Like everything else that goes along with one’s teenage years, most teenagers experience at least a few ups and downs when it comes to their skin. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you're taking care of your skin the right way, or if you’re the parent of a teenager, to make sure your child is taking care of their skin correctly. For that reason, in this blog, we’ll be talking about the best skincare routine for teens, what products they should be using, and what they don’t really need right now. As with anything, you should always check with their doctor, or in this case, dermatologist, before starting any course of treatment, but this will give you a basic idea of where to begin creating a teen skincare routine.
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Main Takeaways: When it comes to teen skincare, keeping it simple is the way to go. Don’t over complicate your teen’s skincare routine and they’ll be much more likely to stick with it.
Good to Know: All you need to get your teen started on a skincare routine is a few simple, affordable products–no fancy, expensive extras necessary.
Recommended Products: So Clean! Facial Cleanser.
Best Skin Care Routine for Teens: Pro-Tips
Between hormones, stress, menstruation, junk food and a general lack of understanding about how to take care of skin, skincare can be a really tough but important issue for some teens. Getting them started on an easy-to-use, simple skincare routine is a really important part of helping shepherd them through this part of their lives and if you do it right, they’ll make it a lifetime habit.
Here are a few general tips for creating the best skincare routine for teens:
- Start them off early so they get in the habit of taking care of their skin - “I’m so sorry I started taking care of my skin so early,” said no one, ever. Getting in the habit of taking care of your skin is like getting in the habit of making your bed–the earlier you start, the more likely you are to do it in the long term. They may complain a bit now, but they’ll thank you in the long run.
- Don’t overcomplicate it - Although some teens need to combine prescriptions or products from the dermatologist, generally speaking, there’s no reason teenagers need to worry about extra steps, such as targeted serums or eye creams. Keep it about the basics and they’ll be much more likely to stick to it.
- Check the ingredients - As a company with a firm commitment to using only clean, non-toxic ingredients, we feel that there are certain ingredients absolutely no one should use but we definitely think teenagers should stay away from them. Whatever products you have your teenager use, be sure to check the ingredients for “baddies” like formaldehyde.
- Be understanding about their skin issues - Skin can be a remarkably sensitive issue for some teens who feel embarrassed about breakouts, acne, or other issues. When you approach them about taking care of their skin, keep in mind that this might be a touchy issue for them and proceed with a listening ear.
- Teach them about the consequences of not taking care of your skin – You might remember an article that went viral a few years ago called “Wear Sunscreen” that offered advice to young people about how to prepare for life. It’s not a bad idea to do the same about skincare. Tell them about the consequences that spending too much time in the sun, smoking, and unhealthy eating habits can have on your skin and body.
- Even teenagers with great skin still need to take care of it - It’s easy to look at a teen’s skin and think that they really don’t need to do anything for it, but the truth is, it’s still vitally important to cleanse and take care of the skin no matter how great it may look. Remember, our skin is our largest organ and it needs maintenance as much as the rest of the body!
- Make it affordable - It may be hard to believe, but your teenager is just a few years from adulthood. Start them off with a skincare brand that can be purchased with cash they have earned, and they’ll be more likely to continue to use it.
Best Skin Care Routine for Teens
Now that you’ve got some tips about how to approach your teen about their skincare routine, here is a simple, easy routine you can recommend to your teenager. Ideally, they should do this twice a day but if you can only get them to do it once a day at first, that’s a good start.
Cleanse the Skin
Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, any good skincare routine starts with cleansing the skin well. For teenagers, this is especially important as hormones can cause oil to really build up. Our So Clean! facial cleanser is a perfect face wash for teens, as it will remove excess oil and remove makeup.
Tone the Skin
At this age, toning the skin probably isn’t a huge priority, but our Rose and Shine rose water toner feels so great on the skin they’ll probably want to do it (especially if they’re involved in sports or dance or anything else that makes them perspire a lot). A few spritzes of this hydrating toner and they’ll be hooked.
Once their skin is cleansed of excessive oils, it needs to be replenished with a nourishing moisturizer. Our Crème de la Cream brightening moisturizer is great for all skin types and helps to keep their skin healthy. It’s also well known for the ability to brighten the skin and for helping prep it for makeup or sunscreen.
Again, have them read that viral article, threaten to withhold their allowance, tell them you’ll buy them Harry Styles tickets if they use it- whatever you have to do, find a way to get your teens to wear sunscreen. Like cleansing the skin, this is one non-negotiable aspect of skincare.
Use a Detox Mask
Even with regular cleansing, your teen’s skin can get really clogged up with dirt and oil. Show them how to keep their skin detoxified and healthy using a once-a-week-or-so face mask like our Prince Charcoal detox mask. It’ll help release the toxins that come from sweating during soccer practice, all that school play makeup, and junk food they eat during the week.
We hope that helps you help your teen with their skincare routine or if you’re a teenager yourself, helps you start one! There’s really not much to it and before you know it, they–or you–will make skin care as much a part of daily life as brushing your teeth.