Establishing an effective skincare routine that is not costly or time-consuming is no easy task. However, having a set skincare regimen both for the morning and evening is crucial in keeping skin clear and healthy.
While celebrities often promote luxury products, spending a ton of money on a routine is completely unnecessary. Healthy skin does not require having a complex routine that takes up a lot of time and money.
I keep my own skincare routine short and stick to gentle products I know will not irritate my skin. My skin tends to be on the more sensitive side, and continuously using these products the past few years has helped reduce breakouts significantly.
For both the morning and night, I use a face wash, apply the acne products I am prescribed and finish with a moisturizer. The face wash and moisturizer I use are both from the brand Purpose. While they are not luxury products, they are both effective and can be easily purchased on Amazon.
While my routine may seem short, these are exactly the steps that Physician Assistant Brittney Danberry at Schweiger Dermatology recommends college students focus on.
“Just stick to a simple routine of using a gentle cleanser followed by a moisturizer,” Danberry said. She recommends implementing a sunscreen or a moisturizer that has SPF into your morning routine.According to Danberry, if you are using acne medication, make sure to cleanse first, followed by applying the acne medication and finish with a moisturizer.
It is no secret that college students live busy lives, often in a rush to get to class in the morning or getting back late from a night out. Skipping your skincare routine may seem like the easy way to go. However, following these two to three steps is simple and takes less than two minutes out of your day. Freshman mechanical engineering major Brendan Bullock makes sure to wash his face and moisturize every night, regardless of how busy he is. His routine is composed of only two easy steps and it takes him less than two minutes to complete, as seen in this video of him following his daily routine.
Not only are college students very busy, but they also tend to lack the extensive funds that would be needed to purchase expensive skincare products. However, spending a lot of money on your skin is unnecessary. Danberry has three staple products she recommends: Cerave Face Wash, Vanicream moisturizer and Elta MD sunscreen. All three products are effective and easy to use, but also will not break the bank.
Freshman marketing major Grace Oetken follows a slightly different approach because she is currently on accutane. While she uses both a cleanser and moisturizer, she also uses a spot treatment cream throughout the day and makes sure the products she's using are meant for sensitive skin. This is a perfect example of how this simple two-step routine can be altered to someone’s specific skincare needs. The specific products Oetken uses are pictured below:
Image Credit: All images and videos in story are courtesy of Madelyn Willoughby
The world of skincare may seem daunting and complex at first, but it is more than possible to establish a routine that keeps your skin looking smooth and healthy. While it may take some time to find the exact products that work for you, sticking to a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is the best place to start. All it takes is three simple inexpensive products to establish a solid skincare routine that keeps your skin looking great, even with all the constant stress college students face.