Not to age myself, but the access to knowledge I had about skincare when I went to college way back when was extremely different to what people have access to today. You might be someone who reads our skincare posts and has an idea about what to do to keep skin healthy in certain situations, like when you experience a breakout. Or, maybe you are confused with all the products out there, and it’s stressing you out to pick the right one. Alternatively, the multiple-step routines all over TikTok have you confused about what steps are absolutely necessary.
Keeping it a buck: You are about to embark on a long journey in college, where studying, making friends, and connections should be paramount. So, to take the guessing out of skincare, we got you. In this article, you’ll get answers. From skincare routines, to what products to use, when to use what, and what to avoid. Remember, less is more in a lot of cases, so don’t be influenced by someone else’s skincare routine. Instead, focus on what works best for your skin.
The one thing you must do, first and foremost, is cleanse your face when you wake up and go to bed. This will help get rid of the dirt, oil, and debris from the day and night (before you go party or pull all-nighters for exams.) Choose a face wash that reads “gentle” if you don’t know your skin type, or “sensitive skin” if you are prone to acne.
And lastly, invest in a facial moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and firm. A moisturizer is the single step that can help in any routine, and really is the only thing you need to do in addition to cleansing. Of course, if you are starting to see your skin impacted from studying or drinking, you can always add in ingredients and products that will help with breakouts. But again, what works for someone else might not be the same thing that works for you.
Developing a skincare routine will teach you how to better understand your skin and when it needs something else.
Remember, it’ll take trial and error, but within a few months (skincare products need 30 days to work effectively), you’ll have a routine down and products that work for you. Let’s get started on building one.
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