Want to learn about which teenage skincare products will help you with your breakouts or hyperpigmentation? From a mild cleanser to toner, here are some must-haves for your skincare routine.
Ever wondered what teenage skincare products you may need to deal with the side effects of puberty? From the sudden onslaught of acne and blackheads to an oily face, you may wish to go back to the time you were a child. But don’t fret. While you may be tired of your mom saying it is just a phase, it truly is temporary. And we are here to help you quickly get back the clear and flawless skin you miss.
Teen Skincare Basics
Before you start adding every teenage skincare product that you see to your cart, first narrow down on the root problems. Oily skin is the bane of almost all teenage skin conditions. The excess sebum clogs pores leading to blackheads, whiteheads and acne. They in turn lead to scarring, especially if you encounter particularly stubborn acne. If that wasn’t all, scarring also leads to hyperpigmentation which means those red and brown spots after a pimple leaves your face. With oily skin also melting off your makeup in a couple of hours, your skincare routine should be all about controlling the oil production.
Have you ever tried pinching a blackhead only for it to turn into a pimple because you irritated it? Deep cleansing your face twice a day helps avoid these concerns and controls the oiliness. The Pond’s Pure Detox Anti-Pollution Purity Face Wash contains activated charcoal that draws impurities and reduces dullness. It also controls redness and acne formed due to pollution. It even acts as an exfoliant and balances oily skin.
Opt for a CC cream
Are you prone to breakouts but also need to wear a full face of makeup for your favourite aunt’s wedding? Well, gone are the days of makeup equals to acne. The Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale CC Cream is loaded with aloe vera and is lightweight letting your skin breathe, a perfect teenage skincare product! It hides all blemishes and spots while evening skin tone. It also contains SPF 30 needed to defend your skin from pollution and harmful UV rays.
Wear sunscreen all year round
With the pandemic under control, teenagers have to go back to their old lifestyle of travelling to colleges, hanging out with friends and socialising. But that means exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays which can damage the skin. The Lakme Sun Expert Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 has a lightweight formula and a natural finish so you don’t have to worry about it being greasy. It absorbs 97% of UV rays and is even sweat and waterproof so that it won’t melt off after a busy day or if you are travelling during monsoon.
Add a toner
At this age, your hormones can also mess with the pH levels that are needed to keep your skin soft and moisturised. Before you head out or apply makeup, spritz your face with the Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Moist Mattifying Face Toner. This alcohol-free toner suits all skin types and keeps your face hydrated. Also, say goodbye to blackheads as it also contains green tea and witch hazel that tighten open pores.
Exfoliate twice a week
No, exfoliation is not just for adults. The St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub & Mask rejuvenates the skin and gets rid of dead cells. It encourages blood circulation which is needed for an even skin tone and smooth texture. If that wasn’t enough, this exfoliating scrub is paraben-free. It is loaded with oatmeal for effectively getting rid of dull skin and honey to soothe and soften the skin. Simply squeeze a coin-sized amount, scrub it on your face gently and then rinse it off.
Even if you have an oily face, you need to moisturise! The excess sebum on your face is not enough to hydrate your skin. It needs both oil and water to keep your skin soft and healthy. Opt for a gel or water-based moisturiser like the Pond’s Super Light Gel. It contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin E and keeps your face moisturised all the time. It is also non-sticky and provides the perfect base for applying makeup.
Dab off the oil
Is your face oily even in the driest of weather and coldest of winter? That’s because you are at an age where your oil glands are working in overdrive and producing excess sebum. Your body does not require all that oil, so it surfaces on your face. Apart from washing your face, keep blotting paper or tissues handy during the day to absorb the extra oil every few hours.
Hands off the face
Maybe there is some truth to the annoying advice of ‘don’t touch your face’. First of all, instead of wiping off your sweat, you will just be transferring more grease from your fingertips to your face. Secondly, you know that mobile phone that can’t seem to leave your hands? It is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. This means keep your hands away from your face.
Other lifestyle tips
Apart from the usual teenage skincare products, some simple tips and tricks can also help reduce acne.
You need to hydrate externally and internally. This means eight glasses of water is mandatory to reduce acne.
Oily and sugary food is linked to acne. Add a healthy mix of fruits and vegetables to your diet for clear skin.
Don’t share makeup as it is easy to transfer dirt and bacteria from one person to another.
Toothpaste on pimples as a remedy should be avoided as it leaves behind dark spots.
Do your skincare routine first thing in the morning to ready your face for the rest of the day.
FAQs on skincare tips for teens
Why do teenagers also get dark circles?
If you thought dark circles were only reserved for adults, you’re wrong. Sleepless nights over a difficult exam can also lead to dark circles. Don’t forget to get your eight to nine hours of sleep every day.
Can a teenager follow a CTM routine?
Yes, a teenager can also follow a CTM (cleanser, toner, moisturiser) routine first thing in the morning. It maintains the pH levels needed for soft and moisturised skin.
Should a teenager have a skincare routine?
Even though you are at a stage where you don’t have to worry about ageing, you need to have a skincare routine in place. A simple and effective routine helps keep puberty-prone acne and hyperpigmentation in check.
With these safe and accessible teenage skincare products, add them to your skincare routine. No more skipping out on makeup or worrying about a huge zit before an important event.