Five beauty hacks to keep your skin under control

Avery Chang
Illustration by Sonja Haroldson

Midterms tend to bring out the worst in people. Guzzling coffee in the wee hours of the morning while cramming for exams in Bobst Library is not one of the Top 10 Best Moments in the lives of college students. All the caffeine, sleep deprivation and built-up stress is a cocktail for disaster when it comes to skin. In times of dire need, it is necessary to reassess your beauty routine, especially after an exhausting all-nighter in the library’s lower levels.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer ($20,

This industrial-strength concealer works its magic by covering up the darkest of dark circles. It even works to camoflage stress-induced breakouts. It is perfect to dab on in the morning when you rush to campus after hitting the snooze button one too many times.

SPS sophomore Georgie Fu uses the concealer for post-late-night makeup needs.

“This concealer is so good for the dark circles under your eyes,” Fu said. “It honestly makes you look like you got a full eight hours of sleep.”

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser ($8,

With its seemingly endless uses, cold cream is a miracle beauty product. You can use it as an eye makeup remover, a face wash, a moisturizer, a facemask or a body lotion. No matter the use, it will always leave tired skin looking fresh and feeling good as new.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask


You can quickly apply this mask and then sit back and relax — or sit back and review some flash cards. Just let the mask sit while you continue your studies and then peel it off whenever you are ready. You will be left with smaller pores, cleaner skin and a calmer mind.

CAS sophomore Alyssa Mullally said it always clears her pores and even boosts her confidence.

“It gives me back control over my skin, which is empowering when I’m feeling so helpless during midterms,” Mullally said.

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes ($7.49,

Sometimes the last thing you want to do late at night after an intense study session is go through your whole nighttime beauty routine. But at the same time, you do not want to forgo removing a day’s worth of dirt and grime and just call it a night. The perfect compromise is investing in a pack of cleansing wipes that can take care of your whole nighttime ritual.

Steinhardt sophomore Marcia Hu swears by this Neutrogena beauty product.

“When I’m tired from a super long day, all I want to do is curl up in bed,” Hu said. “But I don’t want to go to sleep with all my makeup still left on my face, so I use these wipes and they really do the job.”

Lush Ocean Salt Cleanser ($21.95,

We all deserve a long vacation after fighting through midterm season. Unfortunately, the closest thing to a tropical retreat we have is the Jersey Shore, which is not exactly the most pleasant vacation spot during this cold fall weather. The next best thing is a cleanser that captures the benefits of fresh ocean water. This cleanser is full of minerals to soften, cleanse and brighten your skin.

A version of this article appeared in the Oct. 22, 2014 print edition. Email Avery Chang at [email protected]



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