When children grow into their teen years they become more conscious of their appearance, including their skin. What they learn now about natural skincare can become a life-long wellness practice. Here are some ideas for teenagers to help them sustain healthy skin naturally and prevent or properly manage skin irritations such as acne.
Cleansing and moisturizing routines are key. They may differ depending on whether the skin is normal, oily, dry or a combination skin type. Determine yours and read on. Other factors influencing skin health that we can control are diet and protection from the sun’s UV rays.
Identify Skin Type
Identifying skin type (which may fluctuate with the seasons and hormone levels) is important to caring for your skin.
Normal skin appears smooth and clear. It maintains a natural balance of oil and water. Wash your face with a mild soap two to three times a day. The body’s natural oils prevent water loss.
Oily skin may appear shiny. It shows open pores and is acne prone. Use soap and water three times a day to keep the face clean. Don’t touch or squeeze pimples. Avoid any products that clog the pores. Tanning the skin will not improve acne it may actually worsen it.
Dry skin looks dull. Moisturizing is important after a twice-daily wash. Natural moisturizers containing Shea butter and olive oil help lock in moisture. Do not use products that contain fragrance or alcohol, which can make the skin drier. Avoid scrubbing. Such action on the skin’s surface can make it drier.
Combination skin on a teenager may have areas that are dry and areas that are oily. You can remove excess oil by washing three times a day with soap and water. Use a moisturizer on the dry areas only.
Oil, dirt and sweat accumulate on the face. Wash it away at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening after brushing teeth. Use warm water and mild soap or a foaming facial cleanser. Don’t shock the pores with hot or cold water while washing.
During the day, avoid touching your face with your fingers. Bacteria can spread causing pores to clog and inflame. Keep hands, eyewear and hair clean for this same reason. Pay attention to the forehead, nose and chin area.
After cleansing, hydrate with a moisturizer containing all natural ingredients. A moisturizer is especially important for those with dry skin. Body moisture moves from inside the skin’s deepest layers to its outer layers. Lock it in with a good natural moisturizer.
Eat Well, Avoid Sun Exposure
Refined sugars and processed foods fuel inflammation. Skin needs fresh, healthy food just as our other organs do. Forego the soft drinks and replenish with a nice cool drink of water.
When going outside, apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen year round to protect your skin from damage now and later in life. Like eating well and exercising, teenagers can improve and protect their skin naturally. If acne becomes severe and long lasting, talk with a dermatologist to find a treatment method for your skin type