Essential Beauty Tips For Female Nurses
It’s no secret that nursing can be a stressful and draining profession. Sometimes that stress can affect our physical appearance. We’ve all had those weeks when the wear and tear of our job becomes apparent in our looks. To help combat this problem, we’ve rounded up some essential beauty tips for nurses to reduce the look of stress and fatigue.
Bags be gone.
Long shift after long shift can often result in a lack of sleep. This means you’re more than likely to start getting bags under your eyes.
One of the easiest ways to hide the appearance of bags under the eyes is to use concealer. Nurse Labs suggests “for best effect, create a triangular shape over your eye bags. Use a patting motion to blend the concealer and avoid tugging as it can make the skin saggy in the long run.”1
Once you find your perfect concealer, toss it in your purse or nursing bag. This way, if you notice bags start to form while on the clock, you can quickly cover them up!
Make your skin radiate.
Another sign of stress and fatigue is a dull complexion. Get a good exfoliant to work into your skin care routine. Even exfoliating once a week can help remove those dead skin cells that cause a dull complexion.
Nursing Crib recommends “avoid using facial scrubs with large beads since they can create minute damages and tears on your skin. For a heap find and a safer solution, you can try mixing honey with sugar.”2
Smooth out those hands.
With the constant hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, nurses’ hands can get pretty dry and cracked. To prevent scaly hands (that nobody likes) use an overnight cream once in awhile.
“Slather your hands in cream (lots of nurses use Vaseline) and put on those little cotton gloves. Your hands will soften up in no time,” My Daily Thread says.3
Hydration is key.
One of the best things you can do to combat the look of stress and fatigue is drink more water. Your body needs water to function (obviously), but if you don’t get enough in a day it can definitely show in your physical appearance.
According Nurse Labs, “without adequate hydration, your skin tends to appear duller. Wrinkles, breakouts and larger pores also become more prominent. In contrast, when you are well hydrated, your skin becomes more elastic and supple which makes it resistant to cracking and irritation.”
An easy way to make sure you’re getting enough water is to keep a large water bottle with you at your nurses station. Make a goal of how many ounces you want to drink a day, and set reminders on your phone to remind you to keep hydrating.
While this isn’t a cumulative list of ways to combat the look of stress, it’s definitely a starting point! Try working these simple tips into your weekly beauty regime to start looking fresh and ready for every shift.
How do you avoid the looking fatigued at work? Tell us in the comments below!