Originally I never knew you needed a skin care routine at my age so I just used soap and water. That changed after I was invited to attend a teen skin care seminar at the Consonant Body shop.
Janine from Beauty Geeks hosted the program. She told us that it is good to have a skin care routine when you are young so you get used to doing the program daily when your are older. Another reason I want to start taking care of my skin is because of my age. I have started to get a pimple now and again and I have friends at school who get acne breakouts.
Before I went to the seminar I was talking to my friends about how they take care of their skin. Some things they believe:
- Cover pimples with extra make-up to hide them
- Put toothpaste on pimples to dry them out faster
- Pop pimples to make them go away faster
- Avoid wearing sunscreen because it can give you more pimples
Janine told us that many people believe these to be true but they are all myths.
What’s important for healthy skin is to:
- Eat good stuff, especially vegetables
- Drink lots of water
- Don’t smoke EVER
- Try not to touch your face often. You may be transferring bacteria from your hand onto your face.
- Get a good night sleep, about 8 to 10 hours
- Have a good skin care program
All of these points I knew about except for the points about not touching your face often and having a skin care program, beyond just soap and water. The whole face touching I’m trying very hard not to do. It’s really hard. I tend to lean on my hand a lot for comfort in the classroom.
I’m also starting a new skin care routine that includes the following:
1. Cleanser: The right cleanser can help prevent breakouts or moisturize skin. My cleanser I would choose the Organic Foaming Face Wash ($18 Cdn) from Consonant.
Toner: Like cleansers, the right toner can help prevent breakouts or moistureize skin. Janine suggested using a toner after your cleanser but this face wash says it does the job of a toner too.
2. Moisturizer: The right moisturizer can also help prevent breakouts. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream ($24.99 Cdn) helps keep pimples away. Moisturizer should be applied to your damp skin versus dry skin to keep the moisture in. Editor’s note: After publishing Janine suggested that the Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream might be too heavy for young skin. Her recommendation is the Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturizing Lotion.
3. Treatment: Spot treatments if you are acne prone. Because I do get a few pimples, I would use the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick ($12.99 Cdn). It’s for specific pimple problems not your whole face.
4. Sun Protection: Use SPF every single day. No aurgument. A regular sunscreen on your face is important, like the 100% Natural Matte Sunscreen ($36 Cdn) from Consonant (SPF 15).
In the past I’ve had breakouts to some beauty ingredients so these products would be great because they are made with natural ingredients.
I really enjoyed the skin care seminar. Janine did an amazing job explaining how you do things and why it’s important. I learned how to take care of my skin better. This was Consonant Body’s first skin care seminar for the pre-teen and teen age group. I hope they’ll do it again.