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4 Inexpensive and Effective Skincare Tips For Busy College Girls

4 Inexpensive and Effective Skincare Tips For Busy College Girls

When you move away from your home to a college dorm, you are going to experience hundreds of changes. Some are good, some are great, but others are terrifying!

Every college girl knows that her skin is not going to take those changes easy. It may be the increase in the amount of alcohol you drink, the sudden change of diet from home-made cooking to pizza and fast-food or the severe lack of sleep, but college has a devastating effect on some people’s skin.

I was lucky enough to experience only mild outbreaks, but many of my friends still have nightmares when they remember those college years that made them break out more than ever.

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But when you are running around a campus you also get to meet older girls, who’ve already been there and done that. So by the time I left college I had picked up a decent number of skincare tips. Now I am sharing them with you, college girls!

1. Hydrate your skin from within

College years are filled with parties and sleepless nights, so one of the things you can do is drink enough water. The ideal quantity is around 8 glasses per day, which should keep your body hydrated.

When you are hydrated, your cells function better, so your skin will look better in terms of texture and shade. Water also helps your body detox itself after a night of learning or partying hard, so make sure you have a bottle of water with you at all times to sip from.

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2. Embrace Avocados

Your skin depends on what you eat in the same way it depends on what you put on it. For clear, hydrated skin you have to embrace a healthy diet. Proteins and vitamin C are your best allies, so feast on avocados. The proteins ensure your tissues are nourished, while the vitamin C ensures your skin is toned and glowing.

If you can’t eat avocados without a big portion of guacamole, you can try to make an avocado salad or match your avocado with an egg. If this doesn’t work either, you can make a face mask from the avocado and enjoy a glass of orange juice next to some scrambled eggs to make sure you get your proteins and vitamins.

3. Keep an eye on your leafy greens

Apart from avocados, which are rich in proteins and vitamin C, you need to eat a decent amount of leafy greens, to ensure your dose of vitamin E. Spinach and nuts are the richest in this vitamin, so make sure you eat them frequently.

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Once a week or twice a month you can also make yourself a mask out of vitamin E capsules, by squeezing their content and massaging it on your face, or by simply massaging your face with coconut oil. Your skin will look and feel healthier and the blemishes will be gone.

Another “side effect” of increasing your vitamin E intake is stronger hair – vitamin E reduces hair loss, which is a common problem during college years.

4. Rely on Nature

Speaking of blemishes, nature has a great cure for blemishes and breakouts: honey! Buy natural honey and use it topically, to reduce the redness of a random blemish, or apply it all over your face during a breakout. Honey has natural antibacterial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, so it will soothe the itches and the redness and it will cure the breakouts.

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Green tea bags are another simple remedy for your skin. When you feel your skin is not looking great, take a teabag of green tea and keep it in hot water for several minutes. Then squeeze it and massage your face with it. This simple trick will refresh your face and will clean your skin after a long day.

These are the simplest methods a college girl can rely on to have a clear, blemish free skin. During college you are typically broke, so switching to these natural beauty enhancers is not going to stress your budget. Just be consistent about them and enjoy your college life!

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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