The Toils of Teenage Skin

Today we have a guest post from teenage blogger Claire Waterworth from The Fashion Freak., talking about her experience with teenage skin and how best to tackle it. Not just for the teenagers among us (I wish,) these tips could help us all out...

Finding a teenager that's happy with their skin is like finding an un-airbrushed image in a magazine - almost impossible! We all know that blemishes, spots and acne are part and parcel of teenage life but very few people really know how to tackle their skin problems and many girls rush straight to the heavy foundations, powders and concealers and just start plastering. Now although a face-full of makeup may help in the short term, when you want to look flawless on a night out or want to cover those spots before photo day, in the long run, you'll find that loads and loads of makeup everyday may cause more problems then it solves. Every teenager (and anyone else that wants to keep good care of their skin) should have a simple but effective skincare routine which they should try to follow as religiously as possible.

I wish I could say that there are aisles and aisles of skincare bargains that will improve your skin in a just a few days but I'm afraid I would be lying. There are of course some very good value products which will keep your skin ticking along nicely but, from my experience, I've found that in order to really improve teenage skin, investing in one or two really good-quality (sometimes high-end) products can do the world of good.

For years, I scrubbed my makeup off with thin supermarket makeup wipes, then I moved onto a cotton wool and cheapo cleanser until I finally came to the realisation that if I wanted to really improve my skin, I needed to make a bit more of an investment. It was then when I first came across Liz Earle, and I'm rather glad I did! The Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has become an expensive but essential staple in my skincare routine and I would never be without some type of hot cloth cleanser again. I use the Cleanse and Polish every evening to get rid of all my makeup (face, eyes and lips) and the muslin cloths mean that not only am I cleansing but I'm also exfoliating. Or 'polishing' as Liz would say!

I am a big fan of sleep, so much so that in the mornings I only really give myself about 20 minutes to be from bed to bus. In my lazier days, that was a great excuse to skip any type of skincare but now, I always make sure I scrub my face with the Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub before I dash out of the shower; the tube lasts for weeks and it's a steal at £3.69 from Boots. I moisturise every morning and evening to keep my skin soft and hydrated and am currently using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser. Moisturising is just as important as taking off your makeup every night, but teenagers should always try to avoid heavy creams and moisturisers. Wait until you're older as really thick lotions and potions tend to clog pores and, with spots or acne already to worry about, more clogged pores are the last thing you'll want!

Unfortunately despite our best skincare efforts, some sneaky spots and breakouts will still manage to fight back. When this happens to me, in between wanting to hide away in my room and regretting that huge Galaxy bar I ate the day before, I usually reach for Dr Spot by Soap and Glory which usually help to dry up the offending area pretty speedily. I also find that face masks are a great way to focus on a specific skin problem, be it clearing a break-out, adding some radiance, or just giving your skin a bit of a treat. My favourites are the Montagne Jeunesse masks which have wonderful ingredient combinations and smell divine!

So with a good scrub, a light moisturiser, a thorough makeup cleanser (and those handy spot zappers and face masks for bad skin days), you and your skin should be set! And if all the above fail, try and muster up a big bottle of confidence; everyone goes through troublesome skin at some point in their lives and as my mum says, "It's just a phase!"

Check out Claire's blog here: www.thefashionfreak.co.uk


  1. How much does the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish cost? :)

  2. It's about £14 for a 100ml starter kit. Well worth it - lots of reviews on here of the product.

  3. I love my C&P, I was like Claire and just used wipes for year's, wouldn't be without it now. Really want to try the clean & clear blackhead scrub, such a good price!

    Loved this post :)


  4. This article was so helpful to me! I've always opted for heavy moisturisers and my skin looks crap! Thank you :)

  5. Anonymous15.4.12

    I use clean&clear blackhead cleanser it works a treat and removes all makeup,then I use johnsons baby lotion it makes ur skin feel so soft, I use my sauna 3 times a week it opens pores and leaves u feeling refreshed x

  6. I love the design of the products of Soap & Glory :)


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