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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Utah chapter.

Every person deserves to have great skin, we have all seen the Tik Tok’s about skincare and how to attain the “perfect skin” but in reality there is no such thing as perfect skin. The models and actors we all compare ourselves to have professional makeup artists and spend thousands of dollars using the best skin treatments that the average person can’t afford. The thing with skin care companies and influencers is that they want you to buy their product because it will give you “naturally glowing skin” but in reality, your skin may not react well and cause breakouts. The other common misconception is that the best products are expensive, this is not true at all! These false misconceptions are leading to irritated skin. 

Our skin is so simple, it doesn’t need a lot of products to make it look “glowing” or “clear.” The more products you add to your skin care routine, the more your skin is prone to breakouts, dryness, and oiliness. I have been a skin care fanatic since I can remember; my mom taught me everything I know. Now, I am not a skin expert but I like to say I have pretty skin and don’t break out (unless it’s that time of month). I want to share with you what works for me and what makes my 50-year-old mom not look a day over 40.


If I could promote one article of skincare, I would choose sunscreen. Sunscreen is going to help with the aging and prevent your face from getting dark spots as you get older. Skin cancer is also one of the most common forms of cancer and the face is one of the main spots that it forms. Wearing sunscreen EVERY day even if it is not sunny out will protect you from those UV rays. The sunscreen brand I use is Image Sunscreen SPF 32, this one is definitely more on the expensive side but it does take me about 3-4 months to go through 1 bottle. 


A lot of moisturizers have extra chemicals and ingredients that can cause breakouts, inflammation, and dryness. All the extra essential oils that are in some moisturizers aren’t always good for your face and are usually more expensive because they have these non-essential essential oils. I have been using Vanicream for about a year now after switching from those BS moisturizers and I saw and felt a difference after a week. Vanicream does not have any fragrances or preservatives, it is simply just a hydrating moisturizer. Vanicream is also VERY affordable. On amazon, you can get a pack of three bottles for only $20. I also use their face wash which is very affordable and does not have all the pointless essential oils in it, just a basic face wash. 


Some of the exfoliators that a lot of the influencers recommend can be VERY hard on your skin. I have very sensitive skin and noticed that the exfoliators and acne creams I were using had chemicals that I was either allergic to or would get dry from very fast. That is when I found Differin Gel. This is a dermatologist recommended acne treatment that is over the counter. I started using this about 2 years ago and noticed a difference in 2 weeks. It is very gentle yet clears acne.The other thing about acne products is that if you use them how the bottle recommends it may cause breakouts. I started using the Original lactic acid about a month ago and the instructions said to use it every day at night. The lactic acid was way too strong for my face and I broke out horribly. I stopped using it everyday and only used it on Sunday’s and my face calmed down and my blackheads started to go away. 

Everybody wants flawless skin and that includes myself. Every person has good skin days and bad skin days, that is the body’s natural way of preventing toxins from entering the body. Our skin is really simple, overcomplicating it and adding products that irritate your skin will only make it worse. REMEMBER: expensive doesn’t always mean good. The biggest thing about skin care is give your skin time. You aren’t going to see results right away and that is okay, your skin needs to adjust to the change so it can heal and retain the nutrients in the products. I’m no guru, but I pay attention to my skin’s habits and using these three things changed my skin for the better. 

Peyton Kosman is a student at the University of Utah studying Criminology and Political Science with minors in Psychology, Arabic, and Middle Eastern Studies.
Her Campus Utah Chapter Contributor