Stress is real. Whether it comes from trying to get ready for the holidays or landing that promotion, no one is immune. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, most people in the United States have experience moderate to high stress on a regular basis. While there's no way to remove stressors from your life, there is a way to manage how your feeling. These stress relief beauty and skincare products the perfect way to make your cosmetic obsession work for your mental health, too.
While every type of stress is different, there is some proof that slight distractions can almost help distract yourself from your biggest worries. Experts have actually linked daily self-care activities to the curbing of stress and anxiousness.
“So many processes in the brain are more circular than linear — they look like merry-go-rounds, not arrows,” psychotherapist Mike Dow, PsyD and author of Healing the Broken Brain said in a Teen Vogue interview. “To change them, we have to interrupt the loop somehow.”
For some, there's no better way to interrupt that loop than to put ourselves in a happier place with beauty products. People have claimed that just the act of applying products alone can help curb stress. Even something small, but ritualistic like applying lipstick can help your mind feel like you're in control.
“When you're engaging in hygiene activities, it's almost like a self-soothing ritual,” Katherine Glick, a licensed professional counselor who works with Talkspace, said in the same interview with Teen Vogue.
If you need a little help choosing your self-soothing ritual to help curb stress, plenty of products are here to help. From skin care stress relievers to makeup made with relaxation in mind, these products have you covered.
1. Vitruvi Facial Spray
I personally use this to set my makeup and spray on throughout the day. There's something about the the mix sage, frankincense, and rose that calms me down. But even just the action of applying it throughout the day as a "refresh" is calming.
2. Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment
The proof is in the name. The products was designed to "promotes overall tranquility" and "helps transforms mood and energy," according to the website. The brand also has blends for irritability and energy.
3. Aveda Stress Fix Body Lotion
Feeling really stressed? Well, you can rub your entire body down with the smell of calming lavender and sage. Aveda also offer the same Stress-Fix scent in cleanser and bath salts, if that's more your style.
4. Neal's Yard Calming Salve
Just a few dollops of this salve on your temples and you'll be eased into a stress-free mood, according to the website. While the product probably isn't this type of cure-all, it may just help you wind down a little.
5. HUM Big Chill
According to the website, this clinically researched vitamin helps you stay calm, focused, and stops you from reacting to your stress. The formula is plant derived, so you can put it into your body without worry.
6. Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Body Scrub
The shower is the perfect time unwind and reset with eucalyptus and mint. You can even get a matching shower gel and body oil, if you need some extra de-stressing.
7. Estée Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask
There's no better time to unwind than with a mask. The best part is that it only takes ten minutes.
8. Kiehl's Skin Rescuer
If stress and anxiety have already taken a toll on your skin, this moisturizer will help with inflammation and moisture. Plus it smells like a soothing dream.
9. Origin's Peace Of Mind
This product was designed to help with the feeling of head pressure. All you have to do is apply it on the back of your neck, temples, and earlobes when the feeling starts to come on.
10. Body Vibes Stickers
According to Birdie, the stickers use body frequency to help reduce anxiety. The website also has stickers for focus and energy, as well. It's worth a shot.
Many women have looked to their everyday makeup items for self-care and control, too. Something as simple the precision and motion it takes to apply lipstick could be what makes you feel in control of your mental heath.
Bottom line: There's no one way to make stress go away. But what can help the most are the tiny rituals that make you feel better. Whether that's applying lipstick, rubbing down with stress-reducing lotion, or misting yourself with facial spray, you are in control.