Friday, April 12, 2013

Getting Good Skin For School


Beauty and school don't mix. Stress causes breakouts and since school can be a very stressful place during your later years, it's important to feel confident and happy with your appearance.

I'll just take this opportunity to say that old, cliché (but true!) phrase:

Beauty is not skin deep, it's what's on the inside that counts.

However, when you have a major zit on your forehead, your self esteem can go down very fast. My solution is to have a good skincare regime that will keep you looking good for school and feeling great inside!

Firstly, cleansing. Your cleanser does not have to be expensive, it needs to do the job. Figure out what kind of skin type you have (e.g. dry, oily, combination, etc.) and Google away!. Figure out what cleanser is best for you. Scour your local pharmacy or drugstore. Look at reviews, and find out what the general consensus is on cleansers. Chances are, if a lot of people have given the product the thumbs up, you will too.

You can use a daily scrub instead of a regular cleanser. My scrub of choice is the Blackhead Clearing Scrub by Clearasil. I don't have blackheads, but I absolutely love the feeling of this cleanser. It doesn't strip your face of its natural oils but leaves your skin soft and manageable. A definite rating of 10/10.

Next, moisturizer. This needs to suit your skin type, too. I have to say a moisturizer with sunscreen is very important. Sunscreen can save you a whole lot of trouble later in life. My mother gave me a bottle of Olay Complete Moisturizer with SPF 15 and that is my facial lotion of choice. It's smooth and makes concealer easy to blend. Another 10/10 product.

Last thing: lip balm! You need to carry a little tube of lip balm around everywhere to make sure your lips don't chap (or crack and bleed in some cases). My favourite lip balm is the Maybelline Baby Lips in Mango Pie. It usually lives in my locker at school. My rating is 8/10. It's a bit pricey but apart from that, it's great. Of course, using Vaseline is fine too, and works especially well in those freezing winter months.

Well. That's it.

I know. Easy, right? Of course, if you have bad breakouts and need acne cream, add that onto the list. Make sure your acne cream is not too harsh on you skin, as zits can leave scars. This is a reason to moisturize, lotion keeps pimple marks soft, as when they dry out, they scar. Also, you can use a toner, but I feel like that is an optional beauty product. Make sure it's suited for younger skin, as toner tightens your skin.

Now, for school, make-up can be a little bit of a risk if you aren't allowed any. My suggestion is to stick by the rules as you will probably forget the Great Zit Wars of '09 in a few years. If you can't bear to be seen with a pimple or mark in public, try some concealer. Make sure you don't cake it on, because it won't let your skin breathe and heal itself.

Happy cleansing!


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