My Top 5 Tips For Clear Skin During Exam Season

If you’re like me, then exam season is just around the corner & you’re probably a bit very stressed about it.  I know I am.  Whenever I get stressed, my skin goes from being fine, to pretty bad (or at least for me, luckily I never suffer any huge breakouts) and I always want to solve it as fast as I can.  I’ve collected five of my top tips for keeping my skin clear around exams and keeping myself a stress free as possible to avoid any dreaded breakouts and I thought I’d share them with you all as you’ve been requesting it on instagram for the past couple of weeks!


This is always my first point of call when my skin is taking a turn for the worse.  I bring my skincare routine right back to the basics; I cleanse with my Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, and tone and moisturise with simple products.  These are the three products which I find best for my skin; they don’t irritate my skin, and they give it just the right amount of moisture and keep it nice and clean.  I always find this gives me an immediate improvment in the state of my skin because I’m not overloading it with any new or unnecessary products.


This may be one of the best solutions for spots.  Whenever I have a really horrible, obvious and painful spot, I just pop some of this on it overnight and it’s drastically reduced in redness and size.  I don’t use this often, but it’s so good when I do use it & I would definitely recommend it if you suffer from frequent breakouts.


I know that I’m always touching and picking at my skin when I’m sat revising but I try my hardest not to because it transfers loads of bacteria from your hands to your face and only worsens the breakout situation. Always washing your hands before you’re going to touch you face, for example when you take off your makeup, is a really good idea too!


I definitely don’t drink enough water, nowhere near how much I should be but I try drink a bottle every day and more if I remember. When I drink lots of water my skin is always more hydrated and less prone to any breakouts or annoying dryness which is great. If you’re like me and plain water is a bit boring for you, adding cucumber into it or lemons can make it taste loads nicer (I only tend to do this when I have time!). Top tip: always have a big bottle of water with you when you’re revising and try drink it often, it’ll do your skin good and help you concentrate more!


I’m guilty of not doing this – or even when I do I’m shattered. When you sleep, your skin has time to repair itself so naturally, more sleep equals better skin! Try to get enough sleep every night if you can; I’m usually so tired during school that my head hits the pillow and I am asleep almost instantly, but I’m often very distracted by my phone! Having enough sleep will make your skin look more fresh (plus, who doesn’t love sleep?!)

So, those are all my tips for keeping your skin fresh and free from breakouts during exam season. I had my French speaking exam yesterday, and they all start in about 13 days (eeek!) so apologies if I’m a bit absent from the blog for a while! You can expect a couple of exciting posts over the next few months & then in summer I should be back to normal!

Soph xx



  1. May 2, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the awesome tips!

  2. May 2, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Awesome tips. Thanks for sharing these products.

    • May 2, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      No worries! Glad you enjoyed the post – thanks for reading 🙂

  3. May 2, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Good luck with your exams girl! These tips are great 🙂

  4. May 2, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Yeah–I feel like it’s super easy to forget and neglect your skin and health when you’re stressed over school, which makes completing your coursework even harder. Cool post!

    • May 3, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Totally agree! Thanks x

  5. May 3, 2018 / 6:57 am

    these were some great tips, soph! good luck! i have been wanting to invest in the mario badescu drying lotion x

    • May 3, 2018 / 8:09 am

      It’s really good so I’d recommend trying it!

  6. May 4, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    These were such great tips! I love using simple in general but I’ve purchased their oil balancing range which is perfect for the exam season because of the heat. Xx

    • May 4, 2018 / 10:47 pm

      That’s such a good idea! I don’t suffer from oily skin so I find their products from the normal range work amazing for hydrating my skin! I’d love to see you review the oil balancing range though x

  7. May 9, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Everyone seems to be talking about the Drying Lotion, I need to get my hands on it and see what the hype is all about. X

    • May 9, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      It is really good – you’ll love it, although if you have dry skin (I do!) I wouldn’t recommend using it all the time as it is REALLY drying, especially around my nose x

  8. May 28, 2018 / 11:27 am

    Brilliant tips. Water is a must and the drying lotion is a life saver!

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