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4 Inexpensive and Effective Skincare Tips For Busy College Girls

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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!

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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