It’s no secret that having a skin care routine is important to preserve the youthful look and feel of your skin and to ward off wrinkles and other skin damage as long as possible. However, at which point you start paying attention to your skin, can make a huge difference in the longevity of it.
There are many important reasons why choosing to pay attention to your skin in your young years will set the course for better skin throughout your lifetime.
What if you are already out of your teenage to young adult years? Well, there is no better time to start taking care of your skin than today! So whether you are in your teenage years, a parent to a teenager, thinking about starting a routine for yourself or haven’t had any interest in any kind of routine before, this post is for you!
It’s good to know why a skin care routine can benefit you either way and why not waiting any longer to start is ideal.
I am bringing you the facts about how the skin changes in your teenage years and why it is the best time to create a routine.
Why is it that at a child’s most vulnerable moment in their young years do they need to be plagued with acne? Isn’t being a teen hard enough? On top of transitioning to high school and trying to figure out where you fit in, it is all made that much more difficult by raging hormones.
A child’s body goes through many changes during this stage in their life. This is when they tend to have those major growth spurts, where boys start turning into men, girls start turning into women, and this is where our skin has a drastic change.
Not everyone’s skin changes and reacts the same way, but most teens tend to experience at least a bit of acne, if not a whole lot. Personally, I was a lucky one where my breakouts only really happened once a month. Yes, THAT time of the month; another wonderful blessing of becoming a teen. My acne tended to show as one or two pretty nasty, painful and very obvious spots on my chin. However, I had many friends who unfortunately suffered from a full face, maybe even on their back or chest. Whatever kind of acne you ended up with, I am sure it was something you were very aware of and dreaded dealing with.
Why this happens is because as your body is changing and growing, it is also trying to balance itself. This sends an excess of oils, called sebum to your pores, as well as dryness to the top layer of your skin. When there is an overproduction of these oils in particular areas of the skin, the pores become blocked between the layers of dead skin cells. This is where bacteria can get trapped inside the pores and build up causing swelling and redness.
This is a huge reason for why a skin care routine is important.Having a routine won't guarantee not having breakouts, redness or dryness, however, it will greatly help your skin to balance itself more easily and with less damage. Click To Tweet
THE DAMAGE THAT CAN BE DONE.
Especially in these teenage years when the skin is overproducing, it is so important to take the right steps in taking care of your skin. As much as we are wanting to avoid ageing for the on-come of wrinkles and saggy skin, the most damage can actually be done or prevented during the teenage years.
How we choose to deal with acne can either leave the skin in a repairable condition or scarred. Ever heard of the term skin craters? If we are not taking the proper steps to help the skin then we could potentially be ruining the appearance of the skin for the rest of our lives.
WHAT CAN I DO?
First and foremost, you need to get an idea of what your skin is doing. Everyone’s skin is different, so there will be different products for different skin types. It’s okay if you have no idea how to tell what your skin is doing. There are many stores that sell skin products where a customer service specialist can help you to figure out what skin type you have, then from there they can help you find the products best suited for your skin.
There are four main products that everyone should look at whatever their skin type is.
- Cleanser/Face Wash – This is what removes the main top layers of dirt from the skin. Even if you feel that you have a dryer skin type with little to no acne, you still secret dirt on your face, so washing it off is important! There are different cleansers for every skin type, so there will definitely be one for you.
- Exfoliator/Face Scrub – This product tends to be one people forget or choose not to use, yet it is one of the most important. The exfoliator is what helps remove the build-up of dead skin cells which trap the oils in the pores. Without this exfoliator, properly cleaning deep down into the pores is virtually impossible. There are different degrees of exfoliants for different skin types and sensitivities as well as different recommended usage amounts. Some might exfoliate once a week, whereas some others might exfoliate a couple times a week depending on the amount of oil build up.
- Toner/Astringent/Softener – This next product is used to help balance your skins Ph levels. The ph balance of the skin is what helps your skin to stay hydrated, block pollution, germs, toxins and bacteria. If your ph balance is off you can see an excess of oils or the opposite which is dryness. Having balanced ph levels in your skin also helps to ward off enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging.
- Moisturizer/Face Cream/Lotion – Using a facial moisturizer is the final and most important step you do not want to miss in a skincare routine. After removing all of the excess oils and dead skin cells from your face and balancing your skins production levels, you need to put moisture back in. This is what helps to keep the skin soft and youthful as well further balance the skin. You can find moisturizers for daytime or nighttime, for all different skin types, as well as different intensities of hydration. Even for someone who has a lot of acne and oil buildup, it is important to moisturize to protect the skin from permanent damage.
GETTING INTO THE HABIT.
In order for your skin to be preserved in its youthful state for as long as possible, you need to have an ongoing skin routine. This requires a lifelong commitment. This can sound intimidating before you start, but once you are in the habit it will come easy and you will be glad you stayed with it!
As we have established that the teenage years bring an abundance of changes to your skin, it is likely that during this time you will be the most focused on helping keep that acne and excess oil and/or dryness away. So this is the perfect time to create your skin care routine as making it a habit will be much easier this way!
I recommend finding a routine that best suits your lifestyle so you can more easily keep up with it. If you are a more on the go, very busy person, then maybe your routine is a very simple 3 step system of cleansing, toning and moisturizing so you can run out the door or straight to bed within 10 mins start to finish. On the other hand, if you have more time to spend in the bathroom, maybe you are a lie in bed in the morning or soak in the tub in the evening kind of person that has a bit of extra time, then you can work with a more lengthy in-depth routine.
SAMPLE SKIN CARE ROUTINE.
Here is an example of a middle of the road routine that anyone can work with. The important thing is to include all of these products in your routine on a regular basis.
Everyday Morning Routine:
Clean your face in the shower with a daily cleanser.
Tone your freshly cleansed face with toner using a cotton pad.
Apply your daytime moisturizer.
Everyday Nighttime Routine:
Take your makeup off using makeup remover if you are wearing makeup.
Clean your face with your daily cleanser. *optional: use a cleansing brush for gentle exfoliation and/or to remove all of the daily buildups on the skin.
Tone your freshly cleansed face with toner using a cotton pad.
Apply your nighttime moisturizer for extra hydration through the night.
Extra Weekly Routine steps:
Use an exfoliator once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. *Tip: I find that doing this step in the shower makes it quicker and easier to wash off!
Use a face mask once every 2 weeks to a month for extra hydration and repair.
Use eye cream as a part of your nightly routine if you can. Otherwise, incorporate it at least a couple nights a week.
Use a face serum as a part of your nighttime routine before your moisturizer at least once a week.
Following these simple steps and keeping it a part of your regular routine will make the biggest difference on your skin overall. I encourage you to look at what you are currently doing and if you need a whole new routine then feel free to use the sample routine above or tweak some areas that might add that little boost your skin needs!
I hope that these tips and information have inspired you to take a look at how you are looking after your skin and how you can keep it looking younger longer!
Stay true beautiful!