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Skincare product recommendations for your tweens and teens

I only got into skincare much later in life…. while everybody else was using advanced repair this and ceramide that, I was probably putting body lotion, or even worse, NOTHING on my face. Now that I have kids, and also being more aware of taking care of my own skin, I try to get my kids into a skincare routine as soon as I feel they need it. I do try to do this on a budget, because you know, mama needs cash for the ceramides….so I thought I’d share a few skincare options for tweens and teens, tried and tested by my own tween and teen, that may help you and yours.

Face Wash

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser (RSP R180.00 – R225.00)

Cerave SA Smoothing Cleanser For Dry, Rough & Bumpy Skin 236ml is a non-drying, gentle cleansing gel with high foam potential that exfoliates, cleanses and softens rough skin, without disrupting the skin barrier. Leaves skin feeling fresh and soft.

My teen is 14, her skin is dehydrated and prone to hormonal breakouts. At this stage, she knows what she likes and does not like when it comes to her face wash and this cleanser is definitely what she does like. We….well, I have repurchased this for her maybe 4 times now. If I try to buy something else in between, she’ll ask me to please get her Cerave cleanser when the current one is done.

What I like about it is that is contains:

– Salicylic acid (which aids against acne)

– Niacinamide (calms the skin and fades pigmentation/dark marks)

– Hyaluronic acid (boosts hydration of the skin)

These are all great ingredients to help your teen/tween if they do battle with acne.

Oxy Sensitive Face Wash (RSP R82.99)

Oxy Sensitive Face Wash  has been specially formulated for sensitive skin. It helps to deep cleanse pores by removing dirt and oil, keeping skin looking clean, clear and healthy.

I started my 11yr old on this when I realised his skin was getting a big clogged due to hours of sports and sweating and then not washing his face with anything but water or his body wash. I wanted something mild and also inexpensive, because he is young and I know he will not be strict with a skin routine at his age yet. This face wash only contains lactic acid as an ingredient I recognise, which acts as a mild exfoliant in this cleanser. I find a little goes a long way with this face wash and it really helps my tween with cleaning and clearing his skin.

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser (RSP R199.95)

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser is mild and gel-based, ideal for removing excess oil, dirt, and makeup without disrupting the skin’s protective barrier. 

– Ceramides (help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier)

– Hyaluronic acid (helps retain skin’s natural moisture)

– Niacinamide (calms the skin and fades pigmentation/dark marks)

I know I said for teens and tweens, and this is an option for them, but I actually use this cleanser myself as well;) This is very gentle on the skin and does not leave my skin feeling stripped at all. I love cleansers in a pump bottle….so that definitely gives it an extra point in my books. The addition of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide seals the deal for me. If your child doesn’t battle with acne and you’re just wanting a really nice cleanser, I highly recommend this one. CeraVe has quite a few cleansers for different skin concerns so definitely look out for what would suit your child’s (or your own) skin.

Daily Moisturiser

Creightons Salicylic Acid Soothing Lotion (RSP R74.95) *

Creightons Salicylic Acid Soothing Lotion is a moisturising, lighweight lotion to soothe and care for angry, blemish-prone skin without clogging pores or being too heavy on the skin. Dermatologically tested.

The Creightons Soothing Lotion is a great budget friendly option for blemish prone skin. The formula on this is really lightweight and it is absorbed quickly into the skin. I will let my daughter use an SPF over this moisturiser in the morning, alternatively, as is in the evening. My daughter also uses the exfoliating toner in this range.

Oxy Daily Moisturiser (RSP R79.99)

Oxy Daily Moisturiser with SPF15 is formulated to keep your skin soft and moisturised all day, while Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil’s natural ant-inflammatory and soothing properties assist in the treatment of pimples and acne.

This is a nice lightweight moisturiser and I like that is contains Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil as well as a SPF15. Yes it’s not a SPF 30 or 50, but I find kids generally could not be bothered to apply sunscreen to their faces. In addition, I do worry that regular sunscreen may clog their pores or irritate acne, so I do find this is a nice starter moisturiser for a tween/teen.

This post is going to get way too long, so I’ll stop now or you’ll be here until tonight. If you want some more tried and tested skincare recommendations for teens and tweens, especially when it comes to serums and spot treatments for acne prone skin, let me know and we will try to round up some faves. For now, that’s it for this edition of skincare recommendations for tweens and teens….let me know what your kids are using and if they’ve tried any of these products.

Related post: Preteen dealing with breakouts? {Dermalogica Clear Start Range}

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I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!

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