The back to school commercials have begun running regularly, so we’re on notice that it’s that time of year again. For first time college students there are probably feelings of excitement and also anxiety. We can’t help you register for classes, or ensure that you have a roommate who doesn’t eat your food. But we can make sure you know what to take with you to care for your skin and hair.
It seems simple enough until you have a firsthand encounter with hard water (which leaves your skin forever ashy and dry), or ask around about where to get your coils styled and no one can help. Our leaders of tomorrow have to think about taking over the world, not dry skin and scalp.
So we’ve got your must-haves for the basics. They range in price, and most will last through midterms and until you get home for a re-up during Thanksgiving break.
Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash
You’ll have plenty of stressors with classes and activities, let your shower be the anti-stress part of your day.
Pure Tropix Tropical Body Butter
This balm is thick and chock full of essential oils. You don’t need to use much for full body coverage and it smells extraordinarily sweet. Just beware of bees.
Paula’s Choice Normalizing Cleanser
Reach for a cleanser that not only keeps your face clear and blemish free, but also one that helps minimize the appearance of pores.
Bolden Glycolic Acid Brightening Toner
Papers are stressful, roommates are stressful, dorm bathrooms bring a stress like no other. Try a little glycolic toner to help keep stress breakouts at bay.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
Hydration, hydration, hydration. We can’t stress it enough. This rich moisturizer does the job so you can focus on yours.
First Aid Beauty
Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50
Don’t forget your daily sunscreen. This formula for face and body is Black girl approved, so it won’t lay on top of skin like a film, or make you look ashy.
Olay Overnight Gel Mask
Changing environments can be harsh on your skin. An overnight hydrating mask with vitamin E will help keep it balanced.
DNA Renewal Lip Balm
This balm works wonders for dry and cracked lips, which you’ll experience with all the in-class debating, and philosophical theorizing in the student lounges.
EDEN BodyWorks Natural Cleansing CoWash
If you stopped co-washing, start again with this great cleanser. When you’re between salon visits you need all the moisturizing and detangling you can get.
Vernon François Curl Shampoo
If you’re going to wash, why not do it with the best of the best from a legend? As shampoos go this isn’t cheap, but you’ll be glad you splurged.
Vernon François Curl Conditioner
Follow up your co-wash and shampoo with a conditioner formulated just for your curls. This easy to use spray version combats frizz and makes styling easy.
Soultanicals Can’t Believe It’s Knot Butta
Moisturize and style your tresses on your own with this super creamy smell good, feel good hair food.