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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

My Favorite (And Affordable) Beauty Products Right Now

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite beauty products at the moment. I strongly believe that less is more when it comes to beauty products, especially once you’re 40+. The products below are very affordable and they really do work for my skin care regimen.

#1. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 • CeraVe: I was introduced to the CeraVe brand several months ago. I have to say I’m loving their products. This moisturizer is light and non-greasy with SPF 30. Love the way my skin feels after using this.  I apply it after I wash my face with with the
#2CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser • CeraVe: This gentle cleanser doesn’t dry out your skin and a little goes a long way. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser gently cleanses the skin while helping to maintain the right moisture balance. It’s perfect for mature skin.
#3. Nature’s Truth Essential Oil Peppermint: I’m a huge fan of essential oils. I use them trughout the day for cleaning, diffusing, massages, dental care, beauty… I make my own mouthwash by adding a drop of peppermint essential oil to water. I recently made my own lip balm with peppermint oil. Add essential oils and you’re improving your mind and body at the same time.
#4. Nature’s Truth Essential Oil Lavender: Lavender essential oil is one of my favorite oils. I add a drop to my night-time lotion. I also spray my pillow with a mix of lavender essential oil and water. It helps me wind down and sleep better. Or I add a few drops of essential oil to coconut oil. Voila, I just made a pure body lotion.
#5. Nature’s Way EfaGold Coconut Oil, Pure Extra Virgin: I can come up with countless uses for coconut oil. You can cook with it, eat it, apply it to skin, hair, lips… I make facial and body scrubs using coconut oil. Exfoliation once or twice a week is a must. Don’t forget to exfoliate your hands!
#6. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Antiaging Concea ler : This is the ONLY concealer that works for me. I did an entire blog post on this concealer. Especially as you get older, dark circles can make you look like a zombie. This concealer is amazing. Most days I skip foundation, and instead, I use this concealer for coverage.

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I’d love to hear about any of your favorite beauty products. I’m always up for trying new things.

 

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Easy Skin Care Regimen for Busy Moms

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Cerave The need for a simple yet effective beauty routine happened for me after my divorce five years ago. Like most single moms, I had a lot to juggle. Kids, work, dog, house, errands, life… Mornings, especially, were busy and hectic.

When you’re mom, the most important part of your daily routine is taking care of everyone else – and that doesn’t leave a lot of time to take care of your own needs. However, back then I realized that now more than ever I had to take care of myself because if I didn’t, everything else would suffer, including the people who I was trying to take care of.CeraVe During this hectic time in my life I created an easy and effective skin care regimen that only takes minutes out of my day. This simple routine ensures that my skin looks and feels its best, regardless of any stresses I have to endure and the work I have to do each day.

For a successful morning skin care routine you need just that: a routine.CeraVe A consistent morning routine should include:

Cleansing, moisturizing and protecting with SPF.  Twice a week I also add exfoliation to my routine to remove buildup and old skin. Although I always  wake up early and I have had days where I needed to leave for work at 6 a.m., I never skip my skin care.

1. Cleansing: The goal of cleansing is to remove dirt, germs, excess oils, dead cells, make up  without irritating the skin or drawing away needed moisture. Many of us think if we don’t wear make up our face is clean enough. However, cleansing in both mornings and evenings is necessary. Skipping cleansing is like not brushing your teeth. Yuck!CeraVe I usually shower at night so my skin care in the morning happens at the sink. I like to use a mild cleanser such as the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Both cleansers remove dirt, oil and makeup as ceramides and hyaluronic acid moisturize, soften, and help repair the skin barrier. You see, skin naturally contains ceramides. Over time, ceramides become depleted, leading to dry and irritated skin. CeraVe helps replenish the vital ceramides healthy skin needs.Cerave Only CeraVe delivers ceramides through a patented, controlled-release technology that penetrates the skin’s surface, to help rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and lock in moisture all day.

Moisturizing: Even if you happen to have oily skin, moisturizing is an essential step you just can’t skip. I choose a moisturizer that will leave my skin feeling fresh and supple, not heavy or oily. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 applies easily. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and protects my face from sun damage, while never feeling thick or greasy. It works well under makeup and makes me feel good to know my skin is protected from the sun.CeraVe I moisturize my entire body with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It’s a thick cream but absorbs really fast.  This cream is especially great on heels and elbows. It also use it as a night-time facial moisturizer. I like that CeraVe products are non-irritating and fragrance-free. Most are also non-comedogenic.Cerave Protection: Sunscreen with zinc oxide is the best part of a successful beauty routine and is the most effective product you can use for anti-aging. No matter what wrinkle cream you are using, if you aren’t using a great sun protection, you’re left with a skin negative.

For the times when I need a high SPF, I use CeraVe Sunscreen with SPF 50. It’s lightweight, water-resistant and applies smoothly without the sticky feeling. Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are my essentials for when I am mowing the lawn and doing yard work.Cerave Good skin care doesn’t have to be a complex process. I know a lady who uses 16 different skin care products each morning. 16! Wow! Who has time and money for all this? I think it’s more important that you implement a daily routine you know you can uphold. Incorporating a cleanser and moisturizer is a great place to start.CeraVe Finally, take inventory of all the products you have. Get rid of the ones you rarely use or are expired. Switching products constantly will just lead to more disappointment and overspending. Give yourself time to do it right. Before you shop, do the research on products that will work for your skin.ceraveWalmart has a large selection of CeraVe products, and until 5/9/2016, the following three items will be on Rollback and retail at $9.97. (Don’t forget your $2 off coupon).

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
  • CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Cerave I don’t spend a lot of money or time on my skin care, but I am consistent when it comes to my routine.

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What is your skin care routine? I’d love to hear from you.

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