If you’re in your teens, you are just at the right time to start taking care of your face properly. This will help avoid skin care problems caused by improper habits. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Teen skin care differs from your mom’s skin care, so don’t rely on her facial cleansers and moisturizers which are most likely not meant for your skin type.
Take care when choosing cosmetics: Cosmetics like foundation, blush, and moisturizer should be oil-free. Chose products that do not promote the formation of blemishes or cause blocked pores. Ask a qualified sales person or a dermatologist which skin products would be best for your skin type.
Don’t pick your face: If you pick, squeeze, or pinch blemishes, you risk developing acne scars. Don’t rub or touch blemishes.
Be gentle with cleaning: Hard scrubbing will only make your skin condition worse. Gently wash your skin with a mild cleanser in the morning, at bedtime, and after heavy exercise. Avoid rough scrubs or pads. After you wash your skin, rinse it thoroughly.
For All Skin Types, Please Avoid:
- Picking at breakouts.
- Using harsh products such as rubbing alcohol as a toner.
- Keeping devices such as cell phones clean and sanitized. Avoid touching skin after touching surfaces such as computer keyboards or door handles.
By approximately 16-17 years, teens should incorporate an eye cream and a lip balm/treatment with SPF along with their regular routine. All age groups should use an oil-free sunscreen or sunblock with SPF 30 for outdoor sports or activities. Skincare routines may vary due to each person’s unique chemistry.
As you mature, your skin care needs will change, as your skin does. Pay special attention to what products you are using and if there are any undesirable affects taking place. What makes your skin look radiant one month may cause blemishes and break-outs the next.