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A Model’s Guide to Teen Skincare: Cleansers

This is the first part in a series of posts and videos on teen skincare. Obviously I’m not a teen anymore, and I’m guessing that quite a few people reading won’t be teens either (though we all our inside our minds, aren’t we?) but I think that much of the time we share the same problems with our skin and have the same questions. Most women are reminded once every month of exactly how their skin was in their teens, because it turns into an awkward mess of breakouts, oiliness and little dry patches. It turns temperamental, and nothing in the world seems to be able to help it.

So I suppose that this series of posts and videos isn’t just for teens at all – and I can tell you that many of the products I tested (and my teen helpers tested) are ones that I use on a very regular basis myself. Or do now, anyway! I’ve found some real gems as I’ve trawled through my boxes of product – things that I would never have looked twice at usually. A couple of things stand out; the Alpha-H Clear Skin Wash (wouldn’t be right without a new Alpha-H love, would it?) and also the Living Nature Purifying Cleanser. Now the cleanser, unfortunately, I have managed to leave in a hotel bathroom which is why I forgot to put it in the video and also why there’s a face mist in the photo instead of a cleanser! But it is absolutely superb for freshening up oily, congested skin and it’s not too expensive at all.

The main purpose of this video isn’t really to say which cleansers are wrong or “right”, but to stress the importance of good cleansing. Not just a quick once-over with a crappy face wipe: a proper cleanse with warm water and a good, solid face wash. The skin needs to be perfectly clean before bedtime. But not stripped – and that’s the other point that I make; it’s not great to use something that strips and dries out the skin. The skin will just produce oil again anyway, but you might have left the skin vulnerable and aggravated. It’s all about kind, gentle but thorough cleansing.

And models: listen up! Face wipes after doing three shows? That won’t do! You need to grab a proper cleanser (see video!) and really work it into the skin to dissolve the makeup. The reason we all get sore skin around the eyes is that we rub endless cotton wool pads over them, trying to remove fifty layers of waterproof eye pencil, but work one of the cleansers in and you’ll find that after a few minutes everything will dissolve and you can rinse most of it away. Just do a clean-up squad with a q-tip after that and you’ll have avoided rubbing and irritating the skin.

Hurrah! Let’s get on with the show, shall we? All product info is below the video pane!

Products Shown:

Vichy Micellar Water: http://tidd.ly/e3f42a99

La Roche Posay Micellar Water: http://tidd.ly/70eba0f9

Clinique Cleanser: http://tidd.ly/c50ce071

Bioderma Cleansing Milk: French Pharmacy Brand

Naked “Up Tone Girl” Toner

Alpha-H Clear Skin Cleanser: http://tidd.ly/a7ebdcd2

Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser: http://tidd.ly/74fc5a21

Paula’s Choice Cleanser: http://tinyurl.com/c7bwanf

Natural Being Manuka Cleanser: http://tinyurl.com/but48q2

Link to Toners Recommendations: http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2012/04/17/dr-perricones-super-green-apple-breakout-solutions/



Link to Cleansing Video: http://youtu.be/t5Jp3t7BgGM

Makeup and Nails – there’s a tutorial coming out VERY soon, but for now, the base is a Too-Faced BB Cream: http://tidd.ly/4b61b3a3

and the nail polish is from Butter London, shade Lillibet’s Jubilee: http://tinyurl.com/bulw3fu

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  1. Yay, the long awaited teen skincare guide video is finally here :)
    Getting rid of using face wipes (except when I’m sozzled) was the best thing I ever did for my skin. I suffered for years with bad skin and then, after about 3 weeks of no face wipes and a more gentle cleanser it just cleared up and I have lovely skin now. Sometimes, I don’t even wear make-up which is something I would never have done before.


  2. This is a fantastic article, it’s great to see some of my favorites mentioned here!

  3. Very interesting!
    And yes, makeup removing wipes are the devil.
    While I was doing the Pixiwoo makeup course in May, we were using them several times a day as we took off our makeup quckly to practice another look, and they just killed my skin- probably because of the rubbing as well. Thanks heavens for hydrating face masks at night!

  4. I usually use a facewipe to take off of my eye makeup, i may try for a little while using something else to see what that does!

  5. On top of the brilliant Alpha-H cleanser I really like the Green & Spring cleanser along with the toner. I don’t “believe” in toners, but that one smells so amazing (like English countryside) that I always have some handy.

    I have a question though, Ruth, perhaps also for your ‘little helpers’. My sister is turning 12 soon and showing first signs of unclear skin. Naturally I want to help her to a few good products to sort that out, but every time I think about it it breaks my heart to inflict a beauty regime to her baby skin. On top of that I’ve always had quite dry skin, so I simply never really needed an acne-conscious routine (not saying she actually has problem skin – she has 1-2 pimples pop up a week now which is already more than I ever really had, but not really a huge deal either – she also doesn’t have visible pores or oily skin) and don’t know if I’m going way overboard considering even mild acne-preventing products. What is in your opinion a reasonable age to start with skincare? And do her 1-2 mini-whiteheads warrant concern?

    On a random note – your nail polish is absolutely mesmerizing!

    • Hmmm, good question Liz! How about the Natural Being range? It’s pretty gentle and “innocent” looking, which I’m guessing is part of your feelings on this! It’s an absolutely BRILLIANT range for young skin, I think. There are no harsh chemicals in there, but I think you’ll find that they’re more effective than using a generic supermarket range and more gentle than going in for Clean & Clear and so on… Anyone else have an opinion on this? xx

  6. This is a great video, I’m in my last year of my teens and my skin likes to either be perfect or screw up so bad I want to wear a face hat…
    I’ve recently been using Lush’s Ultrabland cleanser at night with a cloth to get rid of all the bad stuff but it’s such a smile formula that it doesn’t irritate.
    I also used Avene’s soapless gel cleanser and whilst it cleared my skin to begin with, it then really dried it out at which point I switched to the Lush one. I think it’s better to be gentle with skin and see results in a few weeks then dry it out, get rid of spots and then suffer all over again because the skin is over dried.

  7. *simple formula!

  8. Hi:

    Love your blog so much, can you recommend some night cream/lotion for adult acne skin? and what is the best product to even the skin tone with acne marks?

    LOvely xxx:)

  9. Ugh, I wish I would’ve seen this in high school! I had terrible skin, and the irritating, awful, drying things (all of the “acne” products) I put on it just irritated it even more!

  10. Quick question, I’m 20 and have combination acne prone skin. Do you think using my Clarisonic once daily could cause me to break out?

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