Beauty & Brains

Shop These Skin Products For Back to School

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

By Danielle Wright

The products listed here were independently selected by a member of the editorial staff. Should you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page, we may receive an affiliate commission.

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AS QUICKLY AS SUMMER ARRIVED, it’s slowly winding down as back to school season makes its arrival. And what better way to show you’re ready for the new year than with a fresh face? With fall around the corner, it's the perfect time to stock up on your morning (or night) routine necessities.

Shop below for some skincare products that is sure to get your skin on glow.

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.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser


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Glossier’s Milk Jelly cleanser is a creamy gel face wash perfect for all skin types. It’s also multi-use, as it’s gentle, to use daily and as makeup remover.

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Nola Skinsential’s Papaya Burst


Nola Skinsential’s Papaya Burst is a gel cleanser perfect for dry and troubled skin. Its deep cleansing formula helps to brighten hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

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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 skins 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.

Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore- Refining Toner Serum


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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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Glossier Super


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Glossier’s Super’s are three mini serums with a packed out skin punch; Super Pure helps to calm blemish appearance and even out texture; Super Bounce adds extra Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B to boost moisturize from tight dry skin and, Super Glow adds vitamin C to energize your skin. Although its not necessary to use all three, choose one that better suits your skins needs. 

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Peace Out Salicylic Acid Treatment Serum


Peace Out’s Salicylic Acid Treatment Serums was named one of the top serums for teens by Sephora. Great for all skin types, this daily serum targets blemishes while preventing new ones, decreases pores and calms down oiliness. 

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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.

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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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Gel-Cream Moisturizer


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Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost is a gel-like moisturizer that’ll keep skin quenched and smooth all day. It’s especially recommended for those with oily skin since its formula is lightweight and oil free.

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CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion


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For a simple moisturizer CeraVe products will forever be a go to and its Daily Moisturizing Lotion is perfect for the basics. The formula is lightweight with hyaluronic acid and is especially great for dry skin in protecting and restoring the skin’s natural barrier.

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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. 

Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss'r Lip Loving Scrubstick


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Fenty's scrub stick is a mess-free lip scrub in the balm of your hands. The apricot seed formula gently exfoliates for instant soft lips.

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Smith's Rosebud Salve


This tinted moisturizer calms and heals irritation while giving your lips the perfect pink tint. It’s also multi-use for elbows and knees.

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EOS Cherry Vanilla Lip Balm


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When it comes to a simple yet cute lip balm, one can never go wrong with EOS. With it’s gluten and cruelty free formula, EOS brings delicious flavor and deep hydration to your lips. 

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