Young skin, like its occupiers, can be prone to sudden inflamed outbursts and periods of oversensitivity. Introducing a cosmetics regime that soothes and nurtures skin through these delicate years and establishes good skincare practice will set it in good stead for what the rest of life will throw at it.
The days of industrial strength astringent toners stinging across your T-zone are no more with many specialized ranges to suit all complexions and budgets.
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10 best skincare products
10 best skincare products
1/10 Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing 2-in-1 Wash and Mask
A new offering from the best-selling range that offers two for the price of one. Use this fuss-free product for your daily wash or, if you feel your T-zone needs a bit more pore cleaning attention, then apply and leave to get to work for five minutes before rinsing. £4.49 for 150ml, tesco.com
2/10 Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Pore Refining Scrub
Many scrubs can be harsh, especially on younger, sensitive skin. The Jojoba beads and a natural fruit acid complex in this one provide gentler exfoliation – and it’s 100 per cent natural. £9.99 for 110g, burtsbees.co.uk
3/10 Witch Mattifying Moisturiser
Extract of witch hazel plus tapioca starch and shea butter are in this light and easily absorbed moisturiser for oily/combination skin. It leaves faces shine-free, and has the added benefits of SPF 15 UVA and UVB protection. £4.99 for 50ml, boots.com
4/10 Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
This product from the luxury skin-care brand has reached something of a cult status in the US. Why? Because it’s a super-efficient spot treatment which works overnight to help clear and soothe whiteheads and other blemishes. Not cheap, but the teen in your life will thank you for investing. £14.50 for 29ml, beautybay.com
5/10 DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Olive oil-based cleanser may sound counter-intuitive for spot-prone skin, but a bottle of this cleanser from the Japanese beauty brand is sold globally every 10 seconds. If you have a teen who goes a bit TOWIE-esque on the make-up front, one pump’s worth massaged on to dry skin gets rid of it all. £21.50 for 200ml, dhcuk.co.uk
6/10 Australian Bodycare Spot Stick
A targeted rollerball treatment that contains the classic blemish-fighting combo of tea tree oil and witch hazel. One to have with you at all times, ready for when a breakout threatens. £5.99 for 10ml, johnlewis.com
7/10 Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment
This respected brand has developed this range to prevent and treat mild to moderate acne in teens and young adults. The simple application techniques will appeal to those reluctant to adopt good skincare practice. The daytime treatment acts on congested pores and soothes inflamed skin. £16 for 60ml, dermalogica.com
8/10 Amie Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash
This has a fresh and fruity fragrance thanks to the inclusion of natural fruit and botanical extracts and no chemical additives. An excellent starter range. £4.95 for 150ml, tesco.com
9/10 AvÈne Cleanance Cleansing Water
Based on the soothing qualities of spring water sourced from the Avène thermal spa, this cleansing water can remove water-proof make–up and regulate sebum production leaving skin soft and cleansed without too much hassle. £16 for 400ml, boots.com
10/10 Elemis Freshskin Face Mask Duo
The purifying face mask with goji berry extract and natural clays draws out impurities, while the accompanying magical moisture quenching face mask with apple extract and aloe vera is perfect for when skin needs some TLC. £15 for 6 x 7ml sachets, timetospa.co.uk
Although on the more expensive end of the spectrum, the Elemis Freshskin face mask set is great for purifying and hydrating, and allows for a bit of guilt-free pampering.
However, for teens who prefer a fuss-free solution to bad skin, the Avene Cleanance Cleansing Water is a gentle but effective all-rounder.
Clean & Clear’s Blackhead Clearing 2-in-1 Wash and Mask is also worth considering, as it represents great value and can be used for quick fixes or as a more intense remedy for breakouts.