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Being an ESL teacher often times leaves you in the limelight. Lights, Action, Helloooooooo! We want to look our best in front of our students. To make a good impression we want to appear refreshed and rested. No one wants to see a tired and ragged human being struggling to look respectable. I know it can be tough teaching in different time zones. I hope these tips can be helpful.
1. Drink Water
I know its hard to remember to drink water but with this valuable resource your skin will plump up and offer a dewy look. Not only will it help the outside of your skin it will keep your vocal chords lubricated for those all nighters. Take things to the next level and purify your water. Get your daily amount without refilling here. Remember to change the filter every month for optimal use.
2. Shower Wisely
Just like drinking water, you must wash externally without impurities. Removing harsh metals and hard water like calcium and magnesium can make a huge difference. Once reduced your skin will be less itchy and rough. Your hair will tangle less, reduce dandruff, eczema and shedding. The best part is your soap lathering more bubbles. I love using my shower filter. It is good for 6 months. I have in in my hand and shower head. It is very easy to install. It took me 5 minutes to install.
3. Drink Green Tea
Antioxidants like green tea are the best forcefield for skin protection. The catechins (EGCG) in green tea may help prevent collagen destruction that leads to wrinkles. I am down with that. I am into the the pre-sweetened matcha tea and unsweetened tea bags. Matcha is not only the strongest of green tea but it uses the young tea leaves so you don't have the bitter after taste.
Rishi Sweet Matcha, Japanese Green Tea Powder
4. Use Sunscreen
Yes you think ohhh I am inside I do not need sunscreen. Well what if you are like me and you teach in front of a window for natural sunlight. Sunscreen is the best defense against harmful UV rays and early aging. I use a natural sunscreen that dissolves into my skin giving more moisture.
5. Remove Makeup and wash your face daily
This goes without saying. Putting makeup on a dirty face is not cute. Its very gross and causes your skin to clog and pores to get bigger. Don't be that one.
6. Reduce Stress
I know it's hard. You have to entertain, write reports, find the right color shirt, proper background in order and get props ready for class. It's stressful. I KNOW AND HEAR YOU! But do your body a favor and take a break. You will burnout and you will make your classes and income suffer. Do 3 to 4 classes and take a break. Do some deep breathing. It's a game changer. I also do a quick restorative yoga pose called Viparita Kirana. Read more about it here. You can do it in as little as 5 minutes. Here is a Youtube video demonstrating:
7. Sleep a Full Night
A rough night repeatedly will not only add to your stress level but will not give your body a chance to rest. I know you want to get your coin but is it worth it at the end of the day looking older by the day. Lack of sleep will release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.
8. Eat Properly
Along with drinking water you should balance your meals with healthy fruits and vegetables. The vitamins will renew your skin and balance your energy to avoid flare ups. Easy peasy! Use these amazing glass containers to keep them fresh. They are good for freezing, baking, microwaving and dishwasher safe. I have been using for the last 5 years and no problem.