The Future Begins With YOU.
I often hear, “when should I start on a skin care routine?” Depending on your skin type plays a huge role on when you should begin your skin care routine. However, if you have acne prone, combination, dry, or oily skin you should take the steps necessary to start a skin care routine. The sooner you begin the better it will be for you to get a routine down. Then as each day goes by it slowly becomes a habit.
I remember experiencing my first pimple my senior year in high school. Additionally, a skin care cleanser was purchased for me when I was about 14 years old. I knew the importance of washing my face twice a day. I had oily skin and it was a vital step for me to wash my face every night. I could not go to sleep with such an oily face and leave all of that on my pillowcase.
Even though I did not have any break outs until I was 17 I was happy to know I had a routine that worked for me. It was simple–I washed my face every morning and every night with a cleanser. However, because of my skin care routine I knew that I would eventually be able to find products that I could implement to my skin care routine in the future.
How to Get the Best Skin Care? Keep It Simple!
As a teenager, the fewer products you use for your skin the better. You are also young at the moment and you have a beautiful skin in which is glowing. A break out here and there is not the end of the world. The less you use the better, ingredients wise, will usually be a safe approach at your age. Furthermore, you will begin to test products to see what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. Remember, just because one product worked for a friend or relative does not necessarily mean that it will work for you. This is because we all have a different skin type and we may have an allergic reaction to the ingredients used for the product.
Additionally, when you begin to use a new product you want to use that product for 2-3 weeks. The reason being that if you notice anything on your skin whether a break out or allergic reaction you want to be able to pinpoint that to the product you are using. If you buy and use multiple products at once you will not be able to pinpoint the specific product that is not working for you unless if you stop using all the products at once.
Therefore, focus on keeping your routine simple and start out with a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
- Cleanser – make sure that you find a cleanser that is gentle to your skin
- Moisturizer – moisturizing your skin is the key to having a glowing skin, however, the type you use will vary depending on your skin type
- Sunscreen – it’s important for you to get in the habit of protecting your skin especially from the sun
Form Good Habits for the Future.
Habits begin to develop at a young age. However, it is difficult to get a teenager into skin care routines when they are too busy for themselves. Good habits take time so the sooner you begin the easier they will become to incorporate into your daily skin care routine for you.
The first thing you should do is wash your face daily. You want to purchase a cleanser that will be gentle on your skin. You want to avoid using the cleansers with scrubs and high pH because these products will damage your skin. However, if you begin to see acne you will want to treat it with a different skin care product rather than purchasing a cleanser that will be harsh on your skin. You can then begin to use moisturizer and sunscreen to take care of your skin. You may also exfoliate at least once per week. Do not skip any steps and try to make this a daily habit even if it’s taking too much of your precious time. Moreover, when you get older your skin will thank you.
Secondly, you want to change your pillowcase at least once a week or more often. Think of everything that is left on your pillowcase each day, now imagine what’s left at the end of the week. Pillowcases accumulate a surprising amount of dead skin, bacteria, fungus and mites after a single night of sleep. Changing your pillowcase is also important if you do not shower at least once a day.
Lastly, you want to clean your phone screen regularly. Imagine everything that your fingers touch and then you touch your phone screen to navigate through your phone, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook? That’s a lot of germs making contact with your skin when you make or answer a phone call. Therefore, you should try to maintain your phone screen clean because you do not want all of those germs making contact with your face daily. In other words, keep your hands and phone clean and keep both away from your face as much as possible.
You are young, and water may not be that appealing to you because you have so many other options to choose from such as: soda, juice, sweet tea, and everything else that is full of sugar. The more water you consume the better it will be for your skin and health overall. This is another habit that should be included with keeping your youthful skin beautiful. Also, by increasing your water intake your skin will have a more radiant glow especially as you get older.