[By Lee Han Min]

Beauty may know no age boundaries, but when it comes to proper skincare, different types of regimen suit different age groups. With project deadlines, tests to study and prom to plan, it’s understandable why proper skincare is not high on a teen’s priority list. When it comes to teenage beauty, in particular a teenager’s first skincare routine, it is wise to keep it as mild and least complicated as possible. The Korean beauty mantra revolves around keeping skin healthy and youthful looking, going about it with a multi-step skincare routine that proved to be challenging even to the most enthusiastic beauty aficionado. However, this can to be trimmed down in favor of their skin condition during those years of growing pains, emphasizing on the bare essentials with simplicity to increase the likelihood of them sticking to it.

Cultivate good habits

Starting on the right note with good habits will go a long way to prevent acne and keep the skin in excellent shape. Not noshing on processed food, not smoking and abstinence from alcohol all contribute to boosting a teen’s skin health. Something as simple as changing your pillowcase once a week can also help prevent breakouts. Cleaning your phone’s screen is another thing. Think of all the oily fingerprints and gunk that builds up on the surface of a phone. So keep your hands and phone clean and keep both away from your face as much as possible. Get into the habit of completing your entire skincare routine even if you’re tired from an eventful day in school. The sooner you start doing things right, the happier your skin will be and the greater the pay-off in the future.

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Start sun protection from young

There is an amazing selection of Korean sunscreens in the market so choose one that you like and will actually use

There is no exception on who’ll suffer when it comes to the harmful effects of unprotected UV rays from the sun. The earlier you protect yourself against it, the less repercussion you will need to deal with later on in your life. For a teen, a good sunscreen is not only one that offers broad spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB, but is also one that he or she will actually wear and use. Asian sunscreens are awesome because many of them don’t smell like typical western sunscreens and their formulas are elegant and a pleasure to wear. Find one that you actually like as it won’t matter how awesome the product is if you don’t actually wear it on a daily basis.

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Double cleansing when needed

Double cleansing is a must as it’s the only way to go about to properly remove your makeup and sunscreen. Breakouts are always a concern when it comes to teenage skin and the proper removal of sunscreen and makeup will go a long way when it comes to prevention. Remember, you only need to double cleanse after wearing sunscreen or makeup, so you don’t always need to do it. For the mornings, a good cleanser alone is what’s required to start the day fresh on a clean slate.

CHAI UNDO Super Gentle Facial Makeup Removal Mist is a super gentle makeup remover formulated to seep into makeup debris, dissolving oil slicks and coming off with a gentle wipe or rinse sans heavy rubbing. With this delicate dermal-saving mist that covers face, eyes and lips, all you need is to spray, wipe and rinse, an exceedingly simple way for makeup mavens to return to the nude in an elegant manner.

Proceed to follow up with a gentle foaming agent such as SKIN LAUNDRY III Refresh Sapphire Cleanser, a light multi-purpose facial cleanser specially formulated with blue gold extracts and sebum-controlling fruit enzymes to deeply detoxify complexion while cleansing, leaving skin feeling fresh and refined.It lathers on with a fine texture to lift debris and dissolve acne-forming clogs with ease, is suitable for all skin types, especially teens. Massage a small amount onto your face with moistened hands in circular motions to lift away any surface quick without striping away the layer of essential lipids protecting your skin, maintaining skin’s optimal pH needed to keep it healthy and well-hydrated.

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Detoxifying with acne facials

Most teenagers have to deal with a rollercoaster of hormones that affects their skin via excess oil production and an ongoing battle with acne. Besides having the right selection of home care products to deal with such skin changes, engage the help of a professional facialist for skin detoxifying acne facials to purify clogged complexions to boost skin clarity.

CLEAN SLATE is a well put together SEXTEXT ideally suited for teens troubled by oily, clogged skins. Combining the purification benefits of both DEEP DEEP CLEAN and CLEAR BLUE facials, Aqua.dermabrasion is one of the key feature with an ever enlarging fan base. Working differently from your traditional microdermabrasion,  a spiral shaped tip with multiple abrasive edges replaces the usual flat ones, allowing better exfoliation several times over as the tip is moved on skin’s surface in a planning motion. The gentle jet of accompany fluid containing a potent blend of AHA/BHAs, infusing treated skins with acne busting agents while continuous moisture application ensures maximal comfort level, reducing friction and softening the skin and sebum to extract impurities and blast them away with ease. Aqua.dermabrasion immediately leaves the skin clearer and brighter, with no complicated special post treatment care to take note of nor any significant downtime that will hinder the active lifestyle of a growing teen.

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Early intervention for acne scarring

Acne is perhaps one of the commonest skin condition known, affecting up to 80% of those from their teenage years to early 20s. While it seldom impacts greatly on the general health of affected individuals, acne can have tremendous untoward bearings on the social and psychological well-being of many. The majority tend to recover from acne without any permanent effects, but a sizeable handful are left with disfiguring acne scars. Scarring is part of the natural healing process when our skin works to repair wounds. If the acne is severe, the more chance we have of getting noticeable marks and scars when the active lesions healed.

The most popular resurfacing lasers for scars are the carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium:YAG (Er:YAG) lasers and they remain the gold standard for treating severe acne scarring. Lasers work by essentially burning the top layers of skin to a precise depth. The skin then heals, replacing the burned layers with newer appearing skin. However, the correct post-operative care of skin that has undergone laser resurfacing is a fairly long drawn process with significant downtime not acceptable to many. Things are changing with recent advances made in laser technology. Unlike traditional CO2 and other ablative laser resurfacing technology, SmartX laser combines advanced fractional CO2 technology with a high-speed computer scanner to deliver a precise matrix of micro-laser pulses which erase skin imperfections and activate skin rejuvenation, while facilitating rapid skin healing with results that rival or are even superior to those achieved by traditional ablative options but without the much dreaded downtime!

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