- The laundry room
- The school bookstore (during the first week of class or buy-back week)
- Communal dorm showers
While I do not have a solution for lessening one's load of laundry each week and did not discover the amazingness of Amazon.com for a few years, there are definitely ways to limit one's time in shared showering spaces.
One suggestion to save time and cash: Laser hair removal. "Not having to shave will save the average college student at least 10-20 minutes daily. Over the long term, laser hair removal can save students upwards of $200 per year," says Kim Schanzer, owner and co-founder of Pulse Laser & Skincare Center in NYC. "Over a lifetime of shaving for 60+ years, that's equivalent to more than $12,000."
Whether looking to impress the hot guy or girl in English 101, trying to eliminate time/products in the shower, sticking to a budget or attempting to avoid awkward morning beauty blunders, try these picks and tricks:
Whether at the gym, in the dorm, or taking a road trip, Mia is a must-have toiletry for clear skin. The one-button, one-speed tool has a sonic frequency producing more than 300 movements per second. Gently loosening twice as much dirt and oil than manual cleansing, it reduces appearance of pores and improves skin tone - making the 60 second routine incredibly efficient. Now, only if class registration were so easy! ($119 at Clarisonic.com and Sephora stores)
Late night partying? - Ahem - studying, with no time to shower before that 8:00 a.m. class? Giovanni Powder Power Dry Shampoo is a great solution for collegiates running low on time and looking to hide evidence of unwashed hair. The 2 in 1 dry shampoo and volumizer gives hair a boost and absorbs excess oil to energize roots. (*$9.99 at Whole Foods Market stores in August 2012) *Suggested retail price, prices vary slightly by region
Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap is gentle, non-drying and made with fair trade shea butter. The best part? It can be used as a shaving cream, a facial cleanser, body wash and shampoo. Instead of lugging several cleansing items into communal showers, one product fits all needs. (*$8.99 at Whole Foods Market stores) *Suggested retail price, prices vary slightly by region
Love the look of professionally manicured gel nails, but not the expense? For a college girl on a budget, the average $40 nail salon bill is a bummer. Instead of weekly or bi-monthly trips to repolish chipped paint, Red Carpet Manicure is the solution to salon insanity! A full Red Carpet Manicure kit adds up to $2.90 for 20 at-home applications. With 58 different shades and an LED light, students can opt for an affordable and easy way to get gel nails within minutes. Results lasts for weeks! ($59.99 at ULTA stores)
Having an abundant social life can be exhausting! Sometimes, a quick nap (or a good night's sleep) happens instantly, with no time for makeup removal. With jane iredale Amazing Base, it's OK to snooze looking your best! The loose mineral foundation feels like silk and is free of oil, talc, dyes and parabens. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, catching a few Z's in the sun isn't so bad either, with UVA/UVB SPF 20 which includes broad-spectrum sun protection. ($42 at shop.janeiredale.com)
Final exams induce stress, which can cause unflattering breakouts! To simultaneously treat and cover blemishes, Zap&Hide is one of the best 2 in 1 beauty items for pupils under pressure. Zap is a clear blemish balm packed with beneficial antiseptic and anti-inflammatory botanicals that can be used as a spot treatment. Hide, a pigmented blemish concealer, camouflages imperfections and post-breakout redness. Both ends are gentle enough to be used as often as needed. ($26 at shop.janeiredale.com)
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