As you hit your teens, you suddenly notice a change in your skin – it feels oily, or clammy and you notice some spots or even red zits. This is your hormones going crazy as your body starts to transition from childhood to adulthood. It is very tough to really fight this, but if you follow a good skin care regime then you can improve your skin’s appearance as well as ensure your skin looks young even as you grow older.
You might be attracted to use what’s on your mom’s dresser but remember that your mom has older skin, and her products have actives that are meant to diminish fine lines and patchy skin tone. You need none of those. Your skin care routine should be about proper cleansing and protecting your skin’s natural oil and moisture balance. It is a good idea to invest in good cleanser and moisturiser meant for younger skin.
Here’s what you need to do:
Cleanse: Cleansing your skin is most important. Use a mild soap free cleanser every morning and at night before going to bed to clean your skin. Avoid over cleaning your face, even if your skin feels greasy mid day do not use any soap or face wash. It can only over dry your skin, leading to excess sebum production. Just splash your face with water and pat dry.
Moisturise: During the day time use an oil-free moisturiser just after you cleanse your skin. It will keep your skin soft and prevent excess oil production. At night repeat the process.
Protect: Since UV rays can lead to skin darkening, and even aggravate oily skin condition, always use a sunscreen lotion or gel over your moisturiser. You can even apply a moisturiser with an SPF to protect your skin. Look for a lotion with minimum SPF of 20 and above
Scrub: Since blackheads can be an issue with many teenagers especially the outdoorsy types, use a scrub with fine granules once a week to keep the skin clear. When scrubbing your face do not do it too rigorously, you can land up with tender, sensitive skin. Once a month you can use a hydrating face mask to tone your skin.