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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 January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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