Being away from home can be stressful, and the last thing you want to worry about is acne flare-ups. Having a few essential items at your fingertips can go a long way to keeping your skin clear and healthy. I have a basic minimalist skincare routine to keep your skin in good condition so you can focus on other essential things.
Do: Find a way to keep your toiletries handy.
Space may be at a premium depending on how many people share a bathroom. I recommend purchasing one of those toiletry bags that hangs onto the door in case there is not a lot of shelf space available.
Do: Take your makeup off.
Time can get away from you between all the studying, papers, and socializing, but whatever skin type you have, it’s essential to wash your face at night. If you are too tired to do your whole routine one night, even if it’s just three steps, I recommend at least washing your makeup off, as leaving your makeup on all night can lead to clogging of your pores. If your bathroom is too far from your room, you can take a water bottle and use it with your cleanser and a soft washcloth. The washcloths in the baby aisle are perfect for this purpose.
Do: Have a basic routine to keep your skin clear.
This basic routine is a good start and is customizable according to your skin type, but the focus of this routine will be acne prone since the majority of clients that I speak with fall into this skin type category.
Cleanser: everyday cleanser to remove makeup
Cleanser: Deep cleaning removes impurities and contains glycolic acid that you can use a few times a week.
Moisturizer– An oil-free gel or lotion to use at night
Spot treatment: For acne flare-ups.
SPF: To be applied daily.
A daily regimen will give you some sense of routine, and it’s a healthy routine that will hopefully prevent breakouts entirely or at least keep the acne from getting out of control.
Do use an SPF:
This one, I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep up the daily use of sunscreen. We now know that sun damage is one of the critical factors in premature aging. The younger you prioritize sunscreen in your skincare routine, the better off your skin will look down the road. I suggest a mineral sunscreen for acne-prone skin.
Don’t share makeup
We are slowly returning to a new normal since 2020, but some habits we had before the pandemic are still not the best idea. Sharing beauty products like lipstick, mascara, and brushes opens you up to spreading germs that can make you sick and worsen your acne-prone skin by spreading bacteria.
Don’t: Give in to picking your skin:
If you feel an outbreak coming on, try a spot treatment before it gets out of hand.
Do: Remember to sanitize items that come in contact with your skin
Things like your cell phone and pillow case that have contact with your skin should be wiped or washed more often to prevent bacteria from spreading.