Beauty & Brains

Shop These Skin Products For Back to School

Whether in class or on zoom, nothing beats a fresh face.

By Danielle Wright

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With back-to-school season making its appearance and fall just around the corner, it’s time to gear up and face the new year. And if you’re looking to start school with confidence, there’s no better place to begin than with a fresh face. It’s the perfect time to introduce skincare to your morning (or night) routine, or revitalize your existing skincare regimen with some new products.


Shop below for some skincare products that are sure to get your skin glowing.

Cleanse That Skin

The first step for a fresh face is the cleanliness of course, which comes from a great cleanser. Whether dry, oily, combination or sensitive, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

Clinique Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam


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While foaming cleanser isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Clinique’s cleansing foam is perfect for those with sensitive skin. The foam gently removes grime and oils without causing any irritation.

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Paula’s Choice Skincare Softening Cream Cleanser


Paula’s Choice’s softening cream cleanser is a creamy, hydrating cleanser ideal for those with dry skin. It tamps down dryness and keeps your skin soft, moisturized, and prepped for the rest of your skincare routine.

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CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser


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CeraVe’s Foaming Facial Cleanser is raved about every year especially for teens and those with oily skin. Its gentle cleanser aids in removing excess oil and refreshing the skin’s barrier. 

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Tone-it Down Or Serum Up

Toners and serums are two underrated parts of a beauty routine, mostly because a lot of newbies aren’t sure of their purpose. Toners add more hydration to your face from the subtle dehydration of a cleanser as well as balance the skin's natural acidic PH. Serums are used to target and treat skincare concerns such as hyperpigmentation and serve as the “pre-game” to moisturizer. Now learning their purpose, it all comes down to what direction you’re going for with your skin. Luckily for this generation a lot of products combine toner and serums for one juicy jam packed product to make skincare regimens easier.

Peach & Lily Snail Rescue Blemish Busting Toner


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K-beauty’s favorite ingredient is the star of Peach & Lily’s blemish busting toner: snail mucin. The slime-based toner clears pores, reduces redness and calms pimples. And don’t worry, no snails were hurt in the process, so it’s 100% cruelty-free.

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Nola Skinsentials Morning Glory


Nola Skinsentials’ Morning Glory is the perfect serum for all skin types, but especially oily skin. The serum evens out skin tone, makes pores look smaller, and creates a subtle rosy flush.  

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Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore- Refining Toner Serum



Fenty Skin’s Fat Water poses as both a serum and toner with vegan ingredients targeting pores and dark spots. Although great for all skin types, it’s great for oily skin as it sheds excess oil without stripping skin dry.

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Moisturizing The Finishing Touch

No matter how hot the Houston heat may be, never forget to moisturize, ever. Moisturizers bring the skin routine to a close ensuring every product is locked, sealed and glowing all eight hours of classroom changes, hallway hello’s-or zoom meetups.

florence by mills Mini Dreamy Dew Oil-Free Moisturizer


florence by mills’ Dream Dew moisturizer is a must-have for sensitive skin. The oil-free formula uses willow bark extract, vitamin B12, and a blend of lotus flowers to keep your skin refreshed, smooth, and hydrated without feeling greasy.

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Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer


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Fenty Skin’s Hydra Vizor is an easy, lightweight product for all skin types and tones. It’s creamy consistency instantly hydrates and softens the skin while featuring SPF 30 to fight against those harsh sun-rays, or draining hallway lights.

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boscia Chia Seed Moisturizer Cream


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boschia’s moisturizer cream uses chia seed oil, Swiss glacier water, and elderberry extract to give dry skin a revitalizing makeover. The thick, 100% vegan formula hydrates skin to keep you looking fresh and glowy.

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Lip Balm Bonus

Dry and flaky lips will never be in. For an added bonus to your skincare routine gives your lips some pamper and attention with a soothing lip balm for the perfect selfie pout. 

Avène Cold Cream Nutrition Nourishing Lip Balm


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Avène’s creamy lip balm immediately comforts even the most sensitive of cracked lips. The ingredient list mixes shea butter, jojoba oil, and the company’s unique cold cream formula to create a blend that leaves your lips soft, smooth, and hydrated.

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Glossier Balm Dotcom


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When it comes to keeping your lips plush and pretty, Glossier’s Balm Dotcom is the way to go. The lip balm nourishes dry skin with castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin, all while painting your lips with a sheer tint and rewarding you with a sweet flavor.

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Eos Natural & Organic Smooth Stick Lip Balm


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Don’t let Eos’s simple formula fool you — their lip balm seals in moisture and hydrates until your lips feel buttery smooth. As a bonus, it comes in three delicious flavors, so you’ll be enjoying the taste while the formula is hard at work.

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