pace.

“I wanted to cut through the noise and design a more considered collection, rather than scrambling to meet too-tight deadlines with a piece for every box on our checklist,” she explains.

“When designing this new collection, I was very aware of what I was going to want in the next 1, 4 & 6 weeks in my own wardrobe,” Didovich adds. “In particular a beautiful coat, cosy knitwear and a chic dress to wear to winter dinners. I spent time creating these pieces I was dreaming about, without distraction.”

The end result is a considered, covetable collection which includes beautiful knits, the must-have Rooney Coat, and the new Bettina Cut-Out crush dress.

The Light begins to drop in-store and online from 7 August. Discover the lookbook below.