Skin Secrets for Teens

It’s no secret that teenage skin can be tough. But adopting good skin care habits will contribute to better-looking skin now, and for years to come too. Here’s what to do.

Cleansing is the most important thing you can do for your skin, whatever your age, but as hormones shift in your teenage years it’s particularly important to target oiliness that can lead to blackheads and whiteheads. Washing your face – morning and night – will remove makeup and grease, and tackle bacteria that have gathered on the skins surface. If you’re too tired to cleanse before bed then remove your makeup when you get in from school so you always go to sleep with a clean face.

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Teen hormones can slow cell turnover causing a build-up of dead skin cells that can lead to spots – that’s why you need to exfoliate. An easy trick is to massage your cleanser into your skin with a muslin cloth or a cleansing device, whipping away dead skin and working your product deeper into your pores. Alternatively, try a specialised face scrub (like this one by Pure Skin) that penetrates pores with spot-fighting, anti-bacterial ingredients.

If your skin is greasy (and as a teen it probably is), moisturising may seem counterintuitive, but it’s essential. We suggest picking a lightweight, non-greasy formula that won’t clog pores and reduces shine.

We recommend: Pure Skin Shine Control Cream

Ask women over 40 what skin care advice they would give to their younger-self and the answer is likely to be this: “wear sunscreen.” And so, we say the same to you: morning to evening, day in and day out, apply SPF– trust us, a smoother, more even-toned version of yourself will thank you in years to come!

Believe it or not, your skin is at its best between the ages of 13 and 18. It’s plump, even-toned and wrinkle-free – even if it may be a bit spotty! Now is the time to dab on some concealer, or a thin layer of tinted moisturiser and go! Leave the heavier foundations for another decade.

It can be tempting to overdo it on the skin care products, but anti-ageing ingredients that target women your mum’s age are unlikely to be suitable for your skin. Get to know your skin type and keep your regime simple.

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