Teenage skin can be difficult to care for. Finding the right balance to prevent breakthroughs and acne is important, but you also want to make sure it looks in tip-top condition for whatever you have in store for it.
We’ve compiled our list of things you shouldn’t do as part of your skin care routine to help you keep your teenage skin looking great and feeling good.
Don’t touch your face too much
How many times do you touch your face in a day? Whether it’s rubbing your eyes, pushing your hair back, scratching an itch or leaning your face on your hand, every time you touch your face you’re transferring bacteria from your hands.
If you have to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean first.
Check expiry dates on your makeup
Using old makeup is bad news for your skin. Make sure you check your makeup bag regularly and throw away anything that’s past its expiry or been open too long. Old makeup carries bacteria that can fester over time so as a general rule of thumb, ditch eye make up around 3 months old, foundation and concealer at 6 months and everything else after a year.
Don’t use the wrong skincare products
If you share skincare products with your friends and family, chances are you’re using the wrong one for your skin type. This can be a disaster for your skin as too oily products on already oily skin can cause breakouts, and dry skin needs sensitive ingredients at all times.
Make sure you buy your own skincare products that are right for your skin type and take travel size bottles with you when travelling or attending sleepovers.
Don’t exfoliate too often
You don’t need to scrub away at your skin every day, doing so can cause more harm than good as you’re stripping away natural oils that protect your skin. Exfoliating literally removes the top layer of your skin so stick to once or twice a week at most to keep your skin healthy rather than damaging it daily.
Get your beauty sleep
Getting eight hours of sleep a night is important for maintaining a healthy glow to your skin and protecting yourself from acne and breakouts. Late night studying, TV and computer use can make it harder for your body to wind down and get the sleep it needs, so try to create a bedtime routine that enables you to have a good night’s sleep every night.