Lisa Franklin's 7 Top Back to School Skin Care Tips
If you suffer from acne, make sure you get the right acne products. If you have breakouts, using products with ingredients that target acne concerns will manage, protect and reduce the effects. Look for ingredients again with salicylic acid (around 2%) as well as soothing Aloe and peptides like Oligopeptide-10 which works with Salicylic acid to reduce the appearance of acne.
Don’t share your makeup! Remember you will end up sharing your friend’s makeup germs, think twice as you will also be sharing bacteria.
If you're heading back to school or college over the next few weeks and are looking to hit the ground running with your studies and also your routines, it's the perfect time to consider resetting your skin care routine along the way. When your complexion is at the top of its game, it has an added benefit of boosting your confidence and general well being and kick starting a positive mindset. We asked Lisa all about her top teen skin care advice to set you off on the right foot.
First up cleansing is key- It’s so important to cleanse your skin at night to remove makeup, dirt, oil and environmental debris that builds up on the skin. It is especially important for teens with skin that is prone to blemishes.
Once you've got the cleansing pegged, it's time to manage oil. Choose a salicylic acid (around 2%) cleanser and use an oil-free makeup base (like our own pro effect luminescent base) to control shine and strengthen the skin's barrier function, which is the outermost layer of skin.
The next step is to exfoliate. You need to exfoliate once or twice a week. This will promote healthy cell turnover leaving pores clear of dead skin cells which if left can lead to spots. A top tip is to make sure you are gentle and do not over scrub.
An oldie but a goodie is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands before you touch your face or touch up your makeup. Also regularly clean other surfaces that come into contact with your skin, such as your phone and makeup brushes where bacteria over time harbours within the bristles.
Finally, wear broad spectrum SPF if you want your skin to look healthy now and for decades to come. Using a broad spectrum SPF daily, containing Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide is vital for long term skin health and protection from harmful UVA /UVB rays, it will also help keep your acne breakouts from turning dark. Look for sunscreens that are non-comedogenic, which means the product does not contain ingredients that are known to block pores.
So that's it. Good luck with the new term and definitely share this advice with your friends so you can all benefit from having knock out complexions this year.
If you would like more skin care advice for your teen or yourself, why not book a consultation in our Sloane Street Clinic Prive... find out more here.