June 19, 2021
Skin Care for Tweens and Teens is not something we hear about often.
Becoming a teenager is tough. Your body is rife with hormone surges, everything is exacerbated, feelings, moods, friendships, dramas, and skin problems tend to pop up as well.
I remember someone telling me when I was a teenager that using a plain old bar of soap was the best thing for your skin 😳. Needless to say, I suffered tremendously with breakouts, and just really unpredictable skin, even in to my 20's and early 30's.
I jumped from one brand to another, trying all the super expensive brands because, you know, they must work because they cost so much right? Oh how wrong I was! It wasn't until I created my own Skin Care line that I truly understood my skin and what was needed to improve it. Sometimes I used to think my skin was comparable to a teenagers skin, with the constant hormonal changes and breakouts.
Then there's the make up to cover up the bad skin, and this was HUGE in high school for me, kids were caking their faces with horrible make up just to cover the spots. Little did they know they were actually making their skin worse, or did they know but just couldn't stop? It is a vicious cycle for teens, and it's hella worse now let me tell ya! We didn't have the unrealistic beauty expectation that kids have now, with all the filters and ridiculously stunning people plastering themselves all over social media, creating a feeling of inadequacy in most women let alone the young impressionable teens. It is a huge societal issue and it is making life tough for our teens.
But what is the answer? Let's be real, it's not going to change anytime soon. If anything it will get worse! So what can we do to help our young develop the skills to nurture their skin not ruin it with copious amounts of makeup?
I have learnt a lot about what works and what doesn't, and I believe that these basic guides can be applied to anyone who is going through the same horrible unpredictable skin issues.
In my opinion this is something that we should be teaching our kids early to instil healthy habits through to their adulthood.
Whether your child is experiencing breakouts, oily skin, dry uneven skin tone, or nothing at all, there is no downside to teaching them how to take proper care of their skin.
So here are some of my basic guides that I will be passing on to my kids, take what you need and leave what you don't.
1. Routine - Cleanse and moisturise morning AND night. Develop an EASY routine for your kids that includes, cleansing, and moisturising at the very minimum. There are other steps you can add, but start with this, form the habit then build on it. The natural oils on your kids face increase through out the day, they touch their face a LOT and collect lots of unseen dirt, bacteria and all sorts of nasties. This must be removed before bed, EVERY night. And again in the morning ready for a fresh start tot he day. Clearing our the pours after we sleep is a great step to better skin. Especially for kids who are prone to break outs or have oily skin. If you can't get them to cleanse in the morning, start with the night time routine and build from there, that is the most important step.
2. Diet - As soon as I eat junk food, oily food, excessive chocolate, etc sure as shit I will have a break out a few days later. Keep your kids diets in check, reduce sugar and fried fast foods. There is never a downside to a good diet and your skin is one of the first places you will see the results of healthier eating.
3. Hydrate - Can the sugaring drinks and get your teens onto the water. It's hard but any improvement in hydration is better than none. Drinking more water helps to clear skin, hydrate it, and supports cell renewal. It's the easiest tip to clear skin for all ages!
4. Ditch the makeup - If you have girls and they are wearing makeup everyday just to go to school etc, then it's time to encourage less covering up. If the above steps are implemented then their skin will start clearing and hopefully their confidence will increase. If they are adamant they have to wear makeup, be sure to invest in a mineral, organic, and natural product that will help their skin.
5. SLEEP! - This is SO important for brain development, skin renewal, and general wellbeing for kids. The pressures of school, social pressures etc can weigh hard on kids these days, try removing the phones after a certain time in the evenings, the less they are on their socials the less it will seep in and affect their confidence. Easier said than done I know. But your kids wont just feel better they will be mentally stronger, able to regulate better and their skin will have the time it needs to renew while they sleep.
6. Invest in Skin Care that works - The market is flooded with skin care brands nowadays making it so hard to know what is best for you and your kids. We suggest using an all natural, no nasties product that is super gentle on skin. Our gentle Gel Cleanser has been proven to work on teenagers. It is gentle but effective. Combining this with a moisturiser that is going to balance out the moisture in their skin is vital. Our Daily Moisturiser is perfect for unpredictable skin, it can be used as a night cream as well as a day cream, absorbing quickly into the skin it will hydrate but not sit on the surface of the skin creating a dirt magnet! It is perfect for teenagers as it has all natural gentle ingredients.
Keep in mind that skin is ever changing throughout the teenage years, so using a system that is gentle and natural is vital. Keep the routine up and you will see an improvement both in their skin and in their confidence.
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