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Let’s face it: As a teen, you have enough to deal with without having to add taking care of skin concerns to your to-do list. Studying for tests and planning for social events like prom are enough to fill up your schedule, right? Skin care for teens may sound like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. The best way to manage your skin as a teen is actually to find a skin care routine that includes facial cleanser, moisturizer, and face masks, then be consistent with it. Pretty simple, isn’t it? Remember: How you treat your skin now will likely play a role in how your skin looks and feels in the future. We’re sharing our five best teenage skin care tips along with skin care product recommendations, below. Keep reading, then get to building your skin care routine.
We won’t judge you if you haven’t been cleansing your skin every morning and night thus far. But, from now on, no excuses. Washing your face is an absolute must for everyone, including teens. Choose a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type and needs. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay line, which contains three clay-to-mousse facial cleansers, has options for different skin types.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify and Mattify Cleanser: Does your skin tend to look extra-shiny by midday? Then consider giving this facial cleanser a chance. Enhanced with eucalyptus, this clay cleanser formula is suitable for all skin types. It goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and has a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny finish).
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox and Brighten Cleanser: It’s time to hop on the charcoal beauty trend! Immediately after using this clay cleanser formula, which is enhanced with charcoal, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and left with a clean, clear look. It’s suitable for all skin types.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser: What do you get when you pair cleansing and exfoliation? That would be this facial cleanser! The clay cleanser formula, which is enhanced with red algae, goes beyond daily cleansing to help exfoliate the surface of your skin. Immediately, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and is left with a clean, clear look. It’s suitable for oily to combination skin.
It would be nice if cleansing just your face was enough to take care of your skin in totality, but that isn’t quite the case. Besides your face, everything that your skin touches should be clean, otherwise bacteria, dirt, and oils can be transferred to your skin. No good. Pay attention to what your skin comes into contact with, and keep it clean. That means regularly wiping off your cell phone after phone calls and being sure to regularly wash your makeup blenders and brushes. (Here’s How to Clean Your Makeup Blenders and Brushes.)
Sometimes two things just go together so well, you wouldn’t want one without the other. Peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, and of course, facial cleanser and moisturizer. Every time you break out your facial cleanser, you’ll want to follow shortly with moisturizer. While your skin is still damp, smooth on a hydrating cream or lotion that suits your skin type. Have your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius line.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin: Normal and dry skin faces external factors such as pollution and UV rays that can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin’s surface loses its glow, becoming dull-looking. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, improving the look of radiance.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin: In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can start to look overly shiny. This water-based moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of excess shine and has a matte finish.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin: Your skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors such as pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.
You’re not too young to start a daily sun protection routine. After moisturizing, reach for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and apply as directed. Toss the bottle in your backpack so that you can reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating (which we bet you do in gym class!). In addition to applying, and reapplying, sunscreen, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Weekend trip to the mall, anyone? (Learn How to Reapply Sunscreen.)
Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. Invite a few friends over and set up a masking bar. Put out face masks that address various complexion concerns and have everyone coat their skin in at least one face mask. When one isn’t enough, try multi-masking. This trendy technique involves applying different face masks to different spots on your face at the same time. The more the merrier applies to friends and face masks. Below are five Pure-Clay face masks to wear alone or mix and match. Just apply your face mask(s) of choice to clean dry skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask: Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin feeling uncomfortable. As a result, skin needs cleaning that is effective yet gentle. This face mask formula is enhanced with seaweed and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and gently cleanse stressed areas.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask: Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. This face mask formula is enhanced with charcoal and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion feeling rough. This face mask formula is enhanced with red algae extract and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, and smooth the look of imperfections, and allow skin to breathe.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask: Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. This face mask formula is enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: Daily wear and tear—makeup and improper care—can leave skin looking uneven with roughness and imperfections. This face mask formula is enhanced with yuzu lemon extract to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, shed rough, dead skin cells from skin’s surface, clarify tone, and improve skin texture.
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