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It’s back to school season and time to hit the books. Start the academic year with a skin care plan designed to keep you looking fresh–even when the pressure’s on. Here are Advanced Dermatology’s tips for a glowing complexion.
To stay on top of your studies, you may be tempted to sacrifice some sleep. You’re not alone. According to a study, 70% of college students surveyed reported insufficient sleep. But don’t skimp on your rest. Sleep deprivation and irregular sleep schedules can have an impact on your performance, as well as your skin. Too little sleep can contribute to a drab complexion, puffy eyes, and drier skin. Your skin repairs itself and makes new collagen when you sleep, so it is important to give your body time for this important regeneration process.
Unhealthy eating habits can take a heavy toll on the skin. It’s common to skip meals, overeat or forget to drink water when your schedule is busy. Weight fluctuations can affect the skin’s appearance, particularly rapid weight loss. Plan your menus to make sure that you are well-nourished and and build in time for exercise. Adequate water can help your body purge toxins. Many student health centers offer health and fitness consultations. If you are feeling overwhelmed or need guidance on how stay in balance, make an appointment with campus health services.
After a long day, you may want to head straight to bed and skip the nightly cleanse. But leaving the day’s debris on your face can contribute to breakouts and unhealthy skin. Make it a habit to wash your face before going to bed–no matter what. Also, change your pillowcases regularly. Dirt and oil can accumulate quickly on bed linens, which can exacerbate acne and other skin conditions.
Many of us touch our faces while concentrating on a task or in times of stress. This unfortunate habit may be unconscious, but it is detrimental to your skin. Why? Unwanted dirt and bacteria will wind up on your facial skin, leading to clogged pores and flare-ups. If you tend to touch your face, try to stay aware that you are doing it.
Even a 30 minute break to nurture your skin can help fortify it. A weekly at-home facial can help clear and moisturize the skin, giving it a periodic boost. After an exam or term paper, reward yourself with professional facial if you can. A deep cleansing to remove impurities, a relaxing facial massage, and a deep penetrating moisturizing treatment can revitalize the skin’s appearance and help you decompress and recharge.
Stress can contribute to a range of skin problems, from acne to eczema. At Advanced Dermatology, we specialize in medical and cosmetic dermatology. With offices in New York and New Jersey, we serve students and other patients in the greater metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.