Beauty: Calling in the stress-busters

Barely there make-up with swept back hair for this glitzy mannish look when Alexa Chung arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Barely there make-up with swept back hair for this glitzy mannish look when Alexa Chung arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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The best beauty secret is learning to handle stress. Stephanie Smith finds out how to make sure your worries don’t show on your face.

Stress causes damage to health and looks, to the extent that no amount of concealer, overnight remedies and Clarins Beauty Flash Balm will iron out the evidence.

Rodial Stemcell Superfood Glam Balm Lip
A rose flavoured hydrating lip balm that nourishes using Rodials stem cell technology with added SPF15 protection, making it perfect for the summer and on holidays. Shea butter and rose hip oil help stimulate collagen production while pomegranate provides super antioxidant protection for a soothed and perfectly protected pout. Its �17 at www.rodial.co.uk.

Rodial Stemcell Superfood Glam Balm Lip A rose flavoured hydrating lip balm that nourishes using Rodials stem cell technology with added SPF15 protection, making it perfect for the summer and on holidays. Shea butter and rose hip oil help stimulate collagen production while pomegranate provides super antioxidant protection for a soothed and perfectly protected pout. Its �17 at www.rodial.co.uk.

Chronic stress can be a learned process. As the exam season approaches, now is a good time to teach youngsters how to manage stress and develop practices to help them avoid building up later physcial and mental health problems.

But the damage caused by stress to how we look should not be under-estimated. Stress produces the hormone cortisol, which can promote weight gain, high blood pressure and the breakdown of collagen in the skin, making it harder for it to repair itself.

Then there is hair loss, when the hair follicle’s growth is switched from active to resting, usually for about three months, after which hair is shed, so the results of a period of stress are not always immediately apparent. Add to this acne and rashes caused by irritation and allergies, and the effects on the eyes caused by a lack of restorative sleep – inflammation and a build-up of fluid leading to puffy eyes and dark circles – and it becomes clear that learning how to deal with stress will be of immense overall benefit.

Regular exercise, preferably outdoors, is a good starting point, so walk for at least 20 minutes or simply take advantage of a sunny spell for a spot of gardening.

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Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Serum This intensive daily correcting serum targets melanin production to improve skin brightness and combat hyper-pigmentation, fade dark spots and repair sun damage. Made with a blend of actives and nutrients that act deep down to even out skin tone and bring about a visibly illuminated complexion. It's �85 at www.oskiaskincare.com. BENEFITS Reduces melanin content by 14% in 28 days*

Socialising is another stress-buster, which means you shouldn’t prevent your revising child from going out to meet friends (within reason).

There are simple relaxation techniques to try on patient.info and it’s well worth investing in some aromatherapy remedies. For example, Harrogate-based Neom Organics has its Stress Less Starter Kit with bath foam, intensive stress relief treatment and candle on offer at £36 (usually £46, Neomorganics.com), while Nathalie Bond Lavender and Chamomile Dead Sea Salts will soothe all the senses (£18.50, nathaliebond.com).

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion
Revitalises eyes and helps soothe eyes affected by hayfever if you try  cotton wool pads soaked in this gentle, soothing herbal lotion containing naturally active ingredients including the grassland herb eyebright, witch hazel, organic aloe vera and cornflower to help tone, cool and refresh. Ideal for tired, puffy or sore eyes, and on waking. It's �13.25 at Liz Earle and John Lewis.

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion Revitalises eyes and helps soothe eyes affected by hayfever if you try cotton wool pads soaked in this gentle, soothing herbal lotion containing naturally active ingredients including the grassland herb eyebright, witch hazel, organic aloe vera and cornflower to help tone, cool and refresh. Ideal for tired, puffy or sore eyes, and on waking. It's �13.25 at Liz Earle and John Lewis.

Klorane Conditioning Balm
Theres a shampoo to match this conditioning balm and both contain flax fibres to breathe volume and bounce into fine, limp hair, using ultra-light formulas to lift hair from the roots up for weightless volume and texture. The fibres form an imperceptible film around hair to help coat and texturise it. It costs �8.50 at www.escentual.com.

Klorane Conditioning Balm Theres a shampoo to match this conditioning balm and both contain flax fibres to breathe volume and bounce into fine, limp hair, using ultra-light formulas to lift hair from the roots up for weightless volume and texture. The fibres form an imperceptible film around hair to help coat and texturise it. It costs �8.50 at www.escentual.com.

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