When selecting skin products for tweens, it’s essential to prioritize gentle and effective formulations that cater to their young and developing skin.

Remember to patch-test any new products and introduce them gradually into your tween’s skincare routine. Additionally, encourage your tween to prioritize consistency and proper application techniques for optimal results.

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Tips to consider before choosing products:

  1. Understand Their Skin Type: Determine whether your tween has oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin. This will guide your product selection process.
  2. Choose Gentle Formulations: Opt for gentle, non-irritating formulations specifically designed for young and sensitive skin. Look for labels like “gentle,” “non-comedogenic,” and “hypoallergenic.”
  3. Simplify the Routine: Keep the skincare routine simple with essential products such as a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Avoid introducing too many products at once to prevent overwhelming the skin.
  4. Avoid Harsh Ingredients: Steer clear of skincare products containing harsh chemicals, fragrances, alcohol, and dyes that can irritate or sensitise the skin. Common irritants include sulfates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances.
  5. Consider Oil-Free Formulas: If your tween has oily or acne-prone skin, opt for oil-free or mattifying products to help control excess oil production and prevent breakouts.
  6. Look for Acne-Fighting Ingredients (if needed): If your tween experiences occasional breakouts, choose products with acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. However, use these products cautiously and only as needed, as they can be drying.
  7. Patch Test New Products: Before applying any new skincare product to their entire face, perform a patch test on a small area of skin to check for any adverse reactions or allergies.
  8. Encourage Consistency: Emphasize the importance of consistent skincare habits, including washing their face twice daily, applying moisturizer, and wearing sunscreen every day.

Don’t Waste Money on

  • Skin Glow Products
  • Under Eye Products
  • Anti Age Products
  • Face masks
  • Vitamin Serums

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Here are some recommended product categories and specific product suggestions:

Skin Care for Tweens: Exfoliating Face Wash


1. Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub

Scrub your skin to perfection with a new breed of facial exfoliator, Glycolic Scrub Fix. A 3-in-1 micro exfoliate to refine, brighten and renew your skin. Gently massage on damp skin avoiding the eye contour area.

  • 3% Glycolic acid works to remove dead skin cells and polish your skin.
  • A fruity grapefruit scent, it energizes and awakens the skin.
  • Salicylic acid penetrates into and unclogs pores helping to combat black heads and reduce blemishes.

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2. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

What it is: An award-winning, on-the-spot surface blemish solution that helps dry up surface blemishes overnight.
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
– Salicylic Acid: Reduces redness of blemishes.
– Sulfur: Unclogs pores.
– Zinc Oxide: Absorbs excess oil.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This is an effective spot-treatment formulated with salicylic acid, sulfur, and zinc oxide to help draw impurities from the skin. It cares for surface blemishes as calamine and camphor help to cool and soothe the troubled area, revealing a clearer-looking complexion after as little as one night.

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3. Mario Badescu Caviar Cream

  • Revitalize and nourish dry or dehydrated skin
  • This luxurious cream is formulated with Caviar and Carnation Oil to protect and soften delicate skin– Intensely moisturizing and hydrating
  • Rich in amino acids and fatty acids
  • Nourishes dry and mature skin
  • Helps to support youthfulness and skin elasticity
  • Helps to visibly enhance firmness
  • Skin-softening and nourishing
  • Caviar Extract high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids helps to visibly smooth skin.

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4. Grace and Stella Foaming Facial Cleanser

  • A Gentle Face Cleanser With Real Results -It’s fluffy, it’s foamy, and it’s fresh. For the cleanest, softest face, our fragrance-free gentle face wash is perfect to remove any dirt and impurities without leaving your face feeling tight or dry with our face wash for sensitive skin.
  • Balance And Brighten Your Skin – Foaming facial cleanser balances pH tones, primes, moisturizes, hydrates, and refreshes your skin! Make self-care time the best time with our soothing facial cleanser for sensitive skin. Unique Formula – Unlike any other facial cleanser, our gentle cleanser is vegan, paraben and sulfate-free with effective clean ingredients. Infused Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera Extract!
  • Unique Formula – Unlike any other facial cleanser, our gentle cleanser is vegan, paraben and sulfate-free with effective clean ingredients. Infused Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera Extract!

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5. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ ACNE Cream Treatment Face Moisturizer 

  • Effaclar Duo(+) is a global action acne treatment and 24-hour hydrating face lotion that acts immediately on acne without drying the skin.
  • Reduces the number of acne pimples and allows skin to heal. Prevents breakout recurrence. Purifies clogged pores. 24H hydrating lotion. Non-comedogenic, paraben-free.
  • Reduces the number of acne pimples and allows skin to heal. Prevents breakout recurrence. Purifies clogged pores.

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6. Rael Miracle Cover Bundle – Invisible Cover & Microcrystal Patches, Hydrocolloid, Skin Care, Facial Stickers

  • EFFECTIVE CARE – Made with medical-grade, highly absorbent hydrocolloid. Non-drying and hypoallergenic.
  • STAYS ON SKIN ALL NIGHT – Tapered edges adhere to skin.
  • INVISIBLE COVER – Comes in 2 sizes (10mm and 12mm). MICROCRYSTAL – Patch Size (14mm), Patch length (0.25mm)

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7. Vichy Anti-Acne Salicylic Acid Cleansing Gel

  • This gentle gel cleanser for acne-prone skin is oil-free, soap-free, non-irritating & non-drying. Its formula, including Salicylic Acid, targets pimples, acne, pores & oiliness while also strengthening the skin.
  • This facial gel cleanser targets acne, pores & oiliness without drying the skin. Formulated with Salicylic Acid.


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8. Elf

  • NON-GREASY, LIQUID MAKEUP REMOVER: Say buh-bye to the day’s makeup with e.l.f. SKIN’s Holy Hydration! e.l.f. Off Makeup Remover. The non-greasy feeling liquid makeup remover tackles stubborn and even waterproof makeup without harsh tugging or rubbing!
  • GENTLE FORMULA: Gentle enough for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, this ophthalmologist-tested formula effortlessly melts away all traces of makeup from your eyes, lips, and face without irritation.
  • INFUSED WITH HYALURONIC ACID: Plus, it’s enriched with skin-loving hyaluronic acid, squalane, and niacinamide to leave your lashes and skin soothed and conditioned.
  • FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Great for normal, dry, oily & combination skin types.
  • SKIN-LOVING INGREDIENTS: All e.l.f. products are made from skin-loving ingredients you want, minus the toxins you don’t—all at good-for-you prices. All e.l.f. products are 100% cruelty-free and Vegan.

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