The Ultimate Back to School Skin Care Guide
So, you’ve got your school supplies packed and a brand new wardrobe for the upcoming school year. But what about your skin? As you begin to prepare everything you need before heading back to class, don’t forget about taking care of your body’s largest organ. There’s no denying that heading back to the classroom after blissful summer months can be stressful, but don’t let that affect your complexion! By adding a few crucial skin care products to your back-to-school shopping list, you can help achieve and maintain your best-looking skin yet.
Must-Have #1: Cleanser
With late nights on the horizon, pushing your skin care routine to the side may be tempting, but trust us when we tell you that it’s a bad habit to start. We’re not saying your routine requires 10+ steps, but you should make sure to wash your face morning and night. Doing so can help remove dirt, oil, and impurities that have accumulated onto the skin throughout the day, before they have a chance to wreak havoc. When choosing a cleanser, keep your skin type in mind, as well as your specific skin concerns. There’s no shortage of options out there, so be sure to choose wisely!
Try Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-In-1 Micellar Water, $19.50 MSRP
Must-Have #2: Facial Moisturizer
After cleansing your skin, adding moisture back into the skin is the immediate next step. Moisturizing daily can not only help hydrate your skin, it can also help it feel soft, and appear supple and plump with moisture. One of our favorite lightweight moisturizers to use is Vichy Mineral 89. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid—an ingredient known to hold up to 1000x its weight in water—and can help fortify and hydrate the skin for a vibrant, healthy-looking glow.
Vichy Mineral 89, $29.50 MSRP
Must-Have #3: Self-Tanner
After a summer of fun in the sun, you and your best friends are probably heading back to school with perfectly sun-kissed tans. Instead of allowing your tan to fade, prolong its lifespan with a self-tanning product. That way you can walk into class with skin that looks bronzed and glowy.
Must-Have #4: Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Summer may be over, but your efforts towards adequate sun protection shouldn’t be! The sun never takes a break, and neither should your defense against it. Continue to apply Broad Spectrum SPF 15 or higher onto all exposed areas of skin before heading outdoors, paying close attention to reapply at least every two hours. Keep in mind that there’s currently no sunscreen on the market that can fully protect your skin against harmful UV rays, so pairing your applications with other sun protection measures such as seeking shade and wearing protective clothing is highly, highly encouraged.