Skin care will become important as young as 8-year-old as kids grow and their body changes. 2 problems that are the most common: oily skin which cause acne or dry skin which causes flaking. Girls tend to transition from toys to skin care overnight. One Christmas it is toys under the tree and the next it is boxes of face care.

The difference between tween and teen skin care is simple: it is the transition period between childhood and adulthood so the simpler the better. The products and the routines must be as gentle and as plain as possible. Most tweens don’t yet have the severe acne that tends to develop in teens so there is no need to over treat the skin prematurely.

Main focus for tweens products is to avoid oily skin and break out versus any anti-aging products.

Anyone who has dealt with skin issues for a long period of time is likely to tell you that it’s important to be conscious about what’s in the skincare you use.

Acne may be a common skincare problem, but that doesn’t make it easier to deal with. For teenagers in particular skincare issues, like acne, can lead to depression, bullying, and more.

Things to look for:

Ingredients to avoid– BHA and BHT Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number DEA-related ingredients Dibutyl phthalate Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives Parabens Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance) PEG compounds Petrolatum Siloxanes Sodium laureth sulfate Triclosan

Ingredients to have– Azelaic Acid, Succinic Acid, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, salicylic acid, green tea, lactic acid, vitamin e, aloe vera

Always test on your skin-should not over dry and make skin red and patchy

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Lotion vs Cream-Left Side is Lotion-Right is Cream

Face Lotion vs Cream

Foaming Wash vs Gel Face Wash-Left Side Foaming-Right Gel

Foaming vs Gel Face Wash

Skin Care for Tweens: Tips on Washing Your Face

1. Always Wash Hands

Always wash hands before touching face.When researchers analyzed 51 adults’ hands for a study in 2008, they found a typical hand had more than 150 different types of bacteria on it. Of course, not all bacteria are harmful — research has also found that some kinds of bacteria on the skin can protect us from harmful microbes.

2. Use Clean Towel

If possible, always have a clean towel if not use paper towel to dry face. The best practice would be to use paper towels or a new towel every day for preventing any germs present in the bathroom, to get on your freshly washed and cleaned face. Whenever you use a cloth towel to dry your face, make sure that it is a clean and freshly laundered one

3. Limit Exfoliation

Don’t use face scrub more than 2 times per week as it will over dry the face.  Too much exfoliation can lead to dehydrated, patchy, rough, and flaky skin.

4. Use Small Amount

Apply very small amount of product, more is less in this case. “When a product label says used a pea-sized amount, stick to it,” says Dr Mehra. Instead of going in with a lot of product, apply less and let it absorb before going to the next layer.

5. Wash Chin and Neck

Don’t forget to wash under chin and neck. Skin care should not stop at the bottom of your chin. Neglecting to apply your skincare to these areas can result in a difference of texture, tone, and appearance of the skin between your face and neck.

6. Have both: Gel and Foaming Face Wash

You should have both Foaming and Gel face wash and use based on the condition of your face. Use gel if brake out is imminent.

Skin Care for Tweens: Foaming Face Wash

7. Have Both: Face Lotion and Cream

You should have both lotion and cream and use based on the condition of your face. Use cream if there are areas that need more moisture.

8. Remove Make Up

Always remove any traces of make up before going to bed. Sleeping with makeup on will increase your chance of a breakout as most make up is oil based. While you sleep your makeup can mix with dead skin and oil from your skin’s surface and create clogged pores, acne, and blackheads.

9. Don’t Scratch the Skin

Don’t scratch or pick at your skin even if there is a tempting acne spot, you will only make it worse. The skin around the picked pimple may become red and inflamed, which will make it look bigger. If you pop a pimple could bleed, develop a scab or even permanent scaring.

10. Don’t Rub the Skin

If you use face wipes or you use a pad, be sure to be really gentle and not rub your face as it will become sensitive. Rubbing in your serums and moisturisers on the skin can cause the products to ball up, especially if they contain any silicones. The best solution is to pat and press the product in, as this will enhance absorption and penetration, and will prevent them from travelling all over your face. If you’re still working on your brush skills, you could be causing too much friction. Instead, your warm fingers or a pad can help you dab it in rather than cause streaks and pills.