I don’t know about you, but this time of the year is bittersweet. We’ve still got the glow of summer evenings, staying up late making memories while also starting to wind down and prepare for back-to-school. Seeing all the notebooks and pencils reminds me that some essentials never change, even when it comes to skincare. They’re essentials for a reason, so let’s talk about some essentials you might have forgotten about when it comes to taking care of yourself.

Have you noticed an unusual flare-up, outbreaks or just an annoying zit lately, suspiciously right as the stress of back to school has hit? Yeah, me too. With stress usually comes acne. A powerhouse to reduce and combat that acne by morning is to mix our Clear It Blemish Control Gel with Detox Clay Mask. Clear It is our acne spot treatment gel that kills bacteria and absorbs oil without drying healthy skin, while Detox Clay Mask purges skin of impurities while conditioning the skin. Mixing the two together is an effective spot treatment to rapidly diminish those pesky breakouts. This can be done every night as needed and use your Clear It in the morning until blemishes are gone. This method can also be used on ingrown hairs!

Next, an easy way to give your skin a little reset is to do an overnight face mask by using a facial mask with your night cream to create a healthy glow. I do this 1-2 times a week at night to give my skin that little extra boost that it needs. Now there are two ways to do this, after applying your serums you can massage in your mask, let dry, then apply your night cream, or you can mix together your mask and night cream and massage in.

I absolutely love mixing our Lift Up Firming Mask with my night cream. This helps to reverse the signs of aging, firm and tighten skin, and stimulate collagen. I wake up in the morning looking and feeling like I just got Botox. We’ll be doing this little trick in our Basic B Skincare Treatment this month!

To help your makeup routine in the morning go a little bit faster I’m going to suggest using our most popular pressed powder from Advanced Mineral Makeup. This pressed powder compact functions as a foundation, powder, concealer and SPF all in one. You get a medium-to-full coverage look that is buildable, blendable, and weightless on your skin. Just apply to clean skin with a flat brush and your done in less than 90 seconds. For quick fabulous and flawless brows use our Brow Fixx Tint & Groom from Elke Brow Collection. In just one step it tints and tame brows hairs. Fibers add thickness, giving the illusion of thicker filled in brows and it holds your brows in place all day long!

It’s easy to see some stress breakouts and think that you’re on a downward spiral and nothing will make it better, but these tips will help you remember the basics and help you glow!