Dealing with stress acne during exam time

It’s that time of the year again. Finals are upon us, and taking care of your skin is the last thing on your mind. As I slave away at my desk, I can’t help but also freak out about the mess that has become of my face. Dealing with jurisprudence is enough, don’t need stress acne to deal with as well. No thanks. Here are 5 tips that I’m using to deal with the evil acne on my skin, whilst saving time and energy. (I think I have a thing for lists in fives, hmm)

1) Face Masks! Now, you are going to say, but ‘I need a whole de-stress routine for when I put on face masks, complete with the cucumbers and celestial music.’ um, no. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, put on your face mask and continue studying. It won’t take time away from your books, and when you get up to wash it off 10-15 minutes later, you can call it your stretch break. A quick home-made mask you can use is honey! Honey is great for killing that bacteria and leaving your skin super soft afterwards. Even dudes should give it a go. A light layer all over your face or just on the spots that you want it on, should do the trick. You can add other ingredients in your honey mask, from olive oil to cinnamon to your green tea leaves. It is super versatile and very gentle for those with sensitive skin.

2) Sleep cycle. I noticed that the most of my breakouts all came in when I started to stay up all night and sleep into odd hours of the day. Now, if you are a nocturnal study person, it can’t be helped, but do try to set a routine so your skin is not working overtime to figure out what’s going on. Now, I’m back to day-time work and night-time sleep, and I noticed a world of a difference. As stressful as exam time is and the never-ending content seems like a lot, don’t forget to let your body rest. Your brain can’t work if its burned out.


3) Fresh Air. Granted studying outside would be amazing if it wasn’t for the windy blowing away your notes, or the noise or everything distracting, but, try to sit by a window that is a bit open to let the air circulate in your room. Sitting in a room with slate air is doing nothing for your skin or your mind, instead, it’s probably making you cranky. Let that fresh air in and refresh you. Your skin will appreciate it.



4) Water. That h2o has powers dude, and that is to help your body and skin feel amazing. Aim to wash your face twice a day to keep your skin clean.





5) If you wear make-up, try to go make-up free for a few days. As awesome as wearing 3 layers of concealer and highlighter to cover that horrible pimple, maybe just don’t and let your skin breathe. Clogging your pores is doing you no good. As scary as it might be to go make-up free when you are breaking out and feeling self-conscious, this might be the most liberating act. Going bare and accepting your skin for what it is, is another way to show you love your skin and you are comfortable in it. Not everyone is perfect, but walk with that confidence and you’ll be surprised. Also, I love it when people assume I look not as amazing and then BAM, now you want to be my friend….or is that just me?

Hope this feels and don’t worry, we can do this!

Motivate with a treat

It’s that feeling again: half-way point of studying, exams not too far, have been so good with studying thus far yet now feel so unmotivated or have come to desist what my notes say and I no longer want to look at them. What to do? of course, motivate myself with a treat!

You know how you make a deal with yourself? ‘I’ll have that red velvet cupcake, but I promise to go to the gym tomorrow and do extra squats‘ or ‘I’ll watch the movie tonight but I’ll make up for it by reading extra tonight.‘ I find that sometimes I have to make such deals with myself to indirectly motivate myself. Lame? Maybe, but it works! It’s nice to know if I work hard enough, or stay focused that I can ‘reward’ myself with a treat, maybe with a shopping trip, or an expensive purchase. I find that I feel extra happy with myself if I ‘earned’ it, even if it’s just another 3 dollar nail polish. It’s the principle of the matter.

Now with my exams looming a mere 4 weeks away, I can’t bring myself to look at the books and focus. I would rather watch Shirokuma Cafe instead, ’cause its amazing.

To reboot myself, time to plan my ‘treat-yo-self’ with the items of interest I can look forward   to. Usually it’s a vacation, but I want to try something else this time. Rather than go on a vacation for the escape, I want to work on making myself feel content with where I am. Wanderlust must co-exist with my desire to find peace within.

  1. I’m going to work out! At this point, all I do is sit at my desk. Sit on the sofa. Lay on my bed. That is it. I don’t have the time, or rather, the effort to put into being fit right now. My mind will subconsciously tell me ‘if you have time to do these squats, you have time to read another case and make briefing notes!’ It would be nice to get back to being fit and stop gaining all that weight. Ideally, I would like to get back to wearing jeans without having to do a jiggle dance and not have a gut, so at least I know where I want to focus on :)
  2. Paint/Draw. This has been on my mind more and more, ever since I came back from my India trip. I did a little drawing in between my studying, and found that I need to practice more. With my paints, canvas and sketchbooks waiting, I cannot wait to set up my corner on the deck and get inspired and just go for it.
  3. Swimming/yoga! I actually like to swim, but haven’t done it in ages. I think it’s my zodiac sign, I like the water. So maybe try to this time at least once. I really enjoy hot yoga, hopefully I start start practicing it more regularily post exams.
  4. Read. I have quite a few books in my library waiting to be opened and I think this time, they may be opened. Going to give myself the goal of 5 books. Gotta start a little easy and go from there. hehe
  5. Finish my odd projects. I doubt I’ll have time between the working out and drawing considering I get pretty intense about them, but it would be nice if I could finish up my odd projects that I start but don’t get around to finishing, like: my embroidery project, putting up new pictures (it has been almost a year since I left England, yet pictures are still not up on my walls boo!) and such.

Five goals seem do-able. Although they may be boring and simple, but what can I say. That is just how I roll.


What is it about Hayao Miyazaki‘s films that just make you feel better and lift your heart a little higher? I recently watched Whisper of the Heart after a round of intense studying and found it to be most refreshing and amusing in the slice of life kind of way.


The story is simple, about a boy and a girl, about finding your passions, and giving yourself the chance to go for it.

Simple stories like this really help in figuring out that the simple things are all you need. It might be one of my favourite stories from Studio Ghibli yet.