This plate represents me.
Towards the end of October I had a 2 week break from work so I can visit family, do some DIY and focus on myself for a bit. After those two lovely weeks off work I went back to work into a night shift. Now I am not complaining about the night shifts, just the effects of working through the night has on my skin is my biggest issue.
I find that any time I have a night shift, I have a break out and it dries out my skin. I can cope with a few blemishes and dry patches on normal occasions, but for some reason when I am working when I should be tucked up in bed I get really frustrated with it. Thankfully I have leaned a few tricks to try and tackle these night shift issues. Here are some of my tips on surviving night shift:
1) Sleep - I try and treat a week of night shifts like a normal week. I get up a few hours before I have to start the shift and when I come home I don't go straight to bed. I have a cup of tea and watch some TV or read. When I do sleep, I don't oversleep. I try to get 7-8 hours each day but I usually get anything from 5-8 - just depends how tired I am.
2) Beauty - On a normal day I wear a full face of make up, but on a night shift I think it's a bit of a waste because I only work with 2/3 people. I just apply some mascara and Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner because it lasts all night. I make sure that I still continue with my daily skincare routine with Liz Earle products, because I find that once I stop using it my skin reacts. But for some reason, I still have breakouts during the time on night shift.
3) Eat - When I wake up in the late afternoon and start to get ready for work I have a small meal (something similar to breakfast) like scrambled eggs on toast, cereal and fruit. I will have a proper meal before I leave the house, but I often struggle to finish it because my body is trying to get used to the changes in diet. On break at work, I don't eat anything heavy as I feel it makes me really deflated and tired, so I stick to fresh fruit, yoghurt and maybe a sweet treat. Then when I return home I will have a cup of tea and toast - if I need something to nibble on.
4) Hydration - This has to be the most important tip. Water is your best friend. The air conditioning turns itself off so it gets really stuffy and hot, so I tend to drink twice as much as usual. So I always take a 2litre bottle of water with me and have it near by so I constantly sip on it.
These are just a few things that I find really help me.
Do you have any advice for the dreaded night shift?