amazing how as we grow older we are so much wiser - about what we should or
should not eat or what we should do about our skin and should have done years
earlier when we were in our teens. The reality is that if we had started sooner
to take care of our skin correctly, we would not be dealing with skin that
looks older than we are.
Because we didn't take care of it properly all those years ago, we are fighting
the battle of trying to remedy a situation that is out of control and in some
cases cannot be won. All it takes is a little discipline and we all can still
have skin that looks younger than our age if we just take care of it properly.
But the important lesson here is that we should teach our children to develop
good skin care habits when they are young.
Start Habits Early
Good hygiene is one of the most important things a child or teenager can learn
about keeping their skin healthier and younger looking. Cleansing the skin
starts when a child learns to wash their hands and face and continues as they
age so that it becomes a major part of their daily routine. Clean skin is
essential particularly in keeping acne and blemishes and other skin conditions
like Rosacea under control. Here are a few tips that should become a daily
routine as you age:
Washing the face twice daily in the morning and evening and ensuring that a
good yet gentle cleanser is used without scrubbing the skin but softly
massaging it to remove dirt and grime that builds up. There are special cleansers
for those with sensitive skin or for those with acne or oily skin so you should
look for the product that does not irritate your skin.
Use of sunscreen is an essential that should continue throughout your life. As
a child is often in the sun, sunscreen should be used not only on the face but on the exposed body
as well to ensure that the child does not get sunburn. This should continue
throughout your life especially for those with fair skin or skin that is very
sensitive as it can cause other problems with too much exposure to the sun.
Avoid too much makeup as teenagers can easily clog up their pores that often
lead to acne or an outbreak of blemishes. Makeup and other cosmetics can
contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin especially if it is
sensitive so care should be taken with the type of makeup that is used and also
ensure that a minimal amount is applied so that it is not caked on. Use makeup
that is labeled as noncomedogenic although if their skin is prone to acne it
might not help.
Do not use sun tanning booths as they can be a health hazard that will deeply
affect their skin later in life as it can cause skin cancer especially if used
often. It is worse than sitting out in the sun without any sunscreen.
Shampoo the hair at least two to three times per week as hair follicles can
also get clogged and cause blemishes to occur especially if it is constantly
falling in your face so try to keep it away as much as possible.
Acne prone skin should be treated with special cleansers and if the skin is
oily an astringent and a toner should also be used to keep the acne under
control. Clean skin that is free of cosmetics will heal much more easily than
if you wear a lot of makeup - which is the mistake that many make because they
want to cover up the blemishes. Avoid squeezing pimples to try to make the
blemish go away as it could lead to scarring that is an even worse problem that
will be there the rest of your life. Seek treatment from a dermatologist if you
cannot get the acne under control yourself.
A daily routine that starts early in life will stick with you throughout the
years as you age and become a habit that you will be happy you have stuck to -
as good skin care habits can keep your skin looking healthier and more radiant
so that you can age gracefully with skin that is much younger looking.