My Back-To-School 'Holy Grail' Skincare Routine

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My Back To School Holy Grail Skincare Routine

School isn't easy. Whether you're in high school, college or graduate school, you face a lot of challenges, sometimes even the same ones (mine was always waking up on time). That's why my skincare routine was simple, simple, simple. KISS, right? I wanted to spend the least amount of caring for my skin while still keeping my skin clear and healthy. I know that sounds impossible, but let me share with you my 'holy grail' products that saved me while I was in school.

My Morning Routine

Time to wake up! I am always tired in the morning, I'm convinced I'll never be an early bird. My alarm rings about every 10 minutes and I snooze about 2-3 times before finally getting up. Because it takes me so long to get up, I can't spend too much time on my skincare routine without jeopardizing being late to class. I use two things in the morning: a cleanser and a moisturizer.

My go-to moisturizer is Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel. I love this formula. It looks and feels like a gel, but it has the long-lasting, moisturizing power of a cream. It absorbs easily and quickly - my skin becomes smooth and hydrated in just seconds. I honestly don't know how I lived before this product. It is the most effective moisturizer I've used to date!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel

Applying Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel

Mid-Afternoon Break

By mid-day, my skin gets really oily. I've been walking all around campus to get to class and I've probably been stressing about an exam or project due in the next few days. The last thing I want is to walk around with excess oil settling on my face. This is when I grab my Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing sheets. With a few blots, my face is matte and my makeup is undisturbed. I like how the paper becomes more transparent as you're using it. I can easily tell that it's absorbing the excess oil!

I love carrying these around. If I have a full day of classes, from 9 am to 8 pm, these blotters come in handy. They don't take up a lot of space in my purse/backpack and I can grab one whenever I need it.

Clean & Clear Blotting Paper

My Night Routine

Wow, what a long day! I'm ready to plop into bed and just fall asleep. But wait, I still have a face full of makeup...ugh, I have to wash this off first. I go through this dilemma probably every day. Usually, I'll try to use a face wash to remove my makeup, but for the late nights I spend studying for exams, I don't always have the energy to do that. That's why I love Clean & Clear's Night Relaxing Face Wipes. They remove 99.3% of makeup, including waterproof makeup, in just a few swipes. Plus, the nice scent makes you feel relaxed and ready for bed.

Clean & Clear Makeup Removing Wipes

Applying Clean & Clear MAkeup Remover Wipes

But before I jump into bed, I have one more step left in my night routine: applying Neutrogena's Acne Stress Control Toner. It's how I've kept my skin looking so good! The toner delivers acne medicine that unclogs congested pores and helps to prevent future oil clogs. Many toners can be harsh on the skin, but the Stress Control Toner contains skin-soothers like green tea and cucumber extracts that help reduce redness and irritation. Now, I'm ready to Zzzzzz until tomorrow!

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner

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At the Clean and Clear aisle stocking up on my faves

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  1. I want to try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel and those oil blotting sheets are a must!

  2. I love the Hydro Boost gel. It's refreshing and feels weightless too.
    Those night relaxing cleansing wipes look like something I will definitely try.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I am always looking to improve my routine

  4. Been using those blotting sheets since high school! I'm really looking forward to trying the Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel! [client]

  5. Neutrogena has the best products. I love them.


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