Young skin – when to begin?
I often get asked when a teenager should start using skincare. Its such a difficult question to answer!
There is no set age; it all depends on what the teenager is doing to their skin and their natural skin type. If they do not wear make-up and have clear skin, then the skin should be left alone as long as possible, however I would suggest a small amount of moisturiser to combat surface dryness, protect from the elements and begin to prepare the deeper layers of the skin for the future.
However, as soon as make-up is being worn, or hormones have kicked in and the skin is showing signs of congestion and spots, a simple routine needs to be in place to ensure that the skin is kept clean and smooth, and that no dirt or make-up can be left trapped in the skin – which could cause further congestion and breakouts.
TEENAGE SKINS DO’S!
• Use a gentle cleanser in the evening to remove any dirt or make-up. The cleanser could be a light lotion or a cleansing facial wash.
• A toner should follow. This is an essential product at this stage as it will remove any last traces of cleanser or make-up. A toner will also help cleanse any congestion lurking under the skin.
• A light moisturiser or anti-shine balm should be applied day and evening, nothing too heavy. This will hydrate the uppermost layers of the skin and create a good, smooth base for make-up.
• A light SPF should also be used. Teenagers won’t be too bothered about this product, but its essential to start protecting the skin from a young age. UV exposure is the biggest cause of premature ageing, and while the young one’s won’t care about that now, they may be grateful for the advice later!
• Use a facial scrub twice a week. An exfoliator should be used once or twice weekly. This will ensure that the lumps and bumps that come with blackheads and congestion under the skin are kept smooth. A facial scrub also helps to deep cleanse pores, so lessens the chances of blackheads and spots forming.
TEENAGE SKIN DON’TS
• Do not over cleanse the skin! Don’t be tempted to clean and clean and clean the skin in an attempt to rid of the surface oil. A certain amount of oil is meant to be there, and if you scrub away too much, the skin will over-compensate and just make more!
• Do not pick spots! It’s a myth that you should squeeze and squeeze a spot until nothing else comes out. By doing this you are creating a big, bleeding hole in your skin. And bacteria love blood! Therefore, the spot will not go away, and most likely just get worse.
• Don’t use strong astringent products! The thought, again is to strip the skin completely of the oil and astringents (products containing large amounts of alcohol), will do this. But not only will the skin just create more oil, but you will be leaving the skin exposed to more spots and blackheads, as you have also removed the skins protective barrier!
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And that’s about it! Teenagers don’t need an extensive skin care routine, or a cupboard full of products. Products should also be tailored to the specific ski type of skin problem. Treat the skin gently but well and regularly. Getting into good habits at a young age will ensure the skin is prepped and primed for the future years.
My products of choice for Teenage skin are Eve Taylor Teen Skin Actives – targeting specific problems but still kind and gentle to delicate skin.
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