College is a stressful time for many. We run off of minimal sleep, microwavable macaroni, and coffee, and with all of this combined — including stress — it’s no surprise that our faces are constantly breaking out. And it’s annoying.
In the nearly two years (what??) I’ve been in school, I’ve toyed with a bunch of different ways to keep my face clean and clear. Granted, I’ve never had serious acne problems, I’ve still found that these few things have continually kept my face clear from random breakouts. Here are my secrets.
Drink lots of water.
Water helps to clear out your system and keep you healthy. It’s no wonder it does this to your skin too. I try to drink around 8 cups of water a day and use this app to track my usage.
Actually wash your face at night.
I know a lot of people (especially women) who use makeup removing wipes to remove their makeup every evening. Though this is the easy way out, it’s not the healthiest. I actually can’t use wipes because they burn my sensitive skin and leave me with irritated skin — do you really want to be putting that on your face?
I take the time every night to actually wash my face. I use the Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser to remove my face makeup in the evenings. It’s oil-free and really leaves my face feeling amazing.
If you’re still adamant about using wipes, at least wash your face afterwards. Wipes don’t really cleanse your face.
And wash your face in the morning.
Wash! Your! Face! Twice! A! Day! I’ve been using St. Ives Apricot Scrub since I was 13 and I’ve never looked back. They have a lot of different scrubs that are great for targeting blackheads, redness, irritation, etc. This wash, too, leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed.
Moisturize your face daily.
Personally, I moisturize twice a day and I’ve found this most helpful. I have combination skin (it has a semi-oily t-zone and my cheeks can get really dried out in the winter). Targeting certain areas with moisturizer has been particularly helpful.
Even if you have oily skin, moisturizing is super important. Moisturizing your skin helps to redistribute the natural oils on your face, so that the oils on your face are evenly distributed. Plus, it leaves you with a healthy glow.
Take off your makeup before bed.
I have always made it a strict rule to go to bed with a clean face. Your skin needs to breathe. Take this chance to let it do so.
Take off your makeup before a long night.
For most of us in college, “bedtime” doesn’t usually come until after midnight (I’m typically in bed by 2 a.m.). Don’t wait until the last minute to remove your makeup. If you can, remove it as soon as you’re done with your day. This will just help get rid of all the germs and dirt on your face from the day before you settle down to study.
Wear your hair up to bed.
Or at least don’t have it around your face when you sleep. Especially if your hair is oily, you don’t want it lingering around your face — put that shit up.
Have a makeup-free day every week.
Take a full day each week to go without makeup so your face can have that time to breathe. You’ll find it very refreshing and laid-back. I promise you won’t regret it.
Wash your makeup brushes regularly.
Make sure you’re keeping your makeup brushes clean. I wash my whole set (regardless if I used them — they can easily collect dust and germs, even without being used) once a week and I wash my primary face brushes more than that (usually 3-4 times, depending on how dirty they feel). If they’re making your makeup streaky when using them, they’re way too dirty. Just imagine all the crap in them that you’re applying directly on your face.
Don’t use expired makeup.
I’m pretty lenient on this rule. A lot of liquid foundations can expire within just a few months, so if you don’t use them regularly (i.e. the BB cream I use in the summer), they can expire before they’re even empty. Since foundations can be expensive, I obviously don’t follow that 3-month rule. Once I have any expired makeup that causes my face to break out, it’s clumpy/flaky, or it smells, it goes immediately into the trash.
Use a face mask at least once a week.
Face masks are great for your face — granted, you’re using the right kind of face masks. I personally hate store-bought face masks. They tend to make my skin burn and they don’t really leave my skin feeling fresh. Right now I’m in love with Lush’s face masks. Though they’re pricey, they leave my face feeling amazing and, since they’re made with all-natural ingredients and expire within a few weeks, you’re forced to use them regularly. The mask that I’ve come to love for myself is the BB Seaweed mask — it’s light-feeling and doesn’t have an odor or fragrance to it. It’s perfect for my skin!
You can also make your own natural face masks at home using common kitchen ingredients. Here’s a list of homemade face masks that will make your face feel (and look) amazing.
I’ve always tried to be conscious about how I treat my skin, and college has been no exception. I’ve played around with a bunch of things, but this is — ultimately — what I’ve stuck to. Hope it helps!
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