How to Take Care of Your Skin as a Stressed-Out College Student

How to Take Care of Your Skin as a Stressed-Out College Student
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When you are already stressed out, the last thing you need is bad skin. You have three term papers due, an exam around the corner and you wake up with a pimple in the middle of your face exactly on the day you must deliver a presentation to a packed auditorium. If you were under the impression that skin problems were reserved for teenagers, think again. In fact, age could have nothing to do with it. Stress could be the culprit.

Reduce Stress

Beyond the wrinkles of a worried forehead, there is an undeniable hormonal correlation between stress and skin problems. Stress triggers the hormone cortisol, which in turn can disrupt the balance of the bacteria in your gut. This imbalance translates to your skin health, hence celebrities’ endorsement of probiotics for skincare. In other words, stress perpetuates the cycle of bad skin.

Everyone reacts to stress differently. Some people suffer from night terrors, others are plagued by stomach aches. The advantage of those ailments is that they can be kept hidden from the public eye. When stress manifests on your skin, it is visible for all to see. The silver lining of skin problems is that it can give you a greater incentive to take action toward dealing with your stress.

How you relax depends on what kind of person you are. Generally speaking, exercising does wonders for your health by triggering the release of happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin. Other activities like meditating have also been found to increase levels of relaxing, naturally-occurring chemicals in the human brain. Some smells help the process of relaxation too, like essential oils and even flowers in nature.

There are no rules when it comes to reducing stress in your life. Here is a list of some popular methods:

  • Exercising
  • Sleep
  • Meditating
  • Journaling
  • Yoga
  • Getting outside
  • Petting a dog or cat
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Pencil in breaks to your schedule

Smart Makeup

Changing your lifestyle does not happen overnight. While you adjust to a less stressful environment, you can use makeup to ease the process. We all know that foundation helps to hide imperfections and blemishes. The problem is that it tends to clog pores and worsen the problem you are trying to lessen in the first place. This is especially true for oily skin, which you often cannot set liquid foundation onto. An easy solution to this challenge is to apply face powder for oily skin. The particles help to absorb the excess oil so that you can then apply your favorite foundation without risking it smearing off. Make sure to pick a foundation with sun protection for best coverage.

Eat Well

As a college student, you probably do not have the funds for a weekly facial. You may not even have the time when finals hit. But fancy skin treatments are not the only path to beautiful skin. What you eat and drink has a direct effect on how your skin looks. The good news is that when it comes to diet, simpler is often better. Taking control of what you eat and how you cook allows you to save money, too. Trade fried foods for steamed options, and processed snacks for fresh fruit. More importantly, start keeping track of what makes your skin feel better or worse. Rarely is there a one-size fits all when it comes to diet. Salty foods may bother you more than overly sweet. The key is getting to know your body and how your choices affects your skin.

Cooking your own meals is making the smart choice for your finances and your health. Eating in is a win-win. You can even wrack up some stress-reducing brownie points by making a social event out of dinner with friends. And if that’s not enough, another advantage to cooking wholesome foods is losing weight.

Multiple-Purpose Products

For best results, compliment your all-natural diet with an all-natural skin regimen. Granted, organic products can seem expensive when you consider individual items. But the trick with natural products is to choose multi-purpose products. What is good for one thing often works for others. This is the case for more obvious products like soap, but also for more obscure ones like beeswax, which is great for your skin, lips, and hair.

Comparable to Vaseline for its protective quality, beeswax is safer and ultimately better for you. Not only does beeswax provide a protective layer without clogging your pores, it holds antiviral and antimicrobial properties that help keep your skin clean and healthy. Beeswax is just one more reason why keeping bees healthy is essential to our welfare on this planet.


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