College is a stressful time for your skin. Whether you’re an incoming freshman eager to live on your own, sleep in until whenever you want, and eat as much pizza as your heart desires, or a returning student promising to live out your new (school) year resolutions, every college kid can benefit from giving their skin a little extra TLC. Try waking up six minutes before class instead of five, to give yourself time to care for your skin, because a little wash can go a long way when your sleeping and eating schedules can fluctuate pretty radically.
Hydrate– Drink water regularly: this is probably the easiest way to help care for your skin while also improving your overall health. Water acts as a barrier to help keep unwanted toxins out, and hydrating fluids in, making your skin look healthy and refreshed!
Wash your make up off before going to bed– even after a night out, or a long night of hitting the books when all you want to do is go to bed, taking the extra couple of minutes to wash the day’s make up off your face will increase the health of your skin exponentially. Sleeping with makeup on is one of the worst things you can do to your skin.
Wear sunscreen– when the weather is warm and sunny, sunscreen is an essential that most people (especially teens and college kids) forget about or ignore.
Wash your phone (and your pillowcase!)– think about it, your phone screen is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, but you don’t think about that before answering the phone. Take a minute every once in a while to wipe the screen clean with a disinfecting wipe. Your face is also in contact with your pillowcase for at least 6 hours every day. Wash it often and clean your phone and you’ll be surprised at the improvement it will make on your skin.
Target your T-zone– most of you probably know by now that the most acne/oily-prone areas are the forehead, down the nose and on the chin. This area of the face is known as the T-zone, and is the area where most face washing routines should target. It is worth your time to wash your entire face, around the hairline, and the cheeks as well, but targeting the T-zone will get you the best results in eliminating acne.
Find a good face washing routine and stick to it! Guide to washing your face:
- Decide if you have dry or oily skin. This is key in deciding on an effective face washing routine that will leave your skin feeling clean and clear!
- Find a cleanser. If your skin is on the dry side, a cream cleanser will work best in both cleaning out the pores, and nourishing them. If you have more oily o
r greasy skin, use an acid based cleanser that will clean and control your facial oil production throughout the day. After applying the cleanser and scrubbing it into the skin, rinse off with cold water to help open the pores.
- Find a moisturizer. For dry-skin, a moisturizer with emollients such as glycerin or dimethicone works great! Whereas for oily skin, use an oil-free moisturizer, perhaps that contains rice protein, as it is good at absorbing oil. This, you will leave on throughout the day to keep your face looking supple and gorgeous!
- Exfoliate twice a week. Exfoliators are great but can definitely be overused. The washing and scrubbing of dead skin cells does wonders for the skin, but if done too often, can rub your skin dry of any nutrients and create a red, rashy, and flaky appearance, not to mention the discomfort you will experience. Try a mild cleansing scrub with jojoba beads as your first exfoliator and go from there!
Whoever you are, wherever you live, and whatever skin type you have, any and all college students could benefit from giving their skin a little extra TLC. Since everyone is different, it is important that you find a routine that works well for you in terms of skin care products, timing, and overall health. We wish you all the best in finding what works for you, and with summer winding down, and fall classes on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start. Have a great semester!