When we are in our teens, we generally pick at any little flaw in our skin, a spot, a broken capillary, heck even the shape of our nose wasn’t right when we were teenagers right? I believe it’s important that we learn good habits and skincare routines as teenagers to maintain for the rest of our lives, so here are the tips I would give teenage Emmy.
1 – SPF is something to wear every day in all weathers.
You shouldn’t keep this just for the summer season on the super hot days. Once you have cleansed and moisturised, be sure to pop some SPF on top, or even apply on top of make-up. Check out my recent suncare blog here for tips and brand suggestions for cruelty free SPF. Not only will an SPF save you from burning in the hot sun but it will also stop the suns rays from aging or dehydrating your skin.
2- A good moisturiser is important, even on oily skin.
It’s such a common misconception that oily skin means you need to avoid a moisturiser. But why do I need to moisturise when my skin is oily I hear you ask, well it’s as simple as this, moisturising is about increasing your skins water content, not sebum. The trick is picking a moisturiser that is light and works well for you. You can opt for an oil free moisturiser such as The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors +HA or Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturiser
3 – Learn to sleep on your back.
I mean think about the creases we wake up with on our skin every morning from sleeping with our face in our pillow. Now imagine how many times we have woken up with those creases. Do you think this has no effect on our skin? Of course it does. It’s so slight we would never even see it on a day to day basis but over time these things will start to show and by the time you are a fully fledged grown up, changing how you sleep is hard!
4 – What you drink will show on your face.
By that I mean if you have too much caffeine (Think tea, coffee and fizzy drinks) then it is likely to show on your face as dehydrated skin. Likewise if you drink too much alcohol you will likely start to see signs of dehydration and possible broken capillaries on the face. Make sure you drink enough water, it might be an old rule but it’s stuck around because it works.
5 – Less is more.
It’s so tempting to over do it with scrubs and deep cleansing masks as a teenager when you are desperately trying to improve the condition of your skin. I can remember using a scrubby face wash every day when I was in my late teens and early 20’s thinking that if I kept on top of exfoliation my break outs would go away. They didn’t and the reality is we only need to exfoliate once or twice a week. Also using really astringent toners is a bit of a bad idea too, strip away all your skins natural oil and what happens? Your skin thinks it needs to produce more leaving you even oilier. Go for the gentle and soothing options, ingredients that will reduce redness and swelling rather than draining the skin. Even as adults we can overdo it with too much stimulation leading to skin irritation, so behave, use these products sparingly as intended and not daily.