Complements How to create a skincare routine for your tween


One of my roles as an aesthetician is to teach my clients about the importance of caring for their skin to keep it healthy as they age. The sooner you begin a consistent skincare routine, the sooner your skin will reap the benefits. This is why I highly recommend beginning a skincare routine as early as possible. The tween years are a great time to begin!

It’s important to keep it simple with skincare routines for tweens because there is already so much going on within their bodies and also, because a young person will not be used to using daily skin care products and cannot be expected to remember. So, I like to take the less-is-more approach.

  • Cleanse morning and night. If you can only get them to do it once, then try for the night cleansing. Start off with a gentle cleanser and if they are dealing with acne, look for something with salicylic or benzoyl peroxide.
  • Tone the skin next to restore the pH; this is great for large pores, oily skin and acne.
  • Finish with a moisturizer; keeping skin hydrated goes a long way towards creating a healthy, balanced complexion and reducing the number of breakouts. Look for something that contains an SPF to protect their skin.

Don’t be afraid to see a dermatologist and/or an aesthetician if your child is dealing with breakouts. A dermatologist can prescribe medications topically and/or orally to help. A combination of products used at home and in office procedures can also play a role (facials, peels, microdermabrasion). Most importantly, remind your tween to try not to pick at his or her skin. Picking at pimples can cause spreading of the acne, dark spots and/or scarring.