Our body goes through various physical and hormonal changes during the teen years. These changes can wreak havoc on our skin and lead to acne, pigmentation and various other skin conditions that require our utmost attention. If these issues are not taken care of at the right time with the right kind of products and techniques, they can end up as permanent marks or indentations on your skin.
In this post, we are going to tell you why it is important to take care of your skin right from your teen years and also share some skincare tips for teenagers. Keep on reading to get to know about the correct ways to take care of your teenage skin!
Starting a skincare routine in the early teenage years is extremely beneficial for the long haul, say the experts.
Celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau, says the following on her popular blog "Due to hormonal changes, it is common for many teenagers to struggle with the various types of acne. Cysts, pustules, papules, blackheads and more can take a toll on teens’ self-confidence. Whether or not teenage skin has acne, it is still really important to start young with good skincare habits."
"If you have young children in your life, teaching them the importance of caring for their skin is such a great gift not only for their appearance but also for a boost of self-esteem." She further adds.
A good skincare routine will not only treat any pre-existing skin-related issues like acne or pigmentation but also prevent them from developing in the future - as you will grow older.
Here is a fact:
A lot of teenagers believe that skincare is all about washing your face and applying just any kind of moisturizer to your face that is easily available in the market or the one that their friends use.
But the reality is, everyone has a different skin type, hence, you should only use those skincare products that are suitable for your skin. We already have a handy guide that will help you to find out what your skin type is. Once you are aware of your exact skin type and its requirements, you can move ahead, choose the best products for yourself and incorporate these skincare tips in your daily life that we are about to share below. Check them out!
Skincare Tips For Teenagers
1. Don't Pick At Your Pimples
It happens to the best of us - you are dolling up to head out to your freshers' party or a date night with someone special and you end up noticing a huge, pesky pimple on your face!
We understand how annoying this situation can feel right before a special event, however, the worst thing you can do to that pimple is pop it - even if it is your first instinct to do so!
You should never pick at your breakouts or touch them repeatedly because doing so can leave scars on your face which can be hard to get rid of naturally. Besides that, touching acne breakouts too often can spread the bacteria on your skin and lead to more acne. Furthermore, we will also recommend you to not cover any active acne with heavy makeup because products like foundations or concealers can clog your facial pores.
You can certainly try out some of these natural and instant remedies on your acne as a spot treatment to reduce its size and redness -
- Tea Tree Oil
- Steeped Green Tea
- Aloe Vera Gel
2. Choose Products Wisely
Again, as we said, skincare products are meant to be chosen as per your skin type. You cannot just pick any kind of moisturizer or face wash from the store and expect it to do wonders for your skin once you start using it. Before using any kind of skincare product, you should always go through its ingredient list to see if it contains chemicals that are bad for your skin.
Certain harsh chemicals and preservatives present in your skincare products can damage your delicate skin. Parabens, phthalates, triclosan, oxybenzone, SLS, etc, are some of the most commonly used chemicals in skincare products that interfere with your body's endocrine system and cause skin problems, mainly acne. Steer clear of skincare products containing these chemicals at all costs!
DeBelle's range of beauty care products are made with exotic natural ingredients like Kojic Acid, Green Tea, Orange Extract, Blueberry Extract, Cocoa Extract, and a lot more goodness from mother nature. Our Fairness Cream is a great option for teenagers who want a moisturizing product that can also transform the overall look of the skin by adding a natural glow to it. It is a lightweight cream that has a smooth texture and an amazing fragrance. It comes infused with SPF 20 that will protect your skin against harmful UV Rays, thus, there won't be a need to apply sunscreen separately when you are using our Fairness Cream.
Our skin moisturizers that are available in 4 variants can be used as a multi-purpose moisturizing product for face, hands, and feet. They also carry a chemical and preservatives free formulation!
Teens with dry or flaky skin can try out our top-selling Moisturizing Lotion which is an intensely nourishing product that can be used on the face and body, both. This lotion is amalgamated with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Glycerine. Check out our posts about the benefits of Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter to dig deeper into these two natural ingredients!
3. Avoid Using Odd Remedies To Treat Your Acne
Acne and pimples are very common during the teen years because of sudden hormonal changes. To get rid of them fast, many teenagers put their trust on old wives' remedies that may or may not be the best choice for their skin. In fact, some old age hacks or viral "internet" hacks can actually worsen your skin's condition. For example, using toothpaste or baking soda on active acne can burn your skin. Still, a lot of people believe in these two quick remedies to get rid of acne.
There are tons of natural ingredients that you can use on acne instead of these two, like tea tree oil (diluted with a carrier oil), neem leaves paste, and garlic. If you are a teenage girl with severe acne issue then you should consider seeing a dermatologist or a gynecologist before trying anything else because frequent breakouts can be a notable sign of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a very common endocrine-related disorder that affects 1 in 5 Indian women. It is the main culprit behind several recurring skin conditions like pigmentation, cystic acne, excess facial hair growth, etc,. If you experience these symptoms along with abnormal periods, do get yourself checked for PCOS.
4. Cleanse Your Skin At Least Twice A Day
Having dirt, oil or sweat on the skin for a long time can aggravate acne and also make your skin appear dull. Always make sure to cleanse your skin at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the night before hitting the bed. Teens who play sports or go to the gym can carry some wet wipes which can be used to quickly clean the face after any activity. Reusable facial wipes can be made at home by following this method:
You will need:
- 2-3 Washcloths.
- Half cup Rose Water.
- 1 tbsp Almond Oil.
- 3-4 drops of Tea Tree Oil.
- A jar for storage.
Put the washcloths in the storage jar. In a bowl, combine all other 3 ingredients and mix them well. Pour the mixture into the storage jar and press the washcloths to make sure that they soak up all the liquid. Your DIY facial wipes are ready!
You don't need to throw away the washcloths after using them, just wash them thoroughly, let them dry and use the same mixture to turn them into wet facial wipes again. Cheap and Eco-friendly solution!Also Read: Uncommon Beauty Tricks & Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Time!
5. Avoid Eating Oily Or Junk Foods
There is not just one, but a million reasons to avoid unhealthy foods like chips, pizzas, burgers, deep-fried foods, etc. Following a poor diet can significantly affect your skin's appearance and make it age faster. Having your favourite dishes or drinking soda once in a while is OK, but try not to consume them on a regular basis. These are some of the common acne-causing foods/drinks that you should avoid consuming if you want to have healthier skin:
- Foods with high glycemic load such as white bread, white rice, potatoes, boxed cereals, crackers, etc,. Anything that has white flour or starch is a total no!
- Dairy products. According to a research by MDPI, consumption of any kind of dairy, be it normal milk, low fat or skim milk, yoghurt, etc, is linked to higher odds of ending up with acne.
- Oily and greasy foods.
- Packaged juices with preservatives.
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