The number one factor in teaching teens about skin care is the food they eat. Food has a direct response on how our skin looks. Before we dive into what foods will give their skin the best nutrients and what foods they should avoid we also need to teach them the importance of a simple daily skin care routine.
A recent study concluded that teens 14-18 years old wished they had learned at a young age how to take care of their skin. And they would like to know the truth about skin care myths such as…
- Oil will break out your skin, so don’t use anything oily on your face.
- You have to wash your face multiple times a day if you have acne.
- You get acne because you don’t wash your face.
- The more force you scrub with, the better your skin will be.
- To kill acne, use alcohol on your skin.
- Oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer
Skin care facts…
- Oils are an excellent choice in any skin care regimen. Look for non-comedogenic facial oils.
- Best to only wash your face before bed “wash off the day".
- Scrubs are too harsh for the skin. Pick a liquid exfoliant.
- Alcohol dehydrates the skin which can lead to visible pores and early onset of wrinkles.
- Moisturizers are key in maintaining healthy, clear skin!
- Avoid skincare with these ingredients: parabens, oxybenzone & triclosan
Identifying your skin type-
When identifying your teen’s skin type, you can teach them to look at their pore size. If their pore size is a small opening, typically their skin is normal to dry. If their pore size opening is large, they commonly have normal to oily skin. Most teens have combination skin along with dehydrated skin. You can show them the dehydration lines by placing your finger on their jawline while lifting up the skin. If they display a gathering of horizontal lines, their skin is dehydrated.
We can teach our teens valuable information that will help more than their skin. Eating the right foods can bring relief from hundreds of symptoms and conditions, including dehydration, depression, anxiety, mood swings, weight gain, fatigue, food allergies, migraines, digestive problems, etc. You can repair your DNA, give your immune system a boost and improve mental clarity along with alkalizing your body. Eating the right foods- Click Here to Read More
Teenage years are full of highs and lows. They are growing into adults as they are leaving childhood. Figuring out their path in life can be overwhelming for some. Throw in skin issues, and the effect it has on their self-esteem can make the journey all the more confusing. Their bodies are changing, and their faces are transforming into adulthood. Having compassion during this period is the ultimate key with teens. By listening to them and their challenges, you may just be the only one they open up to. We can teach our teens this valuable information that will help much more than their skin. I have found the following organizations to be helpful for teens: ok2talk.org, kidshealth.org and drhyman.com.
Most Important Tip-
Tell your teen to stop picking at their face! The truth is that picking undermines the natural healing process of the skin, and it also spreads germs and bacteria. This is one FREE, simple and actionable change your teen can do at home to help significantly improve their skin’s health and appearance.
The following regimen is easy and effective:
- Cleanse- At night only! Do not wash your face in the shower. The water is too harsh and too hot for the skin. Use cool to lukewarm water. Our bodies are repairing themselves while we sleep (circadian rhythm) so, cleanse with circular motions always moving upward and outward, using pressure equal to the weight of a nickel. The amount of time to cleanse the skin should be one to two minutes to provide an effective cleansing, just like brushing your teeth.
- Tone- Apply a toner for balancing the skin’s pH level. Unless your teens cleanser is pH balanced.
- Moisturize- There are plenty of exfoliating, moisturizing serums and moisturizers. Not all teens need both; remember, start simple then slowly build their protocol.
- Exfoliant- Look for a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliant to do 2-3 times a week. Exfoliants work to gently slough dead cells and keep the pores clean.
5. Mask- A weekly mask is beneficial