Updated January, 2020.
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, 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.
Exfoliation helps the complexion look brighter, glowing and clearer. When using a higher form of exfoliation, it can do wonders for the skin. You may want to consider doing microdermabrasion or ultrasonic scrubbing.
Ultrasonic Skin Spatula is a portable at-home device inspired by a popular spa service called ultrasonic facial. It helps banish blackheads, exfoliate the skin, and remove excess oil. The ultrasonic waves help jiggle out pore clogs that may enlarge and congest pores.
Great for all skin types, it also infuses skincare products into the skin with the help of its "infusion mode" leaving the skin smooth, well-nourished 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.
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 your skin is so oily or your skin is so parched and dry, don't ever think of boycotting moisturizers.
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.
Not moisturizing can actually cause breakouts because lack of moisture in your skin will cause your oil glands to kick into over-drive. Your skin will think it needs to produce more oil to compensate for lack of moisture. And when that happens, you become more prone to developing breakouts.
So there you have it. These are simple reminders and tips on how you can best take care of your skin. Don't neglect to follow these important skin care steps before school starts, and your skin will thank you.