When you’re a teacher, you’re never not busy. I’m talking about long hours at school, unruly students, hidden agendas with parents, and other stuff that can be quite challenging to deal with.
And then there’s lesson planning, paper grading, checking homework, and the list just goes on.
Skincare is something that most dedicated and busy teachers (in all honesty)—don’t prioritize. But it’s high time to change the narrative.
So with that in mind, I’ve compiled 8 steps for a healthy glowing skin that you can easily squeeze into your busy schedule!
Why do teachers need to take care of their skin?
Teaching can really take a toll on you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. But that should not be an excuse for you to not take care of yourself.
So there’s should be no debate about you getting a well-deserved rest at the end of the day (a.k.a.some “me time”).
And part of that “me time” is you taking care of your skin. Because did you know if you do not properly take care of your skin, it will be too busy making new white blood cells to rejuvenate itself?
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And eventually, this may cause your skin to look dull and unhealthy even though you may be young which is something that you don’t want to happen because the last thing you want is for you to look like you’re letting go of yourself.
8 Easy Steps For A Healthy Glowing Skin
1.) Don’t stress
Stress is known to be a contributing factor to skin problems like acne, premature aging, dullness, pale skin, and greyness.
So all in all, stress is bad news for your skin, but it can be quite difficult to not be stressed when you’re a teacher. How ironic right?
No matter how much teachers like you will try to escape it, it will always be there. That’s why what you’ll need to do is to manage and reduce stress as much as possible it and keep it at a low level.
You can check out this insightful article on how you can reduce teacher stress!
2.) Hydrate, hydrate, always hydrate yourself!
On the clock, you might neglect to hydrate yourself especially when you’re pressed for time or you’re trying to catch up on a deadline for paperwork.
To prevent this, try to install an app on your phone that will help you to remind yourself that it’s time for you to hydrate yourself. You can also try to get a water bottle that has a time label on it to help remind you to drink water throughout your day in school.
Try to drink at least 1-2 liters of water a day, and you’ll instantly notice the difference in your skin. It can help make your skin glow and it can also help out clear any impurities as water can help flush out unwanted toxins in your body that may cause any skin problems.
3.) Exercise regularly for clear and glowing skin
Have you ever noticed that when you exercise your skin is somehow glowing innately? This is because exercise increases circulation which promotes collagen production and increases blood flow to the surface of your face contributing to the rejuvenation of the skin.
Exercise also reduces stress and can help you get better sleep as well which in return will reduce damage to your skin cells caused by free radicals.
So try to find ways to squeeze in a 30-minute exercise routine in your schedule because it will help keep your body functioning at its best and even make you feel and look younger!
4.) Sunscreen is the key to healthy skin
We’ve always heard about why we need to wear sunscreen, and it’s time for us to take it seriously.
Sunscreen is the best form of protection against aging and sun damage. Most of the time, you’ll be exposed to the sun when going to work at school or when you’re out and about with your class you have to make sure that you put on sunscreen first before going out.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is recommended that you apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going out and having it reapplied every 4 hours or so.
If you’re bothered by sticky and thick-feeling sunscreens, you can always opt for the gel-type or wax sticks ones that have at least SPF of 30 or higher and is water-resistant as well.
5.) Include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet
Including antioxidant-rich foods in your diet can help reduce inflammation and reduce damage caused by free radicals in your body, and that includes your skin.
All types of berries like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also rich in vitamin C which is an essential antioxidant for healthy and glowing skin. Plus berries are also low in calories which means they are high in fiber and they can also help with boosting digestion.
Here is a list of foods that are rich in antioxidants that you can include in your diet:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Drak chocolate (for your sweet tooth!)
6.) Avoid touching your face
There will be times when you might be tempted to touch your face, pick at blemishes, rub your eyes or nose, or scratch it when it’s itchy—if you must make sure that your hands are clean before touching any parts of your skin.
But generally try to avoid touching your face when not necessary, especially with unclean hands.
If you touch your face, there’s a high chance that you will transfer bacteria from your hands to your face which will then make way to your skin and into your pores. This can cause a breakout and even irritate your existing skin issues.
So always keep in mind to avoid touching your face, and if you must do so thoroughly wash your hands first and make sure that your hands are squeaky clean!
7.) Get enough sleep
When you get enough sleep, you reduce stress. And when you reduce stress, you get clear and glowing skin. It’s an easy formula!
Sleep is necessary for the body’s repair, and that includes skin repair. It’s also good to know that new skin cells are produced during sleep, that’s why the more you sleep better, the better your skin condition will be as well.
If you’re not getting enough sleep your body will not be able to produce enough new cells to replace old ones. And this can lead to damaged, dry, and dull skin.
So if you want to start anew and have healthy and glowing skin, make long and sound sleep a priority (at least 8 hours of quality sleep).
8.) Start a simple skincare routine
If you don’t have a skincare routine yet, this is a sign for you to start one asap. Here are the following steps and things you need to get you started:
- Cleanser – Cleansing your face is a must, especially after a long and tiring day at school. Try to use a gentle cleanser that’s suitable for all skin types including sensitive ones. Avoid hard exfoliating scrubs which can further irritate your skin or cause any redness or irritation.
- Moisturizer – After cleansing, the next thing you want to use is a moisturizer. Put on a light layer of a moisturizer of your choice and gently pat using gentle motions. This will help incorporate the moisturizer onto your skin. Try to go for products that are labeled as “non-comedogenic” which means they’re less likely to clog your pores. If you don’t have a moisturizer yet. look for products with active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
- Sunscreen – Again, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using sunscreen, some may even consider this as the fountain of youth because it really works! Remember to go for a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Optional skincare steps:
- Toner – Using a toner for your face is optional, but I believe it should be a must. After we wash our face, our skin tends to be super dry and our skin might not absorb skin care products well. A toner will your skin light hydration at the start of your routine so that all other products will not go to waste and will be absorbed well by the skin!
- Serum – Another optional step that you can take to level up your skincare routine is by using a serum. A serum is basically a lightweight formula that allows extra hydration for your skin while delivering active ingredients as well. This usually goes on after the toner and before moisturizing.
- Eye cream – Another optional step that is also a game changer is adding an eye cream to your skincare routine. And this is because the skin around our eyes tends to lose its moisture 50% faster than the rest of the skin in our body. And an eye cream will definitely reduce that percentage and lock in moisture all throughout the day!
Now that you’ve been made aware of these 8 easy tips for healthy glowing skin, it’s now time for you to think about the best ways to implement them into your routine!
You don’t have to do these changes all at once, start by making small changes and gradually build new habits that will better take care of you and your skin.
Just drink more water, get more sleep, and maybe start getting a facial once or twice a week! Just start with something that will make you feel better and ultimately make your skin look healthy and glowing.
And that’s it for your skin care saga today, until our next one!