Back to School Basics

Summer is winding down and if you're like many, your preparing for a return to school. Understandably, it can be stressful returning to school and trying to put your best face forward. This can be especially true if you are prone to breakouts.

Here are a few tips to help you worry less about your skin so you can focus more on your studies (or social life!):

Wash Your Face Every Morning and Before Bed. I know you already get up early for school and that extra snooze is calling your name. However, good hygiene is critical for clear skin. Make washing your face a regular part of your morning routine. Likewise, leaving makeup on when you head to bed leads to clogged pores and a feeding ground for bacteria overnight. When it's time to brush your teeth before bed, add in a good skin care regimen.

Stop Touching Your Face. Seriously. First and foremost, don't pick, poke or pop. You're only going to aggravate your skin more. Plus, you're likely to spread bacteria even more in turn spreading the unsightly issue. If you're having a breakout, talk to your skin care professional for best practices.

Also, keep your hands away from your face in general. Think about what your hands come into contact with throughout the day. They are like a little breeding ground for germs. Resting, rubbing, etc. only plants those little buggers on your face and fuels chaos on your skin.

Wash Your Make Up Brushes. Let's be honest here, your brushes aren't really getting much love these days. I get it, there are far too many other things on your to-do list. However, this is a critical step to keeping your face fresh. Make a point to cleanse your brushes at least weekly to keep them free from oils and bacteria.

Wash. Wash. Wash. If you only remember one thing today, I hope it is the importance of washing. Anything that comes in contact with your skin should be washed regularly. This means your cell phone, your pillowcase, your hair, etc.

Likewise, your skin needs to be cleansed. Workout? Shower. Time in the sun? Shower. Excess sweat and oils clog pores that can result in unsightly breakouts.

Germs, bacteria, sweat and excessive oils are all harmful to your skin. To keep your skin looking best, develop a regimen that includes all natural, moisture-rich products that will nurture your skin.

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