Basic Skincare Routine for the Average Student

As a student myself, I know first-hand how hectic our schedule can get. After our daily workload, we’d rather fall into our beds. Who has time for skincare especially during a pandemic? However, this should be the perfect time to start a skincare routine! We need some time to relax ourselves and indulge in some tender loving care for our skin. Skincare routines needn’t be complex either. If you’re struggling to figure out what’s right for you, here is a basic student skincare routine to get you started!

Dry Skin

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Dry skin can look like this. Source: Propell Therapy

For those who have dry skin, aside from your usual cleansing and toning steps, you should consider adding in hyaluronic serum in the morning. Hyaluronic acid tackles dryness and dehydration better than any other ingredient due to its ability to draw moisture into skin and prevent it from escaping. Follow the step with a hydrating moisturizer or face cream that comes with SPF protection. As for your night routine, you may add in vitamin E serum and hyaluronic eye cream. Vitamin E moisturizes and nourishes your skin and makes your skin smooth and healthy. Eye cream on the other hand works best against dark circles and puffiness. In addition, you could put on hydrating face mask and face oil.

Oily Skin

Oily skin. Source: Shutterstock

The next type I’m focusing on in this basic student skincare routine guide is oily skin. On the opposite spectrum of dry skin, oily skin requires a different set of care. You may consider adding in AHA/BHA serum (alpha-hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids) which can be applied both day and night time (depending on the instructions stated on the product). It can exfoliate and brighten your skin with the added benefit of correcting hyperpigmentation. If you’re acne-prone, you should look for those with ingredients like tea tree oil and salicylic acid. Do remember to use it sparingly as the ingredients can be pretty harsh on your skin! For first time users, we would advise you to apply once or twice a week until your skin has gotten used the treatment. Back this step with an oil-free, water-based moisturizer. One that preferably contains humectants such as glycerine or hyaluronic acid that draws water into your skin. Slap on some zinc oxide sunscreen that not only protect your skin but absorbs oil too! Include some clay mask (preferably charcoal or Moroccan clay) or an exfoliating mask and you’ll no longer have to worry about oily skin.

Combination Skin

How combination skin can manifest. Source: Cosmext

For the ones that stand in the middle of the spectrum, combination skin requires a mix of both of the above steps. Instead of a creamy moisturizer, opt for a lightweight one that leaves your skin feeling fresh and less weighed down. It has a quick absorbability which makes it a good base for makeup. It has the added benefit of moisturizing the dry parts of your skin without making the oily parts too oily. Remember to complete your day routine with some zinc oxide sunscreen to protect your skin. You should consider adding in the AHA/BHA serum (or any other chemical exfoliant) in your night routine as it could make your pores smaller and brightens up dull skin. Touch up with some weekly clay mask on your T-zone and treatment oil and you’re all fixed! 

Sensitive Skin

As for those with sensitive skin, instead of the typical choice of toner, you should opt for a face mist in your morning routine. It can instantly hydrate your skin and perfect for waking up dull, tired skin. Choose a scent-free moisturizer as fragrances are likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions. Put on some zinc oxide SPF before heading out to protect your skin from UV rays. Add in a weekly gel mask to cool down your irritated, inflamed skin while hydrating your skin cells or if you’re feeling lazy, you can just use a chilled, sheet mask. Just because your skin is sensitive, it doesn’t mean you should skip exfoliating. Try out lactic acid serum which is milder and gentler for sensitive skin as exfoliator.

I hope this basic student skincare routine guide helps kickstart your skincare routine! If you have serious skin concerns, please consider referring to a dermatologist or aesthetician instead of this article.

By: Kua Xuan Yi