Skin Care for Pre-Teens: Raising Natural + Confident Girls
Monique of Green Acorns is with us today with to share some inspiring natural skin care recipes for the growing girls in our lives.
As our children grow and enter different stages of development, we as parents are provided many amazing opportunities to teach, guide, and nurture them. Every age brings unique joys and challenges and at every age playful learning experiences can continue to promote a sense of wonder, deeper exploration, and connectedness. They can also be a support for our growing children as they enter a stage that is often confusing and exciting for everyone – adolescence.
One topic at the forefront for adolescents is their changing skin. They can often feel unsure and embarrassed. Helping them learn about proper skin care will support not only a healthy lifestyle but a healthy self-image and sense of confidence.
It is important for pre-teens to develop good skin care habits that include cleansing once or twice a day, keeping hands off to minimize irritation and the spread of bacteria, healthy nutrition, and proper hydration. To keep skin balanced, moisturizing and exfoliation are also beneficial. Most importantly, perhaps, is to be gentle! Use gentle products and have a light touch to avoid damage to the skin.
As my daughter enters her adolescent years and notices her skin going through changes, we have been learning more about skin care together. We prefer to use as natural products as we can and often start with the simplest – those which come right from nature or have very few ingredients. Some of our favorites are raw honey, aloe, and witch hazel. We’ve also been know to slather a little of our yogurt on to our faces!
It’s fun for children this age to explore new things with their friends too. Because these natural options are gentle and do not often cause adverse effects, they are safe for many skin types. Why not set up a mini spa day for your daughter and some of her friends and let them explore some DIY skin care options? My daughter and a friend recently experimented with creating a gentle exfoliant of dried milk, fine cornmeal, and ground chamomile buds. They had a blast while learning healthy habits and supporting each other being natural, confident girls.
Note: Before using any product on your skin, natural or otherwise, do your research or speak to a skin care professional.Want to learn more about what’s in store-bought products so that you can make informed purchase choices? Visit Skin Deep for information and safety ratings on products and their ingredients.