Skin Care 101 – How To Care for Skin When Going Back to School

It is the close of summer and school is in full swing.  No matter what your age, with the changing weather and daily routines this time of year, it is important to re-evaluate your skin care habits and products.  Stay at the head of the class with our Skin Care 101 tips.

Back To School

It is the close of summer and school is in full swing.  No matter what your age, with the changing weather and daily routines this time of year, it is important to re-evaluate your skin care habits and products.  Stay at the head of the class with our Skin Care 101 tips.

Maintain healthy habits

Healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy lifestyle as much as it is the products you use.  Going back to school can be a stressful time.  The combination of classes, social gatherings, sporting events and studying can leave little time for sleep, exercise and relaxation. This lack of balance can lead to sickness and stress as well as leaving your skin looking dull or prone to break outs. To look and feel your best, try to carve out time for , relaxation and exercise.  Find ways to include stress-relieving physical activities like yoga and meditation and pampering skin treatments, like at exfoliating and at home facials into your day. Also try to avoid junk food.  Focusing on a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins will support optimal skin health.

Change your regimen to address changing skin

The condition and needs of your skin will change depending on the temperature, humidity, amount of sun exposure and lifestyle.  Back to school is a time when all of the above can change.  If you travel far away to school you may even need to deal with a whole new climate. Each person’s skin reacts differently. Dry skin can become oily, oily skin can become more dry and clear skin may develop acne.  Don’t stress over these changes. Instead, stay flexible with your skin care routine.

Bring on the moisture – If your skin is becoming more dry, switch to a cream or milk cleanser or use a cleansing oil to wash your face. Also consider trading your face lotion for a heavier moisturizer formula as temperatures cool. If that isn’t enough, try incorporating a serum full of vitamins and antioxidants into your regimen. It will help boost the efficacy of the active ingredients in your moisturizer and add an extra level of protection.

Lighten up – If your skin is becoming more oily or acne prone, choose a lighter gel formula for cleansing that won’t clog pores.  You may be tempted to skip the moisturizing step if you are new to oily skin. Don’t! Moisturizing your face will help maintain the balance of oil and help prevent irritation.  If you want to avoid acne, try switching to an oil-free lotion..  With the temperature change if you have combination skin, don’t shy away from a more emulsifying moisturizer, just be sure it is labeled oil-free.

Update your arsenal.

Maintaining healthy skin means updating your products on a regular basis.

Even if your skin care regimen isn’t in need of a change, Fall and back-to school is a perfect time to update your products. It’s important to remember that most beauty products — including moisturizers and makeup — have expiration dates. Expired formulas lose efficacy and may harbor dangerous bacteria or other germs. Below is a general guideline, but note that any change in the smell, color or consistency of your products likely means it’s time to toss. Spoiled skincare and beauty products can cause irritation, allergic reactions and even infection.

Expiration guidelines for skincare

Cleanser: One year

Serum: Six to 12 months

Moisturizer: One year

Sunscreen: One year

Acne treatments: Two years

Natural products:  If you are using natural products it is best to check with the manufacturer for any recommended expiration dates since these products might have a shorter shelf life.

Protect from Sun Damage

Even though you will be too busy with classes to sit outside in the sun, SPF should always be part of your daily skin care routine. Even short-term exposure while walking to class can cause significant damage that manifests later in life through lines, wrinkles and age spots. UV exposure can also lead to skin cancer.  So find moisturizers for face and body that include SPF.

Hopefully with these tips you can focus on your studies and not on what is causing your skin to react!

 What are your tips for changing skin care during back-to-school?

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