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Natural skincare solutions for teens

Natural skincare solutions for teens

Being a teenager is hard enough without having to deal with problem skin. Here are a few tips to help deal with teenage skin.

Good skincare can often take a backseat when so many changes take place during puberty.

The sudden hormonal upheaval often results in oily, shiny, spotty and irritated skin. Thus it is important to understand which products and skincare regimens are best suited for your skin type. This also means avoiding covering up your spots with makeup or using removers and face wipes which contain troublesome chemicals.

As an adolescent, everyone wants to beat blemishes, oil control, and give their skin the TLC it needs – Jo Snyckers, professional skincare therapist at Gingerlily Spa in Cape Town and expert advisor to local skincare brand Naturals Beauty, provides her top teen skincare solutions:

Don’t

– Use harsh chemicals to “dry out” your skin – your skin is your biggest organ and if you strip it of its natural oils, it will protect itself by over producing oil which is when more breakouts occur

– Forget that once you have cleansed your skin, you need to protect it with a moisturiser – if you don’t, your beautiful clean skin has no barrier to the pollution around us

Do

-Wash your hands regularly and try not to touch your face too often

– Always remember UV protection, everyday – never skip as UV damage has long term effects such as wrinkles, sun spots, broken capillaries and can potentially lead to skin cancer

“Keep it simple and stick to an effective skincare range that is chemical free and gentle on your changing skin. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and eat a healthy balanced mix of fresh nutritious food.

Most importantly; be patient, this is your transition from child to young adult and it is a huge growth spurt both physically and emotionally – you will soon find your groove and things will settle!” she says.

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