“Working smarter, not harder” is the mantra around my house lately. The start of the school year is always crazy busy and, to be honest, a little unsettling. Staying organized and efficient in all areas of our lives is critical to maintaining family sanity levels. When it comes to back to school skincare, an effective and consistent regimen is key. I will always put more effort into my skincare because healthy skin needs less makeup. Makeup then becomes something fun and expressive instead of a necessity. Taking good care of my skin prevents future skin issues–it’s an investment in future skin health! The physical act of taking the time to care for my skin is calming and puts a positive twist on a possibly stressful day. I make sure my efforts are truly impactful by using potent vitamin and peptide rich serums that feed my skin what it needs everyday. Sometimes that means tweaking my routine by adding a more hydrating balm like Topical C or Rejuvenate-A, a powerful vitamin A treatment. Listening to your skin and caring for your own specific needs is definitely working smarter.