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Skincare Under Stress!

As I undergo my final few weeks at university, my stressing over coursework has been wreaking havoc with my skin. With the next load of coursework deadlines round the corner, I looked into how to make sure my confidence doesn’t take a knock alongside my free time and general happiness (seriously, report after report is weighing me down) – and I realised that this doesn’t always mean splashing out on an army of high-end moisturisers!


Stay hydrated

Sometimes it’s easy enough to forget to drink enough water throughout the day, especially when you’re engrossed in weeks and weeks of revision. But ensuring that you’re drinking during your studies will allow your body to flush out any toxins, resulting in less stress-induced blemishes.


Stick to your normal cleansing routine

At the peak of stress, sometimes it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to do even the smallest of tasks. While it might not seem of great importance to make sure that little bit of foundation you applied earlier is removed, clogged pores and blemishes will end up being another issue to deal with if you don’t. Take time out to treat your skin properly!


Take time out for yourself

You might not feel that you have any free time to come away from your workload – but think about it; how often do you sit to do work, and then find yourself procrastinating for periods of time? That time could be spent winding down or meeting friends in an effort to reduce your stress levels, which in turn will allow for happy skin!



Cut back on the caffeine

I know, sometimes coffee is an important lifeline at times like these. It might therefore seem like bad timing to undertake such an action, but in doing so, you may find that your skin is more hydrated and decreases in blemishes. Plus, caffeine can cause an increase in the body’s stress response; cutting back = less additional stress placed on your body. This doesn’t mean you need to completely ban caffeine – everything in moderation!



I’m definitely guilty when it comes to passing up a good night’s sleep to write an extra couple hundred words in a report. Not only will regularly doing so impact on your concentration and cause your skin some upset, but you’ll soon find that your appearance will look as tired as you feel. An early night can work wonders!

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  • Juliet Ly

    I love this post. I definitely need to take time for myself and stay hydrated. I struggle with those two so much.

  • Stephanie Jay

    Some really good tips here, I definitely need to make sure I’m drinking enough water!


  • justthebeginningx

    Unfortunately I’m one of those who forget to take make-up off when I’m stressed or not having a great day. I keep telling myself it’s worth the extra few minutes and I am getting better, but it’s so easy to fall into that trap.

    Tori |
    Latest blog post: Primark Disney Haul!

  • mummytoosh

    Great tips for skincare and lifestyle! My usually ok skin has taken a downward turn and I’m sure I can put it down to too much caffeine and too little sleep!

  • Florence

    This is my skin all the time, especially now with exams around the corner! some great tips thanks!


  • B

    Can I stick to my caffeine intake if I drink a lot more water? haha. My skin gets crazy when I’m going through stressful periods and I definitely need to more of these steps to keep it under control. xx

  • Antonia

    I’m definitely under stress because of all the uni work and my skin is definitely not looking very good. I’m actually already trying to do all the things you mentioned and it really works. I can already see such a big difference. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  • Alex Quinn

    Great tips! I need to take your advice 🙂
    Alex /

  • Megan

    Such a fab post! All these things sound so obvious but they’re also way too easy to forget when you’re stressed and need to bear them in mind most! Xx

  • Holly

    I am the WORST for forgetting to look after my skin. As soon as life gets 1% more complicated

  • Womanish Affairs

    Lately, I’ve been so bad at all the things you listed and have had a few breakouts over the past couple weeks. I definitely need to start taking care of my skin. Thanks for sharing.

    Sabah ||

    • whathannahwrote

      It happens! I wrote this because I’ve been having breakouts too haha!

  • Heather Chambers

    Great tips! It’s so easy tog et caught up in stress and forget to care for ourselves, and it’s something I forget all too often. Making time to sleep a little more often is top of my list! 🙂

    Heather Xx

  • astoldbyali

    We’re the complete opposite I’ll choose sleep over writing a paper and decide to finish it in the morning. But yes, all good points!

    • whathannahwrote

      I work so much better at night, that’s my issue haha! I wish I had your willpower, cause I’d end up sleeping through the morning too…

  • keepingupwithMJ

    I’ve been sleeping a lot and setting up a routine for my skin. It’s been working out pretty well too haha. I’ve also been drinking lots of water which is always a plus! Great post!

  • Maira

    It’s always under stress when we forget the importance of the most basic self-care like staying hydrated, getting regular sleep and sticking to your skincare routine! I also completely agree with taking time out for yourself – the procrastination tip especially…if we add up all the minutes we spent procrastinating, I’m sure we could have used that time better!

    – Maira

    • whathannahwrote

      It’s mad how easily you forget when you’ve got 100 things on the go!

  • lifeisaseasyas

    Absolutely love this post and those points are points everyone definitely can do more of! X

  • Perrine - Ola Banana

    I’ve been stressed out lately too and my skin is a daily reminder! Sleep is definitely the best thing to do, I would also recommend drinking a lot more water and some infusion to help relax. Which would also help our skin 🙂


  • Olivia Alesha

    Can I just say I love your blog, it’s so beautiful! And I really need to start drinking more water, I seem to always forget! I really need to start getting some more early nights too. These are some amazing tips!
    -Olivia Xxx

    • whathannahwrote

      Aww thank you so much, that means a lot!! Hahaha yesss, I’m determined to get some early nights in this week… very guilty for turning day into night! xxx

  • Dominique

    YES! Drinking enough water can resolve SO many problems! It’s really amazing stuff that that should be praised more! #YouGoWater I’m the absolute worst procrastinator ever which only adds more stress as in your head you’re busy with school-stuff, but you’re not actually doing it… Perhaps taking an extra break is for the better (for you and your skin as well as the end result of your work, hopefully). 😉

    Thank you for sharing these tips!


  • glowsteady

    I loved this! I’m all about skincare but a healthy lifestyle in general makes the biggest difference before you factor in products. It’s amazing what a few days of not drinking much water and a few too many pringles can do to your face! x


    • whathannahwrote

      Definitely! I’m really guilty for instantly trying to sort it out with a load of products before reflecting on how bad my diet’s been, or my sleeping pattern! x

  • We use to get so busy that we ignore small but important things like this ..My sleep never gets affected but skin care is left somewhere behind ….

    • whathannahwrote

      Exactly! Sometimes I freak out over the state of my skin and then I realise it’s cause I’m not taking time out to do the simplest of things 🙁

  • Madiha

    I honestly find sticking to a skincare routine so hard but it’s so so important! This post just reminded me I’ve not exfoliated in like forever 🙁

    • whathannahwrote

      Don’t worry, I depend on reminders too!

  • Laura

    Really enjoyed reading this, it’s so important to take time for yourself and realise you can’t do everything all at once! xx

  • Hannah

    Your pink mac is adorable! I definitely need to cut back on my caffeine and start drinking decaff coffee (I like the taste) xx

    • whathannahwrote

      Aw thank you! xx

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