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Introducing a good, solid skincare routine in your teens is pretty important. While it’s tempting to kick the can down the road into your 20s or even your 30s, the earlier you start looking after your skin, the better you’ll look down the line.

As you hit your teenage years, you’ll begin to notice a lot of changes, and we’re not just talking about those annoying breakouts. Soon, it’s going to take a lot more than just a splash of H2O every morning to keep things fresh. So, we sat down with some of the UK’s leading facialists and skin experts to supercharge your glow in your teens.

How does your skin change in your teens?

Your skin will go through a lot of shit over the next few years. “During this time, the most common skin change is the appearance of acne, due to the hyperproduction of sebum,” says Claudia Barthelemy Bernardo, facialist and founder of The Healthy Skin Room. “There will be an increase in testosterone as well, which can in turn block your pores.”

While you won’t need any of the advanced stuff like exfoliants, scrubbing granules, AHAs, and retinoids, your daily grooming regime will still need a bit of an update. “Taking care of your skin is essential, especially during your teenage years,” says Dr Bhavjit Kaur, medical director and founder of Tuhi Clinic. “If you’re unsure, consult a doctor to get advice on the products that may be right for you.”

The best skincare routine to follow in your teens

#1: Use a cleanser

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start using a cleanser. This will clear your pores, and remove dirt, oil, and impurities from your skin. You should do this at least twice a day, and while you don’t have to, some guys have started double cleansing.

“Facial cleansers are 50 per cent of your entire skincare routine,” says Bernardo. “You should always wash your skin in the morning and night, and go for a gentle, non-foaming one that’s both fragrance-free and alcohol-free.”

#2: Follow it with a moisturiser

As you begin to age, your skin will dry out. That’s why it’s super important to keep it moisturised while you’re still young.

You should use a moisturiser at least twice a day, and if you’re feeling a little extra, this can include ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile extract, and glycerin.

“Use a lightweight or water-based moisturiser,” says Kaur. “I would recommend avoiding greasy formulas altogether. Once you start applying this everyday, it will help to maintain your skin hydration and prevent any dryness.”

#3: Introduce some antioxidants

Antioxidants are basically little molecules that have been scientifically proven to neutralise the effects of free radicals. These are substances in the body that can damage your cells and can cause illness, disease, and ageing (shock!). If you really want to upgrade your skincare in your teens, you should consider introducing these to your routine.

“Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B3, and it can balance oil production,” says Kaur. “Green tea and vitamin E can be helpful, too.”

#4: Slap on the sunscreen

That big ball of fire in the sky can leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy. It might also give you a killer tan. But even when it’s hidden away behind the clouds, it’s continuously zapping out harmful UV rays. So, on top of your cleanser and moisturiser and antioxidants, you should be using sun protection everyday.

“Sunscreen should be applied daily, even indoors and especially when outdoors,” says Kaur. “Sun protection is crucial to prevent premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, and protect the skin from UV rays. Products with SPF 30 and above and with UVA protection are recommended.”

#5: Don’t squeeze your spots

Acne is an issue, especially during teen years. You’ll get occasional breakouts, for sure, so you need to get yourself some solid spot treatments that have been specifically designed to target these. They can be very cheap, so you’ll be able to afford ’em even with your pocket money. And, while it might be tempting, you need to stop touching your face where possible.

“Picking and squeezing your acne can push bacteria deeper into the skin, causing more inflammation and permanent scarring,” says Bernardo. “For hormonal acne and breakouts, use cooling sticks to calm the inflammation and infection.”

#6: Stay hydrated

Finally, you’ll hear this a lot over the next few decades, but you need to keep hydrated. According to the NHS’ Eatwell Guide, you should be aiming to drink about 6 to 8 cups of fluid a day. And yes, water is the best bet.

“Drink plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet,” says Kaur. This will help you tackle a bunch of different skin conditions, and it’ll also help your digestive system flush out any nasty toxins, resulting in better, softer, glowier skin.