Ah, puberty! That period when you’re starting to really care about how you look – only for your hormones to begin wreaking havoc on your skin. For some teens, pimples are few and far between. For others, they’re painful and constant and life altering. Here’s are some tips on skincare regime for teens and tweens.
Get your teen into good skincare habits by using natural products. We’ve got some some natural skincare regimes for teens and tweens that can help at this time of change.
If you dealt with breakouts and other skin issues at this age, then you know how much of a toll it can take on your self confidence. This is why it’s important to help your teen or tween develop a good natural skin care regime instead of working to fix skin issues later on.
Natural skincare regime for teens and tweens
Not all teens will appreciate the importance of skincare at this point, but try to start them young nonetheless. A good skincare regime is quite simple, really: just cleanse, tone, and moisturise. Sun protection is a must for daytime. Spot treat when necessary. Exfoliate or apply a mask once a week or whenever skin feels particularly dry.
When I was a teenager, we didn’t give much thought to the ingredients in our skincare products. Fortunately, times have changed and we’ve become more aware of the chemicals in mainstream skincare. For teens and tweens, choose natural skincare products with as few ingredients as possible.
A mild facial cleanser is all that’s needed to get rid of dirt, sweat, and excess sebum that can clog pores. Make sure your teen uses this twice a day: in the morning to get rid of oil that have accumulated overnight and before bed to get rid of makeup and other debris from the day.
A common mistake is scrubbing too much and trying to remove every trace of oil. Remind your teen not to overdo it, as doing so will only have her skin overcompensating by pumping out more oil. At this age, even face washing can be a chore. Two good alternatives are micellar water, which requires no water and no sudsing, and makeup remover wipes, which are a good option for lazy days and when on the go.
Here are some of our facial wash recommendations; 808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash, Acure Brilliantly Brightening Micellar Water, Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Towelettes, and one of the favourites, Lavera’s Cleansing Gel.
Or she could try a solid cleansing bar, like the charcoal one from The Australian Natural Soap Company.
Toner rebalances skin’s pH after cleansing. Go with an alcohol free toner, which won’t damage young skin’s natural moisture barrier. Here are some alcohol free toners your teen can use; Harmoni’s Kiss Toner Passionflower & Rose and Zkin Organics Clear Skin Toner.
Another common mistake is thinking that when skin is already oily, moisturiser is no longer needed. Young skin needs water though, not more oil, so go with an oil free, water based moisturiser.
This one from Harmoni’s Kiss is lightweight and calms breakouts with a blend of lavender, mandarin, and ylang ylang essential oils. Unless your teen’s skin is extremely dry, moisturiser can be limited to daytime so skin can ‘breathe’ overnight.
Another good one is the Acure Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturiser. The lightweight formula helps control sebum production, and helps to rejuvenate damaged skin.
Covering up spots with globs of makeup isn’t the right way to get rid of them. Neither is trying to scrub them away with abrasive scrubs, which will only irritate already inflamed skin.
If your teenager is dealing with acne, skip the harsh scrubs and astringent toners. Instead, look for products with natural chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. A good example would is Lavera’s 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask.
For when the odd pimple pops out, dab on a spot treatment like the Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Spot or 808 Dude Clear Skin Spot Free Gel. The Necessity Zit Stick is a go to for those suffering from congested skin. It’s an easy to use solution that uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils to flatten spots and help prevent scarring.
Once a week, use a mask to buff away dead skin buildup and draw out impurities. A good one can also help dry out existing blemishes and keep new ones from popping out. Try Redmond’s Bentonite Clay Healing Clay.
Most of the wrinkles that will appear on your child’s face later in life are from sun exposure she gets in the teenage years. Get your teens or tweens into the habit of sun protection. Remind them to use sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF every day, even if they’ll only be in class all day.
The trick to getting young ones to slather on sunscreen is to get one that feels nice on the skin. If it’s too greasy or sticky or heavy, you’ll have to nag them every day to apply it. One of our favourite sunscreens is the Wotnot Face Sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and is perfect for using as a primer under makeup. But the best part is that it’s zinc oxide based. Aside from offering good sun protection, zinc oxide calms inflammation and dries out pimples.
You can also try Simple As That Sunscreen.
That’s basically all natural skincare regime for teens and tweens, to get them started. Remember to keep it simple and to stick with products that are formulated with good ingredients, and for sensitive skin. Apart from the above, it’s also worth looking into natural nail care, lip care (highly recommend Hurraw!), period care, and hair care (greasy hair can lead to clogged pores and acne).
What natural skincare products have your teens found useful? Share below!
Image credits: 808 Dude, Harmoni’s Kiss, Weleda, Necessity, Redmond, and Wotnot
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