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Fresher’s Week Survival Guide

September 18, 2018 by Samantha Smith
Fresher's Week

Going to university is a big step and whether you are moving city or staying in your home town, the fresher’s week initiation is pretty much the same – get introduced to people you need to know on campus in order to find out what parties are happening on which nights. In terms of skin (which is our speciality at Works With Water), this is your Fresher’s Week Survival guide for help maintaining skin health when university life begins.



First things first, drink plenty of water. You will need it after all those late nights and it will also help replace any lost fluid from the body caused by sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea (all that dancing and drinking can take its toll on the body). Thankfully, water rehydrates the body and skin. When you stay hydrated skin is healthier and the body functions better – mentally and physically.


Healthy Nutrition

Food feeds our bodies, minds and skin. The wrong foods however can react poorly with our bodies and skin. Processed foods such as fries, burgers, kebabs and pizza do not provide the body with adequate nutrition (although you may believe you have eaten well and are now full). Eating, and eating well are two very different things. If you cook from scratch, with fresh/healthy ingredients you will notice a change in your energy, your skin, your hair, and how you feel overall. It is a good idea to learn to cook before you leave home, so you can take good care of yourself. Of course, the fast food option always seems more appealing as its, well…fast, but remember, to maintain the body and skin’s health you must eat a healthy diet.


Stress Free Studying

Not so much related to Fresher’s Week, but once the real work begins. Stress plays a major part in skin health. Stress releases the hormone cortisol which in larger than normal amounts, can lead to inflammation. This results to sore-looking skin, and could also send your oil glands into overdrive, making acne-causing bacteria thrive, and giving you a stress breakout.

It is important then to find ways that help you de-stress.

Consider planning ahead: Start planning your assignment as soon as it is handed to you so that you know in your mind exactly what you want to do and where you want it to go

Take 30 minutes out of your day to relax, breathe maybe even meditate if you can and let your stresses for the day leave your body.

Find a hobby. Crafts can be relaxing. Also joining a team sport can boost endorphins which is a great way to combat stress. Exercising at least 5 times a week can help you function better both mentally and physically. Plus the solidarity of a team lets you know you have people to lean on to talk to if needs be.

You need to find what works best for you.


Quick & Simple Beauty Regimes

The worst thing is getting up late for class and having to do a full face of make-up when there is just no time. Sometimes less is more. Therefore you may need to simplify your morning beauty regime to using a gentle cleanser followed by a non-comedogenic light water-based moisturiser to re-moisturise skin. This could also be a tinted moisturiser if you want to skip applying foundation but still want a subtle glow.

However you decide to streamline your beauty regime, make it work for you. Alternatively you could wake up early every day to make sure make-up is perfect but, extra hours of sleep wins every time right?


Things to Remember:

  • Only use non-comedogenic skin care products – let your skin breathe.
  • Avoid heavy make-up.
  • Use a gentle cleanser to wash your skin and follow up with a light, water-based moisturiser.
  • Always remove make-up at the end of the night.
  • Eat fresh/nutritious foods for essential skin health nutrients
  • Drink plenty of water for hydration
  • Consider taking a multivitamin for added nutritional assurance


Good skin starts from within

Fresher's WeekAs mentioned, bad food and dehydration can result in acne breakouts therefore it is a good idea to eat well, drink plenty of water. It is also a great idea to add a sachet of help: clear skin or help: clear skin MEN to one of those drinks to help support skin health from the inside. Its acne bacteria-fighting ingredient Lactoferrin helps reduce the likelihood of breakouts, with the added bonus of aloe vera and zinc to help soothe skin and reduce the appearance of exiting blemishes.

And as we know student life is expensive, we are offering you 45% off* the help: clear skin range with code FRESH45.

Good luck for this new chapter of your life and take good care of you and your skin


*Offer valid from 17th Sept 2018 – 14th October 2018

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