#360Hours: Nursing Skincare Essentials 101

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Since starting college and my caffeine intake has increased with clinical placements alongside the dry, humid air of a hospital ward; my skin can go from looking like a vat of bacon oil to the Sahara Desert in a matter of moments. Like any woman, I have a list containing the essential go-to products and they must follow two rules: Not breaking me out and hydration all the way! The products I use on a daily basis are great for any college student on a budget as they can be found for $20.00 (Au) or under and in your local drugstore, while still maintaining those two rules.

Blackmores For Women Nails, Hair & Skin tablets ($16.99): For the last six or seven years, I’ve been using Blackmores Nails, Hair & Skin tablets since I was diagnosed at 13 with a condition known as Alopecia. For those who don’t know, Alopecia affects hair follicles and can cause large amounts of hair to fall out and is often triggered by high levels of stress. As a college student undertaking studies, placement and applying for graduate positions, I noticed my hair was starting to fall out. So I brought myself a bottle and within 6-8 weeks, my hair is growing back, nails are stronger and skin is looking brighter and cleaner.

Bosisto’s Eucalyptus oil ($5.76): As teenager, I never suffered from acne but when my face broke the internet; I was pretty embarrassed to have more than my normal amount of spots. After reading about the added benefits eucalyptus oil can have for your skin, I found myself buying a bottle of Bosisto’s eucalyptus oil and putting it to the test. Some three months down the track, I use a clean cotton bud (Q-tip) and apply the oil to spots or excess oily skin and a within 2-3 days, said spot has dried up and all that remains is a small mark. It helps with confidence on the ward as it is something patients and fellow staff will pick up on.

Do note: a little goes a long way and the strong odour can/may make your eyes water.

Simple’s Soothing Facial Toner ($11.02): I’ve never been able to find a toner that hasn’t made my skin tingle madly, break out in a allergic reaction or made me want to buy it again. That was until I used Simple’s Soothing Facial Toner. I consider this a must have product as it closes pores after washing my face, Simple’s toner and wipes contain no alcohol and my face has never suffered an allergic reaction. Still not convinced? I’ve recently brought my seventh bottle and haven’t looked back ever since.

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser ($17.95): Combined with my eucalyptus oil treatment for spots, I use The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. Upon slathering my skin in this delicious smelling foam, I notice it removes any hidden foundation, concealer or lipstick that has stubbornly lingered after using a makeup remover wipe. I find it doesn’t sting or irritate my eyelids when I use it to remove my waterproof liquid eyeliner. After a year and a half of use, I’ve noticed a change in my skin.

Do note: I was recently told after going to purchase another bottle that it had been taken off the shelf due to repacking and designing the product. It may be found online here however after hearing they are redesigning the foaming cleanser, I’m not sure if I will repurchase it.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E ($9.99): I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Palmer’s moisturising cream. That was until I discovered, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E for sensitive skin. When not experimenting with other products, I’ve noticed Palmer’s do three things to my skin: eradicates any dry patches, softer skin is sexy and doesn’t cause me to have incredibly itchy skin as it soaks in. If you like the idea of a thick moisturiser than makes you smell like you’ve had a bath in cocoa butter and incredibly soft skin, then this is a product you should buy. 

Organic Coconut Oil ($7.33): I’m never one to jump on the bandwagon of ‘newest trends’ and have to admit, I raised an eyebrow or two at the hype over coconut oil. Until I was introduced to said coconut miracle powers and since that day, I’ve become a converted Organic coconut oil lover. I use coconut oil for a variety of different purposes such as DIY hair mask, shaving liquid which gives me a close shave and moisturises my legs and an extra boost of moisture to my dry nose and eyebrow patches.

These are my go-to products for when I am on placement and having to deal with the harsh dry and humid air of a hospital ward. As I have combination skin, I’ve found my favourite products provide enough hydration without appearing like I’ve stuck my face in bacon oil.

For those who have combination skin like me, what are some of your favourite go-to products that I should check out or keep an eye out for?

Until next time,

~S xo

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