5 Back To School Skin Care Lessons

The beginning of the school year is all about putting your best face forward. After scheduling classes, buying textbooks, saying goodbye to mom & dad and hello to new friends, it’s time to settle in. We know there’s a lot on your to-do list, but why not start with clear eyes, full hearts, and a fresh face? These 5 tips (and products that would make a great care package, ahem, mom) will help you ace your skin care regimen this school year.

1. Wash off makeup before bed

Every time you sleep in makeup, your pores become more clogged. This leads to breakouts and acne. On top of that, makeup holds on to toxins and free radicals from the environment. Leaving these pollutants on your skin while you sleep breaks down healthy collagen, eventually leading to lines and dull skin.

Try our Simply Clean Makeup Wipes for a gentle way to remove makeup each night.

2. Apply sunscreen everyday

Though you won’t reap the benefits of sunscreen instantly, it is the best insurance you can offer your skin, and your future self will thank you for it. Sunscreen doesn’t only protect you from skin cancer, it also keeps your complexion looking bright and clean.

Trade out your morning moisturizer for our moisturizing sunscreen to prep for all that walking you’ll be doing around campus each day. This 2 in 1 product is a great way to save time and money while protecting your youthful glow!

3. Eat more berries and carrots

This one should really say, “eat a well balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables,” but we know that isn’t always easy. Berries are packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals, and contain vitamins that help boost collagen production. The beta-carotene in carrots gets converted into Vitamin A- a skin tone evener- in the body. Both berries and carrots are rich in Vitamin C; you can read our earlier blog post to find out why Vitamin C is so important for your skin.

Get all the benefits of berries in Supergoop!’s refreshing SPF lip balm. This acai fusion lip balm repairs and protects, and is fun to wear.

4. Wash things that touch your face

Focus on the big three: hands, phone, pillowcase. Hands come in contact with faces more than they should, but that’s a hard habit to break. If you’re the type to rest your cheek on your palm in class, make sure your hands are clean beforehand. Even if you don’t touch your face often, your phone does. Just thinking about the amount of germs and toxins your phone comes into contact with is enough to convince you to give it a good antibacterial wipe down at least twice a week. Pillowcases are where the dust and grime from your daily interactions with the world come to rest. Even if you wash your face nightly, you’re probably taking naps or touching it with your hands throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to change your linens once a week.

5. Find time to relax

Among all the deadlines, exams, social outings, and busy work, it can be tough to find time to relax. But taking a deep breath here and there is essential for your health. Stress can wreak havoc on your skin, causing breakouts, redness, and inflammation. Make sure to manage your time wisely in order to get enough down time and sleep.

Rest at the end of a long day in our lavender slippers.The lavender and flax insoles can be heated to calm and restore the body.