10 Affordable Skin-Care Essentials To Pick Up Before School Starts

Whether you're heading off to experience dorm life for the first time, spending a semester abroad in a villa in Florence, or still kicking it in your childhood bedroom, the back-to-school to-do list always includes stocking up on new toiletries to get you through the next nine months. Clearly we're not mad about it, because loading up on moisturizer, lip balm, and a fresh pack of face wipes is a hell of a lot more fun than shopping for loose-leaf paper and three-ring-binders.
From the $2 jelly eye mask that will make you look rested and refreshed on your first day to the zingy $7 cleansing stick that will make you want to wash your face in the morning, we have all the best — and cheapest — skin-care buys you should grab before September rolls around.
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Better still, you can add everything to the same cart when you buy on Jet.com — and you'll get one box with all your skin-care basics, well before first semester begins. Read on to shop your affordable back-to-school guide to great skin.
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This scrub's a classic. The sweet smell of apricot is great, but it's the exfoliation from natural walnut shell powder that leaves our skin glowing by gently sloughing away dead skin. Pro tip: There's no need to press hard when massaging your face with this formula. Let it do the work or you could end up irritating your skin.
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To look bright-eyed on your first day, kick back with a relaxing mask before bed the night before. This $2.50 eye sheet mask will help soothe both your puffiness and your pre-back-to-school jitters.
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Stock all your bags with lip balm to avoid ever being stuck with uncomfortably chapped lips during a three-hour lecture.
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If you need an incentive to wash your face in the morning, try this on-the-go cleansing stick. Infused with revitalizing apricot and honey extracts, it makes your wake-up cleanse easy and refreshing.
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If you like to see your cleanser working, try this acne-fighting face wash, which bubbles and foams without dripping down your face.
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Pack more sunscreen than you think you'll ever need — you won't regret it as the early-September sun is beating down on the quad.
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Whether you're living in a cramped dorm room or a less-than-luxurious apartment with friends, stale air can suck the moisture out of your skin — especially if you're still cranking the A/C this time of year. Hydrate your skin while you sleep with this lightweight sleeping cream.
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A word to the wise: Never, ever go to sleep without taking off your makeup, no matter how late you stayed up playing beer pong — er, studying.
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When your skin is feeling a little blah, swipe on a little exfoliating toner before bed. You don't need to use it every day; just when you're looking for a glowy boost of brightness.
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Even if you're not particularly prone to breakouts, it's always a good idea to keep a treatment on hand for those dire moments. This highly effective gel clears away all signs of acne, without causing any irritation or dryness.
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