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6 minutes, 23 seconds read | May 2, 2019

How-To Avoid Stress-Induced Breakouts During Finals Week

Mercedes Minnotte

Mercedes Minnotte is a realtor and writer in the wellness industry. She specializes in creating content for beauty, lifestyle, and health companies. When she’s not writing or practicing real estate, Mercedes spends her free time reading and traveling. She also loves sampling the latest beauty finds, starting home organization projects, and scoping out what’s new in Orange County’s foodie scene. Mercedes holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Law & Psychology from University of California, Riverside.

I know Finals week can be stressful, but that doesn't mean your skincare routine has to take a backseat. Who says you can't slay your finals and keep your skin flawless? As Elle Woods would say, "What. Like it's hard?" Your studying has just been kicked into overdrive, along with your caffeine intake so now more than ever it's imperative to maintain those healthy habits that you've worked so hard to master.

Here's 7 tips to help you crush your finals and avoid those stress-induced breakouts.

1. Multi-Masking

Sometimes, it may feel like there's just not enough hours in the day to get it all done: studying, self-care, a social life... Enter Study Buddy, Higher Education Skincare's Clarifying and Brightening Mask. Before sitting down for that late-night study-sesh, smooth on a generous layer of this gently warming mask and allow it to get to work melting away impurities and clogged pores while you focus on reviewing the copious notes you've been working on all semester. Multi-tasking (And, masking!) has never been so easy or as beneficial. This mask may just become your new favorite study buddy. Who else can deliver brighter, purified skin with improved tone and texture without distracting you from your studies? Uh, no one.

2. Girl, Wash Your Face

Never go to bed without washing your face, especially if you've worn makeup during the day! This advice is as old as time, and yet, we still use the excuse "WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE TIME."

When you're up until the late hours studying away, it's easy to let your night-time routine slide (I know from personal experience). I got you! The cheat sheet we've all been waiting for: HES Cheat Sheet Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes are just what you need this finals week. Quickly wipe away the day's stress and that stubborn eyeliner in one time-saving swoop that will save you from waking up with new breakouts or racoon eyes.

3. Caffeinate wisely

Reaching for that fourth cup of coffee or lingering around the vending machine for your energy drink fix may seem like the only option when you're short on sleep during finals week. However, that caffeine fix is just as damaging to your skin as it is to your sleeping and studying habits. While that spike in energy levels may be tempting to help you push through your next cram session, the caffeine in coffee "has been scientifically linked to an uptick in the body's natural stress response, which in turn can mess with hormones," according to a recent Byrdie article.

Those already suffering from hormonal acne could see a rise in breakouts, and even more so if your typical Starbucks order includes the addition of sugar and dairy. There are many healthier choices both for your skin, and your anxiety levels, over the course of finals week. I recommend keeping your brain and skin hydrated with good old-fashioned water. If this bores you, you can always dress it up by adding a squeeze of lemon (which has alkalizing effects), or if you're really feeling your Martha Stewart alter-ego, try infusing with nutrient-rich strawberries, mint, and cucumber. If you must have a little caffeine (I'll let it slide), I recommend green tea which has lower and more sustainable caffeine levels, as well as antioxidants that are great for your skin. Or try a new drink from Starbs with less sugar or dairy.

4. Go Outside and Get Some Sun

Don't stay cooped up studying in the library or dorm for too many hours at a time. It is important to get up, stretch, and move about. Going outside and taking a walk in the sunshine is a great way to give your mind a break and boost your overall attitude. "Moderate sunlight exposure helps improve your mood and focus by boosting the serotonin levels in your body," according to a research article published by Forbes. Serotonin, the same hormone released when you exercise, is commonly referred to as the 'happiness hormone.' Providing your mind with a moment to recharge will help you to return to your work more alert and better able to retain information.

However, don't forget to protect your skin from the UVA & UVB rays and slather on a good amount of HES Spring Break Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 before you venture outside. It contains aloe vera and super antioxidants to help soothe and balance the skin. Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores), fragrance-free, and safe for sensitive skin.

5. Don't Binge, Anything

Just as it is advised to not binge-study all of the information from one semester in one week, the same goes for not binge-eating. Your diet has a direct effect on your skin, as well as your overall well-being, and it is important to plan to not set yourself up for skincare (or academic) failure. Meal-planning and prepping quick and easy grab-and-go options is essential. Try bagging various fruits and freezing them the night before so that you have an easy dump, blend, and go smoothie option for the morning. Also, try to rid your space of unhealthy snacks. It's easy to nervously devour an entire bag of Cheetos as you study or to mindlessly shovel sweets when we're feeling anxious. Try to have healthier alternatives conveniently around that you can reach for during a study session. Avoid alcohol at all costs! A long day of studying may inspire a feeling of entitlement to a glass of wine because hey, I deserve it! BUT, choosing to "treat yourself" with a glass of wine- or two- will cost you in the A.M. Trust me, it's not worth it to wake up with dehydrated skin and brain fog and having thrown away all your hard work.

6. Schedule in Some Self-Care

Self-care can mean different things for different people. Whether for you it's a warm bubble bath, a meditation session, or watching one of your favorite Netflix shows, it's important to prioritize some "you time." Listen to your body, and if you feel yourself becoming fatigued, allow your mind to rest. Studying can be mentally exhausting, but your body may still feel restless. In this case, a quick jog, hot yoga class, or even following some Instagram Fit-Spo At-Home videos can really help to balance out your body's exertions, leading to a better night's sleep. Also, never underestimate the power of a mid-day nap; they're called Power Naps for a reason.

7. Protect Your Skin from your Devices

Lastly, but certainly not least, is a bit of advice regarding all that screen-time you will be spending in front of your laptop during finals week. Whether your switching between your laptop, tablet, phone, or taking that much-needed break and watching the most recent episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County, it is important to protect your skin from the damaging HEV blue light that these devices give off. HES Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion has added melanin to help combat the aging and cell degrading effects of the blue light emitted from our digital devices.

Finals week can take its toll, especially on your skin, but by following the steps outlined above you're certain to ace your skincare routine while best prepping for your exams.

Pro-Tip: The morning of your exam, dab a pea-sized amount of HES Night Owl Reviving Eye Complex under your eyes to de-puff and brighten. Apply with your ring finger, your weakest and therefore most delicate finger, to avoid tugging or pulling on your skin. Then, go ahead and strut into class without those designer bags under your eyes and leave them all guessing how you have it SO together.

Good Luck on your finals Beauties! *insert Ryan Gosling meme here*

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