Don’t Let Your Skin Show Your Stress

Kiehl’s new moisturizer has ingredients to calm your skin’s reaction to anxiety.

Photograph: Courtesy of Kiehl's

Because there really aren’t enough reasons to freak out about our ever-accelerating stress levels, I recently had this little piece of knowledge dropped on me: Studies show that stress causes an inflammatory response in the body, which can lead to premature aging, dryness and redness in the skin.

Hydration is key, and Kiehl’s (which happens to make some of my favorite moisturizers) has gone the extra step of adding extra stress-reducing ingredients to its latest product, the Skin Rescuer. Chamomile soothes and calms skin; shea butter and mannose (a rare sugar) hydrates and protects; and rosa gallica extract (sourced from flower petals) has been shown to minimize the skin’s inflammatory response to stress.

For all that, the moisturizer is surprisingly lightweight, non-irritating and absorbs quickly with a silky, non-greasy finish. Top with SPF and it becomes a great daily moisturizer for anyone dealing with stress—so, that would be everyone.

$40 at Kiehl’s, 907 W. Armitage Ave. or kiehls.com

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