A Teenager's Skincare Guide
Mar 14,2023 | Ms Tiffany Tan, Cheongdam Aesthetics Clinic
When it comes to recommending cosmetics to teenagers, it is important to consider products that are safe and gentle for young, developing skin.
Avoid harsh products. Steer clear of harsh scrubs that contain physical beads and products that contain alcohol, as they can strip skin of its natural oils and cause unnecessary irritation.
Here are some general recommendations for teen skincare and cosmetic products:
1. Cleanser - A gentle, non-drying facial cleanser is good enough to help remove dirt, oil and makeup without 'stripping' the young skin of it's natural oils. Therefore, look for a product that is specifically formulated for the face and is free of harsh sulfates, fragrances and other potentially irritating ingredients.
2. Exfoliation - can be beneficial for teenagers as it helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. Start with a gentle exfoliant and use it once or twice a week. Choose chemical exfoliants that contain ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) that dissolve dead skin cells. For oily skin, BHAs such as salicylic acid can be particularly effective at unclogging pores and reducing oiliness.
3. Moisturizer - Even oil or acne-prone skin needs hydration! So it's important to use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple. Look for moisturizer that is labelled 'non-comedogenic', meaning it won't clog pores.
4. Sunscreen - It is also important to protect your tender skin from harmful UV rays. You don't want to damage your skin at a young age. Otherwise, you may be subjecting your skin to premature aging. Suggest to look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. Apply daily even on cloudy days.
5. As for teens who like to wear/ put on light makeup, again choose range of products that are non-comedogenic. Avoid heavy, pore-clogging formulas such as thick foundation or concealer. If for reasons that you need to use foundation or concealer, options that you can consider are tinted moisturizers, sheer powders, and very lightweight concealers.
5. Lastly, on acne condition and treatment. Consider OTC acne treatment products that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Do note that these products are not meant for prolonged use.
It's important to note that every teen's skin is different, and is a good idea to seek professional advice from a qualifed skincare specialist.
Article contributed by Ms Tiffany Tan, Cheongdam Aesthetics Clinic