(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — the new school year is starting, and this year is like no other. Whether you’ve headed back into the classroom or you're continuing to learn remotely, this year presents new challenges for everyone. Amid all these changes, it's easy to get so busy that you don’t take good care of yourself. The result? When you’re over-stressed and under-nourished, it shows on your skin.
Why not start the school year off right by establishing good self-care habits? When you’re in the middle of midterms or working on a giant project, you’ll thank yourself for setting up a routine that keeps you looking and feeling your best, inside and out.
Follow these tips to start a self-care routine to help you be your best self.
Sleep is often the first thing to go when deadlines are looming, but don’t start the semester skimping on your beauty rest. Set a reasonable time to go to bed and wake-up time and stick to it — even on weekends — as much as you can.
Being sleep deprived not only leads to dark circles under your eyes, but it also makes it hard to focus on your studies. Late night? Let yourself take a short power nap in the afternoon if you need one.
A refreshing way to start your morning is through your skincare routine. Clean & Clear® Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub invigorates skin and cleanses deep down into your pores, working to dissolve dirt and oil while exfoliating surface skin. This gentle scrub can be used daily, and along with its cooling sensation, will leave your skin looking and feeling revitalized.
You may not even need that second cup of coffee to feel awake.
Give yourself time to de-stress
Whether it’s first thing in the morning, midday or later in the evening, allow yourself at least 15 minutes every day to do whatever helps you feel centered and relaxed:
- Listening to music
- Taking a short walk outside
Make this break a regular part of your day. You’ll find yourself looking forward to it, and your skin will show fewer signs of stress and worry.
Pack self-care essentials
Wherever you spend your day, make sure you have what you need for you and your skin to look and feel good. What should be on your list?
- Water bottle to stay hydrated
- Quick snack, like trail mix or energy bar
- Sunscreen for any time spent outdoors
- Tissues and hand sanitizer
Then, to help your skin stay fresh, stash a pack of Clean & Clear® Oil Absorbing Sheets in your backpack or purse. They soak up excess oil and shine from your face without smudging your makeup or leaving residue on your skin. These silky smooth sheets can be used around your nose, forehead and other oily areas of your face. They even change color so you can see them working.
Feed your skin
Colorful fruits and veggies contain vitamins that are good for your skin: A, C, D, E and K. Think berries, apricots, tomatoes, carrots and leafy greens. Healthy fats from food like avocados, salmon and other fatty fish, nuts and seeds also help give your skin that healthy glow.
Don't get enough of these healthy foods every day? Look for a multivitamin supplement to boost your vitamin intake.
Have some fun
Allow yourself time to do something fun each week. Exploring hobbies, doing exercise you enjoy, getting out in nature — whatever makes you smile, de-stress and feel happy will also help you look great.
Back-to-school time doesn't have to mean locking yourself inside with your books 24/7. Being a well-rounded person helps you focus better when you need to, and makes the hard work easier to handle. The upside? When you feel good, your skin will look good, too.