Back To School Skincare- Setting Healthy Habits for Future Skin Health
Its that time of year again when we are all thinking about the end of the summer holidays and setting a routine for going back to school or to college.
If you have a child or a teen who is returning to the classroom this September you may be keen to start as you mean to go on and set a solid routine for their sleep schedule, play time and eating patterns. This is an ideal time to set new healthy habits for your child or teen, eating right, getting adequate time outdoors and sleep are all really important for the overall health and wellbeing of your child. Now is a great time to set a new skincare routine to help them manage their skin health into the future, instil good habits and overall improve their confidence and self esteem.
‘Skincare in teens and pre-teens does not need to be complicated, really its about managing the changes that are happening in their skin, keeping the skin healthy and protected and avoiding issues in the future.’
Here I have set a number of golden rules that will help them do that and the products that may help.
1. Cleansing Twice a Day
The key to clear and healthy skin begins with a good cleansing routine, it is so important for teens and pre-teens to cleanse twice a day, encourage them to think about it just like brishing their teeth. Refreshing their skin after a long day or before their day starts. Doing so can help remove dirt, oil and impurities that have accumulated onto the skin throughout the day and the sweat from night time, before they have a chance to wreak havoc. When choosing a cleanser stick with a non fragranced, simple and kind cleanser, one from a dermo cosmetics brand that is gentle on the skin and wont break the bank! Here are some of my top cleansers for teens and pre-teens.
For Normal skin Verging on Dry– Cerave Hydrating Cleanser will remove impurities and soften the skin while maintaining the moisture level, ceramides help keep the skin healthy and strong.
For Oily and Blackhead prone skin –
Choose a gentle yet astringent cleanser that will balance the oil production in the skin, help keep the pores clear and tackle any little blockages and blemishes, my go to is the Effaclar wash from La roche posay
2. Target Blemishes as they Occur
If your Teen or Pre-Teen is suffering from blocked pores and breakouts its important to treat the skin gently, reassure them that spots are normal, we all get them at some time through our lives and they can be managed. I recommend using an on the spot treatment on isolated areas of breakouts rather than applying harsh ingredients all over the skin where they may do more harm than good!
Some of my top recommendations:
3. Keep the Moisture Balanced
After cleansing the skin, adding moisture back is essential. Using a daily moisturiser will help keep the skins protective barrier in tact and keep the skin soft, supple and healthy. It is important for young skin not to use a very heavy rich formula and instead opt for an ol free lotion or a lightweight gel.
For Oily and blemish prone skin
4. Protect the Skin from the Environment
The sun never takes a break during the day, and neither should your defence against it. Wearing SPF daily is the single best thing you can encourage your teen or Pre-teen to do for the health of their skin, to avoid issues with the skin now or in the future. Invest in a broad spectrum lightweight formula that they will enjoy using to ensure they form the healthy habit of daily SPF. Apply onto all exposed areas of skin before heading outdoors, by a window or anywhere where the sun hits.
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