Preteens are a tricky time for both parents and children. You want to give them more freedom, but it's also important that they stay healthy and keep their skin clean. The best way to do this is by teaching your child proper self-care habits that will last into adulthood. Here are some great beauty tips for preteens or any age:
It's ok for your face to have some acne.
Acne isn't something you should worry about. It's normal, and it's not a sign of poor hygiene, lack of sleep, bad genes, poor diet or stress. If you do develop acne during this time in your life, here are some tips for how to deal with it:
Wash your face twice a day with warm water and mild soap. Avoid harsh soaps that can irritate skin and cause redness and inflammation—as well as dry out the natural oils that protect your skin from irritation.
Use an over-the-counter acne treatment product if needed (follow the instructions on the package). Some products may require a prescription from a healthcare provider before purchase or use; this is especially true for those containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid which are more effective when used under supervision by someone who knows what they're doing! But don't worry—just because there's an option out there doesn't mean it'll work better than anything else!
Take care of your skin by washing it every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed.
Washing your face with a mild and gentle facial cleanser is an important part of skincare. This is how you remove dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells, and makeup from the previous day. Your morning routine should include washing your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubs or rough cloths that might irritate your skin. To protect against acne breakouts, avoid scrubbing too hard or using hot water on your face in the shower—this can strip away essential oils from the surface of the skin which help prevent acne from forming in the first place! It's also important to use a soft towel when drying off so you don't rub any extra moisture off of your face; this will make it harder for any moisturizers or other products you apply afterward to absorb into the skin properly afterward!
After washing with water (or cleansing if using makeup remover), follow up by toning: apply a product that contains alcohol-free witch hazel onto a cotton pad, then gently wipe down all areas where makeup was applied including eyelids & lips) Finish off with an SPF moisturizer.
Before bed, your routine would be almost the same, except you do not need the SPF in your moisturizer. Instead, you may want to use a night cream that can address any other concerns your skin may have.
Never pick or pop pimples. Try spot treatments instead.
It's tempting to pick or pop pimples, especially if you're just starting to develop them. But one of the best skin care tips out there, is don't do it! Picking or popping your zits can cause the bacteria, dirt and oils that cause acne to spread to other pores and worsen. Plus, it can leave permanent scars on your skin. Instead of picking or popping your zits, you should treat them with spot treatments instead. Spot treatments are creams that are applied directly onto the area where you have a pimple so that they can work without spreading any harmful bacteria elsewhere on your face. If you have an inflamed zit that's particularly painful to touch, try using an ice pack or cold compress before applying the cream—the cold will help reduce swelling and make it less painful when applying treatment creams or gels directly onto affected areas of skin
Use a moisturizer, even if your skin feels oily.
Your preteen skin is getting more oily and acne prone, so it's time to moisturize. Moisturizers are helpful because they help protect your skin from the elements (sun damage and windburn) that can make it dry out and become irritated. They also protect against sun damage, which can cause wrinkles later in life. Just make sure you use a good one that includes SPF 30 or higher.
Moisturizers come in many forms: lotion, gel or cream; oil-based or water-based; oil-free or non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). These can be used under makeup or applied alone—whatever works best for you!
Use products meant only for your skin type.
Your skin type is determined by how much oil your skin produces. Figure out your have normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin. If you have oily skin, try using a product that is oil-free. If you have dry skin, use an oil-based moisturizer instead of something watery. However, if you're prone to acne or have sensitive skin, it's best to try spot treatments. Use face wash, moisturizer, and even makeup that works for your skin type. You wouldn't want to use a drying formula meant for oily skin if your skin is already very dry.
If you're going to use makeup, use only healthy products.
Not all makeup is made the same. For the young, tender skin of preteens, teens and young adults, make sure you're using products that are gentle and not harsh on the skin. Prolonged use of harsh products speeds up the skin's aging process greatly. Use products like Boomshuga, which offers great makeup but without harmful ingredients for young skin.
Stay hydrated. Water does wonders for your skin.
Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins and can keep your skin looking young and healthy. Skin tends to wrinkle easier if it lacks moisture from within, so drinking lots of water helps in preventing aging skin later on down the line, as well. This will also help keep your skin looking its best!
Wear sunscreen every day.
Wear sunscreen every day.
Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside, and then reapply it every two hours or after swimming or sweating a lot—and even if it's cloudy!
Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, not just the face. As mentioned earlier, SOF moisturizers offer good protection during the day.
Wash hands often, especially if you have a tendency to touch your face throughout the day.
When you wash your hands, it's important to make sure that you do so properly. First, always use soap and water. Second, rub soap between your hands for at least 20 seconds. Third, rinse thoroughly with clean water. Finally—and this is the most important part—dry your hands completely with a towel or air dryer (if available). Just remember that proper hand washing technique involves using lukewarm water, not hot or cold temperatures that could cause chapping later on down the road.
It's also helpful when washing to avoid touching certain areas of the body with dirty hands:
Face: You should never touch your face with dirty fingers if they've been anywhere else on the body! This includes both food items and pets/animals in the wild. You don't want to run the risk of transferring dirt and bacteria to your sensitive skin and pores as they can cause breakouts and other skin conditions.
See a dermatologist when needed.
Everyone's skin is different and prone to various ailments, even children and teens. In addition to keeping a good body and skincare routine, don't be afraid to reach out to a dermatologist if something doesn't seem right or if certain ailments are severe or prolonged.
Being a teen or pre-teen is hard, but taking care of yourself doesn't have to be difficult.
Good skin care is important for everyone, but it's especially important for preteens because their bodies are still growing. The skin is the body's largest organ and absorbs everything that goes on top of it. So if you're eating well, hydrated and getting enough sleep, your skin will show that! Proper skincare is essential to prevent acne breakouts, dryness and other common issues in this stage of life.
It's also important to get into a routine early so that when you hit your teens it becomes second nature to take care of yourself daily.
We hope these tips will help you care for your skin and body as a preteen. Being a preteen can be tough, but it's important to remember that you're not alone. Many other children, pre-teens, and teens face the same issues every day. Set a good routine: eat healthy, stay hydrated, wash with mild products, moisturize with SPF, brush your teeth twice a day, treat pimples instead of popping them, use sunscreen when in the sun, get enough sleep, and be gentle with your skin. Just find a good skincare routine that works for you, and stick to it. Your future self will thank you! But remember, no matter what's going on on the outside, true beauty comes from within.