The Ultimate THON Weekend Self-Care Guide

If there’s anything the past two years have taught us, it’s the importance of making your health a priority. Although the Bryce Jordan Center during the THON weekend is not the ideal place to have a high-level personal care experience, sometimes it’s all about making the best of the situation.

So, I took matters into my own hands and did my best to ~medicate~ myself as close to a normal self-care routine as possible if I was back home.

To be honest, I don’t even know if I had the right to smuggle bring them with me on my THON shift, but I guess it’s too late considering I’ve already done that.

First, I found the closest bathroom to BJC to brush my teeth. I pulled out my trusty baby toothbrush and toothpaste. I could feel the puzzled and confused looks from other people in the bathroom. Naturally, I ran after five seconds because I felt awkward.


What’s amazing, though, is that I could brush my teeth at midnight or 3 p.m., and I’d never really know the difference. Don’t forget that time is a social construction and does not exist… especially at THON.

After sprinting to the press line, I decided it was time to clean my face. But first, I reapplied deodorant and hand sanitizer. The spread of germs and unpleasant odors is prohibited.

Look how all my products go together perfectly. It’s as if they were a small family.


In fact, before I started my skincare routine, I drank a moderate amount of water to stay hydrated. One of the keys to hydrated skin is to drink H2O.

Then I used a cotton ball as a preliminary cleanser to wipe the oil and dirt off my face before using my face wash. The world is an extremely dirty place. Onward State’s associate editor, Ryen Gailey, served as my photographer for my skincare session.

After that, I washed my face with Cetaphil cleanser. The real ones don’t mess with that CeraVe shit. At least 75% of the product came out of the bottle and spilled onto my jeans. Luckily no one else saw it, but I will never forget that moment. I had to use almost the entire bottle of cleanser on my face. Not. good. people.


I made sure to cleanse my whole face and after finishing my whole skincare routine, my mask came back on my nose like it should.

Then I tracked nearly an entire bottle’s worth of travel cleanser with a more reasonable amount of moisturizer. Obviously, I’m upset with how things turned out. Finally, I finished my skincare routine with another face mask. Double masking, huh?


While I might look comfortable and zen from this angle, I’ve never been more terrified of myself than in this next photo. This gives Michael Myers.

After finishing my face mask, my skincare routine was complete just in time for me and my friends to line dance. I’ve taken a few dance classes in my day, but clearly I have to review because I’m struggling. Fortunately, it’s still quite early, so I should have it in a few hours.

Who says you can’t have fun in the press? Moving your body is just as important at THON, especially if you’ve been confined to the stands while holding your organization letters or aren’t at the end of a row to move your body freely.

No matter how you choose to take care of yourself at THON, it’s simply important that you do. Whether you’re here for a few hours or all 46, you’re bound to get tired at some point, and you need things to make those tough times more bearable.

Mackenzie is a senior specializing in English and is one of Onward State’s associate editors. She’s from Minersville, PA, and always tries to explain exactly where it is. Send all your compliments to [email protected] or @MackenzieC__ on Twitter.

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