Must-Have Beauty Products to Keep In Your Backpack
High school is hard (read: exams, temperamental teenage skin and awkward run-ins with your crush) and skincare worries can only make it more complicated. Between a surprise pimple, a midday oily T-zone or sweaty underarms, it’s safe to say we’ve all been there — and it isn’t fun. While you can’t always address a concern during the school day, you can keep a few beauty products stashed in your backpack to mitigate worries in a flash. To help you narrow down what you need, we’re listing the beauty products our editors recommend keeping in your backpack, ahead.
Breakouts are inevitable in your teenage years, so know you’re not alone. But, if you’d rather keep things covered, we recommend stashing a concealer in your bag in case any surprise pimples make an appearance. We love the Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer because it’s sponge-y tip makes application a breeze, concealing the area in question with the right amount of product every time. Plus, it fits perfectly in your pencil case.
Waking up with a new breakout in high school is frustrating enough on a regular day, let alone when it happens during an important one like prom or senior photos. Cue the Vichy S.O.S. Acne Rescue Spot Corrector. This spot treatment dries up active breakouts and prevents new ones from forming. Keep it in your backpack or your locker to quickly zap a zit in between classes.
You should be wearing sunscreen, especially if you'll be outside for a sports game or practice. This hydrating facial lotion is loaded with SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and won’t leave a white cast behind. It’s great for those with acne-prone skin, thanks to its oil-free and non-comedogenic formula that doesn’t clog your pores or give you a greasy-looking finish.
Having dry lips is uncomfortable, especially during an eight hour school day. Soothe and moisturize your lips with this nourishing balm made with coconut oil and lemon butter. Our favorite part? It comes in shades ranging from nude and light pink to a deep berry, so you can keep things natural or add a pop of color to your lips each time you apply it.
Even when school is the last place you want to be, this fragrance from Maison Margiela will make you smell (and feel) like you’re on summer vacation. The bright and airy notes of bergamot and ylang-ylang instantly evoke memories of summer days spent on the beach, even if you’re in a chemistry lab.
Body odor is only natural, but if you’re running from gym class to study hall, you might want to re-apply the deodorant. For a scent that isn’t too overpowering, try this subtly sweet-smelling, aluminum-free deodorant from Native.
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