Skin Care Secrets for the Young: Back-to-School Beauty

It’s that time of year. Summer is ending; school is starting. Millions of high school and college students are once again faced with the pressure to do well and figure out their future. And just in case that pressure alone isn’t stressful enough, unpredictable hormones, new social dramas, and sleepless nights create additional chaos and mayhem. All of these factors work together to wreak havoc on the mental and physical well-being of the body, including its largest organ: skin. Thankfully, there are easy ways to fight this back-to-school battle and take care of your complexion.

1. Understand that hormones will be hormones. For a lot of us, our hormones seem to take us all over the place. We’re in a great mood; then we’re in a bad mood. Our skin is clear and healthy; then, all of a sudden, we’re waking up to breakouts and blotches. Unfortunately, raging hormones are the cost of being young, and even the best treatments are no match for Mother Nature. However, there are simple ways to help to balance these hormones and, to some degree, attain better skin. The secrets are really no secret: eat healthy, limit caffeine and alcohol intake, be active, and get enough sleep.

2. Seek help from an esthetician. While recurring breakouts lead many to call their dermatologist and begin using chemical-filled medication with unhealthy side effects, the same skin-clearing results can often be provided in much more natural (and cost-effective) ways by a licensed esthetician. The calming and nourishing ingredients in treatments like facials and peels help to prevent and control acne flare-ups while simultaneously neutralizing pre-existing blemishes.

3. Take care of your skin at home. One of the most important habits to get into is washing your face before you go to bed. This helps to remove the pore-clogging elements (oil, dirt, make-up, and dead skin) that build up over the course of a day. In addition to basic cleansing, moisturizing is crucial. Even people with oily skin, who tend to cringe at the thought of adding lotions and creams to their complexion, should get in the habit of using a light daily moisturizer, as many of them are packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants. Lastly, protect the skin with sunscreen (even on dark winter days) and exfoliate several times a month to help keep skin bright and healthy.