The teen years can be a tricky time for most young people: hormones are all over the place and puberty can take its toll on their bodies, especially their skin.
Jo Snyckers, professional skincare therapist and expert advisor to local skincare brand Naturals Beauty, says treating teenage skin should be a combination of factors, including following a good skincare regimen using toxic-free products, eating a well-balanced diet and drinking enough water. She says it’s also important to understand your teen’s skin type and treat it accordingly.
Try to avoid these five common mistakes:
1. Using harsh chemicals to ‘dry out’ the skin
Contrary to popular belief, when the skin is dried out of its natural oils, it protects itself by over-producing oil, which
leads to even more breakouts. If your daughter uses makeup, encourage her to use only natural, water-based products and face wipes. Oils, dyes, and harsh chemicals clog up the pores and cause even more acne.
2. Not moisturising the skin
After cleansing, protect your skin with a good moisturiser, which acts as a barrier to pollution. Pollution contains free radicals and other aggressors that penetrate deep into the skin’s layers and cause long-term damage, while encouraging pimples, eczema, rashes, and other problems on the outer layer of the skin.
3. Eating too much junk food
Drink lots of water Most teens and tweens have smartphones, which means 24/7 screen time and less physical activity. As their tech gadgets are their favourite things, encourage them to download apps that will get them moving. The following are all compatible with Android and iPhone.
4. Not protecting skin from the sun
Wear a daily sunscreen with UV protection to prevent long-term damage from the sun’s harsh rays. Not only
does sunburn potentially lead to skin cancer in the long run, but the skin can also develop sun spots, wrinkles, and
5. Constantly touching your face with dirty, germ-filled hands
Wash your hands before touching your face, and don’t touch, squeeze, or pop your pimples – this encourages
bacteria to enter the cut, risking infection and scarring.
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The advice contained here is strictly for informational purposes. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, and treatment. Always consult your GP or a doctor for specific information regarding your health.