Affordable, healthy not Sephora priced and a bit better/healthier than your average store brand. Bonus it is available on Amazon which means it can be at your door step the next day.

Building a skin-care routine for teens and tweens can seem complicated due to the onset of puberty. During puberty, kids often experience acne, blackheads, dry skin, and hormonal changes for the first time, which can create anxiety around self-esteem as their body transforms.

It is best not to overcomplicate or overwhelm skin care for teens and tweens. This explains the recent concern around tweens shopping at Sephora, as some products contain ingredients too harsh for their young skin. “Teen skin-care routines should be simple,” says Dr. Carmen Castilla, a board-certified dermatologist. “Harsh toners and multiple steps are unnecessary.”

Once they master the basics, targeted ingredients can address specific needs. Gradually introduce new products to monitor for reactions, and consult a dermatologist if you have serious concerns. With a gentle, minimal approach, an effective teen skin-care routine is achievable.

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1. Nip Fab

When we founded Nip + Fab over 10 years ago, our mission was simple: provide our customers with luxury skincare formulations available on the high street and empower them with ingredient knowledge so they can make informed purchases when it comes to their skincare routines. Yet no other brands were doing it.

Despite paving the way in the skincare industry for over a decade and providing access to effective, ingredient-led and affordable skincare for everyone, we are always aiming higher, whether that’s ensuring that there are no barriers for anyone wanting to achieve skin and body confidence, or continuing to do the science and creating formulations with multiple benefits. Your skin is our focus.

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2. Mario Badescu

Let’s start at the beginning. ‘Mario Badescu founded his namesake brand in 1967 out of a two-room apartment on Manhattan’s East Side,’ explains a spokesperson for Mario Badescu.

‘Mr. Badescu was a cosmetic chemist and aesthetician, his business started as a salon known for its signature facials and custom product line that became a trusted resource to a loyal clientele of actors, models, and New York City locals. This flagship location is still in operation and thriving. Today—after a number of expansions over the years—the Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon can accommodate almost two hundred facials a day.

‘Mario Badescu Skin Care is run by three generations of the same family! After Mario Badescu’s passing in the mid-1980s, the brand was acquired by Morise Cabasso, who is still at the brand’s helm, along with his sons and three of his grandchildren.’

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3. Grace and Stella

At grace & stella, we are more than a beauty company. We are a night in, masking with your best friends. We are the cheerleaders to loving the skin you’re in. We make self-care simple and fun. We are reliable, trendy, diverse, and most importantly: real.

Launched in 2016, grace & stella was built on a dedication for ‘feel-good moments’, and the principle that these moments positively impact other aspects of life. Little ‘feel-goods’ domino into big ‘feel-goods’, and we’re here for that.

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4. La-Roche

La Roche-Posay is the number 1 dermocosmetic brand worldwide, recommended by 90,000 dermatologists. Driven by our values of courage, commitment and love, we partner with dermatologists and experts to design innovative skincare solutions for the most fragile skin and be useful to people. La Roche-Posay has been pioneering dermatology since its creation in 1975, working in close partnership with dermatologists. The brand conducted more than 600 clinical studies on 90,000 patients, from newborns to 104-year-olds, of different ethnicities and varied skin pathologies (acne, allergic skin, eczema, under cancer treatment, wounds, post-esthetic treatment, etc.). Beyond its products, La Roche-Posay aims to make dermatology accessible to people through health tech. In 2016, the brand launched the first stretchable skin sensor to monitor UV exposure. In 2019, La Roche-Posay launched Effaclar Spotscan, the first web app co-developed by dermatologists and based on artificial intelligence to analyze acne-prone skin and provide personalized advice and recommendations. Additionally, the brand introduced My Skin Track UV in partnership with Apple, a battery-free wearable sensor and companion app to measure UV, pollution, pollen and humidity exposure and provide personalised advice.

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5. Marcelle

Since we launched on the Canadian market in 1949, our mission has always been to create high-quality cosmetics that satisfy the needs of Canadians. By delivering safe yet innovative products to consumers, we have solidified our position as the largest Canadian cosmetics manufacturer in Canada. With more than 400 employees and over 3,500 point of sales across Canada, Groupe Marcelle manufactures makeup and skin care products, as well as fragrances and accessories for both women and men under our four complementary brands: Marcelle, Lise Watier, Annabelle and CW Beggs and Sons. We continue to work toward our goals by bringing the company’s six core values to life: Collaboration, Respect, Innovation, Passion, Integrity and Quality.

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6. Vichy

Vichy Canada is a division of L’Oréal Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L’Oréal Group, the largest cosmetics company in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, L’Oréal Canada had sales of over $900 million in 2012 and employs more than 1,200 people. The company’s prestigious portfolio of over 30 brands encompasses all aspects of beauty.

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7. Elf

e.l.f. (short for EyesLipsFace[12]) Cosmetics was founded by Joseph Shamah and Scott Vincent Borba in June 2004, with the assistance of Shamah’s father, Alan.[3][5][12] The duo originally met at a party in 2002; Shamah was a 23-year-old New York University business student. Borba was a 31-year-old Los Angeles beauty-industry veteran, responsible for previously launching brands such as Hard Candy cosmetics.[3] Both were enthusiastic about an inexpensive, high-quality cosmetics line for women and decided to form a company together. A few days after the party, they sat down to brainstorm, and a business plan was created within months. Borba claims the idea originated from seeing women with expensive cars such as BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes buying bargain-price cosmetics at 99-cent stores in Los Angeles.[2] On February 3, 2014, TPG Growth bought a majority stake in e.l.f. Cosmetics.[1] Joey Shamah was replaced by Tarang P. Amin, who “has been appointed president, chief executive officer and director of e.l.f. Cosmetics.”

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8. Cerave

The CeraVe story began in 2005 after experts noticed that many skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and dry skin all had one thing in common: a compromised skin barrier. Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe offers a complete line of skincare products that contain three essential ceramides enhanced with a revolutionary delivery system to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier.

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