I love makeup. Seriously, I have an entire dresser drawer filled with eye shadow palettes, blush, contour kits, lipstick, foundation, primers, etc. You name it and I probably have 5 or 6 of it. As much as I love makeup, I wish I had understood the importance of skin care when I was younger. Up until college I rarely washed my face with a dedicated facial soap let alone moisturized. Today I want to share 10 skincare tips for teens and also recommend some great skincare products for teens. These tips are easy enough to follow and when you’re my age you’ll be glad you used them!
Skincare Tips For Teens #1: Know Your Skin Type
One of the most important things about skincare is using products that are designed for your particular skin type. If you use skincare products that are not a good match for your skin then not only will they like not benefit your skin but they can actually cause damage. Skin is usually separated into five categories: normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Keep in mind that your skin type can actually change! For example, my skin is oily in the summer but more of an oily/dry combo in the winter.
Skin Type: Normal
Overall, “normal skin” is well-balanced.
- Not overly oily or dry
- small pores that are not easily visible
- few lines or wrinkles
- no shine
- no flakes
- even skin tone
- very few blemishes
- Smooth texture
Use products that will keep your skin well-balanced. Avoid anything markets as oil-free or super moisturizing because it can throw off your skins balance.
Skin Type: Dry
Dry skin typically produces less sebum, an oily secretion of your pores.
- dry scaly patches
- tightness in skin
- invisible pores
- skin gets irritated easily
Use skincare products that are designed to be gentle and nurturing like cream face wash and moisturizers. Avoid anything that is oil free or meant to remove excess oils like moisturizing gels or foam face washes.
Skin Type: Oily
Oily skin has a heightened sebum production.
- skin appears shiny
- large, noticeable pores
- frequent breakouts
Go for an oil free cleanser and makeup and DO NOT skip moisturizer. When you have oily skin it may seem logical to not add anything moisturizing to the skin but this is not helpful; it can actually signal your skin to produce more oil! Instead of a heavy cream moisturizer go for a gel instead. Also, exfoliate regularly. There are some excellent facial scrubs available to remove excess oil and dead skin cells.
Skin Type: Combination
Combo skin has at least two different skin type occurring in different areas of the face. The most common is an oily “T-Zone” (across the forehead and down the bridge of the nose and chin) with dry cheeks. Combination skin is actually the most common skin type.
Combination skin can have any combination of the above skin characteristics but in different areas of the face.
Find some “happy medium” products. Avoid anything with a lot of chemical meant to zap oiliness and acne because it will only dry out your dry patches more. A good practice would be to find a face wash good for normal skin and then treat your dry and oily areas with a specific moisturizer for those particular symptoms. You can also use different face masks/serums on different areas of your face as needed.
Skin Type: Sensitive
Sensitive skin will be either dry, oily, or combination but also become easily irritated. People with normal skin can possible have sensitive skin as well, but this typically is not the case.
- Easily Irritated
Those with sensitive skin usually find that natural products work best. Avoid anything with harsh chemicals as they can cause your skin to become even more irritated and inflamed. You could also opt for products meant to minimize redness in the skin.
Skincare Tips for Teens #2: Girl, Wash Your Face
No, I am not talking about Rachel Hollis’ book. I’m talking about finding a cleanser that is right for your skin and washing your skin. Confession: I rarely used face wash in high school (I know, gross) and my skin paid for it. Generally, it’s recommended you wash your face twice a day: when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night. There are a few other things to take into consideration though. If you have very dry or sensitive skin then you can stick to just washing your face before you go to bed at night. If you workout, then you need to wash your face after each workout session. For example, if you work out once in the morning and then have basketball practice in the afternoon then you need to wash your face in the morning, after basketball practice, AND before you got to bed.
Skincare Tips For Teens #3: SPF Moisturizer is a MUST
Sunscreen is mandatory to take care of your skin. I don’t care if you have a gorgeous tan and never burn; if you don’t use sunscreen you are allowing the sun to damage your skin even if you can’t see it (you will in about 20 years though). The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using at least SPF 30 each day. The best part is that most facial moisturizer do contain at least SPF 15 (the FDA’s recommendation) and many foundations offer SPF of 10 or more. Make sure to protect your skin now so you don’t have to worry later.
Skincare Tips for Teens 4: Drink Water
Another confession: I hate water. I used to despise it so much that I couldn’t even stomach drinking it unless it was flavored. However, I eventually recognized that my body needs water so I sucked it up and started drinking it (even though I still drink my fair share of Dr. Pepper and sweet tea).
Contrary to what many celebrities and social media influencers may say, drinking water doesn’t necessarily change the skins appearance. So if you have dry skin drinking a TON of water will not magically change that. However, drinking the recommended 2-3 liters of water a day does help cleanse your skin and body of toxins. It also gives you more energy and makes your digestive system pretty happy!
Skincare Tips for Teens #5: Take Your Makeup Off Before You Go To Bed
We’ve all been there: peacefully lying in bed and about to drift off to sleep when it happens. You remember that you’re still wearing makeup. I know it’s tempting to just forget about it and continue drifting off to sleep but not removing your makeup can be so damaging to your skin! Did you know the skin renews itself during the night? When you sleep in your makeup your skin is unable to repair during the night. Also, sleeping in makeup traps in extra oils and bacteria that causes acne which is why you’ll likely develop breakouts the following day.
Skincare Tips for Teens #6: Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Cleaning your makeup brushes isn’t the most fun but it’s necessary to keep your skin healthy for several reasons. First, the more dirty, makeup caked brushes tend to be more dry and stiff which can scratch up and damage the sensitive skin on your face. Also, dirty brushes hold a lot of bacteria which you will then be smearing all over your face… yuck. There are dozens of makeup brush cleansers out there a long with different tools like cleaning gloves and mats. However, I’ve always found plain old baby shampoo to work wonderfully for cleaning makeup brushes.
Skincare Tips for Teens #7: Toss Out Expired Makeup
Makeup actually has an expiration date. That’s right, if you look closely you will be able to find an expiration date printed on your makeup. Even still, you should be replacing your makeup on a regular basis because products can collect bacteria and cause breakouts, infections, etc. You can extend the life of your makeup by keeping your brushes clean and using a alcohol/water mixture to kill bacteria on your product. However, these are the standards for replacing makeup:
- After 2 Years: Foundation, Primer, Powder, Blush, Eye Shadow
- After 1 Year: Lipstick
- 3 Months: Mascara, eye liner, lip glosses
Generally, any kind of powder product or a product that doesn’t have an applicator will last up to two years because they do not accumulate as much bacteria. Lipstick last longer because it can be regularly cleaned with the rubbing alcohol/water mixture I mentioned above. Mascara, eye liner, and lip gloss definitely needs to replaced every three months with no exceptions. Mascara and eye liner both have contact with your eyes and if you don’t replace them on a regular basis you are at a high risk of developing an eye infection. Lip gloss needs to be replaced every 3 months because the applicator wand can transfer bacteria from your mouth to the tube of lip gloss and then back again.
Skincare Tips for Teens #8: Don’t Pick At Your Blemishes
I know how tempting it is to give that pimple a squeeze, but girl leave it alone! The skin on your face is very delicate and popping pimples can cause damage such as scabs, scars, and pits. Also, when you put pressure on a pimple to pop it, you can actually end up pushing the bacteria causing the pimple further into the skin and actually make the pimple worse.
Skincare Tips for Teens #9: Let Your Skin Breathe
When I was in high school I refused to go a day without makeup. Even if I wasn’t planning on leaving the house I still put on a full face of foundation and some mascara. This wreaked havoc on my skin and I was constantly breaking out because I was giving my skin time to breath. When you wear makeup your pretty much creating a barrier between your skin and the air; air which your face needs to regenerate and generally be healthy. When your face is constantly covered in makeup it can cause breakouts, black heads, white heads, dullness, etc. You don’t have to go without makeup all the time but I do recommend choosing one or two days a week that you go makeup free or at the least go without foundation.
Skincare Tips for Teens #10: Develop a Routine
Probably the most important tip in this post is to take everything I’ve mentioned here and develop a routine. It takes just 21 days to make a regular activity into a habit. So take these tips and make them into a daily/weekly/monthly routine. You’ll be grateful that you did in a few years!
I hope this has been helpful for you! What’s your favorite skincare tip or trick?