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Is Your Skin Looking Stressed? Learn How to Calm Stressed Out Skin in 4 Easy Steps

You know what it feels like to be stressed out, but did you know that your skin can also become overburdened? Changing seasons, environmental stressors, feeling anxious, and using too many active skincare ingredients at once can cause your skin to become stressed. This can look like redness, irritation, blemishes, dullness, and rough, dry patches.

Fortunately, a little extra love can go a long way towards soothing stressed skin. Calm your stressed-out skin with this gentle, easy-to-follow, deeply hydrating routine.


When cleansing stressed skin, you want to make sure you remove every trace of dirt and makeup without further irritating red, inflamed skin. We recommend avoiding harsh scrubs and reaching for a gentle cleanser that adds hydration back into the skin instead of stripping its natural protective moisture.

Our Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil effortlessly dissolves impurities and makeup while adding a burst of squalane-fueled hydration. Meanwhile, nourishing antioxidants target stress and signs of aging, leaving the skin healthy and radiant.

Massage our Antioxidant Cleansing Oil into a dry face, then rinse with warm water to transform it into a silky, luxurious milky cleanser. Pat with a towel until your skin is almost dry, then follow with step two.


One of the most common causes of stressed skin is when we layer too many active treatment ingredients – like retinoids and exfoliating acids – at one time or begin using them daily instead of gradually increasing frequency of use to give our skin time to acclimate.

This can cause skin cells to turn over too quickly, revealing immature cells that haven’t had time yet to build an effective moisture barrier. As a result, these cells become damaged and dehydrated, leading to red, angry skin.

The skin-soothing solution: switch to a hydrated serum treatment to add moisture back into the skin, soothing irritation while plumping fine lines and wrinkles.

We recommend massaging a dropper of our Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum into still-damp skin after cleansing to drench skin with soothing hydration to instantly plump and quench using the water-binding properties of ectoin. We’ve paired this powerful, protective hydrator with our rapid plumping complex to deliver instant, long-lasting hydration alongside a visible improvement in elasticity thanks to copper peptides. Our groundbreaking super ingredient, squalane drives skin-plumping, elasticity-boosting ingredients deeper for increased and lasting efficacy.


Follow your hydrating serum treatment with a moisturizer built for your skin type. Moisturizers have two simple functions: hydrate the uppermost layers of the skin while shielding against environmental stressors. The texture of a moisturizer is thicker than that of a serum, helping to lock in moisture and maintaining hydration levels.

If you have normal-to-dry skin, our bestselling Omega Repair Cream can help replenish your skin’s natural lipids.  Our deeply hydrating, ultra-nourishing whipped facial cream uses beneficial lipids that mimic and support the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Sugarcane-derived squalane, omega fatty acids, ceramides, and plant sterols nourish, plump, hydrate, and repair your skin’s moisture barrier to keep skin supple, smooth, and deeply moisturized.

For those with oiler skin, a lightweight, nourishing moisturizer can help bring overactive oil glands into check, reducing oily skin and daytime shine. Our weightless Probiotic Gel Moisturizer delivers deep and lasting moisture without making your skin feel greasy thanks a clinically-proven combination of hyaluronic acid and sugarcane-derived squalane.

Hyaluronic acid bonds with water molecules in the environment, pulling them into skin to plump and hydrate while our hero ingredient squalane mimics your body’s natural moisture to fortify your moisture barrier and lock in hydration while driving active ingredients 40 times deeper into the skin.


Your body is hard at work repairing damaged cells while you sleep and  increases blood flow to the skin as part of the repair process. Unfortunately, the additional blood flow to your skin’s surface also raises its temperature, speeding transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and potentially causing dehydration.

This is why it’s so important to use a richer moisturizer at night than you do during the day. You’re protecting against dehydration while also making the most of your body’s natural nighttime repair process.

Our instant bestselling Ectoin Overnight Rescue bestseller pairs calming, barrier-boosting magnesium with the water-binding, protective qualities of ectoin in a smooth, velvety night cream that acts as a veil for stressed skin. This breakthrough formula helps to strengthen and rebuild skin’s appearance, soothing irritation and plumping fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing its daily defense mechanism by strengthening the moisture barrier.


If your dry skin also needs a radiance boost, turn to our cult-favorite Vitamin C Rose Oil for instant brightening as you lock in moisture. Our science-backed formula features an innovative form of oil-soluble Vitamin C that’s uniquely stable and incredibly gentle. Use it as the final step in your skincare to brighten and moisturize while sealing in active ingredients, or add a few drops to makeup for a fresh, dewy look.

If you’re using a retinol product —- such as our Retinol Night Serum — in the evenings, you’ll need to pass on Vitamin C during your PM routine. Our innovative and gentle 100% Squalane Oil mimics the moisture found in human skin to lock in moisture while replenishing the moisture barrier and driving active skincare ingredients 40x deeper into your skin.

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Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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