Helping Teens Establish Great Skincare Habits

Every parent wants to help get their teen off to a great start in life. Part of doing this is helping them navigate the world of skincare. Yes, believe it or not, skincare is going to play a big role in their lives. They will spend countless hours looking into the mirror trying to determine how to look their best, and they will take more selfies than you could imagine. With a little effort, parents can help their teens get off to a great start with their skincare routine, which can protect their skin well into their adult years.

My well maintained skin since my teenage years. 👌

It’s important for teens to learn about skincare from a young age. While we don’t want them to obsess about it, the more they know about it, the better able they are to help protect it. Their skin is their largest organ, and if they don’t take care of it then there’s a good chance they will have skin that looks dull, dry, and they may even have premature aging. The last thing a teen wants is to start thinking about getting wrinkles young, and having great skincare habits can help them avoid that.

Here are some ways that parents can help teens establish great skincare habits:

· Talk to them about touching their face often. Teens have a habit of putting their hands all over their face, and what they don’t realize is that the germs on their hands can lead to clogged pores. Let them know it’s important that their hands are clean when they are touching their face, so it helps keep it clean.
· Some teens may have acne issues, which is all the more reason to start working on great skincare habits. Start out getting them the best treatment so that it is cleared up and they can go forward feeling confident about their skin. You can learn more here in 
· Bedtime routines are essential when establishing great skincare habits. Many teen girls wear makeup on their face during the day. It’s important that they learn to never go to bed with it on their face. Boys need to wash their face before bed as well, because their skin may be dirty and sweaty.
· It’s important to opt for a face cleaner that will not dry the skin out. They should use something that is gentle and chemical-free. Look for a high quality gentle soap that won’t dry the skin out.
· When it comes to showering, teens should again go for a gentle body soap, and try to keep their bathing to 5 minutes so that it doesn’t dry the skin out. After patting their skin dry, using a good quality moisturizer will help to keep it feeling and looking great for years to come.
· Many teens today are opting for using tanning beds or trying to lay in the sun to tan. Now is a good time to share some information with them about the risks that brings to their skin. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that teens are not being warned about the dangers of using tanning beds. Teens should be warned that using tanning beds increases their chances of developing skin cancer by 75%. Add to that the fact that it can also lead to the skin prematurely getting wrinkles, and it’s easy to see why they would want to steer clear of it if they know the facts.
· While smoking among teens has been dropping in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are still around 8% of high school students who do it. Smoking can lead to premature wrinkles, dry the skin out, and can damage it, giving them one more reason to avoid lighting up.

Parents who work with their teens to get healthy skincare habits established are helping them to create good habits that will last a lifetime. They may need to be patient with them as they learn the ropes of caring for their skin, in finding the products they like best, and they may need to be reminded of the habits from time to time, but once they establish the habits, they will love the way their skin looks and feels.

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