Teen Skin Care Basics
When do you need to start using skin care?
Pretty much as soon as puberty kicks in. This is the time when the body starts to experience the many changes that come with this cycle. On average, this can be any time from the age of 12.
As your body undergoes massive hormonal changes you’ll start to notice changes to your skin too. This is when most girls will start to use skin care products.
Use products with natural and botanical ingredients rather than chemical ones. Natural is far more gentle and less likely to aggravate your skin. Not only that, doesn’t it make sense to opt for things that come from nature to put on your face rather than ones cooked up in a lab!
Look for products that aim to balance skin to counteract all the imbalance that’s happening during this time. If you start to develop good skin care habits early it will help to avoid skin problems during the teen years and beyond.
What’s the real deal in terms of what I need to do to look after my skin?
1. Keep skin clean. Cleansing skin and using the right type of cleanser is the number one thing you can do for your skin. Alkaline cleansers or ones that contain (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) SLS strip surface oil from the skin, leaving it depleted. The oil glands respond by pumping out more oil to compensate, leading to skin that is out of balance and prone to problems.
Cleanse skin morning and night to remove dirt, grime and make-up, which, if left on skin, clogs pores and leads to skin congestion, often resulting in breakouts. Do not over-cleanse, which a lot of people with oily skin tend to do. Over-cleansing will again just act to dry out the skin surface and result in the skin trying to fix that problem by producing more oil.
2. Wash your face after exercising. This is very important. All that salty sweat is basically toxic waste (toxins) being released from your body. It is coming out of your body and you need to remove it by thoroughly rinsing your face with water until you can no longer taste the saltiness.
3. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Exfoliating skin is an essential part of a good skin care regimen. Exfoliating skin removes cells from the skin’s surface, not only immediately refreshing skin’s appearance but also stimulating cell renewal.
Everyone exfoliates naturally. About a million tiny skin cells fall off the body in a minute! By using an exfoliator, you are helping the body in this process. Exfoliating removes dull surface cells to reveal a healthier, more vibrant complexion.
Avoid abrasive scrubs on problem skin. If you have pimples, blemishes or acne, these can be easily opened up or irritated with the abrasive particles contained in some exfoliators. Like open wounds, harsh exfoliation can leave blemishes subject to even more infection, taking them longer to heal.
If you don’t have problem skin, a harsh exfoliator can create problems by over-stimulating the skin sebum, resulting in over-production of oil. Exfoliating is a vital step in a skin care regimen, but it should always be gentle exfoliation, which is why natural exfoliants are your best bet.
4. Moisturise your skin. Your skin is exposed to daily environmental stresses – sun, smoke, pollutants, highly processed foods. Moisturiser is your defence against these assaults. It works to protect the skin against attack, and to nourish, replenish and feed the skin with essential nutrients.
What’s the deal with pimple creams – do they work?
Yes, they work but you need to find the one that works for you.
As a general rule, those products designed to dry out pimples are very harsh and using them on skin that is infected only aggravates it. This tissue needs soothing, calming, antibacterial products, not harsh, caustic creams