Top Ten Skincare Essentials for Teens
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
April 17, 2011
Filed Under Health
Contributed by Cara Hartley, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Adolescence can be an exciting yet stressful time. The concerns of teens can range in magnitude from pop quizzes to teen pregnancy.
One thing that affects most teens is the quality of their skin. A blemish can rock the self-esteem of even the healthiest teen. With a little preparation and care teens can keep their skin healthy, clear and glowing, without spending loads of cash on fancy skin treatments.
Here are the items that I would put on a list of the top ten skincare essentials for teens:
10. Natural Astringent and Toner
A non-alcohol based, astringent that uses natural elements is key for teens with oily skin. Raging hormones are the usual culprit when it comes to greasy skin, and a good astringent can help soak up excess sebum. Skip the grocery-store versions that are filled with harsh chemical like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Your skin is too precious for that kind of chemical care.
Quality, gentle astringents can be used daily, but they can also have a drying effect. Dryness can be averted by discontinuing use for a day or two, and using a non-greasy moisturizer.
9. No touching
What your mother told you is true: keep your hands off your face! Long hours of listening to teachers drone can lead to drowsiness, causing teens to prop their chins in their hands, fighting the call of much-needed sleep. Ultra-magnifying hand mirrors are a great way to obsess over the smallest facial imperfections, as well as a great way to end up with a face marred from picking. No matter how tempting it may be, avoid picking at your skin, and sit up straight for goodness sake!
8. Clean bedding
An oft-forgotten cause of acne is also one of the simplest to avoid. School, homework, extracurricular activities and a never-ending social life can be overwhelming, making little things like clean laundry seem unimportant. However, sleeping on the same bedding night after night creates a vicious cycle, wherein the dirt and oil from the face comes off on the pillow, then reapplies to the face.
Washing sheets and pillow cases at least once a week can lead to cleaner, smoother skin. Organic bedding can be an effective solution for many teens.
7. Eat healthy
A healthy change in diet can lead to healthier skin. Fried foods, foods high in sugar and foods with a high dairy content may be linked to acne outbreaks. Eating more fruits and vegetables and more fiber aids digestion, improves the immune system, and reduces skin toxicity levels.
Drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily is one of the best ways to improve complexion. Water flushes toxins and excess hormones out of the body and helps to balance hormones. It can be difficult for teens to get enough water, but an easy way to ensure adequate hydration is to replace all other drinks with water. Carrying a reusable water bottle is a hip and environmentally-friendly way to stay hydrated.
Exercise increases circulation and helps deliver nutrients to skin cells. Exercise also induces sweating, which helps to clear clogged pores. Teens should strive for at least thirty minutes of exercise per day, be it walking, jogging, lifting weights, riding bikes, swimming or yoga.
Even those with oily skin should moisturize on a daily basis. A fragrance free moisturizer with the words “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic” is essential for healthy, hydrated skin. Beginning a moisturizing regiment during adolescence is a routine that will be appreciated for years to come.
As most teens know, stress is a huge factor in breakouts. High stress levels can lead to inflammation, which along with hormones is one of the primary sources of acne. Deep breathing, taking a walk, starting a yoga practice, and living in the moment are all quick and easy methods of de-stressing.
2. Apply sunscreen
The punk rock band Social Distortion sums up the feelings of many youth with the lyrics “When I was young I was invincible, I found myself not thinking twice, I never thought about no future, it’s just a roll of the dice.” However invincible teens might feel, sunscreen is crucial for healthy skin. Sunscreen protects against sun damage that causes skin cancer, dries the skin and creates wrinkles. Teens should select a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and wear it daily to retain the most benefits.
1. Wash your face
Using soap and water twice a day to cleanse the skin is a trick that has worked for generations in the fight against acne. Some people exfoliate once a week, some people use homemade honey and oat facial masks, some people swear that eating a handful of almonds every day is the cure for breakouts. Find a quality skin cleanser that works for you, and stick with it. When it comes down to it, washing your face on a regular basis is the easiest and most proactive way to defend your skin from pesky pimples.