College = change: no parents/curfews, new living conditions, different friends and the list goes on.One not so exciting change I experienced was how my skin reacted to it all. I managed to obtain all of the dreaded symptoms: occasional dryness and oily, habitual breakouts–ugh. And I know a lot of my college friends can relate. Let’s face it bad skin is triggered by diet, lack of sleep, and increased stress (thank you, college). I decided to do some research in the hopes of finding something that would help assuage the effects of my new lifestyle.

My first go-to: my all-knowing Mother. She suggested I read The Beauty Bible, by Paula Begoun. Three rules I’ve learned from Paula: 1) Be gentle!! Irritated skin means blemishes.2) Exfoliate 3) Use products with antioxidants—they fight free radicals (i.e. pollution and oxygen that cause our skin to prematurely age-Ahh!) So, I picked out some new products and ditched the harsh astringents that were drying out my face. I opted for Cetaphil, a gentle cleanser that won’t strip my skin of the natural, healthy oil needed to moisturize it (added bonus: it’s cheap). Then I picked out a 2% beta hydroxyl acid gel, which is used to exfoliate the skin and prevent blackhead build up.  It gets rid of dead and damaged skin and literally leaves my face glowing after I use it. Lastly, I bought a bottle of milk of magnesia (yes, I know it’s more commonly used as a laxative). It’s a mineral that gently dries up pimples; it’s actually kind of awesome, not gross!

After I switched up my skincare routine, I was left with softer and almost breakout-free skin. SO EXCITING! !  What’s even more exciting is that I landed an internship with tarte and learned (and still learning) all about their skinvigorating™ ingredients. I realized all of tarte’s products are all full of antioxidants, the magical ingredients that The Beauty Bible says will fight aging and promote healthy skin! Now, my skincare and makeup régime is complete!  Not only that but all of tarte’s products are gentle to the touch; I mean they literally feel GOOD when I apply them to my face. My favorite is smooth operator oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.

Well, that’s the extent of my skin care knowledge–let me know what you think?! I’d love to hear about your routines!

Xo,

Kate