12 Affordable Back to School Skincare Essentials to Start The School Year
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Back to school season is upon us, which means shopping for the new year! Besides purchasing new notebooks, colorful gel pens, and a great outfit to prepare for the new school year, don’t forget about stepping up your skincare game! Here are twelve affordable back-to-school skincare products to ensure your bright skin matches your bright future.

1Start with a clean slate

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

When it comes to affordable and effective products, you can’t beat The Ordinary products! The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is formulated with squalane and lipophilic esters to break down makeup and cleanse while adding hydration. This cleanser goes from balm to oil when rubbed between your hands for 30 seconds, allowing it to emulsify for the deepest cleansing.

2Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast

If you are struggling with acne-prone skin, Aveeno’s Calm + Restore Oat Gel moisturizer is great for irritated skin. The prebiotic oat and feverfew (a flowering plant) formula soothes skin and strengthens your skin barrier. The lightweight gel texture easily sinks into your skin for long-lasting hydration.

3Don’t sleep on green tea

innisfree hydrating serum

Green tea has many health benefits, so it’s no surprise that it’s also great for the skin! Not only does green tea help with inflammation, but it can also reduce the signs of aging. Innisfree’s Green Tea Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum is packed with antioxidants to hydrate and soothe skin. And if you’re applying skincare, green tea is the perfect drink for evening study sessions without giving you a caffeine high.

4Hoping for a miracle

If you struggle with clogged pores, blackheads, or whiteheads, this AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner is the toner for you! Don’t let this blend of exfoliants scare you; it’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. The daily exfoliant helps boost skin cell turnover to reveal bright, beautiful skin. Swipe it on with a cotton pad right after cleansing to prep your skin for the rest of your routine.

5Everything’s coming up roses


If you love anything rose-scented and need freshening up your skin, this Sioris Falling Into the Rose Mist comes in handy during the sweltering heat. Spritzing on this mist throughout the day is the perfect way to freshen up between classes and leave your skin glowing. You could also use this mist as your toner step or to lightly dampen your skin between your skincare steps.

6This isn’t lip service

If you have severely dry lips, you need to try Dr. Ceuracle’s Vegan Kombucha Tea Lip Balm! This lip balm nourishes your lips with probiotics to relieve dry flaky skin. It also puts moisture back into your lips to strengthen the delicate skin without the stickiness. Just make sure not to lose it!

7As smooth as a peach

Breakouts are inevitable, especially when you are dealing with the stress of school. The Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots are perfect for healing pimples in a pinch. These hydrocolloid patches can help reduce inflammation by absorbing excess sebum, and they also act as a protective barrier that will keep you from squeezing that zit. The best part is that they are transparent so that you can wear them at night or to class.

8For those lazy days

We’ve all had those days when washing our hair doesn’t sync up with our busy schedule. This is why you need a dry shampoo like Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo. Revive and freshen up your greasy hair in seconds so you can make it to class on time!

9Relax and reset

FACETORY Oats My Bananas! Soothing Sheet Mask

After a busy week of classes, exams, and extracurricular activities, don’t forget to wind down and give yourself a mini pamper session! Put on some comfy clothes, gather your favorite snacks, turn on your current Netflix obsession, and put on this Facetory’s nourishing and soothing sheet masks. Let the stress melt away – you deserve it!

10Don’t forget your sunscreen

Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream

It’s tempting to think you don’t need sunscreen, especially when young. But the sun exposure adds up faster than equations in your calculus class. So it’s crucial to protect your skin now to help set you up for healthy, beautiful skin down the road. Luckily, the Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream has you covered with SPF50+. This creamy, lightweight formula absorbs quickly without leaving a white cast and uses chemical and mineral filters to protect your skin. It also has calming skincare ingredients like Centella Asiatica and bamboo water to keep your skin hydrated.

11Just beet it!

The Sweet Chef Beet + Retinol Nightly Firming Mask has to be one of my favorite sleeping masks of all time! This creamy sleeping mask has retinol to maintain firm skin without irritation and hyaluronic acid and squalane to keep your skin hydrated. The beetroot extract contains powerful antioxidants with high vitamin C and E levels. And if you’re wondering about the earthy scent, don’t let the “beet” fool you; this sleeping mask has a subtle sweet scent, and you’ll wake up the following day with soft baby skin.

12Eye on the prize

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

Some people will say eye creams are unnecessary, but if there is one product I highly recommend, it’s this! Not only is this cream an affordable option in comparison to other eye creams, but it’s packed with great ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes. Trust me; when you’re pulling all-nighters, this cream will help you look wide awake and refreshed. I think this will be perfect for including in your back to school routine!

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