While we bang on about the importance of looking after your skin as you age, it’s so important to start a good skincare regime as early as possible. And there’s no greater time than in your teenage years.
The teens is the time when skin is in flux. With hormones in overdrive and influencing the sebaceous glands, bacteria and growth, skin goes from being zero-maintenance child skin to high maintenance adolescent skin — needing to be looked after than ever before.
So who do you call in? For skin that needs to be treated with extra care, we look to no other than Dr. Hauschka who combines herbal and plant recipes with experience in the science of skin.
Dr. Hauschka Intensive Treatments with specially selected natural treasures in rhythmitised form complement the basic skin care routine. They support the skin when it has become unbalanced and needs a harmonising impulse. Clarifying Intensive Treatment (up to age 25) offers effective care for skin prone to outbreaks and spots during puberty
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Intensive Treatment under 25 years, for example, is for very oily or blemished teenage skin. Rhythmitised dilutions of daisy and nasturtium with the gemstone rhodochrosite act quickly to balance the skin. Witch hazel and rhythmitised silver balance moisture content and stabilise skin, minimising the appearance of breakouts.
Clarifying Intensive Treatment (up to age 25) works most effectively when used four times a year as a stimulus. After morning and evening cleansing, mist 4-5 pumps onto the face, neck and décolleté then gently press into the skin. One bottle should provide a full 28-day course.
Skin cells are renewed every 28 days. Mirroring this same regenerative cycle, Clarifying Intensive Treatment (up to age 25) should be used for 28 days.
If you’re looking for some extra help with teen skin, these tips from Everyday Health should be able to help…
Cleanse carefully. If your skin is oily, you’ll probably do well with a foaming or gel cleanser for daily skin care. Cleanse once a day, or twice if your skin gets very oily or dirty throughout the day. If a teen girl wears makeup, it’s best to remove eye makeup first, then cleanse with your fingertips and a gel or foaming cleanser. If you play sports or work hard in PE class, wash your face (if you can) before you exercise. At the very least, carry facial tissues to blot your skin. For teens who have dry rather than oily skin, try a milky cleanser and moisturizer.
Wash off makeup before bed. Even if your best friend can sleep with her makeup on and look great, it’s not a great idea. If you’re simply too exhausted to tie your hair back, take off makeup, and wash your face, at least use a pre-moistened cleansing wipe to take off makeup, dirt, and oil. If you make a regular habit of sleeping in makeup, you can have an acne breakout or develop a bumpy rash called perioral or periocular dermatitis.
Control oil. You want to keep down the shine without being harsh on your skin. According to Wu, there’s a basic three-step process to oil control: (1) choose a salicylic acid cleanser, (2) use an oil-free primer to control shine, and (3) blot oil during the day using specialized cloths or tissues.
Exfoliate. You need to exfoliate only once or twice a week, using a relatively gentle product. Don’t scrub (it won’t help with acne or blackheads) and don’t over-exfoliate.
Get the right acne products. If you have breakouts, try this approach: Wash your skin, use a toner, and then apply a medicated acne gel.
Don’t share makeup. Do you want to share your friend’s germs? It’s an especially bad idea to share eye and lip products. So, as tempting as it is to try your friend’s perfect new eyeliner, get your own instead.
Keep hands clean. One way to help your skin stay healthy is to protect it from dirt and too many germs. Wash your hands before you touch your face or touch up your makeup and regularly clean other surfaces that touch your skin, such as your phone.
Choose spray hair products. If you notice that your acne breakouts cluster around your hairline or places where your hair often brushes your skin, consider that your hair product might be to blame. Make a switch to spray products, which, are less likely to cause breakouts.
Skip the toothpaste and other old wives’ tales. You might hear about many odd remedies to control acne, like putting toothpaste on your skin. In fact, this could just make skin worse if you are allergic to the ingredients. There’s a ton of great skin care products on the market that can help you look your best.
Wear sunscreen. You want your skin to look healthy now and for decades to come. Using sunblock also helps keep your acne breakouts from turning dark, Wu says. Pick an oil-free product, and look for cosmetics, like liquid foundation, that contain sunscreen.
Avoid tanning beds. Get a healthy bronze glow with a self-tanner. Tanning beds and sun tanning can set you up for early wrinkles and increased skin cancer risk later on.