Skincare Tips for “Tweens”

A “tween” is usually defined as a child between the ages of 10 and 13. This is a time of transition, as the child is no longer a “little” boy or girl, but isn’t an adolescent, either.

However, it is not uncommon for the first signs of puberty to appear during the “tween” years.

These can range from the development of body odor in both boys and girls to the beginning of muscle mass formation in boys and the laying down of fat deposits in certain areas in girls. And, depending on genetics and other factors, many “tween” girls may begin menstruating during this time, and some boys may begin to mature sexually.

If your child is entering into the “tween” years, you may wonder if you really need to start worrying about skin care. When it comes to the formation of acne blemishes or other types of skin problems, you may not see this occurring to any extreme at the beginning, but that doesn’t mean your child doesn’t need to start learning a good skin routine.

If your “tween” is a boy, you may be thinking that you don’t need to read any further, because boys don’t have to be as concerned with their skin as girls. This is not true; all children need a skin care routine.

The most important element of a “tween” skin care routine is the use of sun screen. And, this applies to boys and girls. Severe sunburns suffered in childhood or early adolescents may increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.

And, even boys need a good cleansing routine. It may simply be a matter of using a mild soap and water for daily cleansing, but dirt and sweat need to be removed thoroughly and as soon as possible.

“Tween” girls may start noticing signs of oiliness or problems with blemishes. A good sin care routine can help control these problems before they get worse. In fact, properly cleansing the face may actually help alleviate the problems to some extent. Acne break-outs may be diminished, and oiliness may not be as noticeable with proper skin care.

And, it’s never too early to start moisturizing, and this, too, includes boys. The moisturizer should be lightweight so that it will not cause or contribute to oiliness. If your child participates in sports, the moisturizer should be sweat-resistant. All moisturizers should contain sun screen.

As your “tweens” mature, they will not have to worry about learning a skin care routine. They will already have one in place, and the results of it will most likely already be evident in the healthy complexion and even skin tone.