It's about that time people—finals are upon us and the stress, anxiety and bad habits are in full swing. I'm no exception. Just this week I've managed to make meals exclusively out of ramen bowls and bags of funions...yes, funions. I'm not sure I even know how to define a proper sleeping habit anymore. All of these bad habits can only lead to one thing...well, a few things, but only one that actually matters—awful skin. While many old wive's tales and rumors about skin maintenance may be absolutely false, one that is not is the fact that consistently bad eating and sleeping habits will undoubtedly lead to a diminished appearance of the outer canvas.
After only a couple of weeks of bad habits in these departments I have noticed a chronic need to carry around those annoying little blue oil-blot sheets and an extra run-through of my skin routine either in the morning or at night. You know it's serious when I break out the glycolic wash. There are simple fixes to this problem though! Many you may have heard, but for the benefit of those who have not, I'll list a few here.
For starters, drinking water actually does miracles for your skin. It's the process of cleansing out your entire system, though, that lends itself to these results. I think the problem with many people is that they can't justify the direct results of drinking water leading to clearer skin, and that's because the results aren't direct. Drink the water, clear out your system and your skin will thank you! A lot of sites will say that 8 full glasses are necessary each day but this is a gross overestimate. I'd venture to say that somewhere in the realm of 4-6 glasses would suffice in clearing things up a bit.
The next two tidbits are pretty obvious and don't really require a lot of effort other than forcing yourself to adhere. Improving sleeping and eating habits, even if only by a little, will lead to improved appearance. No more bags under your eyes, no more greasy hair and no more oily, sullen skin! When you wake up, grab a yogurt. If you're hungry at some point throughout the day and absolutely have to have your junkfood fix, go for sunchips instead of a bag of lays. For dinner make sure you have enough food to last you a good while because you'll sleep on it and most likely wake up hungry. In terms of improved sleep habits, just shuffle that schedule and give yourself a little more structure. It'll be worth the end result.
In addition to healthier decisions and a more structured day, there are obviously other approaches you can take in addition. I'll be the first to advocate for a nice facemask a few times a week. Depending upon how bad your skin actually is, you may want to experiment with different masks of different intensity/ingredients. I have a more comprehensive list of the products that I swear by on my Pinterest board, which I highly suggest checking out if you're in need of some general suggestions as well as tips for summer-friendly products. If you want to come out on top of finals, hit those books but also hit the healthy lifestyle—the proof is in the pretty.