Step into any Sephora, Ulta, or beauty aisle in a drugstore and you’re bound to see teenagers building skincare routines. They are not buying drugstore brands, they’re selling out high-end skincare products. Why? Because it’s a trend. Skincare has become trendy and tween and teen girls are hopping on the bandwagon.
We’re never going to discourage anyone from treating their skin right, but most of these skincare products are meant for aging skin and probably will not help youthful teen skin. We thought it would be helpful to point redhead teens in the right way. Here’s what products young redheads do and don’t need, and the appropriate times to start using different products you may be seeing online.
What skincare do tweens + teens need?
Tween and teen skincare should be super simple. It’s best to look for skincare products labeled as “gentle,” “mild,” or “for sensitive skin.” Choose cleansers without harsh chemicals, SPF with at least SPF 30 for sun protection, and oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizers. Opt for makeup removers that are fragrance-free. Face masks should also be suitable for sensitive skin. When in doubt, consult with a dermatologist to find age-appropriate products for your specific skin type and concerns.
Using skincare products too early, especially those designed for more mature skin, can be harsh on a tween or teen’s delicate skin. It may lead to irritation, dryness, or even exacerbate existing skin issues. Younger individuals should stick to age-appropriate, gentle skincare routines and consult a dermatologist if needed.
Teens and tweens are generally advised to avoid using retinol because their skin is still developing, and retinol can be too strong for young and sensitive skin. It may lead to irritation, redness, or dryness. It’s crucial to focus on gentle and age-appropriate skincare products during this stage, and if there are specific concerns, consulting a dermatologist is recommended for personalized advice.
The skincare items that should wait until you’re in your 20s
Most other skincare shouldn’t even be considered until your late teens or early 20s. Establishing a solid skincare routine by the age of 20-25 involves the basics: cleanse, moisturize, and protect. Include a gentle cleanser, hydrating moisturizer, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Additionally, consider adding products like antioxidants and retinol for anti-aging benefits. Tailor your routine to your skin type and concerns, and consult a dermatologist for personalized advice.
The skincare items that should wait until you’re in your 30s
In your mid-20s to early 30’s you want to start using retinol. Any earlier than 25 and there’s really no purpose. Around 30 is when our skin starts to lose some elasticity; so preventative creams in your late 20s can help to ease that transition.
Aging is a natural process, and while we all want to look our best, starting anti-aging and preventative products in your teen years isn’t going to help. The very best way to reduce early signs of aging and keep skin youthful and healthy? SPF! Wear it daily and reapply often.
Using certain products on young, sensitive skin can actually cause dryness, redness, and more sensitivity and could impact acne and breakouts often experienced by teens. If you’re a young redhead, or you know a young redhead suffering from acne or skin conditions, consult a dermatologist to see what the best products are for you. Acne may change the age at which you use certain products.
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