FALL PICKS: Skincare on a college budget

Picture this: you're getting ready for a big night out with your friends-- it’s finally Friday.

But, after said long night of catching up with friends and screaming the lyrics to your favorite songs, it’s time to go to bed. But then, just when you thought nothing could rain on your perfect night out, you become filled with regret after waking up to redness and a breakout. Forgetting to take your makeup off sometimes comes with the hectic college lifestyle but, who says you can't tackle those problems while staying within your college budget?

Getting into a good skincare routine seems like a waste of the little amount of time you have as a student. Also, sounds a bit pricey. But, by taking care of your skin and finding the best products for you, you can save the money you spend on the makeup you buy to cover up those blemishes you start to contract. Giving your skin the chance to breathe, you can reduce the chances of dry skin, keep your pores clear and will also even-out your skin tone.

Not only is finding good skincare products very realistic, it is also something you can do while staying in your budget. Below is a list of products for your skin which have been tested by myself, close friends, and even supermodels like Gigi Hadid! The change in season is a perfect time to revamp your habits, so here are the Her Campus WVU top picks.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, $4.79, available at CVS.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub has been one of my favorite face washes because of how fresh and clean it leaves me feeling. There’s nothing I love more then when my skin looks glowing and feels smooth, and St. Ives Apricot Scrub does exactly that affordably. You can find this product at your local drug stores.

Ponds Dry Skin Cream, $5.99, available at CVS.

This, my friends, is my go-to drugstore moisturizer. Pond’s skin cream has been in my life for as long as I can remember. My family’s skin is more on the dry side so whenever we needed a cream that was inexpensive but super rich and moisturising, we would pick this up.  

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner, $16.00, available at Sephora.

Toners are so important for healthier and better looking skin, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin. For college students, toner will give that extra sense of cleanliness after wearing a lot of makeup. I stress toners for those days were you forgot to take your makeup off the night before, especially. Kiehl’s has an amazing selection of skincare products. I enjoy their Ultra Facial Toner because it is made for all skin types so I can share it with friends. It also will get rid of irritation on your skin. Not to mention the price of this toner is economical compared to most others.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $18.00, available at Ulta.

There is nothing worse then waking up and not only feeling tired, but looking like it too. This eye cream by Mario Badescu works wonders for tiredness, dark circles, puffiness, and tightens skin.

Clinique Pep-Start Daily UV protector, $19.50, available at Sephora.

Don't forget to protect your skin! Wearing a sunscreen everyday can help with aging, wrinkles and skin cancer. Clinique products have always been a family favorite because of the quality. I love this sunscreen because it is moisturising and does not make your face feel greasy. The super lightweight coverage makes this an ideal everyday sunscreen.

Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Mask, $8.00, available at Ulta.

Who doesn't love going to the spa and getting a facial? But, when you're at school this might be unrealistic. Luckily Boscia makes facial masks to give you a spa-like sensation. This black charcoal mask is a favorite because it reduces the look of pores and give a more purified complexion. Every Sunday, this is my go to mask to help wipe away the weekend at a low price.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, $6.49, available at CVS.

Just because you forgot to wipe your makeup off at night doesn't mean you can't take it off in the morning. It might look like you slept it all off but you would be surprised what is actually left on your skin. These Burt’s Bees wipes are gentle on skin and made for normal or dry skin types.

Tree Hut Sugarlips Lip Scrub, $5.99, available at Ulta.

People forget about their lips during their skincare routine. Tree Hut makes a great tasting and healing lip scrub for anytime of the year. The reason why I would recommend this product is the versatility of it and how it is a two-in-one. It is made to hydrate and polish your lips-- the perfect add on to your routine.   

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask, $35.00, available at Sephora.

Being born with clear skin isn't something everyone is blessed with. For me, I noticed I struggle with blackheads every once in awhile. Luckily I found a pore extractor by Philosophy. This was the first out of their products that I've tried and I fell in love. This product deep cleans while leaving your skin feeling smoother. YAY!   

Mario Badescu Facial Spray, $7.00, available at Ulta.

Last skincare item recommended is a facial spray by Mario Badescu. Out of all his sprays I have been into the one with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender to calm my skin while balancing balancing my complexion. This spray is a soothing combination of essential water. Did I mention it smells amazing?