8 best skincare products for teens
Do you have acne, dry skin or blemishes? We have the cream – or serum or mask – for you
Here's a secret: very few people have blemish-free, flare-free skin. And your teenage years can be the worst.
But panic not, there are products that will help – and, theoretically, by using the right ones now, your skin will look and feel even healthier in years to come.
We're tested a host of creams and lotions to find the most effective. Everyone's skin, of course, is different, so finding the one that works for you might take a little experimentation, but we hope these will provide a good start.
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La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ :£16, La Roche
Designed for teenagers, this cream is formulated for oily, blemish-prone skin and is great for people with acne who have been left with scars or uncomfortable area. (We've been there.) Our tester found that after a week (washing their face at night and applying this to their spots), their skin felt much better – the cream calmed the area and prevented further breakouts. It also didn't dry out their skin. They found that the cream even appeared to clear up a blemish overnight. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ contains Niacinamide, which also helps to reduce the appearance of spots. An all-round winner.
Crystal Clear No Shine Serum: £36, Crystal Clear
This serum is wonderful for oily skin. It reduces shine, hydrates the skin and closes pores. Our testers loved the instant results and the citrus scent. They only needed a small amount at a time, so you could see this as an investment.
Dr Roebuck’s Tama Healing Mask: £25, Dr Roebuck
Harsh facial scrubs and sunburn can leave skin horribly dry. Fortunately, our tester found this healing mask to be brilliantly restorative. Infused with turmeric, manuka honey and avocado oil to renew and hydrate, it left our tester with a healthy, dewy glow once she washed it off her skin after 10 minutes. What’s also great about this product is that it smells so good you just know you are adding goodness to your skin.
Hempz Exotic Green Tea and Asian Pear Exfoliating Herbal Cleansing Mud and Body Mask: £16.99, Hempz Beauty
This mask helps get rid of rough skin, and our testers were impressed by its effectiveness. It's enriched with hemp seed oil, which hydrates and nourishes the skin. As well as being vegan-friendly and paraben-free, the product smelt wonderfully uplifting, as the mention of green tea and Asian pear in the name suggests.
Allies of Skin Purifying Cleanser: £38, Harrods
This cleanser is really easy to use: just massage it into into damp skin or dry skin if wearing make-up, and leave it on for one to two minutes before rinsing it off. The manuka honey and salicylic in this cleanser helped draw out impurities and leave our tester's skin smooth and hydrated, without tightness or irritation. The only downside? Our tester's mother was tempted to steal it.
Skinbreeze Blemish Fix serum: £30, Skinbreeze
This serum targets oily ski. Salicylic acid gently removes surface skin cells, preventing oil from becoming trapped in the pores. The formula also incorporates seaweed extract that helps to rebalance the skin. Our tester felt this work immediately. Don't be put off by the price What’s great about this serum is that it works so well you can feel it sinking into the skin working immediately. It may seem a little pricey, but you don't have to use it very often.
Seoulista Beauty Correct & Calm Instant Facial: £7.99, Seoulista
Our tester found this mask relaxed their skin and helped calm down their acne. Their skin felt smooth and hydrated. Witch hazel and eucalyptus in this product helps reduce redness, skin irritation and large pores. Our tester also loved the colourful packaging.
The Verdict: Skincare for teenage skin
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