Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Teen Skin Care Tips for Healthy Looking Skin

Pimples, pimples and more pimples seem to be popping up monthly in my life having three tweens. Lately, I've been struggling trying to figure out the best way for them to take care of their skin so they don't grow up having major skin issues like scars from popping pimples.
Josie Griffith a Licensed Esthetician was kind enough to share some valuable skin care tips for helping teens take care of their skin. The following is her guest blog post!
It is never too early to encourage a good skin care regime for your teen.  The teenage years can wreak havoc on the skin causing much frustration.  Following these tips can help your teenager achieve healthy looking skin!  

Cleansing Tips for Teenagers
Wash your face every morning and every night before bed. Use a cleanser that targets your specific issue such as acne, dry skin, and sensitive skin. 
  • For acne, use an acne-medicated cleanser which may contain one or all of the following ingredients: benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or sulfur.  These are common ingredients that help break down pimples and speed up the healing process.  
  • If your skin is sensitive, use a sensitive skin cleanser that is gentle and moisturizing.
Moisturizing Teenage Skin
Use a daily moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF (sun protection factor).  
  • Make sure the SPF is at least 30 and not under.  Higher numbered SPF work as well but there is very little difference in terms of coverage.  
  • You still have to reapply no matter what number the SPF, especially when going to the pool or beach.  
  • Nothing is truly “waterproof” and it is best to reapply every two hours.  By doing this, you will also keep your skin from premature aging which can cause wrinkles and hyper pigmentation.
Teens Benefit from Exfoliating
Exfoliating the skin with a facial scrub or using a facial brush can help hasten the skin cell turnover rate.  This promotes “new” skin to come through which can help with acne prone skin and even skin tone.  Getting facials by a licensed esthetician or skin care specialist is another great way of exfoliating the skin and getting a deeper skin cleansing.   

Nutrition for Teens
Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins are better for your body and skin. Drink plenty of water and limit your sugar and processed food intake.  With the reduction of potential allergens, artificial flavorings and chemicals, your skin will have a better chance of clearing naturally and looking radiant.  That old cliché “you are what you eat” holds very true.  A healthy diet shows in your skin!

Thank you Josie Griffith, Licensed Esthetician jgesthetics@hotmail.com!

Please share any product or tip suggestions that have worked for your teen!

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