Our school days are long behind us, but we still get nostalgic around this time of year. That was the impetus behind Head of the Class, our latest limited edition box, and our Back to School shop category. And with the start of classes right around the corner, we asked a real teen—Birchbox Blog star Becca Zimmerman—to clue us in to how the kids are prepping for school these days.
The week before school starts can be a little bit stressful: finishing up summer reading, buying school supplies, and, of course, making sure that you come in to classes looking and feeling amazing. Here are a couple ways I’m kickstarting my routine before the first day:
One of the most important things about first day prep is having clear, healthy skin. An exfoliator is great because it gets rid of dead skin cells and buildup on top of your skin, and makes it feel smooth and refreshed. You can use a daily exfoliator in the shower, like Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub, or you can use a more powerful exfoliator once or twice a week. My favorite exfoliator of all time is WEI’s Pomegranate Buffing Beads, which feel kind of like sand from the beach, but make your skin so soft afterwards. If you are new to exfoliators or have sensitive skin, I suggest using a daily scrub every two or three days and then build your way up to something more powerful so that you don’t hurt or dry out your skin.
To make sure I don’t have dry frizzy hair on the first day, I deep condition it. Although you can buy certain products specifically for deep conditioning (like Ojon’s Rare Blend Deep Conditioner), any conditioner will work. First, shampoo and condition your hair like usual with a moisturizing conditioner (one of my favorites is Hair Rules Quench Conditioner). After rinsing, put one-and-a-half the amount of conditioner you would normally use in your hair, twist it up in a bun, then cover with a towel or shower cap. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour before rinsing it out in cool water. I always see immediate results.
And of course everyone (including me) wants to show off a tan on the first day. It’s so much healthier to fake it than to risk your health getting burnt in the sun. I’ve found that there are some amazing tanning products out there, but I’m still always careful to test out any new formula first (don’t want any streaks or splotches!). The best way to try a new product is by mixing your favorite moisturizer with a tanning lotion like Body Drench Quick Tan Gradual Self Tanning. You can play around with the different amounts of lotion and tanner until you find a balance that fits your skin type well.
That’s it from me. What are some of your favorite ways and products you use to prepare for the school year?
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