We’ve all heard of the freshman 15? But have you heard about losing that young luster to your skin? It happens to all of us as we age. When we hit our late teens to early ’20s our skin goes through a kind of quarter-life crisis. One minute you’ve got a gorgeous shine with skin that can bounce back from anything and the next you’re dry and semi-wrinkly. Easy fix! As we age our skin changes and we need to make changes to how we take care of it. Simple water and moisturizer don’t do it any more ladies, and gentlemen. That’s right, men go thought the same skin changes. In order to change our skin’s appearance and bring back that beautiful glow, we need to create a skincare regiment including cleanser, toner, serums, eye creams, masks, and moisturizers. All that sounds expensive right? It can be, and it can be hard to find affordable skincare that works. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best and most affordable skincare to help with that college glow!
Cleanser – CeraVe
Did you know our skin absorbs most of what we put on it, including makeup, and skincare products? That’s where cleansers come in. They are important because they remove acne-causing debris like oil and dirt and makeup. Not washing your face can also cause premature wrinkling. CeraVe offers great affordable skincare for any college student. Available at most drug stores, find what’s best for your skin type, whether it is dry, oily, or just in the middle. The foaming cleanser for normal to oily skin has a review of 4.6/5 on CeraVe’s website and you may even find a coupon for the product online. Available in different sizes, as well as offering other products like eye creams, moisturizers, make up removers, CeraVe offers affordable skincare for not just college students but anyone on a budget.
Toner – Thayer’s Facial Toner with Witch Hazel
Toners are important to apply after we cleanse because help the skin balance and also remove any dirt and oil your cleanser may have missed when washing. Simply use a cotton round or ball to sweep over the skin. Thayer’s facial toner with witch hazel is a water-based toner, and alcohol-free, which helps balance the pH levels of the skin. It is also phthalate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free meant for normal skin types. Its anti-oxidents and antibacterial benefits help to bring out a natural glow to the skin. Thayer’s can be found at most drug stores and is affordable for college students. Thayer’s was given a 4.6/5 rating on Target’s website. It also comes in several size bottles.
Serum – Physician’s Formula 24 Karrot Gold Collagen
Serums are important to apply following toners because they are lighter than moisturizers and penetrate the skin to the deeper layers. They are packed with highly concentrated ingredients and work to treat tough problems like dryness, dark spots, and wrinkles. Serums can hurt the pocketbook but Physician’s Formula offers great and gentle affordable skincare. The ingredients are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, dermatologist tested, clinically tested, oil-free, vegan, fragrance-free, oil-free, and cruelty-free. Product is available on Physician’s Formula online but other products can be found in drug stores. Given an overall 4.5/5 rating on the Physician’s Formula website, the serum also features small flecks of 24 karat gold to help you feel extra fancy. Serums are usually the priciest part of skincare but this serum is definitely affordable skincare for any college student.
Eye Cream – Bliss Radiance boosting eye cream
The skin around the eye is the most delicate and it’s usually where we show our age first. Creams should be applied gently with a tapping motion (never pull at the skin under your eyes as you will cause premature wrinkles). This Bliss eye cream works to instantly diminish the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under-eye area. It helps nourish to combat dryness and flaking. It is a vegan product, paraben, and cruelty-free and good for mature skin as well as young. It is available at most drug stores and is most definetly an affordable skincare product for college students while working to bring back that glow. This affordable eye cream received a 4.3/5 according to reviews at CVS.
Moisturizer – Origins Ginzing Moisturizer
Origins Ginzing moisturizer is oil-free and specially formulated for all skin types. The great thing about it is it contains caffeine to restore radiance to tired-looking skin. Panex ginzing helps increase energy to bring back that luster and daily glow. All origins products are formulated from plants and are paraben-free, vegetarian, and cruelty-free. Origins can be purchased online, in Macy’s and at an Origins store. The product was given 4/5 stars on Origins.com. The great thing about Origins products is that they are extremely concentrated and made to last 3-6 months per jar making them Origins a very affordable skincare line for college students on a budget.
Mask – Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask
Second time on our list because it’s just that good! Recommended for all skin types, Origins affordable skincare is great for college students. Their charcoal honey mask helps to clear out pores and detox the skin. Formulated with Bamboo Charcoal, this purifying mask actively deep cleans and draws out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, impurities, and debris. Also, golden wildflower and fermented honey work together to help nourish the skin. Given a 4.7/5 rating on the Origins website, this mask is definitely an affordable skincare product and worth the money.
Skincare can be overwhelming. There is so much to choose from and so many new steps to add when you’re not used to doing it. Just remember, ask you age so does your skin and it’s important to take care of it accordingly. Do some research and look for products that align with what you want to put on your skin. For example, I make a point of making sure my products are paraben, perfume, and cruelty-free. The great thing about these products is they are all capable of being used by men and women and also affordable skincare for the average college student.