School’s about to start; time to check if you have everything you need: new school supplies, a dress code-friendly wardrobe, reliable walking shoes, barya for commutes and photocopying needs, a durable school bag, and, of course, a manageable beauty routine.
Okay, that last bit might sound unrelated at first, but if you really think about it, you’ll find that a good beauty routine is fundamental to surviving school without looking like you aged five years or had a horrible season of breakouts. While everything else on your first-day checklist is replaceable, your skin isn't, and being constantly exposed to the elements isn't doing it any favors. It's time to take better care of your skin, even as early as now. Below, how to ease your way into taking care of your skin daily.
1. Always remove your makeup before going to bed.
Before you sleep, remove every trace of your makeup thoroughly. Dirt, grime, and other impurities like gunky makeup can clog pores and lead to breakouts when left overnight, so make sure to cleanse properly—first, with an oil-based cleanser to strip off sunscreen and makeup, then with a water-based facial wash for sweat and dirt.
2. Follow a morning skincare routine.
Your mindset in the morning greatly affects your mood throughout the day, which is why it’s important to start off on the right foot. Something as simple as planning your outfit the night before can make waking up early so much easier with one less thing for you to think about.
Your morning prep should always begin with skincare. Sure, splashing water on your face can jolt you awake, but if you really want to freshen up your skin, remember three things: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, in that order. Now, you've covered the basic essentials for a skincare routine!
For a rosy and radiant complexion that’ll turn everyone’s heads, go for Pond’s White Beauty Skin Perfector. This moisturizer for everyday use minimizes the appearance of pores, smoothens your skin’s texture, and brightens and evens out your skin tone. Use it as a primer for your makeup, or skip the foundation and go straight to brows and lipstick.
3. Exfoliate those dead skin cells away.
Exfoliating works by sloughing off dead skin cells that might otherwise accumulate and clog pores, preventing your skin from absorbing your toner and moisturizer efficiently. Refine and brighten the surface of your skin by exfoliating once a week. (Yes, exfoliating should only be done once a week, or else you run the risk of irritating your skin and causing problems it doesn't need.)
Wrinkles and fine lines may seem like faraway issues when you’re a college student, but they're a cause for concern, especially if you have dry skin. Even if you've already moisturized in the morning during your skincare routine, it's also important to moisturize at night to balance out your skin’s oil production and keep moisture locked—think soft, supple, and glowing skin that's worthy of a K-drama heroine.
5. Drink plenty of water.
There's a reason why you've probably already heard this a million times: drinking your fill of water each day can really improve your skin’s health and appearance. Drink water to keep your skin hydrated, flush out the toxins, and get a glow you just can’t cheat with makeup.
You can easily get used to a solid beauty routine before heading for school, especially when you see that you’re getting your best skin ever. By addressing your skin’s problems early on, you’ll find that not even college—and all the stress and pressure that come with it—can keep you from achieving your skin goals. Now go and walk into that math class like you're ready to solve that quadratic equation (even if you're not).