FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Some Stress- Fighting Serums + How To Stop Looking Stressed



Since most schools have changed their school year already from June to March to August to May, I wonder, how are those affected by this dealing with the change? Does it feel weird going to school when everybody else is already at the beach? Or does it feel okay and normal? I'd love to know.

Anyway, I've got a question here from Paola, one of my avid readers. I believe it will be handy for a lot of people, especially those who are still at school and even at work! Read on. ;)

Hi Martha!


I love your blog! I have it on my Bookmarks and frequently use your reviews whenever I need to make a decision about a beauty product purchase. I’m about to start a very stressful phase in my life where staying up late is inevitable (a. k. a. post- grad school) and I am stocking up on my beauty arsenal in anticipation of the stress that is to come. As they say, prevention is better than cure! What serums/night creams would you suggest that I could use to help reduce the effects of stress and staying up late? I am eyeing a lot of products right now (e.g. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, GlamGlow Mud, Olay Aquaction to name a few) but I’m not sure which would be most appropriate for me (I’m 23 yo with oily skin but can become acne- prone when stressed; I regularly have monthly DP also for a few pimple marks and overall skin texture) and I can’t afford to buy everything! And also, do you have any tips on maintaining a healthy skin despite going under stress (if that is even possible). 
I’m really looking forward to your answers! Much love! :) 
Paola

Hi Paola!

Wow, post- grad school. I'm impressed. It's part of my bucket list and I hope to take up either Marketing, Business Management, or Creative Writing. I'll definitely make time for that in my life soon. Thanks for always trusting my reviews as well! :)

The serums you mentioned, they're some of my favorites-I'm impressed again because looks like you're really a TBJ head! :D

For your first question: Which serums/night creams do I recommend to help reduce the effects of stress and late- night sleeping on the skin? Here's a quick list of my tried and tested products:

1. Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum- This transformative serum refines skin texture and gives skin a natural, lit-from-within glow
2. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate- calms the senses immediately, brightens skin the next day, and restores radiance in as little as 15 days.
3. Absynthe Bath And Beauty Pure Intention Serum- firms, lifts, nourishes, and hydrates skin
4. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Night Cream- combat dryness caused by stress with this intensely moisturizing and calming night cream.

Now for your last question, how can one maintain healthy skin despite being stressed? Click READ MORE and I'll tell you my two techniques in maintaining great skin despite sleepless nights and stress.


To maintain healthy skin no matter the situation I'm in, I only live by two skin care principles:

1. Scrub
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Stress can cause skin to look dull. But how? It slows down cell turnover, the process wherein your body naturally gets rid of dead skin to reveal new skin, and creates dead skin build-up, thus resulting to dull skin-Exfoliation can give you a helping hand in this situation. And even if I'm stressed or not, I make sure to load up on hydration and moisture because I've proven for so many times that this is the MAIN key to beautiful, healthy skin. I make sure that every skin care product I own, from eye creams to night creams, has hydration as one of its key properties.

But let's break down these principles to actionable steps:

1. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate. Frequency of exfoliation actually depends on your needs, but the safest number would be one or two-three if you really, really need it. Anything beyond three would be overkill.

2. Before moisturizer, insert an extra product to up your hydration intake. Yes, the GlamGlow Mud you're eyeing is a great idea and if you will allow me to recommend, go for ThirstyMud. As for me, I like using Korean Facial Masks.

3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. And then moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. :D

4. Don't forget your eyes! Opt for a de-puffing and hydrating eye cream to smooth lines, firm skin, and keep your orbital eye area looking fresh.

5. A highlighter can give your skin a little boost-simply sweep it on your apples, forehead, bridge of the nose, and you're done. ;)

Remember, all these tips and products can only do so much for your skin-try your best to get proper sleep everyday, stop being stressed, and stop sweating the small stuff. ;)

Hope this becomes useful! :D

**Got a burning question about makeups, skin care products, beauty, dieting, and health tips, relationships, and whatever? Just send them to martha.stabarbara@yahoo.com or shoot 'em up at The Beauty Junkee's FB Fan Page via the MESSAGE button and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. (Please, do not send me Math- related queries. :D)

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  1. I have the same problem with Paola and I am thankful for these wonderful tips =)

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  2. I have the same problem with Paola and I am thankful for these wonderful tips =)

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  3. Yes, there are a lot of good skincare products that you can use to camouflage all the effects of sleepless nights and stress but you must still try to give yourself the sleep and rest it deserves. Our body needs to recharge after a day's hardwork and to prepare for the next day. Your natural glow will show up if you are well-rested and not stressed out.

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  4. I've always wanted to try estee lauder's serum but its quite pricey for my budget :(

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  5. I sort of have the same dilemma. I can't decide which to choose from Laneige Water Sleeping Pack, Scinic Pore Clay Mask, Laneige White Plus Renew Essence, Missha Time Revolution Essence or Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream. I really have that nasty oily skin type and it gets worse when I'm in the battlefield(kitchen)! I recently watched a show that gives tips on keeping oil at bay but these products are really good but I can't afford them all. Ahhhh!!! hahaha... (^...^)

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  6. yep! don't skimp on sleep! A good night's sleep is the best care you could do for your skin, for me at least. And a good sleeping pack won't hurt as well. hehe

    Good luck on your post-grad studies! :)

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  7. I'm planning to take post grad studies too! :) Sana next school year makapasok na ko. Anyway, since my work schedule is fixed, I manage to get enough sleep everyday. But when an unexpected work comes, that's when I get stressed, then gets pimples afterwards. :/ I use serums too. I've learned another technique from you again so thank you. :) I'll do the steps to maintaining healthy skin starting today. :D

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  8. Excellent tips! Although don't overwhelm the skin by upping the routine with a sudden slew of products. It might get even more stressed. Gradually sana. And embrace no-foundation days din, so that your skin can breathe. :)

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  9. P.S. I had good experience with Burt's Bees Daisy White line. That's a keeper din for stressed/irritable skin.

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  10. Awwww I wish I had read this post last year before I entered clerkship, but that would be impossible since it is posted this year. Post grad literally gave me a headache and breakouts, and like Paola I habe breakouts when stressed. Maybe I'll try the absynthe one because it will be lighter on my budget than the other ones.

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  11. Wow! Thank you so much for a very detailed and helpful response:) I'll take your advices at heart. Thank you thank you!:)

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  12. I need a good eye cream. Can you recommend expensive and cheap ones?

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  13. I can relate with Paola. I am juggling work, house chores, being a mom and a wife all at the same time and its hard not to look "losiang". Great tips Martha. I'm still looking for a great eye cream thats not to heavy i might try yves. If I may add to your tips above, nothing beats hydration from within so drink lots and lots of water :)

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