Back to School: The Beauty Essentials College Students & Teachers Need

It’s that time of year again! As summer slowly winds down, college students and teachers begin planning for the months ahead. In addition to those ever-important school supplies, you may also need to consider a few new additions to your makeup bag. After all, how can you expect to get through a long day on campus or in class without your favorite lip balm or hand cream? We’ve rounded up the essentials you absolutely need to ease back into the busy school year.

Moisturize well. As it gets cooler outside, you’ll find that your skin requires far more attention that it did during summer. Stash a few hydrating essentials in your desk drawer or bag. bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($13.99) not only drenches lips in deeply nourishing passion fruit seed oil, but also protects with vitamin E and leaves behind just a hint of color. It’s perfect for on-the-go and between-class touchups.

Grab a mirror. You’ll be grateful you thought to tuck a pocket-sized version into your arsenal, even if it’s just to check on the state of your foundation in the middle of the day or touch up your lip gloss. The London Bath & Beauty Compact Mirror ($5.95) is a fun choice available in several patterns.

Hydrate often. Don’t dismiss the importance of a high-quality moisturizer that you can use everywhere from your face to your hands. DermOrganic Hand & Body Moisture Lotion ($3.99) protects skin with a rich combination of Moroccan argan extract, lipids, and vitamins C and E. The healing combination is completely free of fragrances, so it’s great for sensitive skin.

Tame your hair. Don’t allow a frizzy mane to take away from your polished look, whether you’re teaching or attending class. A s
mall bottle of a healing hair product, such as Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum ($9.99) can work wonders in an instant. Not only does it calm flyaways, but it also adds shine, preserves color, and leaves your mane softer.

Brighten up. It’s never been easier to fake a wide-eyed appearance, thanks to products formulated specifically to reflect light and illuminate your skin. bareMinerals Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener ($17.99) works like magic to enhance the appearance of a tired complexion. Apply it directly to dark spots, under the eyes, and on imperfections to reveal brighter, more luminous skin.

Add some color. Just twist, swipe, and blend! That’s all you need to do to add some quick color to the apples of your cheeks, thanks to the convenience of Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99). Available in four colors, it boasts a smoothing cream formula that glides into the skin and blends beautifully. You can even use it on your eyelids and lips if you need to pull your look together just a touch.

The Art of Gorgeous Hands

Winter equates to dry skin for many of us, which means it’s more important than ever to take care of those cracked knuckles before the problem becomes worse. Here’s how to make sure your hands stay gorgeous and soft even in single-digit temps.

First things first…you need to moisturize. It’s fairly easy to get into this habit as temperatures drop because your hands severely suffer if you don’t. Dry air has a tendency to really wreak havoc on the skin, and if left alone your hands will start to feel dehydrated and itchy. They may even start to crack or peel. Avoid that whole scenario by investing in a high-quality product like Avene Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream ($10.99), a rich moisturizer that sinks right in without leaving skin greasy or oily. It works continuously even after you wash your hands, and is designed to stand up to even the most brutally cold weather. Now that’s a superstar.

In addition to your hands, you might notice that your fingernails tend to dry out in the cold, too. Lack of moisture in the air aggravates the problem if your nails are already brittle, but even people with normally smooth nails may notice a change if they don’t show them some TLC during winter. Buffing Tweezerman’s Dual Nail Brush ($6.89) over nails helps slough away those dry bits and reveals cleaner, smoother nails. And thanks to the ergonomic handle and oval shape, it’s easy to use and never gets tiresome.

Sometimes rough skin needs a little extra attention. A nourishing body scrub infused with natural sugars is a great way to slough away dead skin and reveal the fresh, new skin underneath. We love John Masters Organics Raspberry and Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), which gently eliminates dry spots while infusing skin with hydrating and healing oils that both brighten the skin (a must when your hands start to look a little dull in the winter) and leave them softer for longer.

After scrubbing, use a gentle hand soap that isn’t loaded with harsh detergents—those are a surefire way to dry out your skin even more. Check out NEST Fragrances Grapefruit Liquid Soap ($20.99), a light and nourishing product that leaves hands soft and smooth. It also infuses delicate hand skin with healing antioxidants that combat the harsh effects of nature’s free radicals, which can contribute to the early signs of aging. The scent is perfectly bright and uplifting for the season, too!

If your hands are in truly dire condition, you’ll need to kick your hand care game up a notch. A pair of Bliss Glamour Gloves ($32.99) works overtime to deliver intensive moisture to your hands. They’re made with grapeseed and ceramide gel, which deliver instant hydration. Although you can wear them for the recommended 20 minutes, you’ll reap greater rewards if you leave them on for longer—maybe while binge watching your favorite TV show or even while taking a nap. They’re perfect for maintaining your skin during the winter.

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