Helpful Skincare Tips for Teens

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If you're in your teens, you're just at the right time when it's important to start taking care of your face properly. This will help avoid skincare problems caused by improper habits. The good news is it doesn't take a lot of time, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Teen skincare differs from your mom's skincare, so don't rely on her facial cleansers and moisturizers which are most likely not meant for your skin type.

By following the skincare tips for teens below, you'll see what you need to do, and what you need to know when it comes to proper skincare.

Protect Your Skin

If there is one thing that you take from this article, this is it: use sunscreen. We all know that sunscreen protects your skin from the sun, and this obviously reduces your chance of skin cancer. Did you also know that this reduces your chance of signs of early aging? 90 percent of premature aging (aka wrinkles) is caused by the sun. Sure, it may not be something that you are thinking of when you're in your teens, but you'll be glad you did it down the road. Apply sunscreen with no less than SPF 15 when you're out in the sun or driving around with your friends. Don't forget to reapply. And share this beauty tip with your friends. They will thank you.

Ditch the Bar of Soap in Your Shower

Find a facial cleanser that's best for your skin type. Do you have oily skin? Many teens find that oily skin is their main concern, so look for a gel-based cleanser if this is your problem. An affordable one that you can pick up at the drugstore would be Clean and Clear's Continuous Control Acne Cleanser which includes benzoyl peroxide which helps clear acne. Make sure you wash your face in the morning and at night. You never want to sleep in your makeup. It's important to strip your face clean before you put your head down.

Moisturize Your Face

The idea that those with oily skin don't need a moisturizer is just plain false. What you do need is a light oil-free moisturizer to put on after you cleanse. Remember to always moisturize after you wash and dry your face. If your skin is very oily, you may choose to just moisturize in the morning.

Use a Weekly Mask and Exfoliator

A mask deep cleans your pores, while an exfoliator removes the top layer of dead skin cells. When choosing a mask, look for a clay mask like Aveda's Deep Cleansing Clay Masque which will open pores and clean deep down. A weekly to bi-weekly exfoliator will encourage new skin to come to the surface faster. Try Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub for a great drugstore brand. Make sure you are gentle; if you over scrub, your skin may break out even further. Use once a week for polished skin.

Final Thoughts on Teen Skincare

While you can't change your genes, you can do your best to take care of your skin so your acne has a chance at getting better. Don't buy every acne product on the market; sometimes they are too harsh for sensitive teenage skin. Look for cleansers and moisturizers that are oil-free, and make sure you use them. Stick with a tinted moisturizer with SPF to get your dose of moisture, protection, and coverage with only one application. And lastly, don't feel funny about talking to your doctor to see if he or she can help. If you're like most people, acne will someday be a fleeting memory for you. Until then, there are many options available to help.