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Back-to-School Skincare Guide for College Students


Back-to-School Skincare Guide for College Students

The beginning of fall can be both exciting and stressful for many college students. You have to adjust to a new environment, schedule, and the gruelling demands of academic life. These stressors on top of the shifting seasons can take a toll on your overall skin health.

But don’t fret. We’re here to help you ace that gorgeous glow all year round with this ultimate back-to-school skincare guide

Let’s get started.

Choose the Right Cleanser for Your Skin Type

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There is no cookie-cutter approach to skincare. You always have to consider your skin type, lifestyle, and unique beauty needs whenever you’re weighing your options.

When shopping for back-to-school skincare essentials, start with a hydrating cleanser that’s specially formulated for your skin type. Cleansing your face is a non-negotiable part of every skincare routine. Whatever happens, never sleep with your makeup on if you don’t want to clog your pores and end up with breakouts. No matter how hectic your schedule is, make it a priority to start and end your day with a freshly cleansed face.

Here are some of our favourite cleansers from ZO.

Keep Cleansing Wipes Handy

Whether you’ve got gym this semester or you’ll be walking from one building to another for your classes, it’s always a good idea to have facial wipes within reach inside your tote. It’s the quickest way to freshen up your skin when you’re on the go while also removing traces of makeup, dirt, and oil buildup.

Moisturize Day and Night

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The transition of seasons can be brutal, especially for people who have sensitive skin or with psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and other skin conditions. Restore the skin’s protective barrier by replenishing and locking in moisture. 

After washing your face in the morning and before bedtime, apply a hydrating and nourishing moisturizer that’s packed with hyaluronic acid and other skin-nourishing ingredients. Swap summer’s lightweight moisturizer with a thicker product that offers longer-lasting hydration.

Put on Eye Cream

If you think you’re too young to use an eye cream, you better think about it again. Late-night study sessions or nights out with friends can give you dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. Incorporating an eye cream into your back-to-school skincare routine is an excellent preventive strategy against premature skin aging. 

Look for eye creams that contain caffeine, hyaluronic acid, and bisabolol, which are all amazing ingredients that can:

  • Minimize darkness under your eyes
  • Plump up the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Soothe and refresh the skin around your eyes
  • Prevents tired and haggard-looking skin

Apply a few dots of NEOCUTIS Lumiere Eye Cream around the eye area every night. Gently spread the product without tugging the skin to wake up looking radiant even if you were up studying or partying all night.

Make Sunscreen A Non-Negotiable

Summer may be over, but that does not mean you should skimp on sun protection. One of the biggest non-negotiables that should be on your back-to-school supply list should be a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 50 or higher. The sun’s damaging UV rays are the primary culprit behind many skin issues, including blemishes, dryness, roughness, and premature skin aging

When shopping for your back-to-school beauty stash, look for products that come with SPF. Layering them on top of wearing sunscreen offers added sun protection. Do not forget to reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours or less when you’re sweating or doing an activity that involves getting wet.

Give Your Skin a Boost with a Brightening Serum

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Sleepless nights, the stress of deadlines, and the changing seasons can leave you with dull, lacklustre skin. This is why you need a brightening skin serum, like ZO Skin Health Brightalive. It contains natural enzymes that help the skin exfoliate and ultra-stable vitamin C, hexylresorcinol, soy, and licorice root, providing instant brightening effects. It also boasts antioxidant properties to fight against free radical damage and oxidative stress. It’s perfect for all skin types and is mild enough for everyday use. 

Back to School Shopping for Skincare at APT

Stock up on your back-to-school skincare essentials. Shop our collection of medical-grade products. Containing potent concentrations of a powerhouse of beneficial ingredients, they are explicitly formulated to address different skin conditions and are highly recommended by experts.

For more information about medical-grade skin care or to book a free consultation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. A member of our team will be happy to assist you.  

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