3 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin in Your Teens

It’s no surprise that as people get older they tend to worry about their skin. Whether it’s wrinkles, or having perfectly clear skin, it’s something we all desire. But sometimes when we’re younger, we get caught up in the daily activity of our lives that makes it easy to take care of the largest organ in our body – our skin.

There are plenty of easy to follow methods and routines you can get into when you’re younger, that will make you thankful for when you get older. And once you get into the good routine, it’ll just become easier and easier. So let’s get into the 3 easy ways to take care of your skin!

1. Wear Sunscreen

Many people may not know this, but the sun can be very damaging to the skin. In fact, a tan is a direct result that your skin has faced sun damage. As people continue to tan (whether they are doing so in a tanning bed, or laying in their backyard soaking up the sun) their skin will get damaged, which results in fine lines and wrinkles.

While sun kissed skin may look good during the summer seasons, it’s something you will regret later on down the road when if your skin becomes wrinkly, or you develop fine lines. Not to mention, products that are made for wrinkles tend to be very expensive, costing upwards of $50 for a week supply. So make sure to always wear sunscreen to project your skin and keep it happily healthy. As a bonus, the smell of sunscreen can take you back to the beach days.

2. Daily Skincare Routine

A daily skincare routine can be beneficial for many ways. To start, by daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, you’re keeping excellent care of your skin. But why exactly is this trio of a routine suggested? Let’s dig into it.

Cleansing your skin is always the first step to any skincare routine as it preps the skin for the following steps. By using a good skin cleanser, you’re essentially removing dirt, oil and other impurities from your skin. Make sure that after you wash your skin that it does not feel excessively dry or tight, as this is a sign your cleanser is too harsh. Your skin should feel soft, subtle and clean.

The second step in a good skincare regime is exfoliation. Now there are two different types of exfoliation, and we’ll discuss both. The first type of exfoliation is called physical exfoliation. Physical exfoliation is when you use a mild abrasive (sand, clay, microbeads) to manually exfoliate dirt, dead skin cells and debris off of the skin. While this may seem very good, it can actually be damaging and too harsh for a lot of skin types.

The second type of exfoliation is known as chemical exfoliation. While this may sound very intimidating and scary, it’s actually the preferred, gentler and more effective method of exfolaiton by many skincare gurus. Chemical exfoliation uses a mild chemical exfolaint such as salicylic acid, or glycolic acid, to speed up the desquamation process. Desquamation is the natural process of shedding dead skin cells. By exfoliation your skin chemically, you’re allowing your skin to shed dead skin cells. The result reveals the beautiful and radiant skin beneath. Your skin will be glowing!

3. Finding the Right Products

Many people think they must spend 40, 50 and even 100 dollars or more to find a good skincare product. This is simply not true! There are many good over the counter acne products. Not to mention, there are so many great stores such as Walgreens or Target that carries an array of products, and there are always coupons available.

When searching for products, make sure to look for ones formulated for your skin type, look for descriptions like “good for oily skin”, “acne prone skin” and even “sensitive skin”. Once you take a close look, skincare products soon won’t be so intimidating to you.

In the end, taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive, overwhelming or even time consuming. Spending 3 minutes a day to preform your skin care regime can leave you thankful in your later years in life.