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College Senior Shares Skin Care Regimen

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Entering her senior year in college, my daughter, Christy, has a lot on her mind.  After successfully completing a 10-week internship in New York (which gave her the opportunity to develop useful skills and get some much-needed experience to put on her resume), she needs to meet the rest of her degree requirements and prepare to enter the workforce.


As her four years at college come to a close, many changes are just around the corner. One thing that will remain is her skin care and fitness routine. Christy is really good about taking care of her body and skin. In today’s post, she shares her skin care regimen that has helped her keep her complexion clear despite late nights and increased stress levels.

Skin Care Tips From A College Senior

Hi, Christy here. I can’t believe I’m in my final year of college. Everyone says it, but wow, it truly does feel like just yesterday I was a freshman and moved into my college dorm. Let me tell you, the college years are very interesting, indeed: You will feel on top of the world and utterly defeated (sometimes in the same day).


My first day as a college freshman.

College is, for most of us, the first time we all truly venture out on our own and begin the work of deciding who we will become. It is a beautiful time of discovery and one that you won’t get to repeat.  Your grades are important, and parties are fun, but make sure you take some time for yourself. Taking a little bit of time each day to care for your skin and body is worth the benefits of having glowing skin and a lots of energy. For me, it has made all the difference.

When teens go to college, a large part of their beauty routine is forced to change. Is it that the amount of coffee you consume has increased while your water consumption has decreased? Or maybe, you ran out of your favorite cleanser and scrub? Either way, your skin is changing. Stress, lack of sleep, a change in diet, can make you breakout more than you ever did going through puberty.


In my first year of college I experienced some untimely breakouts. However, after doing some research and trying various methods, I found a skin care routine that has worked for me for  the past three years.

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Wash Your Face

I know this sounds like the biggest no-brainer, but I am consistently surprised at how many of my friends don’t wash their faces every morning and night. If you’re wearing makeup, remove it. Sleeping in makeup can result in clogged pores, styes, and even premature aging. This is no joke, ladies. Honestly, if you do nothing else, do this, no matter how late the party runs.

I have been using Neutrogena® products since middle school and I really like the Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser. It’s oil-free and helps prevent breakouts. It contains naturally derived grapefruit extract which smells so good.


For occasional back breakouts, Neutrogena® offers the Neutrogena® Body Clear® Body Wash – Pink Grapefruit.  Its oil-blasting MicroClear® Technology is specially developed to treat body breakouts such as back, shoulders and chest. This, too, has a lovely citrus scent, which feels refreshing after a good run.


Twice a week, I exfoliate my face. This is an absolute must for me. My mom and I picked up the Clean & Clear® Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub at Target.  It helps invigorate my skin by cleansing pores deep down and gently exfoliating surface skin. Exfoliating weekly has made a huge difference for me. My skin feels refreshed and smooth. All three products get the job done and I’m happy with how my skin looks and feels.

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Drink Water

I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but I’ll say it again: Drinking water does wonders to your body and skin. On campus, you will never see me without my water bottle. I keep it on my desk when I am in my room, in my bag when I am walking around and by my bed while I am sleeping.  Once you work water into your schedule you will see a dramatic difference in your skin. You will see improvement in texture, complexion, and color. Not only will your skin look better, but you will feel better.


Eat Avocados

I love avocados and kale. Do you? What a lot of college kids don’t realize is that your skin is dependent on what you put in your body. Don’t get me wrong, pizza at 11 pm is ok… occasionally. Sometimes  a hot, fresh slice of pizza is the best cure to your college problems. But avocados are one of the best foods for your skin. Eating avocados is also great for your waistline, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Try Green Tea

Green tea is something I started drinking my junior year. My mom introduced me to green tea, which is now a regular on my grocery list.  Try to drink a cup of decaf green tea at night before you go to bed. If you have time, make a green tea face steam.  It soothes irritated skin and helps detoxify pores.


Exercise Daily

I can’t stress this one enough: Find time to exercise. The rewards of exercise extend far beyond slimming down or adding muscle tone. I run daily which helps me release stress (especially during finals) and work up a good sweat, which is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial.  When you exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients to repair damage. If you don’t like the gym or running, then walk. I don’t have a car so I walk to all my classes and meetings.


Stock Up And Be Prepared

Skin care doesn’t have to be extensive or expensive. Trust me, my budget and time are very limited.  Being prepared and organized will mean you always have the products that you need on hand. For anyone starting college or heading back, Target has everything you need. If you don’t have it yet on your phone, make sure to download the Target CARTWHEEL app. I use it every time I shop there. This helps me save even more and every little bit helps with my tight budget.


During August, Thursday – Sunday, you can save 20% on any Neutrogena®  cosmetics product. If you buy three Neutrogena® facial skincare products, you get a $5 gift card. And when you buy one Clean & Clear® product, you get one 25% off.

You can also purchase the products on Target.com by hovering over the picture below.

This post is sponsored by CLEAN & CLEAR® and NEUTROGENA®. I only recommend products I use personally and believe my followers will also enjoy! Some of the products mentioned were provided by CLEAN & CLEAR® and NEUTROGENA® for this review

College Cooking Skills & Tools

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigLotsReady  #CollectiveBias

collegeMy daughter, Christy, an incoming college junior, has got it all – a lovely room, stove, fridge, counters, cabinets. Now we’re talking!collegeLet me tell you, this girl loves her full size bed and takes full advantage of her kitchen. She cooks every day. Although it’s more work for her to cook her own meals, I know she eats a lot better for at least half the cost of the meal plan at school.

Last year was her first year in a college apartment. When she moved in, her roommates had already lived there for a year, so the kitchen was full of essential equipment. This year, two of the roommates moved out taking some of the kitchen stuff with them.

Before the school year ended, Christy made a list of the things she’ll need for back- to- college in August. The list included a toaster, coffee maker, some bowls, as well as smaller things such as pens, paper, toiletries, laundry detergent, etc.

Last week, we went to Big Lots and found everything  she needed. We also found items she didn’t need but were too hard to pass up. Like this super soft chevron blanket. Let me show you some of the things we bought.

back to collegeBefore we even made it to the kitchen essentials aisle, Christy spotted all this softness. The girl cannot walk past cozy blankets. I can’t really blame her. How cute and modern is this chevron pattern? Big Lots offers such a wide selection of fashionable products.  It’s hard to only pick one.Back to college

college EssentialsNot only is this blanket soft, it will also add a fabulous touch to her room.

back to collegeBig Lots carries lots of comfy blankets, comforters, sheets, throws;  all value- priced to outfit a dorm room or college apartment. Keep in mind, styles and assortment vary by store.  back to collegeIn the electronics aisle, Christy found these cute purple wireless mini speakers. The speakers are portable and rechargeable… perfect for college kids.

college EssentialsAlthough speakers weren’t on Christy’s list, she loves to listen to music while she cooks. She has already tried the speakers at home while preparing her favorite dish: veggie stir-fry with basmati rice. back to collegeNext, Christy chose this Sunbeam toaster for her morning toast, which goes perfectly with the much needed Mr. Coffee. college EssentialsShe starts each morning with a run,  a cup of coffee, cottage cheese or yogurt  with fruit and toast. A coffee maker is essential during finals when she spends up to 12 hours in the library.college EssentialsThe size of this coffee maker is perfect for her small kitchen.


back to collegeHere, she grabbed a few school supplies for her upcoming junior year. During the school year, getting to a store isn’t easy for her since she doesn’t have a car.  Summer is a good time for her to stock up on things she’ll need and I feel better knowing that she has everything she needs for the school year ahead.

college Essentials These bowls will be perfect for her stir-fries, soups,  cottage cheese, and cereal.

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We love shopping at Big Lots. They carry a wonderful assortment of high quality back-to-college items.  Really, Big Lots has all the essentials whether it’s for a dorm room, living space, or kitchen area. In addition to smaller college essentials, Big Lots carries mattresses and ready to assemble furniture including desks, chairs and bookshelves. I got so excited when they opened a Big Lots store in our neighborhood. Their cashiers are always friendly and helpful. Did you know you can also shop Big Lots (biglots.com) online?



As a junior, this will be my second year living in an apartment, and I can assure you that cooking’s not as daunting as it may initially seem. Stocking the right foods in your kitchen is going to take you a long way toward a good start.

I think healthy eating is an amazing stress relief tool that a lot of college students don’t use. Ever since I’ve made it a point to eat healthy balanced meals and drink more water my stress levels are way down. The act of cooking can be relaxing too, knowing that you are nourishing your body and treating it with kindness. Whenever I come back from a busy day of classes, it’s always wonderful to put on a pot of something or other and start heating, mixing, and then experimenting with tastes. It’s a wonderful way to blow off steam. Lots of college students think eating healthy is such a hassle but it’s FUN!


Your first trip to the grocery store should include some products that will get you through an entire semester of eating, in addition to those that you’ll replenish regularly.  Buy staples like olive oil and salt. On move-in day, my mom and I hit the grocery store and stock up on rice, dried beans, lentils, nuts,  sweet potatoes, dried spices, peanut butter, almond milk, frozen chicken, lots of fruits and veggies, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs and butter. I don’t buy any junk food. If I have it in my kitchen I will eat it.


You’ll need at least one pan (a 10-inch skillet, nonstick) and one pot (large enough to cook pasta and rice), plates, small bowls, as well as a can opener, a paring knife, a chef’s knife, a large bowl (for mixing), a plastic cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, a couple of wooden spoons, a spatula, a baking pan, a cheese grater, and colander.  Plus a few dish towels and tupper wear. You can also add a blender, toaster, and  coffee maker.


My advice, cook simply and often. Lean on lunch and dinner formats like pasta; meat, fish, or vegetables; salads; rice bowls and stir-fry. For breakfast, stick with standards like eggs and toast, yogurt, fruit and oatmeal. Rice bowls are my favorite. They are easy and quick to make and can be changed up with herbs, vegetables, and protein. Something I usually do is chop and cook a bunch of assorted fresh veggies at the beginning of the week and use them all week-long in wraps, tossed into pasta or mixed into brown rice.

Decide if you’re the type who can eat the same meal repeatedly. If so, you’ll save energy by cooking a big batch of chili or lentil soup to fill bowls for days. This type of cooking is perfect during finals.


The more you cook, the more of a mess you make. Make it a habit to wash dishes as soon as possible after eating, especially if you are sharing the kitchen.

Cooking in college is a wonderful thing. I feel so blessed having a full kitchen where I can prepare delicious meals. For me, cooking takes less time than walking to the nearest campus cafeteria.  With the right tools, cooking on your own can be done quickly, cheaply and, most importantly, in a healthy way.


College Success Starts with Good Health

This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.purell6Back to college is right around the corner for my two college girls. Besides maintaining a good GPA, staying healthy is one of their main goals for the upcoming semester. After all, poor health can mean missing lectures and valuable information, which could lead to getting bad grades. Living in tight quarters can make it more difficult to stay germ free, but it’s actually easier than students might think, say my daughters (college sophomore and first year law student). These are the steps my daughters take to keep their college dorms/apartments germ-free and stay healthy.AldiReview2

  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or beauty products. This can be difficult especially with your roommates, but it’s important to know that most common germs are spread this way. Don’t share chapsticks, toothbrushes and avoid drinking from a shared container – especially at parties. You never know whose germs you could be getting.
  • Wash your hands throughout the day. We often forget the many things we touch throughout the day. Washing your hands is the most effective way for you to prevent spreading your own germs as well as in taking others. Wash your hands with water and soap for 20 seconds.
  • Keep a hand sanitizer in your bag for when you’re on the go. Germs are everywhere, but water isn’t. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer like PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer when water and soap are not available. A study showed absenteeism caused by illness was 20 percent lower in classrooms that used PURELL Hand Sanitizer regularly.purell1
  • Up your Vitamin C intake. Boost your immune system by adding more orange juice or a vitamin C supplement.
  • Wipe down often used surfaces at the end of each day. Sanitize study desks, counters, remote controls, door knobs, computer keyboards, phones, etc.
  • Exercise each day. Even just 15 minutes per day can make a huge difference on a student’s overall well-being. My girls run every day. Exercising boosts their immune system, gives more energy, tones their bodies, and helps them sleep better.
  • Eat healthy at least 80% of the time. Let’s be real here. College is not known for healthy eating. It’s ok to have a treat 20% of the time so you don’t feel deprived. But it’s better to choose brown rice and chicken over pepperoni pizza and soda the other 80%.
  • Take the PURELL® 30-Day Challenge.purell18The other day I bought a bunch of school supplies for the kids and while I was there I also stocked up on PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. We use PURELL®  year-long, but especially during the school year.

purell15We keep PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes and Hand Sanitizer in the car, in our purses, backpacks, and next to our computers. On Sundays, I help out in a church nursery and I use PURELL® after each diaper change. I also use PURELL®after I pump gas or use the ATM.

purellcollageI haven’t had a cold in years and I do credit this to my hand sanitizer and my healthy lifestyle.

My kids have been pretty healthy too. They didn’t miss any class/lectures last school year. Staying healthy is extremely important to our household. As a single mom, I don’t have another parent to help us out if I get sick.  And that’s the reason we’re taking the PURELL® 30-Day Challengepurell3We have pledged to use PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer for 30 days, 3 times per day to help control the spread of illness-causing germs. This is the perfect way to make sure your school and college kids start off the school year with healthy habits. Why don’t you join us?


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