Skincare for Teens

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Adolescence is an exciting, if turbulent phase in life, characterised by enormous physical and psychological changes. During this time, acne is a common problem; in severe cases, it can even be traumatising. As a teen, you cannot help your changing hormones that are one of the main causes of skin problems. However, you can definitely adopt a sensible skin care regime to prevent or minimise pimples and blemishes, and keep your skin healthy.

Here is the low down on teenage skincare:

  • The moisturiser, blush and foundation that you use should be oil-free so that they don’t cause blocked pores. If you’re prone to acne outbreaks, do consult a dermatologist about the kind of products that would suit your skin type.
  • Never touch, pinch or pick at pimples and spots because these can turn into acne scars.
  • Cleanse your face every night before you go to bed with a gentle cleanser and toner.
  • Facial skin is delicate – whether you’re using a face scrub, a bar of soap or an exfoliating gel, rub it in with gentle strokes onto your face and rinse off with cool water.
  • While a tan looks cool, the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin and cause premature aging.   It’s best to protect your skin with a sunscreen cream (SPF 30 or more). If you’re on acne medication, sun block cream is a must-have in your beauty kit, since such medication could make your skin more susceptible to sunburns. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen cream about half an hour before stepping out to school or the beach.  Also, when the sun is at its peak, you might want to stay indoors, away from the scorching rays.
  • Shaving will be a new experience for teenage boys – be careful with that razor! Pick a razor you’re comfortable with and avoid nicking any blemishes or pimples.
  • A balanced diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables, helps to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Go easy on the grease and junk foods, however tempting these may be! Six to eight glasses of water a day will help flush out toxins from your body.

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