On the first day of school, you want to look and feel your best. To do that, it’s important to have good skin as well as a great outfit. That’s why you should made sure to have a skincare school routine that suits your skin type.
Step One: Cleansing
You should start with fresh, cleansed skin. There are many varieties of cleanser, but one of the factors you must consider is the pH. To keep your skin at its healthiest, you must use a cleanser that is gentle and close to your skin’s natural pH.
Healthy skin naturally has a pH level around 5, which is slightly acidic. This makes the surface of your skin a perfect place for the good bacteria that lives on your skin to flourish. This good bacteria helps keep your skin free of embarrassing blemishes, so you definitely want to do everything you can to keep them intact!
The CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a great choice for all skin types. It has a perfect pH to leave your skin clean but not stripped, and CosRx always formulates their products with ingredients that are simple and proven to be effective. The best part about this cleanser is that it creates a rich foam that rinses quickly, so this first step in your morning routine is quick!
Step Two: Prep and Tone
In the morning, I always want my routine to have as few steps as possible so I can get out the door quickly. After cleansing, I like to use Klairs Supple Preparation Toner as a next step because it performs multiple functions. The toner is full of ingredients to hydrate, soothe and brighten your skin so your makeup and sunscreen application is easier and smoother.
Because this toner is made to work for even the most sensitive skin types, it’s gentle enough to work for anybody. It helps to prepare your skin by delivering a burst of moisture with ingredients like aloe and a special compound called lipidure. Lipidure is unique in skincare because it helps draw moisture to your skin even better than hyaluronic acid.
Another special feature of this toner that allows it to serve multiple functions is its calming and soothing properties. It contains centella asiatica and natto gum, which are both great for minimizing skin irritation and getting rid of redness. Less redness to cover up with makeup means a better, more natural look for your first day of school! Being able to walk into school confident and glowy is the perfect way to start the school year.
Step Three: Wake Up Your Skin
Once your skin is cleansed, prepped and toned, you should take a few minutes for one extra skincare step before you move on to sunscreen and makeup. This step will help make your skin look bouncy, refreshed and bright.
This step is for Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum. It contains 5 percent ascorbic acid, which is the active ingredient in vitamin C. It helps to brighten and transform your skin without the irritation that can occur with other chemical exfoliants. It contains a host of fruit and plant extracts that act as a buffer to make sure your skin gets all of the benefits of the vitamin C without any irritation. It is even suited for sensitive or very sensitive skin.
All you need is half a dropper of product patted lightly over your face to see fresh, glowing skin, tighter pores and an all-over glow! If you have extremely sensitive skin or find that the serum makes your face feel uncomfortably tingly, I recommend mixing a few drops of the Vitamin Drop serum into your morning moisturizer. You will still get the benefits of the serum, but it will have the extra buffer of your moisturizer to prevent any discomfort you might feel.
Step Four: Sun Protection
This should be your last step before makeup, and it is definitely the most important! Sunscreen should be your best friend, especially in the summer. It is even important to wear sunscreen on days you will be indoors or days that the weather is overcast, because the harmful UV rays are still able to penetrate through windows and cloud cover. No matter what your plans are or how the weather looks, never forget to put on sunscreen before you leave the house!
When you are shopping for sunscreen, you should look for two things: The SPF rating and the PA rating. SPF and PA ratings let you know how well that particular sunscreen will protect your face from UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that accelerate aging of your skin, and UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn. For your face, you should find a sunscreen that has a minimum of SPF 40 and PA++.
Whenever possible, I like to purchase sunscreens for my face that will either replace my primer step or even allow me to skip the foundation all together. One of my new favorites for this is Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion. It is SPF 40 and PA++, so I know my skin is protected. Not only that, but it actually comes out of the tube with a slight blue tint to mask any residual redness or sallowness in my face!
Step Five: Conceal and Perfect
Once your skin is prepped and protected from the sun, it’s time to add base makeup. If you need concealer, or if you like to highlight your under-eye area, Klairs Creamy & Natural Fit concealer is the perfect choice. It’s a smooth, full-coverage formula that you can build up if necessary, and it can get you through a long day of class without creasing.
To finish off your morning routine, Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish BB Cream is a quick and beautiful option for a flawless, natural finish. It’s a very low-fuss product that you can apply quickly with your hands if you’re in a hurry, but it’s versatile enough to allow for layering with a beauty blender or rubycell puff. It also has a bit of extra SPF in the formula, so you can tuck it into your bag for easy makeup and sunscreen touchups throughout the day.
And that’s it! It only takes five quick steps to achieve a lovely and fresh face for your first day of school, and this is the kind of simple, effective routine that you can keep for the entire year.