A College Student's Beauty Secrets for Glowy Skin


A compliment that I receive a lot is that I have very glowy skin! With this compliment comes the obvious question that follows: what foundation do you use?

And then comes my reply: I’m not wearing any! (sometimes)

Although I know it's a skincare no-no, I give a lot of credit to good old fashion tanning under the sun. But I also have to give credit to all of the products I use and swear by. I haven’t always had a consistent skincare routine and used to jump around from product to product a lot, but I feel that I’ve perfected my skincare routine and am ready to share it with you!

Morning Routine

The first thing I do when I wake up, after I brush my teeth, is drink a glass of water with juice from half of a lemon. This is a CRUCIAL step for me and it should be one for you, too. Lemon water has a ton of benefits. 


Lemon water:

  • Aids your digestion
  • Is a great source of vitamin C, which is important for your immune system
  • Keeps your skin fresh and hydrated
  • Helps your body produce collagen, which is HUGE. Collagen supports beautiful skin, healthy shiny hair, joint health, and digestive/gut health.
  • Helps you lose weight by making you feel full for longer.
  • Boosts your energy and your mood

It’s such a simple and easy step to bring into your morning routine. There’s no reason to deprive yourself of all these amazing benefits from an action that takes only five minutes! 

After I drink my lemon water, I wash my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. 

 Taken from https://www.cetaphil.com/gentle-skin-cleanser.

Taken from https://www.cetaphil.com/gentle-skin-cleanser.

My skin is super sensitive and breaks out if I don’t take care of it properly and consistently. I’ve used all kinds of skin cleansers like Murad, Glamglow, and every other product you can find at your local pharmacy and convenience store. I have to admit: I'm a huge CVS girl. Cetaphil honestly changed my skin and I feel so much better using a product with no harsh chemicals or specific anti-acne ingredients because I don’t want my skin to be dependent on a product like that. Cetaphil just cleans my face perfectly. 

Immediately after I wash my face I put on Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer. I use the one with sunscreen (SPF 15) because my skin is really sensitive to the sun. I’d have so many more freckles than I already do if I didn’t use sunscreen. I’m also low key taking anti-aging preventive measures. 

 Taken from https://www.cetaphil.com/daily-facial-moisturizer-spf-15

Taken from https://www.cetaphil.com/daily-facial-moisturizer-spf-15

I do find that if I sweat, the sunscreen stings my eyes a bit, but it’s worth it!

If I’m breaking out, I’ll put on a bit of this topical acne cream that my dermatologist prescribed me. Read all about it here.

Then I’m ready to go! Sometimes, I’ll wear some make up. Here are the products that I’m currently using and LOVE. Screenshots were taken from Sephora.com.


Throughout the day, to keep my skin hydrated and fresh, I use Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator. I can’t stress enough how much I love this.

 Taken from https://follain.com/p/josh-rosebrook-hydrating-accelerator#851727005102.

Taken from https://follain.com/p/josh-rosebrook-hydrating-accelerator#851727005102.

Here’s what it says on the follain website: 

  • For normal and dry skin types
  • Sensitive-safe and hydrating
  • Nutrition for pores
  • Plumps skin
  • Sets makeup and amps skin care results

It feels really nice and refreshing spraying your face with this cool mist. It's a nice little wake up for when you’re feeling tired throughout the day.

Nightime Routine

I NEVER go to bed with my makeup still on. That’s just asking for a bad skin week. I use Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm. It’s this creamy substance that takes off all your make up and leaves zero residue. I love using this instead of makeup remover wipes. It’s a lot more gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin like wipes do. It also wipes away my super hard to take off mascara very easily. 

 Taken from https://www.sephora.com/product/green-clean-makeup-meltaway-cleansing-balm-P417238.

Taken from https://www.sephora.com/product/green-clean-makeup-meltaway-cleansing-balm-P417238.

All the ingredients are natural and cruelty-free! Sometimes I’ll clean my face again with Cetaphil just for an extra umph. 

I actually use a different moisturizer for bedtime. It’s my all time favorite moisturizer, but it’s a bit pricey so I just use it at night!

 Taken from https://bluemercury.com/products/m-61-powerglow-moisturizer?variant=33600937478.

Taken from https://bluemercury.com/products/m-61-powerglow-moisturizer?variant=33600937478.

M-61 PowerGlow Moisturizer. This is definitely the key to waking up with glowy skin. Its also really abundant in Vitamin K, which helps reduce the appearance of spider veins and helps with dry-rosacea-like-patches. Yay!

Now for my last step. Kate Somerville’s EradiKAte Acne Treatment. It’s this pastel pink liquid that you use to spot treat pimples. I use it A LOT. It's a life saver. If I see a pimple about to emerge, I just dab some on with a q-tip and POOF. Gone. See ya never. I swear by this product. It’s the best spot treatment I have ever used. 

 Taken from https://www.katesomerville.com/acne-products-eradikate-acne-treatment.

Taken from https://www.katesomerville.com/acne-products-eradikate-acne-treatment.

After every shower

Body skincare is just as important as your facial skincare. Love and take care of all of your skin! 

After I get out of the shower, I focus on my face first and follow one of my routines depending if it’s day time or night time. Then I focus on my body skincare. 

I moisturize my entire body with Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for dry, sensitive skin. Get the tub version because I like being able to grab the lotion with my hands rather than through a pump. 

 Taken from https://www.cetaphil.com/moisturizing-cream.

Taken from https://www.cetaphil.com/moisturizing-cream.

Then I use Bio-Oil. I love using this. It makes my skin so soft and hydrated. The oil-like feeling doesn’t last long (for those of you who don’t like that feeling) because you'll find that your skin will soak it up extremely well.

 Taken from https://www.dermstore.com/product_BioOil_40999.htm.

Taken from https://www.dermstore.com/product_BioOil_40999.htm.

According to their website, Bio-Oil helps with:

  • The appearance of both new and old scars (I have so many on my legs)
  • The appearance of existing stretch marks
  • Preventing stretch marks
  • The appearance of uneven skin tone in both light and dark skin types
  • Soothing and toning the appearance of aging skin on your face and body

This is my last and favorite step in my routine. It says you can use it on your face but I only use it on my legs (to even out my skin tone and make any scars go away), on my butt where I have stretch marks, on my stomach, and on my chest, where I have more stretch marks. 

And that's a wrap! Let me know if you guys use any of these products, have recommendations, or are going to try these products. I’d love to hear about it.