Now I know what you're thinking... skin care seems like a kind of boring subject. I won't ague with you on that, but you probably agree that it's an incredibly important topic. There's no better time than college to start taking better care of your skin. Trust me, you'll thank me twenty years from now.
I've been trying to find the perfect skin care regimen for my face for as long as I can remember. I've never had particularly bad skin, but like any awkward teenager I struggled with acne and desperately tried about a million products to clear up my skin. Although I didn't quite have it figured out in high school, I'm happy to say that I think I've finally found something that works for my combination skin.
Read on to find out about my skin care regimen and some tips for better skin.
My Facial Skin Care Routine
- First I take off all of my makeup with Yes to Cucumber Towlettes. These are my favorite wipes to use because they smell amazing, remove all traces of makeup, and nourish your skin. They're also hypoallergenic and are made out of compostable cloths. While it's often tempting to skip taking off my makeup at the end of a long day, I always feel refreshed and clean after using these.
- Next I wash my face with Murad's Clarifying Cleanser. I've been using Murad products for a few years now and they're amazing. Although they're more expensive than drugstore products, it's absolutely worth the investment because of how well they work and how long they last. At nighttime I use the cleanser with my Cleansing Brush from Ulta. If you've ever thought about buying a Clarisonic but couldn't quite bring yourself to drop the money for it, then this is a MUCH cheaper alternative at just $25 (and currently on sale for $17.50!). The brush leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, especially when paired with the Murad cleanser.
- After washing my face I use Murad's Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel. When I say this product is incredible, I mean it. It will clear up your skin and prevent future breakouts without excessively drying out your skin. Because of this, I was heartbroken when I found out that Murad was discontinuing it. Although you can't find this product on Murad's website anymore, you can still score it for cheap on Ebay.
- I used to think that putting moisturizer on my skin would just make it more oily, but now I understand that your skin craves moisture or else it produces its own through grease. Moisturizers are a vital step in any skin care routine - I can't stress that enough. I'm particularly fond of Murad's Skin Perfecting Lotion because it's oil free and soothes redness.
- Finally, I apply a few dabs of Acnevir to any blemishes I may have. I've tried a lot of spot treatments over the years, but this is by far the cheapest and most effective I've found. It's a little difficult to find in drugstores, but most Walgreens seem to have it. It's not overly harsh (or smelly) and it won't bleach your clothes, which is an added bonus.
Skin Care Tips
- Drink lots of water. While moisturizers can help, your skin also needs to be moisturized from the inside out. The more water you drink the brighter, smoother, and clearer your skin will be.
- If you are into taking vitamins, I highly recommend One A Day Women's Complete Multivitamin plus Healthy Skin Support. It's not a quick fix, but after a few months you'll start to notice healthier skin.
- Keep in mind that the products that work for someone else may not work for you. Everyone has different skin, and unfortunately that means testing out products until you find one that is effective for you.
- Many skin care companies sell starter kits that have all the products you need in smaller sizes so you can test them out without paying for the full size. I can personally recommend this starter kit by Murad, but they have other greats ones depending on what you're looking for.
- Figure out your skin type. Many products are designed to work for a particular skin type/issue, so the more familiar you are with your skin, the better off you'll be. Check out this article if you're not sure what type you have.
- Use sunscreen! This is so, so important. I like Kiss My Face Face Factor Sunscreen because it's lightweight and won't make your skin break out.
- Finally, the health of your skin is also affected by what kind of makeup you use. It's difficult to avoid buying drugstore makeup, especially when you're on a college budget, but if there's one product you splurge on I think it should be foundation. A good foundation will make a world of difference with your skin. Currently I am obsessed with Tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation.
What skin care tips do you have? What products do you use and love? I'd love to hear about what works for you!