A good skin care regime is essential for beautiful skin, free from oil, blackheads and blemishes! And this is especially important for teens, as they're most prone to these kind of problems. Not to worry though, an effective skin care routine is easy to implement. You just need the right products for your skin type, the correct techniques and the motivation to care for your skin every single day! Your skin will thank you - promise!
When you wake up in the morning, wash your face. This will take away any sweat and oil that has built up over the night. It will also wake you up a bit more as well as give you a shine-free face for the morning. When washing your face, never use soap, unless it is specific soap for facewashing. This is a mistake that many girls make. Normal soap that we use to wash our hands and body can irritate the pores on the face and help acne and pimples get started! When washing your face, use a special facial cleanser or even just water and a cloth, which will be enough to keep the loose skin, oil, and dirt to an acceptable level.
Don't worry about aggressively removing oil or other matter from the surface. Acne is a problem of excessive oil production and clogs within pores, not a problem of surface obstruction of pores.
In the morning, after you've eaten breakfast and brushed your teeth, apply lip balm. This is important especially if you have chapped lips, but even if you don't, it's still a good idea, just to keep your lips looking smooth and kissable.
Put on a bit of hand cream. If you have dry skin on your hands, put some hand cream on in the morning. Just make sure that you don't put on too much, since it will make your hands oily and slippery.
During the school day, you don't need to worry about your face that much. If your face gets really oily, buy some special tissues that remove excess oil on your face (available from Mary Kay as well as other companies). Don't wash your face during the day! (More on that later)
Nightime is a crucial point for skin care, since it's a window of opportunity to do so much to help your skin.First, cleanse your skin. Buy a facial cleanser. They help remove dirt, oil, and other pore-blockers. Most cleansers will both cleanse andexfoliate your skin, which are two steps in the '5 Steps to great skin'(more on that later as well).
After cleansing, moisturize! For teenagers, this is something that can help you have beautiful skin if done right, or give you loads of acne if done wrong. Make sure when you're buying a facial moisturizer, that...
It's actually a FACIAL moisturizer, and...
It's LIGHTWEIGHT. Lightweight means that it's not heavy and oily, so it won't add to the oil on your skin or clog your pores. This is very important!
After that, apply some lip balm.
Then apply the lotions. If your legs are dry from shaving them, moisturize them. The moisturizer you buy for your legs doesn't matter. Just don't use a lightweight moisturizer on them because it won't help. If your hands are dry, this is a great time to apply LOTS and LOTS of hand cream, since it has hours and hours to soak into your skin.
Voila! You have a great skin care regime! Repeat from step 1 to 8 everyday for great-looking skin!
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Eating healthy keeps your skin looking nice.
Drink LOTS of water! Drink as much water as you can (you're supposed to have 8 glasses a day). Water will leave your skin looking hydrated and rejuvenalized!
As mentioned above, follow the '5 Steps to Great Skin'. These 5 steps are: CLEANSING, EXFOLIATING, TONING, MOISTURIZING, and PROTECTING. Dermatologists have done studies that show that women who follow these steps have beautiful, clear skin that STAYS clear.
The face-care instructions should work for anyone susceptible to pimples, whether or not teenaged or a girl.
Another thing mentioned above is not to wash your face more than 2 times a day. Many girls think that washing your face dozens of times a day will take all the oil off of their faces and reduce pimples, but that's actually not true! In fact, washing your face more than twice a day will dry out your skin, which will actually cause it to produce MORE oil to make up for the lost oil. Washing your face more than twice a day actually backfires!
An urban myth is that not wearing sunscreen on your face will help take away zits, since the sun will dry out the oil. This is not true. It actually functions the same way as washing your face more than twice a day- you will dry out your face, but in an effort to get back the lost oil, your face will produce extra oil. Also, not wearing sunscreen can increase your chances (sometimes dramatically) or getting skin cancer (SO not worth it just to take away a couple pimples). Make sure you wear sunscreen in the summer, just buy a lightweight sunscreen for your face.
Make sure that you're not allergic to any of the products that you will be using on your face. If your skin is sensitive, do a test run by putting a little bit of the product on one small part of your face to make sure that you don't get a rash/irratation from it.
This skin regime may not work on everyone's skin, depending on how oily/dry your face gets. Customize it and make it your own. This article is only a basic guideline. Consult a dermatologist to get a custom-made skin care regime for you.
Keep in mind, your skin will not look like the picture posted to this article. Skin blemishes, acne, oil, and dryness are all completely natural and normal. That photo is obviously a photomanipulation. Learn about what suits you best, since everyone's skin is different. The point of treating your skin is to keep it healthy by keeping yourself healthy. Your skin will reflect your health.