Back-to-school skincare guide | Lifestyle

With classes back in session, you may start feeling slightly stressed out, which can lead to a breakout, especially if you don’t have a skincare routine. Maintaining a skincare routine is beneficial for students so they can take care of themselves. You can start your skincare routine with these five simple steps. 

Step one – Cleanse

The first step to starting your skincare routine is to cleanse your skin. It is important to pick a cleanser that matches your skin type. Good Molecule’s Clarify & Cleanse bar prevents blemishes and is suitable for all skin types.  

If you wear makeup, it’s best to use a cleansing balm to completely wipe off all the makeup and dirt on your skin. Cleansing balms like JunoSkin Clean 10  and Versed Skin day dissolve are great for all types, especially sensitive skin, and they are easy to use because they don’t require water.  If you are in a rush in the morning instead of using a traditional cleanser use micellar water to cleanse your face. If you have dry or sensitive skin, avoid cleansing twice a day because it can strip your skin from its natural oils and irritate your skin. 

Step two – Toner 

It’s best to use a toner after you cleanse your skin because it helps restore your skin’s balance and hydration after cleansing. If you want to use a natural toner that does not contain any harsh chemicals, use rose water. Heritage Store Rosewater spray is a great natural toner. There are many benefits to using rose water as a toner, such as soothing your skin and minimizing signs of aging. You can directly spray rose water on your face or pat it into your face with clean hands. 

Step three – Serum 

Serums like Vitamin C, E and hyaluronic acid are best to use in the morning after cleansing and toning your skin. Vitamin C serums help reduce redness and promote collagen. Vitamin E is beneficial to include in your skincare routine because it prevents signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. Hyaluronic acid increases skin elasticity, which typically degrades due to aging. After using hyaluronic acid, be sure to moisturize your skin and use sunscreen. At night, use a retinol serum. Retinol serums help clear acne, prevent aging and help even skin tone. 

Step four – Moisturize 

All skin types need to moisturize. If you have dry skin, use First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face moisturizer. This moisturizer contains shea butter, colloidal oatmeal and avocado oil that will leave your skin feeling smooth. For sensitive skin, use Honest’s Daily calm lightweight moisturizer which hydrates and strengthens the skin barrier. It’s best to use a gel-based moisturizer, like Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, if you have oily skin.  

Step five – Sunscreen 

Out of all the steps in your skincare routine, wearing sunscreen is the most vital step. Sunscreen protects your skin from the UV rays from the sun, which can cause sunburns and skin cancer. Not wearing sunscreen can lead to sun spots and aging.

Try to wear sunscreen with SPF 30 for full protection. Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 uses clean chemicals and gives a natural finish. For darker complexions, use any type of Black Girl sunscreen to avoid a white cast. This sunscreen dries clear and moisturizes your skin. If you wear makeup, try using a primer that has SPF in it or use a tinted sunscreen.