Buyer’s Guide – Tweens & Teens Health & Beauty

Teen years can be tough in the world of health and beauty, however the best teen look is fresh, clean and pretty (or handsome).  Responsible and appropriate use is critical when it comes to health and beauty aids.  Following provides some detail about teen health and beauty aids on the market:

  • Makeup: Teen girls should opt for a natural look and use minimal amounts of makeup since their skin is still young and naturally beautiful.  Colors for your teen will depend on her natural skin tone, and she can add a small amount of color to her face with shades of pink, coral or neutral brown.  Here are a few recommended items for your teen:
  • Concealer Pencil and/or Foundation Powder:  This pencil should match the skin tone to cover any skin imperfections, acne, skin blemishes, dark circles or scars.  Powder, if necessary, should be spread evenly with the appropriate face brush.
  • Eyebrow Brush:  Brush brows into place.
  • Eye Pencil:  Purchase a soft gray or appropriate color for your teen to fill in any gaps in the eyebrows.
  • Eyeliner:  For everyday way, a soft color is best that blends with the lash color.
  • Mascara:  To have a slightly bolder look, recommend your teen uses mascara that closely matches the lash color.  For everyday wear, mascara should be in clear or brown.
  • Blush:  For warm skin colors, purchase your teen peach blush; for cooler skin tones, buy a soft pink shade.  Also provide her with blush brushes to allow for an even blending.
  • Lip Color:  Natural shades or sheer gloss for a soft everyday look.  For special occasions, a bolder or shinier look may be in order.

Encourage your teen that as a rule of thumb, that she should stand out, not her makeup.  Help your teen pinpoint her best feature – skin, lips or eyes – and use makeup to emphasize it.

  • Medicine: As a parent, you have the important job of protecting your child from harm and teaching them to make good choices as they become adults.  Talk to your teen about medicines and how you make medicine decisions for yourself and them.  Show your teen that it is okay to ask health professionals for advice about medicines.  Be sure to remind your teen to only keep necessary medicines and throw away expired medicines (in a garbage away from small children or pets – or flush them!).  Also, be sure they learn how to read dosage charts on over-the-counter medicine labels.
  • Sunscreen: Everyone is at risk for sun cancer – however, it can be increased by chronic sun exposure or a history of sunburns early in life.  Rays from artificial sources of light such as tanning booths can also increase the risk.  While your teen may not be thinking about these very real consequences, it is important for you to remind your teen to limit sun exposure, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen.  Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied at least every two hours.  Sunscreens may not always protect your teen – recommend your teen also wear sunglasses which can protect the sensitive skin around the eyes and may reduce the long term risk of developing cataracts.
  • Decorative Contact Lenses: Should your teen like to change his or her eye color, be sure to get an eye exam and a valid prescription, and buy contact lenses from an eye-care professional who is licensed to sell them.  Also, it is essential to follow directions for cleaning and wearing the lenses as well as have follow-up eye exams.  These precautions do apply to non-corrective lenses that are intended solely to change the appearance of a normal eye.  While these non-corrective lenses may be widely available (at beauty salons, video stores, etc), your teen could be at risk of permanent eye injury, and even blindness without the proper fitting by an eye-care professional.
  • Acne Treatment: Teen skin can get oily and is prone to breakouts.  Purchase a mild cleanser for your teen to wash his or her face with morning and night.  Recommend that your teen doesn’t overly dry out oily skin with harsh astringents.  Also, to keep blemishes in check, provide your teen with a zit zapper stick or lotion that he or she can dab on.  Your teen’s skin is delicate and how he or she takes care of it will show years from now.  For bouts with more severe acne, be sure to get your teen to a dermatologist ASAP.

Unfortunately for your teen, confused friends and over-the-top fashion magazines are the usual sources for teen beauty advice.  Your preteen or teen will definitely need your guidance navigating through the health and beauty products available.  Be sure to be well-rounded – stop and think about the fact that much of our beauty is internal!