The many differences between teen and adult skin can be overwhelming to get to grips with. When your body reaches adolescence, it undergoes a series of transformations, some of which can lead to skin problems you wouldn't have experienced as a younger child.
Structural changes as we grow
Your skin is constantly changing and renewing itself. However, as your teenage years begin, this renewal begins to slow down. Teenage skin is tougher and more resilient than that of children but still elastic and is able to regenerate quite quickly. As you enter adulthood, the skin loses some of the structural proteins such as collagen and elastin which help to keep skin plump and healthy.
Due to certain hormonal changes in your body as you enter adolescence, several skin problems can develop. The most obvious change within your skin is the increased production of oil or sebum. Excessive build-up of facial oil and sweat can trap dirt and environmental pollutants within your skin cells. This results in clogged pores which can lead to acne and breakouts.
The importance of a good skincare routine for teen skin
Good skin care should begin when you are in your teens and your body is already beginning to show significant changes. It can help you keep your skin in the best condition and avoid secondary problems such as acne scarring.
A good skincare routine is easy to maintain if you choose the right products and be consistent. Choose the correct skincare products for your skin type and keep it simple. An overly complicated routine might possibly cause reactions as too many products can interact and irritate the skin and also, a complicated routine won't be easy to stick to.
Here are few simple skincare tips for teens and tweens that will help to maintain healthy skin:
Tip 1 - Use a cleanser that suits your skin type to avoid drying out your skin or causing irritation. Soap free cleansers are particularly effective as they tend to be kinder to the skin barrier. Use luke warm water only. Don’t scrub the skin roughly. You can use a gentle exfoliating cloth and use light, circular motions, from the T-Zone outwards and ensure to cleanse all areas including the forehead, nose, cheeks and neck
Tip 2. Use a gentle, natural toner to remove any remnants of dirt or make-up and to prep the skin for the next step.
Tip 3 - Treat acne. Use a water based gel serum such as SkinKarma which contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. This will help to hydrate and protect the skin's natural barrier and treat any present acne.
Tip 4 - Moisturize your Skin twice daily to help keep your skin plump and hydrated and to prevent premature fine lines and wrinkles. A lightweight moisturiser such as HydraSilk with niacinamide is best in order to prevent clogging.
Tip 5 - Wear sunscreen! Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF every day to protect your skin from sun damage. Wear a hat if you're going outside and cover up with long sleeves.
Tip 6 - Avoid touching your face and resist the temptation to pick or squeeze your pimples. This will avoid introducing bacteria to your skin which can cause increased breakouts. If you wash your hands before you touch your face or apply makeup this can also lessen the risk.
Tip 7 - For make up lovers, be sure to clean your makeup applicator tools & brushes regularly to prevent build up of bacteria. Don't share your make up tools or products. Always wash makeup off before bed. Your skin needs to breathe and regenerate overnight and old makeup will prevent this process and lead to damaged skin.
Tip 8 - Eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg and drink lots of water!
Tip 9 - Stay active. Your body needs to be healthy and running efficiently in order for the skin to function correctly and be in tip top condition.