As teenagers move through puberty, hormonal changes can wreak havoc on their skin, causing break outs and skin issues. This can cause damage to their skin along with their self-confidence. The good news is their skin care can be approached and treated in different ways according to individual needs. Here’s our overview for a great daily routine consisting of cleanse, tone, treat and moisturise. Keeping the routine simple is best to ensure they stick to it.
Cleanse: A key part of our skin is called sebum, a layer of oil that helps keep dirt and microorganisms from entering your body. A teenager’s skin can over- produce this oil and this excess oil can clog their pores leading to acne. The goal of cleansers is to remove the dirt and dead skin cells while leaving enough sebum to protect your skin. Avoid harsh soaps as they can dry out the skin leaving it vulnerable and prone to irritation.
Tone: Facial toners prepare skin for any treatments or serums that are used before a moisturiser. It can also balance the pH of the skin after cleansing. It also helps get rid of any excess oil or stubborn dirt leftover from cleansing.
Treatments: Treatments can consist of natural ingredients or be medicated at varying strengths with the aim of penetrating the skin further to help kill bacteria that causes acne. Try the treatment on a patch of skin to see if it has a reaction. Everyone has a different tolerance to medicated skincare and starting with a lower strength is a good way to approach this step in the routine.
Moisturise: For many teenagers, a reluctance to moisturise can contribute to their oily skin. When skin becomes dry, your body produces more oil and this can clog pores leading to breakouts. Using the right moisturiser can help balance the skin, preventing it from drying out and producing excess oil.
- Deep Treat: Facial masks are a popular trend but can be overused and should generally only be used one to two times per week. A clay mask is the most effective when it comes to oily skin.