It’s that time of year again! The stores are filled with parents searching for the last pack of smelly markers with an unmistakable fervour that signals back to school. Here’s some back to school skincare basics to get your favourite student (or you) ready!
- Wash your bed linens frequently. Not only are dirty bed sheets gross, they can cause blemishes. Think about it, your face is pressed to it for like 8 hours every night. If it’s dirty, you’re grinding that into your skin right when it’s vulnerable. Parents, make sure your kids rooming at school have at least 2 sets of sheets with them that they can rotate for laundering.
- Wash your face. Every night and every morning. Listen, I get it if you had a late night “studying”, but you have to wash that makeup and daily grime off. Here’s a whole list of reasons why.
- Stop touching your face. You touch everything at school. Did you really just touch that bathroom door and then touch your eye? EWWWW. It can be hard since most of us touch our faces unconsciously, but the more you are aware, the easier it is to at least try to make sure you wash your hands before touching your face.
- Use quality skin care, including moisturizer, every day. I know a lot of oily skinned students will feel like they’re moisturized enough, but you’re wrong. If you are oily, and you don’t use a good oil-free moisturizer, your skin will actually produce more oil to compensate for the moisture it’s not receiving. The Botanical Effects line is great for students. It comes in 3 skin type formulations and a whole system costs less than a monthly bus pass. It takes like 3 minutes to take care of your face, and its so worth it.
- Wash your makeup brushes. Brushes can harbor an amazing amount of bacteria. There was actually a news story here in Calgary last week about a woman who developed a terrible staph infection from a dirty eyebrow pencil. Brushes need a deep clean at least twice a month. For every day quick cleaning, you can use Mary Kay Brush Cleaner. Just spray the brush after use and wipe on a cloth or paper towel. It also helps condition your brushes so they last longer!
- Don’t pick at blemishes. Don’t. Full stop. I know it’s tempting, and with the rise of youtube dermatologist videos featuring oddly-satisfying extractions, you may want to take business into your own hands. Please don’t. You are not a trained professional and you will likely do more harm than good. You could cause infection or permanent scarring. A safer solution for acne-prone skin is the ClearProof skincare line. It’s clinically tested to improve your skin in as little as 7 days, and is covered by a 100% satisfaction guarantee (anytime).
- Drink your water. Your skin needs it, and especially here in Alberta, it gets dryyyyyyy. Make sure you get enough fluids by drinking water and eating moisture rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
- Always wear sunscreen. You may be too young to remember the Baz Luhrmann song, but he knew what he was talking about. Wear it now, reap the benefits for years. There are so many options, you really have no excuse not to wear it.
- Keep your skin care and makeup handy. You never know when you might go home for the weekend, or away on spring break. The Travel Roll-Up bag is a fantastic way to store and carry all of the necessities. The four individual pouches can detach if you only need to take one or two with you, and the sturdy hanger was made to keep even the fullest bag hanging at your fingertips. Makes a great gift for students going away to school too!
Need more skin care education? You’ll find your winter skin questions answered here, and the top 6 things you need to do for your skin here. And of course, there’s the Celebrity Beauty Club, where you can ask questions and get the inside scoop on all things skincare and beauty.
There will be no quiz on this material, but I’ll leave it up on the board for future reference 😉