As a child, I grew up witnessing my mom use all sorts of skin care products on herself. At the time it really didn't make much sense to me, rather I never took keen interest in understanding what this whole fuss on skin care was about. Besides, my mom's response to every question I posed about her many cleansers, anti-aging creams and moisturisers was, "these are products not meant for kids". But what happens when I'm not a child anymore, but a teenager going through the puberty phase?
We all went through high school with friends who had acne, suffered from eczema or struggled with dry skin. Maybe we ourselves faced similar issues but no one really paid attention. We termed it a teen hood period that would automatically come to an end once we clock the age of 18, or rather that's what most of us were made to believe growing up.
As an adult, skin care is a huge topic and everyone is willing to go the extra mile to get that skin popping. But is it high time we make the same investment in our children? A lot of parents just like my mom before, are for the idea that skin care products are harmful to young skin. Often times we forget we're leaving in an era where skincare has evolved.
There is now a large market for natural and organic products from local brands, that are gentle on skin and quite affordable. Check www.joojoostores.com for endless options.
For a teenager's skincare regime, it is advised to keep it basic with only 3 products to begin with: a cleanser, a moisturiser and a sunscreen. This is a routine that can be introduced at the age of 13 and the best way to make children more aware of their skin as they go through multiple hormonal changes in the phase of puberty. Not to mention this is great training to help build healthy routines and habits that will ease their transition to adulthood when they hit their 20s - where they'll now be mature enough to incorporate new products into their routine that suit their skin type.
It is always advisable to seek a dermatologist's assistance for your child's skin condition that is severe or persists after multiple options.
By Nicolle Kukubo