So for many universities freshers week is upon us! Across the country we are packing up belongings, that favourite teddy bear and saying farewell to loved ones. Not for me, however, I chose to stay at home for the duration of my history degree but I know all too well the stresses of university life. What to pack? Do I really need all these pots and pans? These are the sorts of things I see littered over Facebook and Twitter. So to make life easier I thought why not get that skincare box checked for you. I know for some students skincare comprises of showergel and shampoo and maybe a spot treatment but it is very important to get this right. Your freshers week will most likely leave you with skin the texture of sandpaper and the colour of your halls carpet. So sit up and pay attention, here are some must have products to keep your skin looking its best.
A good cleanser will help remove dead skin, wash away oils and rebalance the skins natural state. For an oily and acne prone skin I would recommend going into Boots and picking up La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Sensitive Skin (£10.21). This is perfect for leaving in the shower and is a clear gel which you can work into water on the face. It wont irritate the skin but will help prevent break outs and control any oil on the t-zone. Follow up with the moisturizer, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (£9.75) and you will be good to go! For a tougher skin try the La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Cleansing Scrub (£9.70) and follow up with LA ROCHE-POSAY HYDREANE Riche (£14.30) if you have a dryer skin.
If you are the type of girl who wants a quick and simple skincare routine then I see no wrong in following the above advice for your male counterparts. La Roch Posay is a great brand that worked wonders for my acne prone skin in first year. However, if you are a make-up wearer then you know all too well the importance of removing it before any form of face wash. There are two options for you in this case. 1. A micellar solution to remove makeup and follow on with a creamy or clarifying wash. 2 A cream cleanser that will remove make up and also cleanse the skin. Depending on your budget, time allowance and general commitment to a skincare routine will shape the route you take. Here are some great products you can find in the aisles of Boots.
L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Miceallar Solution (£3.33). Apply onto a cotton pad and sweep away your makeup. Perfect for those late nights, and a great alternative to evil face wipes which can play havoc on tired skin. Follow up with Aveeno® Positively Radiant Daily Exfoliating Cleanser (£5.99) and Aveeno® Positively Radiant Daily Skin-Brightening Moisturiser SPF15 (£9.99). These will work great for an acne prone skin but also for a normal skin too!
Option number two is using a cream cleanser to remove your make up whilst caring for your skin. A great one is Soap & Glory™ The Ultimelt™ Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser (£6.67). This you can massage into the skin and have a real pamper session.
Hope you have an amazing time at university whether you are starting first year or going back into second or third! I also hope this has given some insight into what is out there for your skin. If in doubt have a wonder around Boots or Superdrug and see what you can find.