Good teen skincare equals to great lifelong skincare. Picture: Pexels.
During your teens, the body faces an influx of hormones and the skin becomes susceptible to breakouts due to excessive oil production, making skincare vitally important. 

Whether it’s the occasional blackhead or a bad case of acne, being cautious and consistent with skincare regime as a teen can encourage lifelong good skincare habits.

Until you’re older, you will never understand the importance of skincare regime. It’s up to parents and caregivers to equip their teens with products and information to help them keep their skin looking and feeling good and to achieve that, experts recommend the following practical guide.

  • Wash your hands before you touch your face. Clean hands prevent the transfer of harmful bacteria to the face.
  • Applying a moisturiser is extremely important even for oily skin. The vanishing cream is great because it reduces oiliness and helps remove any shine to give your skin a matt look, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and clear.
  • In the harsh South African sun the use of an SPF daily is critical. Choose an SPF that does not make your skin oily or create a shine. A mattifying SPF over your moisturiser will do the trick.
  • Cleanse your skin twice a day. You may find that your skin is excessively oily and want to remove the oil but do not strip off the excess sebum as your skin will only create more. Rather use an oil control wash to regulate your oily skin – it will cleanse and mattify the skin and leave it refreshed.
  • Remove any excess dirt, makeup and oil with a toner before bed or sporting activities to prevent clogging of your pores, which can result in acne and a blackhead. The oil control Toner is great for teens battling with acne. It helps reduces inflammation, decreases oil and redness.
  • It is important to exfoliate twice a week to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. This also helps to unclog pores and regulate your skin’s natural oils. Just don’t scrub too hard – gentle round circular movements for about two minutes is more than enough. 
  • Don’t be tempted to squeeze blackheads or pimples as this can cause scarring and will also spread germs resulting in a breakout. If a breakout does occur apply an antiseptic ointment to the affected area as this will help minimise pimples and blackheads.