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[Material World x Elizabeth Arden] Don’t Let Stress Kill Your Skin – Deborah Tan

Fact: stress can age your skin by up to 10 years. Deborah Tan tries a skincare range by Elizabeth Arden created to help prevent premature skin aging by addressing the damages caused by stress.

“Is it because you are afraid the plane would crash?” is the question I get asked the most whenever I tell people flying makes me “antsy”. No … I do not have a fear of flying. Rather, flying is not one of my favorite things to do. I love travelling, don’t get me wrong, it’s just the process of getting to the destination that stresses me out. How?

1. Flying could screw with your sleep cycle

You want to sleep but you are awake … you are awake but not really awake … AARGH!

Especially when you take a red-eye (overnight flights). Say your flight is at 12mn and you’re bound for Japan. You check in at the airport at 10pm, spend the next hour wandering about duty-free when you should really be in bed asleep, board the plane and suffer through all the shenanigans before you actually get to close your eyes. That’d be about, what, 2am? Then at 5.20am, everyone gets woken up again for landing. I NEED MORE SLEEP, DAMMIT!!

2. You get tortured by radiation and dehydration

Newsflash! Windows on planes do not block out UV rays. The dose of UV rays you’re exposed to is also stronger as you’re flying at a higher altitude. This is before you consider all the rays coming from the TV screens, and soon, from WiFi … The air is also drier so you are losing water at an alarming rate. Those paltry cups of water they hand out once every few hours are hardly enough to keep you hydrated! Bottomline: it’s hell for your cells!

3. Your body is immobilised

You need it move it, move it!!

There’s really only so much you can move once you are strapped into your Economy seat. There’s just no way of sitting and sleeping comfortably. Your body cries for room to stretch out and lie back. You arrive at your destination feeling worse for wear – blood circulation sluggish, muscles aching … it’s painful. HELP! I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS!!!!

And the one place where all these stress shows up? My skin. FACT: Stress can accelerate aging by up to 10 years. When you’re stressed your skin acts up by becoming rough, blotchy and dull. At a cellular level, stress depletes ceramides which help keep skin healthy and support the collagen matrix. Stress also damages telomeres (the caps at the end of chromosomes), which will eventually compromise our cells’ ability to replicate.

The Skincare Solution To Stress Aging

The review set for Elizabeth Arden’s new Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide range couldn’t have arrived at a better time. I took the Caplet Serum, $99, and Eye Gel, $69, with me on a recent trip that required me to take the red-eye. As we didn’t check into the hotel straight after arrival, by the time we actually had a chance to freshen up, my skin was in need of some serious TLC.

My skin - blotchy, dry and very pissed off that it had to fly overnight.

My skin – blotchy, dry and very pissed off that it had to fly overnight. Photo taken post-flight while wearing sunscreen. Photo has not been Photoshopped or digitally altered.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum After cleansing and a quick mud mask, I applied the Caplet Serum. Each pump dispenses a fresh burst of powerful ingredients, including Telosense a protein complex to help protect telomeres. The silky serum covered my skin like balm and I found I really liked its texture. A few hours of sleep, and I’m happy to report that my skin was back to its former glowing, calm glory.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Eye Gel Many anti-aging eye care products tend to be quite rich and so we usually reserve them for use at night. Instead, most women opt for eye creams with a brightening benefit and a light refreshing texture. This eye gel combines the best of both worlds – it’s anti-aging and it’s in a gel texture. It also contains a brightening complex, the antioxidant vitamin E, sodium hyaluronate and an algae extract to target puffiness.


Not exaggerating here but I really felt like Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan when she wakes up to find herself a vampire. My skin looked more rested and there was a definite glow to my complexion. I applied the serum and the eye gel religiously throughout my trip and when I got back, I couldn’t help but take a selfie on my way home from the airport. I love how much calmer and even my skin looks! So if your skin acts up every time you’re stressed, I strongly recommend you give the Flawless Future Powered by Ceramides range a shot.

Eyes and face are puffy from flying but skin is definitely a lot "sturdier" looking.

Eyes and face are puffy from flying but skin is definitely a lot “sturdier” looking. Photo taken while wearing eyeliner, eyebrow makeup and sunscreen. Photo has not been Photoshopped or digitally touched up.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramides is now selling at Elizabeth Arden counters islandwide. Elizabeth Arden worked with Material World to promote this new range of skincare products. All opinions are the author’s own. This post was not vetted by the brand. You may read our Advertising Policy here.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She secretly believes she has perfected the art of selfie-taking. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.