When it comes to your skin, you can never be too young to start taking care of it. Rather than fighting your way back to clearer and younger-looking skin, taking a preventative approach by starting early will not only delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it will also put your skin in the best possible position to defend itself against pollution, the sun and other environmental aggressors that can age your skin prematurely.
As our skin changes with age, so should our skin care routine. To take the guesswork out of finding the right skin care products and regimen for you, we talked to the skin experts at SkinCeuticals. Here they gave us the lowdown on the changes your skin goes through once you hit a certain decade, as well as a few recommendations to help you kickstart your skin care routine.
Skin Care in Your Teens
During puberty, shifting hormones can result in increased production of sebum, which often leads to acne. This is why cleansing with an appropriate cleanser is key to removing excess oil and keeping blemishes at bay. For existing acne, use an acne spot treatment on affected areas to reduce inflammation and avoid potential scarring, which could remain visible on skin years after acne has resolved. It’s also important to protect your skin from the sun because this is the time when you get the most sun exposure. Severe sunburn before the age of 18 also increases your risk of having skin cancer in the future. Since skin is oilier and more prone to breakouts during puberty, opt for an oil-free sunscreen.