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Skin Care Essentials: How To Build A Great Skincare Routine

Skin Care Essentials: How To Build A Great Skincare Routine

Róisín Lynch

As a teenager your skin is so delicate. Hormone changes can affect your skin in various different ways. Some teenagers notice their skin is more oily and prone to outbreaks, others notice there is skin is more dry and flaky. During your teenage years it’s so important to choose skin care that is kind to your skin.

Here’s how to build a great skincare routine for teens…

Skin Type Appropriate Cleanser

Everybody’s skin type is different especially during your teenage years so it is important that you use one that is appropriate for your specific skin type.

If you find your skin is a little oily, try find a oily-combination skin cleanser. Same is you have dry skin or if you notice your skin is a little on the sensitive side, look at the bottle before you buy it to make sure it suits your skin type!

Some good brands to consider when looking for cleanser’s include:


CeraVe – they offer a few cleansers depending on your skin type and generally aren’t too expensive. They are also dermatologist recommended! Check out our article to find out which CeraVe cleanser you should use.

Simple – Simple cleansers are great if you have sensitive skin as they use natural ingredients. Simple products are generally quite affordable as well so win-win!

Alya – You may have seen people raving about the benefits of Alya skincare on social media. Their skin care range is aimed at teenagers in particular. They have a great micellar foaming facial cleanser that is great for all skin types! And look how cute the packaging is!


It isn’t completely necessary to include a toner as part of your skin care routine, however, if you notice you have large pores, using toner will help make them appear smaller. Other benefits of using a toner include it’s ability to restore PH balance, act as a moisturiser and leave your skin refreshed. It is best to use a toner after cleansing and before moisturising.

Some good toners for teenage skin are:

Simple’s soothing facial toner – Once again you can’t go wrong with Simple as it is made with natural ingredient’s!

Mario Badescu Witch Hazel and Rosewater Toner –  This toner is great if you are experiencing break outs or suffering from acne.


This step is vital! Especially if you have acne.

It is a common misconception that if you have acne you don’t need to use moisturiser. This is false! If you have acne, as is the case with a lot of teenagers, it is important to moisturise to prevent your skin from over-producing oil that is causing the acne in the first place.

It’s also important to always wear SPF to protect your skin form sun damage – yes, even in winter!

Some good option moisturisers for young skin are:

CeraVe – CeraVe do great moisturiser’s that aren’t too expensive and are very kind to your skin.

The Ordinary – Natural Moisturising Factors + HA – This moisturiser is great for acne sufferers! It’s made up of amino acids that help clear up acne and prevent further breakouts.

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Simple – and of course Simple! Simple is just a great brand for young skin as it is natural and nicely priced! This hydrating moisturiser is great for people with normal- dry skin or those on acne treatments that may be drying out their skin.

Face Mask

Face masks are a great addition to your skin care routine. Usually you only need to use them once or twice a week. Choosing one that suits your skin type will give your skin a boost and make it glow a little brighter! Some highly recommended face masks:

Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask – probably Alya’s most famous product! The mask is vegan and cruelty free and is great for those with problem and sensitive skin. The mask works by tightening skin pores and helping reduce inflammation caused by acne and eczema.

Facetheory Pink AHA Face Mask MK1 – If you are looking for a more budget friendly option of the Alya face mask, Face Theory do a a very similar mask that works in a very similar way.

Spot Treatment

Unfortunately teenage skin is prone to breakouts, you can thank the hormone changes! For that reason it is a good idea to have some sort of spot treatment or cream on your bathroom shelf! If you are suffering from a bad breakout or are looking to clear up a few spots, a spot cream or ointment is a great bonus on top of your regular skin care routine.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Blemish treatment – This is a great spot treatment from La Roche-Posay. The treatment helps get rid of blemishes while also hydrating the skin!

The Ordinary NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1% – Another great option is this serum from The Ordinary. The serum is great at getting rid of blemishes and helping to control breakouts by stopping the over-production of sebum.

Have you tried any of these products before? If not give them a try and let us know how you get on!

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