Let’s chat skincare, specifically for your tweens and teens! The tween ages are perfect to begin the whole skincare journey. I think that is the time where they can have fun and experiment with skincare and figure out exactly what their skin types require. Ultimately, it is great to start young! Preventative skincare is just as important as the skincare we do to take care of active issues. Routines in life are essential to our well being and those don’t have to just look like things such as exercise or work. Our self care routines are some of the most important routines we do solely because if we aren’t taking time to take proper care of ourselves, we can’t take care of other people or tasks as well.
Here’s a few things to note before getting started with skincare:
To begin, figuring out your child’s skin type is probably the most important place to start. The various types include: dry, sensitive, combination and oily. And yes, combination skin is a mix of a few of them, which can complicate things sometimes, but in this day and age, there is always a skincare solution. Henceforth, once you know their skin type, you can begin with the basics and then move towards skincare products to target specific needs!
When I say basics, I mean the things that everyone has in their routine. These items are all different, but the categories are the same and go as follows: toner, moisturizer, eye cream and lip care. All of these steps should probably be in everyone’s routine, but we all have different skincare needs, so that’s where the products differ and steps are added in. For example, someone with dry skin might add a hyaluronic acid into their routine to replenish moisture, while someone with oily or combination skin might need an AHA or BHA treatment to exfoliate their skin a few times a week.
The Fun Stuff
Just because we have a routine, doesn’t mean we can’t make it fun! Altogether, the same goes for any skin issues we might be dealing with, we can find ways to make tackling those needs exciting. There are some products like wash off masks and sheet masks that can be done 1-2x a week and those are some things my girls look forward to doing because they’re special since we only get to do them so often. They even make cute shaped pimple patches these days, where were those when I was a teenager?!
As always, skincare starts with a healthy gut, so making sure we take care of our bodies and drink enough water is incredibly important. Although, we recently started probiotics and those do wonder for the gut-skin connection! And remember, sunscreen is a daily thing– even if you’re not leaving the house–we do have windows!
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