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Today we're doing something I can't believe I've never done before! As a teenager, I didn't know anything about my skincare and subsisted off of face wipes, harsh scrubs and astringent, fragranced 'anti-acne' washes. This is what I'd prescribe to myself now, with all the amazing low-cost products now on the market...
Cleanse: Beauty Bay Super Jelly Prebiotic + Avocado Cleansing Gel | £7
I wanted to choose a really simple but effective, non-stripping water-based cleanser to use in the morning and this formula from Beauty Bay ticks all the boxes. This has a slightly thicker jelly cleanser, it's non-foaming and it's formulated with fermented ingredients for your skin barrier and plenty to hydrate, soothe and moisturise the skin, such as glycerin, panthenol and avocado oil. It's a cleanser that work without sapping your skin of hydration; it's very simple and fragrance-free so should be suitable for all skin types, including those experiencing inflammatory acne.
Serum: Simple Booster Serum 10% Vitamin C + E + F* | £7.99
I wanted to include something very gently active for the AM routine that's suitable for daily use and will help keep the skin barrier happy, and this Simple antioxidant serum is perfect. Antioxidants like Vitamins C, E and F protect the skin from free radical damage, and you're never too young to have effective, preventative steps in your routine. Vitamin C can help with discolouration (great if you suffer with scarring following breakouts) and this particular derivative has antimicrobial benefits so can actually help with active breakouts too. It's formulated with a skin-friendly concentration so just about anyone could use this daily. Vitamin E is moisturising and Vitamin F is great for the skin barrier. This has a light, milky texture that absorbs nicely and it's a quick one-step product that provides so many great benefits.
Moisturiser / Sunscreen: Glow Hub Defend Yourself Sun Silk SPF 30* | £12
SPF 30 is fine for most people getting incidental sun exposure in Northern Europe outside of the hottest months of the year, and it can be a lot more elegant and easy to incorporate into your skincare routine. I chose this formula from Glow Hub because it wraps your sunscreen and moisturiser into one step, so it's just easier to stick to. This is a light, moisturising lotion that doesn't leave a cast and will give you broad spectrum protection plus a really nice base for makeup.
First Cleanse: Bubble Wipe Out Makeup Remover* | $14
I love this because it really gives me 'Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, but make it Gen Z'! This is a creamy lotion cleanser formulated with moisturising, hydrating ingredients such as raspberry seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil and glycerin. I know as a teenager I hated the feel of oily cleansers on my skin, which is probably why I used face wipes! This sort of formula is a great compromise; you don't get the feeling of a balm or oil cleanser, but the oils within it will do a really good job of loosening and lifting your makeup and sunscreen. You simply massage it in onto dry skin, then take a face cloth, dampen it with warm water and use it to remove everything. It's quick, easy and much kinder to your skin than wipes.
Second Cleanse: you can just use your AM cleanse again after removing makeup to ensure the skin beneath is thoroughly cleansed.
Toner / Exfoliant (3 times a week): Me+ BHA Toner | £8.99
I'm pretty sure breakouts are most teenagers' primary concern when it comes to their skin, so I wanted to include a BHA toner, to be used a few times a week so over-exfoliation can be avoided. This surprisingly-gentle and non-drying toner is formulated with an effective 2% salicylic acid, which is an oil-soluble exfoliant with the power to get into your pores and clear out spot-causing debris. It can also help reduce the angry redness of breakouts and help minimise the appearance of any resultant scarring. This formula also contains allantoin and panthenol to soothe and hydrate the skin, buffering the exfoliant really nicely.
Moisturiser: CeraVe Moisturising Cream | £4.50
Finally, as a night cream, I have a basic, non-greasy skin barrier moisturiser. Ceramides and cholesterol mimic the skin's natural barrier, Vitamin E is in here again as a moisturising antioxidant, a hyaluronic acid derivative will help pull hydration into the skin and the occlusives within the formula will help trap that goodness in. It's really hard to find moisturisers with these ingredients that don't leave the skin feeling greasy, but this doesn't at all, plus you can use it on the hands and body too!
Have you tried any of my picks? What teen-friendly skincare products would you add to this list?