The Ultimate Skincare Routine For Teens
Being a teenager can be kind of stressful; it’s a whirlwind of AP calculus, curfews, and boy drama, so the last thing you need to be worrying about is your skincare regime. To save you the hassle, we’ve pulled together the ultimate regime that’ll help combat everything from pimples to oily skin, leaving you with a goddess level glow.
Understanding teenage skin
The first step of any good skincare regime is understanding your skin. During your teens, your hormone levels spike, which in skin terms equals one thing: oiliness. The main aim of your skincare regime should be dedicated to balancing your skin and controlling oil production. The rising levels of testosterone also increase sebum (oil) production, making breakouts more likely as the buildup of oil blocks your pores and encourages blackheads and pimples to form. Plus, as you go through puberty, you start to produce more keratin (a protein that protects the upper layers of your dermis), which makes your skin thicker, and therefore it contributes to blocked pores.
Ingredients to look for: Clay to extract oil , Benzoyl Peroxide, which is proven to help break-outs, salicylic acid and AHAs, which clean deep into pores, and tea tree oil and witch hazel, which are naturally antibacterial.
Things to avoid: Food-wise, avoid cow’s milk, and rich and heavy creams (dairy) to help with hormonal breakouts.
Step 1: Cleanse
As a teenager, the most important skincare step is cleansing.
Cleansing properly will help remove impurities and any excess oil. Start your day with a cleanser that’s targeted for your skin type, like a foam or gel formula. However, at the end of the day, you should double cleanse to help remove any makeup residue, dirt, oil, or dead skin that’s sitting on your skin. It may seem counter intuitive to use an oil on oily skin, but a cleansing oil will actually remove sebum more effectively as oil attracts oil.
Step 2: Tone
Toning is another key step and helps to rebalance the pH levels of your skin, which in turn helps manage oil production. Plus, it’ll tone and tighten your pores, so they’re less likely to become blocked. A good toner will also help remove any lingering makeup residue – you’ll be surprised how you can miss makeup around your hairline!
Step 3: Exfoliate (2-3 times a week)
Its really important to “keep skin exfoliated” due to the hormonal surges that are occurring and leading to blocked pores. Dr. Wu recommends “Clay containing products, which have natural antiseptic and astringent properties.
salicylic acid are perfect as they clean deep into your pores, as they’re able to penetrate more deeply (than physical exfoliates) and dissolve the glue that holds together debris in your pore.
However, you should only exfoliate two to three time a week, and be sure to be as gentle as possible. The more pressure you apply when you use physical (grainy) exfoliators, the more likely you are to damage your skin and encourage breakouts (micro scratches on the surface of the skin encourage bacteria to enter).
DIY Exfoliator: Cook together 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. Leave it to cool and then mix in 1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt (packed with lactic acid, an AHA), 1 tablespoon of honey (anti-inflammatory and antibacterial), 1 teaspoon of turmeric, (an awesome antiaging and antibacterial powerhouse), and an egg white for a hit of zinc and vitamin B. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Step 4: Moisturize
Don’t think that just because your skin is oily you can get away with skipping moisturizer. It may seem counterintuitive, but if you don’t hydrate oily skin, your skin will produce more oil in an effort to compensate for the lack of moisture. This means that the best moisturizer is one that can replenish and hydrate without sitting heavily on your skin. Look for gel moisturizers that are super lightweight and are water-like in texture, as these contain the lowest amount of oil, waxes, and emulsifiers. You can also look for labels that say non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, as these mean the product will not clog pores or cause breakouts.
Optional: Apply a serum
If you feel like one round of moisture isn’t enough, and you want to take your skincare regime to the next level, apply a serum before your moisturizer. Serums contain a high concentration of active ingredients, and the small molecular structure allows it to penetrate the skin on a deeper level. It’s super lightweight so it’ll absorb into your skin easily, lessening the chance of it blocking your pores.
Step 5: SPF
To use SPF daily because often when a pimple is healing and it’s exposed to the sun, it will leave hyperpigmentation.” 90% of how your skin ages is directly related to sun exposure and if there’s one thing all dermatologists agree on, it’s that wearing sunscreen every day is essential if you want healthy skin. While aging may not seem like the greatest skincare concern in your teens, if you get into this skincare ritual early on, you’ll be loving life and the way your skin looks when you hit 30.
Do a weekly Mask
Our fave DIY Acne Mask: This mask is perfect for teen skin as honey is a natural humectant so it’ll draw moisture into your skin, yet it’s also antibacterial helping reduce any acne bacteria in the skin. Combine 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of nutmeg, and 2/3 teaspoons of cow’s milk in a bowl, then apply to your face using a brush; continue to layer the mask until it’s all gone. Leave it on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes and then either gently wipe away with a muslin cloth or wash your face with warm water.
Since teen skin is more prone to pimples, make sure you’re always prepared with a spot treatment to tackle a pimple as soon as you can feel one coming. Look for products that contain salicylic acid, witch hazel, or tea tree as these ingredients will help lower inflammation and reduce acne bacteria in the skin.
We hope you enjoyed reading and will look after your skin,and also follow all the above mentioned tips for perfect flawless skin in your 30s.