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How to Keep Your Skin Healthy

Before someone looks at your outfit, there is a larger chance that they are checking out your face. When it comes to my skin, I can never hide when I am stressed and tired. When midterms hit and I have extracurricular commitments, I start to break out and my skin sags all around. It’s horrible. I wish my skin could go by the whole “fake it until you make it” thing. But, clearly, my skin and I are not on the same page. But, to be fair, I’m not the nicest person to my skin. I forget to drink water most days. I am obviously not sleeping enough. I forget to exfoliate. I am a skin bully. These things could have been a little bit more forgivable during the summer because I was considerably less stressed. But, now that fall is upon us, I now have the odds stacked against me. But, I know that I am not the only skin bully out there and I am committed to changing my ways. So, here are a few steps to improving our skin relationship during these cooler months.

 

1. Exfoliate!

 

It doesn’t occur to most of us that many months in the sun may leave a considerable layer of dead skin upon our faces. So, grab that exfoliator and scrub away that dull layer! Also, don’t feel the need to buy a super expensive cleanser! Just mix some of your facial cleanser with sugar packets found in your dining hall! It works just as well and costs nothing!

 

2. Moisturize!

 

 

During the summer months, your skin was probably more oily than usual. Now, because of the drier weather, your skin might be lacking in moisture. So, it would do your skin some good to switch from a lotion to a more moisturizing cream. I used to use Cetaphil Lotion on my skin and still found that my skin was so, so oily because it was lacking moisture. Then, I switched to the cream version and was instantly in love! I could actually feel the supple difference! Also, my makeup went on a lot more smoothly! Another way to quench your skin’s thirst is to switch cleansers. Find a cleanser that adds a layer of moisture to your skin before you even reach for your cream!

Isabelle is a native New Yorker from Great Neck, Long Island. She is currently a sophomore at Brown University. Throughly in love with medicine and media, she hopes to become a medical correspondent for a major news outlet. When she isn't DJing for 95.5 WBRU or writing for HerCampus, you can find her on the elliptical watching Scandal. Or, in her room watching Scandal. Depends on the day. She also loves the color green, is obsessed with smoothie making, and loves to rep her Haitian heritage.
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