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When Should a Child start a Skincare Routine?

When Should a Child start a Skincare Routine?

As parents we most likely started our kids on skincare when they were babies; using various oils and lotions in and out of the bath to help their skin stay soft and smooth.

We may have stopped using these products on our children’s skin at some point for no reason other than a busy life or our children becoming more independent.  

As skin is the largest organ in the human body it is important to take care of it at any age. Our skin acts as a barrier to protect our bodies from environmental factors including the sun and pollutants. Looking after it can also improve a child’s sense of well-being, self-esteem and confidence.

You may not remember your first pimple or the first time your skin stung from dryness but you most likely sought assistance from your parents or looked in their cupboard for a lotion to fix the complaint. This can be a difficult or awkward period as we can all feel a bit self- conscious when we have blemishes or a spot on our face.

Children and tweens aged between 7 and 12 are at just the right age to learn about skin health.  A lot of teenagers who are dealing with skin problems today often don’t pay heed to the signs early enough. Your child’s skin might look flawless at a really young age, but to keep it that way, it is important to assist them in forming good skincare habits as that will not only help them develop a lifetime of good skincare practices, but also help them maintain great skin well beyond their teenage years.

For someone starting, simple but effective is the goal.

Step 1: Gentle Face Cleanser

Ideally you want to wash the face in the morning and at night. If that is not achievable then at night before bed is when it counts the most. After a long day  dirt, bacteria, sunscreen residue and pollutants collect on the skin’s surface.  

If not removed through cleansing the face these irritants can then be transferred to a tween’s pillow, causing further potential skin complaints.

For Tweens, without acne you want to stay away from cleansers containing alcohol ie products designed for teenagers or adults as these are likely to dry out or irritate the skin.

Step 2: Moisturise

At night, a moisturizer is a necessary post-cleanse step to replenish the skin barrier, or the outermost layer of the skin that prevents dirt and bacteria from penetrating the skin.  The best product is one that is light, non-oil based and fragrance free- like our Light Face Moisturiser.  

Step 3: Sunscreen

This is so, so important. The sun can cause irreparable damage to skin and future health concerns. Sunscreen should be applied in the morning before children leave the home and reapplied as required.

At Kids Care Co, we have specially formulated skincare products which are ideal for all skin types and age groups. We don’t add any nasties or fillers in our products like some brands do to increase the volume. Our Gentle Face Cleanser and Light Face Moisturiser gently works to cleanse the skin, hydrate and moisturise it, so that the skin’s natural oil levels are balanced and restored.

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