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Four Ways to Freshen Up Tired Skin

June 19, 2014

Everyone wants to look and feel like a million bucks. Long nursing shifts can sometimes undermine your efforts to look your best each day. Your skin can start looking tired – especially around the eyes – after a long day or at the end of a long week. Keeping your skin looking and feeling better isn't as difficult or time-consuming as you might think.

You can reduce signs of fatigue and make your skin glow before, during and after your shift. All it takes is using a few simple methods to freshen up tired skin:

Increase circulation: Improved blood flow can have a powerful effect on how your skin looks. It will flush out fluid and toxins accumulating in skin cells. This restores color to skin and makes it appear more clear and radiant. The best circulation boost can be found in exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator while at work. When you're off the clock, take a short walk or engage in a fun activity like hiking or cycling. Exercise will prove to be your skin's best friend.

Rinse it off: A splash of cool water on your face can be just the remedy that hits the spot. Water at cool or cold temperatures constricts blood vessels. When your blood vessels are tighter, your skin takes on a smoother and more toned appearance. If you need a more in depth moistening on the go, try mixing together milk and ice cubes in a glass or cup. Moisten a washcloth in the ice milk and place it on your face for five minutes. This constricts blood vessels, reduces blotches and brightens skin.

Moisturize and Exfoliate: Skin can dry out if you are working in a less humid environment. You can combat dryness with a good moisturizer. It seals water into your skin cells. The benefits of preventing dryness include less flaky skin and less visible wrinkles. Apply moisturizer before going to work or before going to sleep to give your skin that extra layer of protection. You can also exfoliate to get rid of dirt and oil that accumulates throughout the day. Dirt and oil clog pores and can lead to acne and other blemishes. Use a facial scrub when you shower to exfoliate and reopen those pores.

Consume skin-friendly fluids: What you put into your body can impact how it looks on the outside. Sodas and other sugary drinks in large doses can cause inflammation, which will make skin to look weathered and puffy. Drinking spring water or filtered water is the answer. Consuming at least two liters of water per day will leave skin and eyes looking fresh and vibrant. Herbal teas can also be helpful in flushing out toxins that leave skin looking tired.

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