5 Skincare Tips For Teenage Girls
Hey girl! Get in here. Being a teenager can be overwhelming. With a changing body, school schedule and mindset, the teenage years can be very hectic and confusing to a young girl. Our bodies change during puberty, so teen skincare can be difficult. Often, our skin as well as our moods act up. Body and skincare are especially important at this time. If your teen girl is dealing with acne or breakouts, she has to face every day wishing for a different, better, flawless face, and perhaps shrinking away from her full potential.
1. Know Your Skin Type
Take the skin type test to know your skin type. In most teenagers, normal and oily skin areas on the face, blemished, large pores and oily skin occurs primarily in the T-zone, i.e, between the forehead, eyebrows, nose and chin. The skin around the T-zone is smooth and has fine pores. The cheek area is dry and sometimes tight. Using a face cleanser that doesn’t contain oil can also help control those teenage skin outbreaks.
2. Build A Routine and Stick To It.
What is more important than building a skincare routine, is religiously following it! You might often get impatient and look for quick results. But remember, skincare is a process and a journey! Stick to one routine and give it some time to show results. If you are using a particular product that suits your skin type, continue using it. Avoid changing your routine frequently. Use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen to take care of your skin. If you have dry skin, choose a non-soapy formula and salicylic acid for oily skin. Choose a moisturizer that is oil-in-water based or gel-based to make your skin grease-free. You can also opt for sunscreen - preferably aqua or gel-based ones.
3. Cleanse Your Skin Regularly.
Cleanse the skin regularly in the mornings and evenings. It’s essential to thoroughly remove your make-up in the evenings. First, Use micellar water and a cotton pad to remove the remnants of your makeup, dirt or oil from the surface of your skin. Do not leave makeup overnight as it will clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
Then cleanse your skin using a face cleanser. This removes the oily layer and allows you to remove excess sebum without stressing the skin.
To wash your face properly, use a cleanser that suits your skin type to avoid drying out your skin or causing irritation. Don’t scrub harshly; instead, use gentle, circular motions, making sure to reach every inch of your face.
Avoid using soap (unless it is specifically for washing face), as it can irritate the pores on your face and trigger acne and pimples.
If you have oily or normal/combination skin, use a daily cleanser that contains salicylic acid to control excessive oil production and increase hydration. Cleansers containing salicylic or lactic acid help in dissolving dirt and oil, thus unclogging the pores.
You can also take Vitamin A or Zinc supplements to control the sebum production and thereby lessen the occurrence of blackheads.
4. Moisturize Regularly.
Apply moisturizer twice daily to help keep your skin supple, hydrated and to prevent premature fine lines and wrinkles.
Make sure to use lightweight, oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin in order to prevent clogging. You can use gel-based moisturizers too if your skin is prone to acne.
You can also choose a moisturizer that includes a broad-spectrum sunscreen to help protect your skin from the sun's rays. If you have sensitive skin, avoid moisturizers with added fragrance.
5. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face.
Keep your hands away from your face. Otherwise, your skin will constantly be irritated and bacteria will end up on the surface of the skin. No matter how tempting it is, you should never squeeze spots. The pressure can push bacteria further into the skin and cause inflammation. But if there is no other way, don’t squeeze with just your fingers – put a clean handkerchief between the skin and your fingertips and only apply gentle pressure. Disinfect the area of skin affected afterwards to reduce the risk of infection. Better yet, go to a beauty spa regularly. You can get your skin cleaned professionally there, meaning that spots will appear much less frequently.
6. Always Use A Sunscreen.
A good SPF is non-negotiable at any age. You want your skin to look healthy now and for decades to come. Using sunscreen also helps keep your acne breakouts from turning dark. Pick an oil-free product, and look for cosmetics, like liquid foundation, that contains sunscreen. Slather an SPF 30 on every morning as the final step in your routine for sun and blue light protection, which your skin will be thanking you for later (trust us).
Most importantly, love yourself. Although this tip is last, it’s perhaps the most crucial for your teenage years. Throughout your journey into puberty and subsequent adulthood, there’s a good chance that you will doubt yourself and question your self-worth. Bullies, relationship issues, more challenging academics, and a changing body could all be sources of stress. You must remind yourself that you deserve to love yourself. To overcome the many challenges of adolescence, you have to first learn to accept your flaws and love yourself just the way you are!