The most commonly reported types of stress for teens are academic, social, family, world events, traumatic events, and significant life changes. As a former teen, I can testify to the fact that even with the best parents, best friends, an amazing school, and minimal academic struggle, the stress still made itself known. Teen life is hard! Even when it is amazing and beautiful, it can simultaneously be loaded with the complexities of hormonal changes and best friend break-ups.
Establishing a basic skincare routine can really combat stress, as well as build confidence and self-esteem. Skincare is undoubtedly one of the most beneficial forms of self-care and self-love, and promoting a proper skincare routine early on truly has no downsides. There are so many brands and products on the market, and once you’ve identified your values, finding the right products to honor those values (vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, etc.) is the easiest part! Knowing the order of steps is a different story. The oversaturation of products can really mislead and confuse the process itself, but skincare doesn’t have to be complicated.
- CLEANSE. Properly cleaning the face and body is always the first step to any good skin care regimen. This helps establish good hygiene habits, but it also promotes a sense of “washing away” at the end of the day. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to wash away some of the day, metaphorical or not?
- MOISTURIZE. Certain products, like harsh astringents and toners, marketed to teens for whatever reason do nothing more than dry out the skin under the veil of “attacking acne.” Of course, if acne is an issue, seeing a dermatologist would be the best route, but to use alcohol-based products on a regular basis as part of a teen’s regimen has the potential to cause an outbreak that wouldn’t otherwise exist. A light moisturizer in the mornings and at night will keep skin from drying out.
- DON’T POP PIMPLES. This can be so difficult if you’re into cause and effect. Popping pimples feels very satisfying to some, but there’s no disputing that it isn’t good for your skin. Pimple-popping can lead to infection and scarring. Try to avoid it.
- SPF. Wearing sunscreen daily is an important habit to establish. It is not only good for preventing certain skin cancers, your 50+ year old self will thank you. Protection from harmful sun rays is just as important as cleansing!
- STAY HYDRATED + GET ENOUGH REST. Staying hydrated may not be an issue for most teens, especially athletes, but getting adequate rest is likely not on the top of many teens’ lists. Adequate rest is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, however, so it indirectly promotes healthy skin.
Teens may not have as much skin correcting to do as older populations, but skincare in teen years is still so important for promoting healthy habits, establishing a routine, increasing body positivity and self-esteem, and showing one’s self that they are so very much worth it.
About the Author: Anna Blair from Aceable.com is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. She loves guacamole, Roman history, and her 2-year old Doberman Pinscher named Catullus.