Make the Back to School Skincare Essentials Process Easy!
by Katrina Rubin
Preparing to go back to school can be a stressful time—you want to make sure you have school supplies, textbooks, and other items necessary to get through another year. When it comes to getting organized and prepared for another year (high school, college, grad school and beyond), shopping for skin care items is an area of back to school shopping that must not be ignored. While it is tempting to hit your local discount store or pharmacy and stock up on inexpensive apricot scrub or astringent, truly caring for your face goes much, much deeper. Quality ingredients are essential to giving your face necessary nutrients and keeping pH levels harmonious, which means less irritation and breakouts. Before you get back to memorizing the periodic table or conjugating Latin verbs, let’s review the basics of skincare.
Step 1: Cleanse. You MUST clean your face TWICE every day! According to ABC News, the average person touches their face 18 times per hour. Each time you touch your face you spread germs, dirt, and other pore clogging residue that can result in acne. Cleaning your face is the pillar of a healthy skincare routine. Be sure to use a gentle facial cleanser that does not strip your skin of natural oils.
Step 2 (for the boys): Fight and prevent acne. There is no need to use maximum strength acne products on your face. These can be excessively drying, leading your skin to produce more oils, thus producing more acne. Use an effective acne complex with soothing and purifying essential oils to treat and prevent breakouts. This will also provide you with light hydration ideal for achieving balanced and happy skin. Boys, in the morning you should follow with SPF. This is where your daily skin routine ends.
Step 2 (for the girls): Exfoliate. While exfoliation should not be an everyday step, it is very important that you incorporate an exfoliant into your skincare routine 1-2 times per week after cleansing. This step is crucial to healthy skin because it will remove the pore-clogging dead skin that results in acne. It is important to use a enzyme exfoliant because scrubs that are too rough can be damaging to your gentle facial skin—plus it can spread bacteria around.
Step 3: Hydrate. Even if you have oily skin, using a facial moisturizer is an essential step for healthy, blemish-free skin. A lightweight facial lotion is ideal for hydrating, nourishing, and calming your face. Moisturizing is a key step to achieving and maintaining happy, balanced, clear skin. In the morning, you’ll want to follow these steps with a light SPF. Girls, your skin routine is now complete!
Bonus: For existing acne, you might want to use a spot treatment to help clear breakouts and to get you on the path to clearer skin. For daytime, you need a product that goes on clear, such as this blemish corrector pen by SAMPAR. Packed with 8 purifying essential oils, it leaves no residue and can be used up to five times per day. For night, you want something that really packs a punch and can keep working while you sleep without repeated application. Say bye-bye to blemishes with an overnight blemish paste, like the SOS Paste from Matis.
Remember, your skin is yours for life! Protect the skin you are in, and treat is as a valuable investment. Nourish and pamper your face with quality skincare products and stressful breakouts will be a distant memory. For any product or skincare regimen questions, feel free to ask Katrina!