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The Ultimate Guide to Teen Skincare

By Sam Carter

February 01, 2024 • 2 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Teen Skincare

Why teenagers should not be getting drunk on retinols & chemical exfoliants…


Whilst we love the fact that in recent years there has been a noticeable rise in teenage interest in skincare – what we really don’t love is the lack of information, or miseducation, around active ingredients.


Retinol and chemical exfoliants are far too aggressive for the youthful skin of a teenager, whose skin is in its infancy and yet to experience any hormonal changes that may occur during puberty.


At Carbon Theory, we want to ensure that if you are a young person or have a young person in your life, that we are able to offer skincare that contains gentle, natural and ultimately safe ingredients for teenage use. We have therefore curated our top skin considerations and routine suggestions, as an introduction into skincare and age-appropriate ingredients.


Carbon Theory’s Top Considerations for Teenage Skin


Understanding Teenage Skin:

The first step in mastering your skincare routine is truly understanding your own skin. With teenage skin coping with hormonal changes, excess oil production, and susceptibility to acne, it’s important to identify a routine that works for you. Consistency and patience are then key in combatting breakouts, blemishes, and other common skin concerns for teens.


Essential Skincare Routine for Teens:

Now, let's establish a simple yet effective daily skincare routine - from gentle cleansers that won't strip your skin, to non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking) moisturisers. Choosing the right products and building best habits early on sets the foundation for a lifetime of healthy skin.


  • Find the right cleanser for you. For example, our Superfood Facial Cleansing Bar is a gentle cleanser with key ingredients such as shea butter and omega-3 to clear and hydrate the skin, perfect for everyday use. Experiencing a breakout? Then our Anti-Breakout Facial Cleansing Bar is the right choice, with charcoal and tea tree oil, our iconic bar now has over 6,000 5-star reviews.
  • Our Facial Moisturiser is enriched with tea tree oil, cranberry extract & vitamin-E, protecting the skin from pollutants and soothing any redness.
  • We all love the sun, but it can also be your skin’s nemesis. Shield from harmful rays with our SPF 50+, a lightweight, non-greasy SPF that protects from both UVA & UVB rays, a crucial step in maintaining youthful and healthy skin.


Incorporating Healthy Lifestyle Choices:

Whilst product selection is absolutely key; achieving overall skin health requires a holistic approach. From diet and hydration through to sleep; adopting a balanced lifestyle contributes to radiant skin from the inside out, enhancing the effectiveness of your skincare routine.


Navigating Trendy Ingredients:

Be wary of buzzwords. Some ingredients are absolutely worth the hype, whilst others are simply marketing tools. Understanding the benefits of different ingredients will also help you identify the perfect skincare matches for your own skin. Even just some quick research on understanding the difference between a Salicylic and Hyaluronic Acid will help you discover the best products for you.


So, congratulations to all the teenagers taking a proactive approach to your skincare regime, and to all the parents taking steps to set them on the right path. Remember, healthy skin is a journey, not a destination. Stay consistent, embrace the journey, and share your experiences and questions with [email protected]. Together, we'll foster a supportive community around teen skincare, empowering each other to face the world with confidence and healthy, glowing skin.

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