College is quite stressful. We are constantly on the move with classes, extracurricular activities and social life. Add to that the quality of Athens’ water, and it’s a recipe for a skincare disaster.
Before coming to Athens, I never really had a problem with skin care. Everything changed when I arrived on campus. Since then, I have had to re-evaluate my routine and adjust to both the quality of the water and the chaos at the university.
Whether you need a new product to hydrate or a whole new routine, here are five tips for better skin care:
Back to basics
It’s easy to have a huge skin care routine, given the wide variety of products available. However, it can overwhelm your skin and irritates it even more. As your skin adjusts to Athens water or even just stress, ditch the 12-step skincare routine and opt for more basic products.
A simple skin care routine to start with is a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Cleaners like Clinical and Cetaphil are great examples because they have gentle, non-irritating formulas and are great for sensitive skin. As your skin gets used to its surroundings, whether it’s Athens water or stress in general, you can gradually add more products to your routine.
Spray and apply
I originally had oily skin, but since moving to Athens my skin has become extremely dry. I could apply moisturizer in the morning and in the afternoon my skin is dry again. If you’re having the same problem, face sprays are the perfect skin lift whenever you need extra hydration.
Sprays like thermal water calm and soothe the skin after taking it without completely drying out your skin. For specific times of the day I use the Mario badescu facial spray collection. Each spray in the set can be used at a specific time of day to help boost your skin.
Once you’ve established a solid skin care routine, it’s time to add some more products.
Take 20 minutes once a week to make a rejuvenating face mask. Face masks can increases skin hydration, calms inflammation and helps against dark spots.
Which mask is best for you depends on your skin type. If you have dry skin, exfoliating The masks will help remove dead skin and soothe your skin. If you have oily skin, clay the masks remove excess sebum and help fight acne. Whichever mask you choose, make sure you don’t do it too often. Otherwise, you will end up making your skin worse.
Take off your face
This next tip seems like an easy one, but it’s probably the most important. It can be hard to remember after a long day or night out, but removing makeup at night is essential to prevent clogged pores and acne breakouts.
Reconcile wipes and towels should be used for face makeup, as they will not leave excessive residue on your face. For eye makeup, use a strong liquid remover to remove that stubborn mascara. Your face will thank you in the morning for doing it.
Eat your greens
It’s easy to fall into the habit of unhealthy eating in college, but eating junk food like pizza and fried foods can actually cause excessive production of sebum on your skin. Maintaining a healthy diet can go a long way in skin care.
Eat more fruits and vegetables can improves skin tone, protects the skin from damage and helps in collagen production. Some of the best foods to eat are berries, spinach, carrots, and tomatoes. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to keep your skin glowing.