Tweens Need To Take Care Of Their Skin, Too
Tweens range in age from roughly nine to 12, and although some may still need to be reminded to brush their teeth, this is the ideal time to instill good skincare habits. Too old for anything too “babyish” yet too young for the supercharged grown-up stuff, these brands have found the sweet spot that gets these in-betweeners excited about taking care of their skin.
Good for You Girls
If your daughter catches the skincare bug early, she’s in luck thanks to this expansive line of age-appropriate products. Featuring cleanser, facial scrub, pore-cleansing pads, toner, moisturizer and body products like deodorant, lotions and body washes (which are all free of parabens, sulfates, gluten and other questionable ingredients), these all-natural offerings are gentle on the skin—and look pretty on any vanity or countertop.
Made just for not-so-little guys who likely need a bit of extra prodding when it comes to cleanliness, Prep U’s goal is to keep active boys smelling their best. Powered by natural essential oils, the current lineup includes the Active Dry Powder to prevent odor and chafing, Body Spray to minimize bacteria and refresh just about anything from feet and armpits to stinky closets, and the Post Sport Soak to soothe overworked muscles. Keep an eye out for Prep U’s Body Wash, Foaming Wash and Deodorant, which launch this spring.
Acne is no fun at any age, but getting it under control is important for protecting self-esteem and keeping scars to a minimum. Designed especially for children and pre-teens experiencing their first bout of breakouts, KidSkin’s paraben-, sulfate-, gluten- and fragrance-free three-step system makes it simple to cleanse and treat without irritating the skin. (The line also features products for oily skin, sensitive skin and eczema as well.)
Clinique 3-Step System
First introduced in 1968, many of us were introduced to the concept of skincare via this candy-colored trio—and if your mini-me wants to feel fancy, this easy-to-follow system is a great way to start. Available in versions for dry, oily, dry/combination, oily/combination and acne, these regimens include a cleanser, exfoliating toner and moisturizer that’s appropriate for each specific skin type.
Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50
No skincare regimen is complete without sunscreen (rain or shine, 365 days a year) and this lightweight formula is perfect for establishing sun safety early. Oil-free, water-resistant and fast-absorbing, this broad-spectrum sun protection leaves no white residue or heavy feel so there are absolutely no grounds for protest.