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Are you a stressed-out student or post-graduate in search of better skin? We asked the team at Higher Education, a clean, cruelty-free skincare brand founded by Deborah Nash, for their best tips—because a few small steps can make a big difference.
Read on for six ways to get a clear, healthy-looking complexion with minimal effort.
Take off your makeup off before going to bed
We know you hear this all the time, but there’s a really good reason why washing your face before bed has a major impact on the state of your skin. When you don’t cleanse properly and remove your makeup, you’re leaving your skin covered with dirt, oil and dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause breakouts while you sleep. Ideal for all skin types, Pre-Req Invigorating Cleanser features glycolic acid for gentle exfoliation and antioxidant-rich tea tree oil to leave skin feeling fresh and clean without stripping away its much-needed natural oils.
Exfoliation is key for keeping excess oil and breakouts at bay—and maintaining a smooth, radiant complexion. Grinding Away Skin Polishing Scrub combines physical exfoliation and alpha-hydroxy lactic and glycolic acids for chemical exfoliation to sweep away dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause skin to look dull and uneven.
If a scrub isn’t necessarily your jam, Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads provide exfoliation with glycolic acid with extra hydration while helping to minimize the appearance of pores. Just a few swipes after cleansing morning and night is all it takes to get soft, glowing, healthy-looking skin.
Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine, even on cloudy days
Protecting your skin from UV rays may not seem important now, but you’ll wish you made more of an effort to shield your skin from sun damage years from now (trust us). Spring Break Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 provides the defense against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays your skin needs without clogging pores, while aloe vera and added antioxidants help soothe and balance the skin.
All skin types (including oily and acne-prone) need hydration to prevent the over-production of oil and keep skin looking and feeling its best. Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion is a super-lightweight morning moisturizer formulated with antioxidant vitamins A, C and E along with peptides and botanical extracts that help protect the skin from environmental damage—including blue-light exposure due to all that screen time.
Mask it up
Everyone needs to kick back and relax, and a mask can work wonders for your skin when you have a little downtime. Study Buddy Clarifying and Brightening Mask delivers a spa-like warming sensation as it draws out impurities, exfoliates and helps brighten the skin. With oil-absorbing kaolin and bentonite clays, lactic and glycolic acids, and soothing ingredients, think of it as extra credit for your skin.
Take the guesswork out of skincare with a pre-set regimen (and stick with it)
If you can’t be bothered with picking and choosing the products you need for clear, healthy skin, let someone else do your homework.The Core Curriculum Kit has you (and your skin) covered with the Pre-Req Invigorating Cleanser, Grinding Away Skin Polishing Scrub, Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads, Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion and Spring Break Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum SPF 30—all in a travel-friendly bag that makes it easy to have all of your essentials on hand either in the dorm or when you’re on the go.
Now that you know about the skincare basics, it will be a lot easier to take care of your skin—and get the clear, healthy complexion you’re after. Once you’re on the proper regimen (and committed to using it daily) you should see visible results in no time flat. But in the event you need a little extra help getting your skin under control, schedule a visit to a board-certified dermatologist who can suggest additional prescription-based products or office-based treatments to suit your needs.
NOTE: Some Higher Education Skincare products were submitted for review. Opinions are my own.