Campus lifestyles are beyond busy with full class schedules, lively social activities, nail-biting sporting events and, of course, intense study sessions. Maintaining healthy habits is essential to looking good and feeling great, but let’s face it: the classic campus routine is a wild combination of events and tasks, leaving little time for rest, relaxation, healthy eating or exercise. Not having the right balance is a top reason for health problems — including sickness, stress and skin issues.
Skin can be affected by all sorts of things from changes season to new life environments, like dorm rooms. Those all-night study sessions and road trips to away games can start to really take a toll on your skin. Pay attention to your skin and take notice if things seem to change or appear different. Are you noticing more breakouts, or perhaps tightness and dryness? Don’t worry–fluctuations and changes in the skin are completely normal.
So what should you do? Well, we all know going back to school can be very expensive, with tuition, textbooks and everyday costs hitting your budget hard. Often times you may find you’re left with little cash for “extras” like beauty basics. Become a beauty budget guru by looking for specials online, signing up for newsletters and staying connected with your favorite lines. Frequently, special offers and great deals are given to Facebook fans, through Twitter and via email. By keeping up with the brands you love you can save money and look fabulous while doing it.
Continue your beauty budgeting behaviors by using products that offer multiple benefits like the MyChelle Perfect C Serum. This potent serum does it all–helps prevent breakouts, fights hyperpigmentation and balances the skin. Think of the Perfect C Serum as a multivitamin for skin, a potent 17 percent dose of clinically proven L-ascorbic acid that helps strengthen collagen and improve skin texture while L-ergothioneine boosts cellular energy. Buddleja plant stem cells protect against photo-damage and oxidative stress with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. This power-packed serum can be used every morning and will offer the skin a variety of great benefits.
Once school starts back up, little time is left for fun in the sun and outdoor activities but SPF should always be a part of your daily routine. UV damage is the leading cause of aging in the skin and more importantly prolonged UV exposure can lead to skin cancer. In the short time it takes to walk across campus your skin absorbs damaging UV rays that reveal later in life through wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
Another great beauty budget product that offers multiple benefits is the MyChelle Daily Defense Cream SPF 17. This awesome 2-in-1 product saves you time in your morning regimen by deeply hydrating while protecting the skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Nourishing ingredients such as astaxanthin, a carotenoid that is derived from volcanic seaweed, protects collagen and prevents cross-linkages while boosting the effects of beta carotene and coenzyme Q10 within the skin. ZinClear™ a non-opaque zinc oxide provides natural broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Other things to put on your “beauty back-to-school list” should be flip flops, and the cheapest kind you can find too. We all know communal showers can be breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Make sure to avoid contact with foot diseases by investing in some cheap flip flops and wear them every time you use the communal facilities. Also, pick up a handy caddie or cute basket and organize all of your shower products so that you can easily find and use your go-to items. When everything is organized and easy to find you will be more likely to follow a complete regimen.
Here is the MyChelle back-to-school recommended regimen:
Step 1: Wash away the dirt by cleansing with the MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser both morning and evening to detoxify and purify your skin. To get the most out of your cleanser, apply to damp skin and rub in a circular motion for 60 to 90 seconds. I know it sounds like a long time, but it’s just a minute and a half. These extra sudsy seconds let the power-packed enzymes gently exfoliate the skin, leaving your face revitalized, rejuvenated and ready for your next MyChelle step.
Step 2: Let your skin soak in the serums. Serums are highly concentrated fluids that feed the skin with nutrient rich ingredients to ultimately provide deep, therapeutic results. MyChelle Perfect C Serum is a great multi-purpose product that offers the skin a wide variety of benefits. Another great campus must have is the Clear Skin Serum with a potent formula that minimizes surface shine while improving the clarity of oily or blemish-prone skin.
Step 3: Nourish and protect all in one easy step with the Daily Defense SPF 17. The most important step is protecting the skin from damaging UV rays and with this lightweight yet nutrient dense formula you will get all of the hydration and protection you need. At night try the Oil Free Grapefruit Cream which nourishes the skin without clogging pores. Nutrient-rich sea buckthorn promotes rapid healing of irritated skin while naturally antibacterial honey and Totarol™ help protect against blemishes as salicylic acid gently eliminates pore blockage.
Following a consistent yet simple skincare routine will keep your skin in great shape. Create a weekly schedule for all of your healthy essentials like sleep, relaxation and exercise. Use your schedule to balance those though classes and fun social events with stress-relieving physical activities like yoga, or Pilates. Include fun things into your schedule like an in room spa night or DIY sunless tan session. Finding a way to maintain your healthy habits is crucial to feeling good and looking great.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.