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First Day of School Prep: High School Edition

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.

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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.

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Hello, Volume: My Trick for Avoiding Flat Summer Hair

I am very picky when it comes to how much poof my hair has. I want volume, but not ’80s-style insanity. The tough part is that I have pretty run-of-the-mill Asian hair, which has a tendency to get limp and stringy, especially during the summer.

I used to just wash with my regular shampoo (currently loving Malin + Goetz and Australian brand evo) and then follow up with a volumizing styler. The problem was, I started to feel like I had a lot of stuff in my hair. Which is why I’ve decided to go on a few dates with the new volumizing shampoo from Hair Rules

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