Young Woodhouse Spa Tips

| by Angelica Farias, under Skincare and Beauty

1.  At what age should skincare regimes begin?

It’s never too early to implement a skincare regime. In fact, even using sunscreen on your children is a form of skincare that your kids can take with them throughout their lives. Sunscreen should become a habit for you and your children, starting in their infant years.

As far as preventative treatment for children, every child will mature at a different rate. Skincare routines for acne and blemishes should begin when you start noticing changes in your child’s skin, typically between the ages of 12 and 16. When you notice that previously smooth skin is now oily and scattered with pimples, it’s time to sit down and have a discussion about maintenance and implementing preventative regimes.

2.  What should parents be teaching their kids now to help ensure healthy skin down the road?

Sunscreen! While it’s important for your children to wear sunscreen outdoors, make sure to set a good example. Remember that your level of protection coincides with the SPF indicated on the bottle. For example, if you use a SPF 15 sunscreen, you can be in the sun 15 times longer than you can without sunscreen without burning. Keep in mind that the sunscreen that you apply at the beginning of your time in the sun will NOT last you all day, especially if you’re in water. “Water-resistant” sunscreen maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure. “Waterproof” sunscreen will still be effective up to 80 minutes after exposure to water. While waterproof sunscreen is better suited for water activities – remember to apply about an hour after leaving the water.

Again, kids learn by example. Let your daughter in on your bedtime cleansing routine and explain the importance of removing makeup and cleaning your face. Avoid harsh soaps that can cause irritability – instead opt for gentle cleansers.

Hydration is also key, especially in cooler weather. In order to keep skin from drying out, a lukewarm shower is better than a hot one. This will lock in additional moisture and not scald skin, which can create redness and dry patches. All cleansing rituals should be followed by a light moisturizer; heavier creams can be used occasionally in the winter.

Remember, beauty is only skin deep and we want our children to know that skincare is not just about appearance. It’s about feeling just as beautiful on the inside as we do on the outside and taking care of our bodies. 

3.  What should tweens and teens know about taking care of their skin?

After implementing a healthy skincare regimen, teens should wash their face two-to-three times daily with a specially formulated cleansers to remove dead skin, oil and dirt. Be careful not to over scrub!

Change your linens on a regular basis. Your face is pressed against a pillowcase for hours every night, make sure that surface is clean or dirt is easily caked into your pores. Make sure to clean your sheets about once a week to ensure healthy skin.

Maintain a healthy diet. Sweets and fatty foods affect all of us on different levels, but unhealthy diets usually have a negative impact on your skin. Eating fruits, vegetables and grains are important to a healthy physique and clear skin.

Never pop zits or pimples! This can spread infections and sometimes create a larger breakout that a single blemish. It may be difficult, but refrain from taking action. Cleanse and moisturize your skin often and wait for the pimple to disappear. Popping zits and pimples may also lead to permanent scaring.

4.  For tweens and teens that don’t have clear skin, how can parents approach this often sensitive subject?

Acne is a very sensitive subject and should be treated with delicacy and respect. Children are developing their personalities and maturing into adults – this means that they will be extremely self-conscious and you don’t want to create a negative self-image. However, because acne can cause permanent scars it’s important to address the topic.

The most important thing to teach your child is that there are ways to help treat and prevent the issue. Discussing a skincare routine and establishing healthy habits is essential to clear skin. Share different treatments that are available with your teen – if they feel like they have input into the decision, they will be more inclined to follow the regime.

If it makes you feel more comfortable, feel free to consult a dermatologist to inquire about tips while discussing the issue or any new treatments to suggest.

Remember to be supportive and remind your teen that this is a common side-effect to puberty that many of their peers are experiencing as well.

5.  What services do teens find beneficial to their physical appearance and confidence?

A day of pampering does wonders for everyone’s confidence! Due to the changes in the skin’s composition and trouble areas, facials are the best spa service for improving physical appearances and, in turn, improving confidence.

In addition to consistent skin care routines, a facial helps to unclog blocked pores, reduce oil and reduce the appearance of pores. Facials also help eliminate the appearance of acne.

Boys can benefit from athletic massages, which work out sore muscles and tension. Some teenage boys may be skeptical of spas, but once inside most find the experience to be positive and relaxing.

6.  What treatments can parents and kids enjoy together?

If your daughter is looking for an enjoyable afternoon to bond with mom, manicures and pedicures are popular. This allows you to express yourself with the array of colors offered at many spas and enjoy some pampering. Most spas encourage visiting groups to experience the treatments together so that clients are free to talk and catch up.

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