Now that the summer season is subsiding and September is fast approaching, it's almost time to crack open those text books and start school again. Not only does the mind need to be sharpened for academics, but the skin needs refreshing before you step back on campus. Nothing says 'I'm ready for school' like clear, smooth and glowing skin. Keep reading to find out our back to school essentials to get your skin in tip top shape for the new semester.
Choose the Right Facial Cleanser
Healthy-looking skin begins with a proper at-home regimen. Far too many people encounter breakouts and a variety of other skin issues simply because they are not using the right skin care products. It's important to choose products that are suitable for your skin type. If your skin is normal to oily, choose a gel or foam-based cleanser and if your skin type leans more toward the dry side, opt for a hydrating cleanser that is creamy in texture.
Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate
...but not every day. Over-exfoliating can compromise your protective moisture barrier, leaving it so dehydrated, that it can actually accelerate aging (yikes). On the other hand, not exfoliating enough can render a dull, lackluster complexion. Proper skin care is all about balance. If your skin is dry or combo/dry, you don't need to exfoliate more than twice a week. If you have oily or combo/oily skin, you can exfoliate 3-4 times a week.
Exfoliating helps the complexion look brighter, glowing and clearer. When using higher-grade forms of exfoliation, it can do wonders for the skin. For instance, Labelle
, a portable at-home device from the makers of Trophy Skin
, helps banish blackheads due to it's highly innovative ultrasonic skin scrubber spatula. Great for all skin types, it helps to un-clog pores while it infuses the skin with nutrients, leaving the complexion smooth and radiant. Moreover, it encourages an even skin tone and helps balance excessively oily skin. It's like getting a spa-grade treatment anytime, anywhere.
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Supplement your skin care regimen by incorporating a weekly mask that your skin needs. To prevent and fight acne and comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), try a face mask that contains purifying ingredients such as Kaolin Clay and a derivative of Salicylic Acid like Willow Bark. For skin that is more on the dry side (whether you're prone to breaking out or not), use a mask that has moisturizing properties, or simply use a DIY mask straight from your own kitchen such as honey or plain yogurt.
Don't Skimp on the Moisturizer
People who have oily or acne-prone skin tend to shy away from moisturizer. Whether you think you're skin is so oily, it's akin to Jiffy Lube, or your skin is so parched and dry, no face cream can salvage it, don't even think of boycotting a moisturizer. All skin types need moisture-- moisture is water. We all need water. So if you're skin is oily, choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer and if you're skin leans toward dry, apply a medium-weight moisturizer on your skin--even if you get breakouts. Not moisturizing can actually cause breakouts because a lack of moisture in your skin will cause the oil glands to kick into over-drive to produce more oil to compensate for a lack of moisture. Sometimes more oil yields breakouts. You get the picture.
Don't neglect to follow these important skin care steps before school starts, and your skin will thank you.