Don’t Let College Age You Overnight

As a college student, facing hours of studying, late nights writing papers and having little downtime in between classes is practically inevitable. Many students may be wondering just how they can keep a healthy and radiant complexion with such a demanding and draining schedule. However, there is a way to find a happy compromise that won’t put your face or your grades at risk.

In addition to the obvious things like eating well and squeezing in moderate exercise, it is essential that both male and female college students make the effort to stick to a diligent skin care routine daily. If just the basics are followed, even the most rigorous class schedule won’t have a negative impact on your skin.

Perhaps the most important part of establishing a daily skin care routine is to know your skin type. A common mistake many college students make is reaching for products that are tailored for acne prone skin when, in fact, they don’t actually have that skin type. It is normal to experience an occasional zit or two or breakout. However, that does not mean you have acne prone skin. The ingredients in these types of products tend to be very strong, which can be too harsh if you don’t have acne. Using such an item could cause more harm to your skin than good. To treat breakouts, look for skin care products that are meant to “spot treat” skin issues but that are also clearly labeled for your skin type.

Another mistake made by students is using anti-aging products before it is necessary. Items like wrinkle creams are typically formulated for “mature” or “older” skin. Like the issue with using acne products, these contain potent ingredients that could cause a negative skin reaction. If you’re worried about fine lines and crow’s feet, instead of purchasing a wrinkle cream, choose a quality eye cream instead. Such a product is formulated to keep your eye area moisturized, fight off dark circles and puffiness, as well as plump the skin in order to minimize the appearance of existing fine lines while preventing new ones from developing.

Want to know the best way to practice good skin care without jumping the gun by using the wrong products? First thing’s first: never count out the power of water. Keeping yourself properly hydrated throughout the day is one of the most surefire ways to achieve naturally glowing skin. This is a step that can be implemented into even the busiest class schedule. Another way to fight premature signs of aging is to wear sunscreen or purchase skin care and makeup (for females) that contain SPF. Such items ensure that your complexion is protected from harmful UV rays during your trips around campus and while doing outdoor activities.

For students that don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to get ready, simplify your skin care routine by using products that are 2-in-1 or 3-in-1, which gives your complexion the care it needs on short notice. Don’t forget to properly cleanse, tone and moisturize before bed as well!

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