So as you can tell by the title, my finals week is coming up as I’m sure it is for others as well. This can be a stressful time filled with lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits and loads of stress. Even though final preparation and studying only takes up a few weeks of your life, all of these things can be detrimental to your health and your skin. It can also take a while for you to fully recover from it. I am acne prone, so this is probably my least favorite time of the year. However, I have discovered a few tips to keeping my skin clear during finals or during any stressful week throughout the school year. I have been trying these out and thought I would share it would you guys! The list is still growing, but here are a few things I have learned:
- Try to eat healthy – I know this is a tough one, especially since you are probably up late and usually the only places open are fast food, but this is so important. Not only will this cause you to break out, but eating unhealthy during your finals isn’t good for your brain either. Skip the McDonald’s run and try to buy snacks from your local grocery store that you can snack on while studying. The key is to find a balance between carbohydrates and protein, which are brain foods. This is especially important when you aren’t getting a whole lot of rest. Some good snacks to have on you are nuts, veggies, greek yogurt and my favorite, apples with peanut butter. This will keep your brain from dying out and will keep your skin looking clear.
- Get some rest – I am guilty for pulling all nighters or staying up until the wee hours of the night cranking in last minute studying, but this is not good for you at all. If you want to do well on your test, keep healthy, and keep your skin looking good, you should get at least 8 hours of sleep to reenergize yourself. Trust me, you will do better on your test if you get more sleep than if you study all night. The things you are studying that late will be useless and if you get sleep, the things you forgot throughout the semester/year will come back to you much easier.
- Don’t stress yourself out – This is another hard thing to do, especially for me, but sometimes you just need to stop for five minutes. When I am studying, I hardly take breaks, which is definitely not good for you. For every hour of studying, you should take at least a 5-10 minute break doing something you enjoy whether it’s a snack break, watching a YouTube video or even just sitting down and doing breathing exercises. Studying will be much easier and more bearable if you take a break and stop stressing. A test is just a test and if you try your best, that is all you can do. Don’t stress yourself over it.
- Do a face mask – Treat yourself! At night before you are going to bed or headed off to the library to study, do a face mask to wind down and pamper yourself. Your skin will appreciate it and so will you. This can also be one of the things you do on your study breaks!
- Drink a lot of water – If anything will prevent breakouts, it is water. Water is the best thing for your skin by far. Drinking a lot of water will keep your skin looking alive and rejuvenated, even if physically, you aren’t. It will also just make you feel immensely better if you are tired and stressed because water is just the best. Drink up!
- Don’t skip your skin routine – This is so important! Sometimes when I am busy or even after a night out, I will skip my skin routine and go straight to sleep. Don’t do this. One missed face wash can ruin things. Every time I skip my skin routine, my skin is full of pimples for two weeks. In reality it doesn’t take too long to do your skin routine and those few minutes are worth it because it is better than having days of not so good skin. This is especially important during finals week when your stress levels are through the roof and you’re probably not getting enough sleep. This is one thing you can control and you should take advantage of it!
This definitely doesn’t cover everything, but these are a few things that I have found that have helped me!
Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips to maintain healthy skin/your health during finals/AP week!
And if you have any tests coming up, good luck! You got this 🙂