Beauty maintenance tips for college students

Everybody wants to look their best regardless of where they are in life. Previously I’ve written about beauty maintenance for people in their thirtiesforties, and fifties. But I’ve neglected some very important members of our community in Bryan-College Station! College students, this one’s for you!

1) Get some sleep! I know, it’s easy for me to say because I don’t have an orgo test to study for and a thirty page paper to write by Thursday plus three hundred pages of reading for my seminar on Friday, but seriously! Sleep is not only important for learning, it’s also critical for your overall health. Since beauty is generally thought to be a function of your overall health, don’t neglect your shut-eye!

A bunch of college students not sleeping, somewhere in California on spring break in 2001. I may be in this photo.

2) UV light is the enemy! I know, it’s fun to be outside tailgating and watching football with 100,000 of your closest friends. It’s also fun to lay out at the pool on the first nice day of the Spring. You may even enjoy visiting tanning beds. Unfortunately, the same UV light that gives you a tan can also cause permanent damage to your skin’s DNA! The least bad thing that will happen is premature aging- you’ll have age spots and dull, dried, wrinkly skin in your thirties. The worst thing? SKIN CANCER. Now, I want you to go out and have fun in the sun. Just wear sunscreen! SPF 30 is good, 50 is better. In general, I recommend physical sun blocks containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide over the ones that use chemicals to neutralize UV light. We have several kinds in stock for you to try. We also have a special box that can show sun damage, if you’re feeling brave…

When you’re here on Saturdays cheering on your favorite team, PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN!

3) Consider upping your skin care game. There are many, many, MANY products available for skin care. But how to choose which would be best for you? In general, focus on quality ingredients from sources that you trust. If your skin tends to be dry, look for products containing Vitamin C or Hyaluronic Acid. To keep your skin healthy on a molecular level, look for products containing Vitamin A derivatives like Retinol. What’s retinol? Check out this post! Anti-oxidants are also excellent for helping maintain and protect your skin on a molecular level. Products containing Vitamin E, Green Tea, coffee, and grape seed extract are excellent sources of anti-oxidants. We carry professional grade products featuring many of these ingredients. Stop by and talk to Gail about your skin care routine if you have questions! She can tailor a skin care regimen to your specific needs.

A little beauty maintenance in college can go a long way towards helping you look your best in your twenties, thirties, and beyond. Hopefully these tips will give you a good start. If you’re really ready to up your game, our professional aesthetic staff would love to offer you a consultation in person to discuss your specific needs.

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