Natural Skin Care for Teens
We’re getting more questions from you about getting teens started on natural skin care regimes, as well as problem solving questions re: acne, odours, etc. So here is summed up our best advice for teens and their parents on natural skin care.
Reasons to Start Young
Paying attention to the personal care products you use from a young age can go a long way to reducing exposure to potentially toxic chemicals via skin absorption, inhalation and ingestion (uh, lipstick). Making the most of a few products can go a long way towards improved health and lower personal care maintenance as they age. (Remember, our hair feels greasier because we’ve overwashed it for decades…)
Back to Basics
In my opinion, most skin care falls into three categories: cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating.
Cleansing: less is more! There’s a tendency for pre-teens/teens/adults to overwash. Most cultures in the world cleanse with plain water.
Moisturizing: If you don’t overwash your skin, it shouldn’t be too dry, and therefore doesn’t need a lot of added moisturizer.
Exfoliating: This step isn’t essential for anyone, but there can be many skin benefits.
How could we not make mention of deodorants? There comes a time when most pre-teens or teens begin to stink. Rotten onion armpit stink. Its mostly from raging hormones. (You will smell the same if you have just delivered a baby or are nursing. ) Getting started on natural deodorants will go a long way to reducing exposures to toxins.
First, be sure to cleanse the area daily with soap. This should help a lot. Then, if needed, apply a natural deodorant. Try our arrowroot and baking soda deodorant cream, a deodorant stone, spray or other DIY recipe. Try to avoid anti-perspirants. For active teens, pack a wet soapy washcloth and an extra deodorant in your gym bag for on-the-go freshening.
This should do it. Clean smelling, naturally cared for skin.
(If you suffer form acne, you should also read our post on Natural Acne Care.)
Recommended Bare Cleansers: Hair & Body Wash, Shower Gel (COMING SOON!) or Bar Soaps
Our soaps are made with saponified (turned into soap) vegetable oils. They lather well, rinse clean and come in unscented, citrusy/floral or spicy scents.
Recommended Bare Moisturizers:For Face: Facial serum (oil based), Whipped Cocoa Body Butter or Healing Balm are all great. Our Baby Massage or Bath & Body Oils, Healing Balm or Cocoa Butter are also great for body.
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