Skincare & Hygiene
Now, we understand that skincare may not be on the top of your list of priorities, what with everything else your balancing. But skincare and hygiene are important, for your health and wellbeing.
Having a skincare routine that you stick to is key! You shower every day, so why not clean the one place that is exposed to all the elements every day too? It doesn't have to be complicated or super expensive, but one thing it should be is consistent. Once you start, keep at it for at least 4 weeks. You’re never going to see your desired results if you keep changing up what you’re using. But please don’t overdo it with tons of serums, creams, washes and scrubs, sometimes too much can really be too much.
Find products or ingredients that work for you and your skin needs. If you are unsure of what your skin type is, click here. Once you know what your skin needs, shop around and find a cheaper skincare that still works, Superdrug and Boots stock a huge range of budget skincare brands. And if you want to try a range of products, ask for testers/ samples at higher end brands, they’re normally very generous and plus, they're FREE! You could realistically do this in a number of shops and at all of their counters (testers and mini's are great for keeping in your bag too).
Remember to add SPF into your skin routine, protecting your skin all year round will prevent signs of skin ageing. But when you do find products that are right for you, don't forget student discounts and loyalty cards, the little savings will add up!
Whether you like to keep it looking natural or love a full 'glam' look, like your skincare, you should find makeup that works for your skin. Makeup has come such a long way, with most brands now having various formulas for different skin types or desired finishes. But please please remember to take your makeup off at the end of the day, or when you get in. The cheesy chips at 4am may seem more tempting, but just pop some makeup removing products at the side of your bed, take it off and tuck into the chips once you’re done.
Hydration is probably the most important thing when it comes to healthy skin. Drinking water throughout the day will not only keep your skin plump and stop it from drying, but is also key for overall wellness. If you are unsure of how much you should be drinking in a day, click here.
Why not buy yourself a new water bottle to encourage yourself to drink more water, (if you’re not 100% on the taste of water, add sliced lemon or cucumber).
Keeping the surroundings you live in clean, is also very important. Washing your bedding and towels regularly with detergent and antibacterial laundry cleanser is a must. Regularly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom with antibacterial is also essential! And finally your own body, we all know how to shower by now, but you’d be surprised how well people actually wash in the shower. Places which people tend to forget are in and around the ears, feet & toes and all the places which get more sweaty than others (we’ll say no more).
Getting yourself into a skincare routine at university will not only give you more confidence, but also help your skin fight signs of dehydration, a not-so varied diet and late nights, all of which are part of University life. Whilst simple tasks for overall hygiene, will keep you healthy and free to focus on your studies!