Everyone knows that when you’re at school, rushing from one end of the building to the other with only 5 minutes to spare, your skin’s health is often the last thing on your mind. However, the weeks and years of abuse can take its toll on you: acne breakouts can, and do, happen to us all! The worst thing you can do is stress out even more about the downward spiral that may be happening to your face, so here are a 5 easy tips on how to manage your skin’s effectiveness as the first barrier against stress!
Everyone knows that eight glasses of water – while still a way of putting water into your body – also means eight trips to the bathroom. When we eat more water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods. That slow absorption means that water in food stays in our bodies longer, with a multitude of additional benefits. Having water-rich cells not only means you look better, but your body functions better as a result. That exam you’ve been cramming for every day this week? Eat leafy greens such as kale and spinach during that week, both of which have proven benefits to your memory retention, and you’ll be out of there in no time! By choosing foods such as fruits and vegetables, you’re not only hydrating and feeding your body, you’re also curbing the cravings for salty, fatty foods that absorb all the water your body is reserving for your cells and muscles, and make you feel bloated.
Takeaway: By eating several servings of raw fruits or vegetables each day, you will be able to stay hydrated significantly longer and your brain will thank you.
A hard thing to do while in class, is keeping your face clean from all the debris floating around. From old, musty textbooks, to the desk you’ve been “resting” your head on, every surface contains millions of bacteria life forms. The best way to protect your skin from potential outside invasion is to cleanse daily! The Murad Clarifying Cleanser kills any bacteria by using 1.5% salicylic acid, which helps clear out your pores, pushing off dead skin cells and regenerating new, healthy cells. If you have skin that tends to get oily as the day goes by, don’t forget to exfoliate three times a week. Use the Skin Smoothing Polish, as the fine micro-polishing beads deeply penetrate pores to remove impurities from the surface of your skin. The most important thing to remember is to cleanse twice a day! Your skin will thank you after a long day being exposed to the elements.
Takeaway: Wash your face at least twice a day and don’t go to bed without removing your makeup
As the year rolls back into school mode, we tend to see the cloudy weather as a sign to stop using sunscreen. By not protecting your face from harmful UVA/UVB rays, we are potentially putting ourselves at risk for serious skin diseases and premature ageing. UVA rays are characterized as the sun’s rays that penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin, causing damage on a cellular level, the primary cause of skin cancers. UVA rays are also used in tanning booths, so while that tan may make you look fabulous for a month or two, your skin could be very damaged underneath. Avoid these places at all costs! UVB rays are mostly responsible for the sun burn you get in the summer months. These rays are shorter, and do not penetrate very deep. However, they are the leading factor in photoageing, which is when the outside layer of your skin has been so burnt over time, that it wrinkles prematurely.
Finding a sunscreen that protects against both of these is very important, especially on your long bus ride to school every day and back. Try a moisturizer with broad spectrum, which means it protects from both types of rays, of SPF 30 or higher, such as the Age-Balancing Moisturizer. This not only helps protect from the sun’s harmful rays, it deeply hydrates your skin so it is perfect for the in-between months when the weather is cold, but the sun is still out to play. It also has anti-aging benefits, to help combat any photoageing that may have resulted from previous years of tanning sessions.
Takeaway: Use a moisturizer with sun protection every day
This has been told to us since pre-kindergarten: keep your hands off of your face. Why is this so important? You may think that your hands look perfectly clean, or maybe you touch your face unconsciously, but the truth is, our hands touch everything and gets dirty! Cleaning your hands frequently helps reduce this. The temptation gets even stronger when there is a very stubborn, painful pimple sitting smack-dab on the tip of your nose. Picking or popping this zit is not an option! By breaking open the pore, you are exposing the pimple to outside bacteria, which will make sure it never goes away, or worse, the bacteria that was trapped inside before is now free to roam the surrounding area of your nose, cheeks and face, resulting in a tribe of pimples!
The best way to get rid of a pimple is to apply a topical spot cream, like the Acne Spot Treatment. You can use this as many times a day as you like, as it will dry out the pimple, using sulfur to bring the head to the surface. Then, when you get home, exfoliate your skin just before using a cleanser, like the Time Release Acne Cleanser. The exfoliation will remove the head of the pimple in a safe, non-obtrusive way, and the salicylic acid in the cleanser will go in and finish off that pesky acne-causing bacteria. This also prevents the potential for scarring, which happens when you wound your skin while popping or picking at pimples.
Tip: Clean your phone screen regularly with an anti-bacterial wipe and change your pillow cases at least once a week.
Being on the go all the time limits how much time you can spend rejuvenating your skin. Even if you cleanse every day and night, sometimes it’s just not enough. Take five minutes out during your bathroom break to re-vamp your skin. By using the extremely handy Clarifying Wipes, you can reduce your chances of having clogged pores in just minutes. Use this at least once a day, especially after you’ve done any type of physical activity. Also, a leading cause of acne breakouts is oily skin. If you’re noticing that around lunch time every day, your skin is looking shinier and feels oilier, don’t just wipe the oil off. Use the Clarifying Wipes to soak up the excess oils followed by the Oil-Control Mattifier to prevent more oil production.
School stress fluctuates up and down throughout the year, but if you follow a set routine, your skin doesn’t have to suffer too! Remember to take time out whenever you can to just relax, either with an at-home spa day to pamper yourself or an evening watching Netflix with your family and friends! Your skin’s health is connected to your mental health, and if your mind is happy, your skin won’t have any reason to complain. Remember you are beautiful.
Blog post by Murad Beauty Advisor – Dania