As winter approaches, many of us struggle to keep our skin bright and healthy. When it’s cold outside, and we’re constancy being battered by harsh winds and rain, it’s easy to end up with dry, sore and red skin. Our lips get chapped, our noses red, and we’re flaking all over the place. This can be made even worse if you are a busy nurse. Winter is probably your busiest time as more people are struck down with winter bugs and need your care. Yet, you still want to look nice.
At the end of a long day, it’s incredibly tempting to fall into bed without even washing. This means you are sleeping in the day’s makeup or just with a face covered in dirt, grime and bacteria. This is bad on two levels. Firstly, you’re not giving your skin the chance to take a break. Secondly, this bacteria is rubbing off onto your bedding and pillows, where it stays. So even the next night, when you do cleanse, your skin isn’t getting a proper rest.
Use a gentle cleanser before bed every night to give your skin the best chance to stay soft, healthy and spot free.
Exercise is one of the best ways to get a healthy glow. Exercise boosts your circulation, which keeps your skin plump and supple. It’ll also help to protect it from getting dry in the winter time.
Busy nurses or students of an MSN degree often have trouble sleeping. You’re up working, or worrying about work, late into the night. Any sleep you do manage is disturbed, then you are up early to start again. This can leave you with grey, prematurely aged skin. If you are studying for an online MSN degree, try to switch off for a few hours before you go to bed to help yourself unwind.
It’s also tempting to grab fast, greasy food. But, this can lead to oily, spotty skin. A diet rich in fruit and veg, full of all the vitamins and minerals you need is a simple way to get glowing and youthful skin.
You should exfoliate your skin once a week, to unblock your pores and boost your circulation. This is a way of making sure nothing is missed when you cleanse. Use a gentle exfoliating face wash, and don’t scrub as this could lead to damage.
Look After Your Makeup
How often do you replace your makeup and clean your brushes? Believe it or not, makeup has a used by date. You can check online if you’re not sure. Day to day products tend to be fine, as they run out long before their best before but go through your bag and get rid of anything you haven’t used for a while. Old makeup and dirty brushes spread bacteria all over your clean face, leading to spots or even infections.
Having soft, healthy skin can boost your confidence, make you more comfortable and even make it easier to chat to patients.