Sticking to the Basics: A Skincare Guide for Tweens, Teens, and Everyone in Between!

Sticking to the Basics: A Skincare Guide for Tweens, Teens, and Everyone in Between!

We’ve said it before, we’re here to #PressReset on once-complicated skincare, and with the rise of more excessive routines and a plethora of products to choose from, it’s easy to forget that less is more. This shift towards hyperconsumerism within the skincare industry not only causes adults to stress out, but has been affecting younger generations into fixating on every single “imperfection” while looking for a quick fix. 

While focusing on skincare can lead to healthier skin and confidence, it’s best to remember that your adolescence is a time of change — physically, emotionally, and mentally. Going through puberty is a right of passage for every tween and teen, and what follows these hormonal changes, like breaking out, is 100% normal! Plus, overdoing actives or anti-aging products at an early age can cause irritation, breakouts, and even lead to premature aging.

In this blog post, we’ll explore why it’s best to stick to the ABCs of skincare — aka the Absolute Basic Care — and how everyone, no matter their age, can benefit from pressing reset when it comes to their skin. 

The Importance of the Basics

So why should you, a teenager or a grown adult, stick to the “less is more” mantra? Well, for starters, a simple routine is easy to follow and less likely to be abandoned. While it can vary from person to person, all that’s truly needed in your routine is a cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. And whether you're dealing with school or work, you can still easily do these essentials and get on with your day in 3 easy steps.

Also as mentioned previously, young skin can be more sensitive especially with all the hormonal changes it’s going through. Pair that with testing out too many different products or using harsh ingredients unknowingly, and there’s a possibility you can experience irritation and break out. That’s why sticking to the essentials can minimize the risk of any adverse reactions no matter how old you are or how “tough” your skin is.

The ABCs of Teenage Skin

Now with younger skin, it is oftentimes more resilient than adult skin, but due to hormonal imbalances caused by puberty, it is also more prone to sensitivity, oiliness, and acne. While puberty can look and feel different for every individual, the underlying want for clear skin is there for everyone.

Instead of listening to trends or what’s in, sometimes it’s best to take a step back and adopt a gentler and simpler approach when it comes to the maintenance of your skin. For teenage skin, a straightforward routine is essential and can be easily achieved: 

  1. Cleanse As Needed: Depending on your personal preference, cleanse when you feel the need to! There are some skin types (like dry skin) that can benefit from just one wash. And just be sure to use a gentle, non-stripping formula whenever you decide to cleanse.
  2. Moisturize Often: Do not skip this step even if you’re more on the oilier side! Just make sure to use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep skin hydrated. 
  3. Daily Sun Protection: Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 to protect from harmful UV rays and prevent premature aging.
  4. No Picking: Leave your acne alone! Breaking out is normal, but in order to not transfer any germs or cause further irritation, do not touch your pimples. Instead find a gentle treatment that works for you and look for ingredients like linoleic acid or niacinamide to help!

At the end of the day, simplicity is the key to a good skincare routine no matter how old you are, but especially if you are a growing teenager go through the ups and downs of puberty. By focusing on the basics— cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection —younger folks can establish healthy habits that will benefit them in the long run. And with a laid-back POV that emphasizes on listening to what your skin actually needs, it can also lessen the need to buy more in order to fix more. Our “imperfections” are a part of us, so even if we want to get rid of them, a gentler approach is always best!