Essential Beauty Tips for Female Nurses

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For most females, looking nice is on top of the list, but is it still the case when it comes to female nurses? With all the running around, toxic duty shifts and exhausting duty days, we don’t exactly have the luxury of time. What little we have, we dedicate to our basic needs such as eating, resting and the like. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t care of how we look at all since we face all types of people every day. So, what are we going to do about that? How do we look presentable? What are essential beauty tips for female tips for nurses?

Makeup tricks

I know, I know. It isn’t exactly convenient for us to apply lots of makeup when we’re chasing the clock nor is it appropriate for nurses to wear layers and layers of makeup during duty. But of course, a little bit is okay. You can go for neutral colors if you want, since they are easy to work on with in case you’re going to a special event after your shift. You can also apply foundation only on blemishes and discolorations instead of the entire face so as to prevent the aging effect that commonly comes with harsh hospital lights.

Concealers can also be your new best friend as they cover up dark circles under your eyes (which in our case is not uncommon). You can create a triangular shape over your eye bag to achieve the best results as it conceals and illuminates the area better.

Take care of your face

Always, always make it a point to wash your face before going to sleep. It doesn’t matter how tired or exhausted you are after a long shift, never forget to cleanse your face. Makeup residue, dirt, sweat and excess oil can clog your pores and cause pimples.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Washing the face can strip it of its natural moisture. That is why it is importance to rehydrate it through a good moisturizer right after washing the face. Make sure it has SPF protection and is non-comedogenic. For those with dry skin, you should look for something thicker and richer while for oily skin, you may want to use a product that’s oil-free and light.

Don’t forget to hydrate!

Drink lots and lots of water. Your body is mostly made up of water and without adequate hydration, your skin tends to appear duller as well as wrinkles, breakouts and larger pores become more prominent. On the other hand, when you are well hydrated, your skin becomes more elastic and supple which makes it resistant to cracking and irritation.

Go easy on the Scent

While it is unknown to some, there are hospitals that prohibit their nurses from wearing anything scented. Mainly it is because a lot of patients have sensitivity issues with fragrances and of course, you wouldn’t want to cause coughing fits or even anaphylaxis, would you? Stick to your hospital’s rules if your place of work has the same policy.


Get rid of those dead skin cells that result to dull complexion. Exfoliate once or twice a week to keep yourself looking radiant. You can do such in the morning as your skin tends to repair and renew itself overnight. And oh, avoid using facial scrubs with large beads since they can create minute damages and tears on your skin. For a cheap find and a safer solution solution, you can try mixing honey with sugar.


Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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