Here’s An Easy Peasy Skincare Regime For Teens and Tweens

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Ah, puberty! That period when you’re starting to really care about how you look – only for your hormones to begin wreaking havoc on your skin. For some teens, pimples are few and far between. For others, they’re painful and constant and life altering. Here’s are some tips on skincare regime for teens and tweens.

Get your teen into good skincare habits by using natural products. We’ve got some some natural skincare regimes for teens and tweens that can help at this time of change.

skincare regime for teens and tweens

If you dealt with breakouts and other skin issues at this age, then you know how much of a toll it can take on your self confidence. This is why it’s important to help your teen or tween develop a good natural skin care regime instead of working to fix skin issues later on.

Natural skincare regime for teens and tweens

Not all teens will appreciate the importance of skincare at this point, but try to start them young nonetheless. A good skincare regime is quite simple, really: just cleanse, tone, and moisturise. Sun protection is a must for daytime. Spot treat when necessary. Exfoliate or apply a mask once a week or whenever skin feels particularly dry.

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When I was a teenager, we didn’t give much thought to the ingredients in our skincare products. Fortunately, times have changed and we’ve become more aware of the chemicals in mainstream skincare. For teens and tweens, choose natural skincare products with as few ingredients as possible.

Facial wash

808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash for a good teen skincare routine
808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash

A mild facial cleanser is all that’s needed to get rid of dirt, sweat, and excess sebum that can clog pores. Make sure your teen uses this twice a day: in the morning to get rid of oil that have accumulated overnight and before bed to get rid of makeup and other debris from the day.

A common mistake is scrubbing too much and trying to remove every trace of oil. Remind your teen not to overdo it, as doing so will only have her skin overcompensating by pumping out more oil. At this age, even face washing can be a chore. Two good alternatives are micellar water, which requires no water and no sudsing, and makeup remover wipes, which are a good option for lazy days and when on the go.

Here are some of our facial wash recommendations; 808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash, Acure Brilliantly Brightening Micellar Water, Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Towelettes, and one of the favourites, Lavera’s Cleansing Gel.

Or she could try a solid cleansing bar, like the charcoal one from The Australian Natural Soap Company.

Toner

Toner rebalances skin’s pH after cleansing. Go with an alcohol free toner, which won’t damage young skin’s natural moisture barrier. Here are some alcohol free toners your teen can use; Harmoni’s Kiss Toner Passionflower & Rose and Zkin Organics Clear Skin Toner.

Moisturiser

Harmoni's Kiss for a good teen skincare routine
Harmoni’s Kiss

Another common mistake is thinking that when skin is already oily, moisturiser is no longer needed. Young skin needs water though, not more oil, so go with an oil free, water based moisturiser.

This one from Harmoni’s Kiss is lightweight and calms breakouts with a blend of lavender, mandarin, and ylang ylang essential oils. Unless your teen’s skin is extremely dry, moisturiser can be limited to daytime so skin can ‘breathe’ overnight. 

Another good one is the Acure Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturiser. The lightweight formula helps control sebum production, and helps to rejuvenate damaged skin.

Acne treatment

Weleda Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion
Weleda Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion

Covering up spots with globs of makeup isn’t the right way to get rid of them. Neither is trying to scrub them away with abrasive scrubs, which will only irritate already inflamed skin.

If your teenager is dealing with acne, skip the harsh scrubs and astringent toners. Instead, look for products with natural chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. A good example would is Lavera’s 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask.

For when the odd pimple pops out, dab on a spot treatment like the Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Spot or 808 Dude Clear Skin Spot Free Gel. The Necessity Zit Stick is a go to for those suffering from congested skin. It’s an easy to use solution that uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils to flatten spots and help prevent scarring.

Necessity Zit Stick
Necessity Zit Stick

Facial mask

Once a week, use a mask to buff away dead skin buildup and draw out impurities. A good one can also help dry out existing blemishes and keep new ones from popping out. Try Redmond’s Bentonite Clay Healing Clay.

Redmond Bentonite Clay Healing Clay
Redmond Bentonite Clay Healing Clay

Sunscreen

Most of the wrinkles that will appear on your child’s face later in life are from sun exposure she gets in the teenage years. Get your teens or tweens into the habit of sun protection. Remind them to use sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF every day, even if they’ll only be in class all day.

Wotnot Sunscreen for Face
Wotnot Sunscreen for Face

The trick to getting young ones to slather on sunscreen is to get one that feels nice on the skin. If it’s too greasy or sticky or heavy, you’ll have to nag them every day to apply it. One of our favourite sunscreens is the Wotnot Face Sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and is perfect for using as a primer under makeup. But the best part is that it’s zinc oxide based. Aside from offering good sun protection, zinc oxide calms inflammation and dries out pimples.

You can also try Simple As That Sunscreen.

That’s basically all natural skincare regime for teens and tweens, to get them started. Remember to keep it simple and to stick with products that are formulated with good ingredients, and for sensitive skin. Apart from the above, it’s also worth looking into natural nail care, lip care (highly recommend Hurraw!), period care, and hair care (greasy hair can lead to clogged pores and acne).

What natural skincare products have your teens found useful? Share below!

Image credits: 808 Dude, Harmoni’s Kiss, Weleda, Necessity, Redmond, and Wotnot

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Hello Sunshine! 123 Nourish Me Sunscreen Review

I get asked for natural sunscreen sticks all the time. And until now, I’ve had to say that I didn’t know of any.

So when one of my customers asked me to check out 123 Nourish Me’s Facestick, I got a little excited. Lots of kindies ask for parents to provide roll on or stick sunscreens, because they’re easier to apply. So I’m super happy to say that I’ve finally found a good one!

This zinc-based mineral sunscreen has an SPF 30, and it’s safe for children six months old and above. Zinc is the most soothing of the natural sunscreen ingredients, so it won’t irritate your little one’s skin.

Sunscreen for toddlers

Applying sunscreen to young children can be challenging – chasing them down and smearing them with cream while they scream and squirm. Honestly, who can blame them? Sunscreen creams can feel sticky and greasy, smell odd and taste terrible. And once kids hit the “I can do it myself!” stage you’ll have to contend with them trying to apply it on their own (and the subsequent mess).

This stick is so easy to use that my friend’s five-year-old son takes it to kindergarten and applies it all by himself. It’s a good way to get kids into the sun-protection habit early. Regular use of a natural sunscreen is a must, what with our bright Australian sunshine.

Mineral sunscreens offer safe and effective broad spectrum sun protection, but they can leave you looking like you’re wearing clown makeup. The 123 Nourish Me Sunscreen goes on clear, thanks to the micronised (non nano) zinc, and it’s easy to rub in (even on my husband’s unshaven face).

The stick does have a fairly firm texture, especially when it’s cold. You could try rubbing it between your palms for a couple of minutes before application to warm it up. We found that the best way was to rub it back and forth on your skin and it soon warms up and glides on.

I’m absolutely loving this for the kids. The stick has a firm lid that’s not going to pop off in the bottom of a bag, but kids can still open it easily. Throw it into the bottom of their beach or swimming bag and they’re covered. It’s water resistant, but still needs reapplication every two hours if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.

I’m completely happy with the Hello Sunshine ingredients, too. The mineral sunscreen formulation and natural ingredients mean you don’t have to worry about what your children are being exposed to. It’s gentle and doesn’t cause adverse reactions, even on sensitive skin. My kids break out in rashes with chemical sunscreen (we had an incident at school camp recently where my son decided to try his friend’s sunscreen instead of his own), but not with this one.

And I have to mention the smell. Hello Sunshine uses food grade vanilla, and I swear this smells like vanilla ice cream. My youngest loves this just because of the divine scent.

123 Nourish Me sunscreen ingredients

You can see this reviewed in our Biggest Ever Natural Sunscreen Cheat Sheet, too!

  • 100% preservative, oxybenzone and paraben free
  • Active ingredient is zinc oxide for UVA and UVB protection
  • Micronised particles reduce the white cast you get from some natural sunscreens
  • Scented with food-grade vanilla, so it has a delicious smell that my kids and I love
  • Castor, jojoba and coconut oils offer natural skin protection
  • Beeswax and carnauba wax for water resistance
  • Silica is a mineral that helps give the 123 Nourish Me stick its spreadability and silky texture
  • Vitamin E protects the skin from pollutants and acts as a natural preservative
  • Never tested on animals (only people)
  • Listed on ARTG (Australian Register Therapeutic Goods)
  • Reef friendly

Ingredients: Active: Zinc oxide 245mg/g, Inactive: Castor oil, beeswax, coconut oil, medium chain triglycerides (fractionated coconut oil), carnauba wax, shea butter, simmondsia chinensis oil (jojoba), silica, di-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), natural vanilla flavour.

Want to grab yourself a bit of Hello Sunshine? Shop them right here!

 

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Shopping Guide to Natural Sunscreen

natural sunscreen shopping guide

natural sunscreen shopping guide

In the Australian summer, you can’t get away from sunscreen. It’s an essential part of your summer sun safety. But you need to make sure that you’re choosing a sunscreen with good ingredients.

And that means looking for a sunscreen that uses a physical barrier, rather than a chemical absorber, to protect you from the sun.  Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium oxide physically block the sun. Chemical absorbers protect you by absorbing the sun’s rays. But there can be lots of issues with chemical absorbers, from health to environmental issues.

That’s why I always recommend using a natural, mineral based sunscreen like zinc based ones. There’s a large range of natural sunscreens now. And so it becomes difficult to choose!

Don’t forget to check out our Safer Natural Sunscreen Cheat Sheet, for an indepth look at 25 different Australian sunscreens.

Tips on using a natural sunscreen:

Zinc sunscreens are thick – that’s how you get the physical barrier and the sun protection. But there are a few tips to make it work for you.

  • Knead the tube before you squeeze it out, especially on a cooler day. I’ve found that if it gets hot, the oil can separate so you need to kind of squish it back next time yo use it. On a hot day, just give it a good shake before you apply.
  • Warm it between your hands before you apply to help it go on more easily.
  • Apply the sunscreen a bit at a time, and rub it in well. Then move on to the next area. This works better than squeezing a great big blob in to your hand and trying to cover everywhere at once.
  • If you have olive or darker skin tone, most zinc based sunscreens are going to leave a white cast. Try using a tinted sunscreen and rub it in well.
  • Remove zinc sunscreens with a face washer or baby wipe, plus warm water and a gentle soap.

Over the years, my family have use every single sunscreen we stock here at Hello Charlie. So here’s my opinion on them all:

Eco Logical Sunscreen – Baby

Our bestselling baby sunscreen!

  • Face: okay, but you’re better to use the face sunscreen
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. Not drying, but not moisturising either.
  • White cast: yes
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: anyone over 6 months
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Eco Logical Sunscreen – Body

  • Face: no
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. Not drying, but not moisturising either.
  • White cast: slight white cast, but rubs in well
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: very water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

 

Eco Logical Sunscreen – Face

  • Face: yes
  • Body: you can, but it’s better for face
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: didn’t dry out my dry skin too much
  • White cast: very slightly white, good if you rub it in really well. Pop a tinted moisturiser over this for good, natural coverage
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

Eco Tan (Eco by Sonya) Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: yes
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: good on my dry skin, tested by oily skinned friends who liked this, too
  • White cast: no, rubs in clear
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Grahams Natural Sunclear Sunscreen

  • Face: yes, although maybe not under makeup, depending on your skin
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: yes, without being greasy
  • White cast: no, rubs on clear like the name says
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 2 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Little Innoscents Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: no, too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very moisturising, so great if you’ve got dry skin
  • White cast: yes. Not so bad if you rub it in well.
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: okay for face, but possibly not under makeup. Read the review here
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: not once you rub it in
  • Moisturising: not super moisturising, so you may need to moisturise once you’ve washed it off
  • White cast: very slightly white, but it rubs in well
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen – Tinted

  • Face: okay for face
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: not once it’s rubbed in
  • Moisturising: I need to moisturise after I wash this off, but I have very dry skin
  • White cast: no, because it’s tinted
  • Fragrance: yes (natural from coconut oil)
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, but safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Natural Instinct Invisible Sunscreen:

  • Face: okay for face as it’s not greasy. See the review here
  • Body: great for body
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: not really. I find this a little drying on my (already dry) skin, but my two boys like this one
  • White cast: like the name says, it’s pretty much invisible once you rub it in
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen:

  • Face: okay for face as it’s not greasy, and it’s tinted. See the review here
  • Body: great for body
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: not too bad. Better than the invisible one
  • White cast: no, as it’s tinted
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, but safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Natural Instinct Kids Sunscreen:

  • Face: okay for face as it’s not greasy, and it’s tinted. See the review here
  • Body: great for body
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: better than the invisible one, but dry skins may need to moisturise after using this one
  • White cast: a little bit of a white cast, but rubs in okay
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Simple As That Sunscreen:

  • Face: ideal for face and for wearing under makeup. See my review here.
  • Body: works well on your body, too.
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. I have dry skin, and find that I have to moisturise after this. But if you have normal or oily skin, you wouldn’t need to.
  • White cast: no, doesn’t take much to rub it in.
  • Fragrance: yes (natural)
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Soleo Organics Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: can be a little, but okay if you rub it in well
  • Moisturising: yes
  • White cast: can leave a slight whiteness, but rubs in well
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Baby Sunscreen

  • Face: no, too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very. Skin doesn’t feel dry after a day at the beach
  • White cast: no, as it has a little bit of a tint
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 2 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Lip Sunscreen Sport

  • Face: yes, designed for lips
  • Body: no
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: not like a lip balm, but it won’t dry your lips
  • White cast: just enough to make your lips look pale
  • Fragrance:
  • Babies, kids or adults: kids and adults
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: no, too oily for face
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very. Skin doesn’t feel dry after a day at the beach or pool
  • White cast: no, as it has a little bit of a tint
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 2 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Sport Sunscreen

  • Face: too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very moisturising, won’t dry your skin out
  • White cast: no, as it has a little bit of a tint
  • Fragrance: yes, from essential oils
  • Babies, kids or adults: best for kids and adults because of the essential oils
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Wotnot Natural Sunscreen 100g  &  150g

  • Face: no, too oily for face
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: yes, great for dry skin
  • White cast: yes, but absorbs pretty well when you rub it in
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Wotnot Sunscreen for Face:

  • Face: ideal for face and under makeup. See my review here
  • Body: works well on your body, too
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. I have dry skin, and find that I have to moisturise after this. Friends with normal and oily skin found they didn’t need to
  • White cast: no, requires very little rubbing in
  • Fragrance: yes (natural)
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

Please bear in mind that I’ve tested these on myself, family and friends and that you might find something I said was drying is actually oily on your skin. Or perhaps you’ve got a darker skin tone than my (English & Scottish heritage) family. This is just a guide to try and help answer the many questions I get asked about natural sunscreens! Vanessa xx

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How the New Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen Stacks Up

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Did you know that, like humans, sea urchins are sensitive to light and chemicals? Sea urchins are such clever little guys. They create their own natural sunscreen to protect their little ones from the sun’s harsh rays. And that’s what inspired the new Little Urchin natural mineral sunscreen.

Little Urchin was developed when Chris Mathews’ daughter was at day care. The day care used sunscreens on the children, quite rightly in our Australian sun. But the sunscreens chosen weren’t great. So Sydney dad Chris decided to formulate his own, and Little Urchin was born.

Chris worked with one of Australia’s leading sunscreen formulators to develop a natural, mineral based sunscreen. The result is rich in nourishing oils, butters and antioxidants, as well as great sun protection.

I received a tube of the Little Urchin sunscreen to review, and I was so impressed that we’re now stocking it at Hello Charlie.

What I like about Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen

  • SPF 30
  • 3 hour water resistant
  • Zinc based mineral sunscreen
  • Doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost!
  • Broad spectrum, UVA and UVB protection
  • Non greasy
  • No chemical absorbers
  • All natural, no preservatives
  • Safe for hypersensitive skin and babies 6 months and older
  • Fragrance free
  • TGA certified
  • Reef safe and eco friendly
  • Proudly made in Australia

I love a zinc based sunscreen. It’s a physical sun barrier made from natural  minerals, rather than a chemical sun absorber. You can find out more about the difference between chemical absorbers and physical barriers in sunscreen here.

Little Urchin Ingredients

Active: Zinc Oxide 22%. Inactive: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Grape Vine (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Silica, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter, Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera Cera) Wax, Bees (Cera Alba ) Wax, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed) Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Aqua, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius) Seed Oil, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Rosehip (Rosa Canina) Fruit Oil.

I like the fact that it’s zinc based, and that there’s no titanium dioxide. It’s preservative free, thanks to all the oils. And I love the addition of the green tea, cucumber and rosehip oil. Just the thing for sensitive skins like mine!

little urchin natural mineral sunscreen

Review of Little Urchin Sunscreen

Like many kids, my two hate putting on sunscreen. They tolerated Little Urchin, because it’s lightweight on the skin, and it doesn’t feel greasy. It also doesn’t leave a white film on your skin, as long as you rub it in well. So let’s just say that I didn’t notice a white film on my face, but both the kids did. I’m just happy that they put sunscreen on, so I’m not going to quibble too much about getting them to rub it in. Pick your battles, right?

Like many oil based natural sunscreens, it can be thick coming out of the tube, especially on a cooler day. Knead the tube, give it a quick shake, and it’s all good.

We gave it to a friend’s daughter to try. The daughter has sensitive skin and eczema, and often reacts to sunscreen. She had no reaction, and no sunburn, but did say she didn’t like the smell. She’s used to fragranced sunscreens, so I can understand that. But both my boys and I thought it just smelled like zinc (which I personally think is the smell of summer!).

It’s been a thumbs up from all who have tried it, so I think we can safely say that the Little Urchin sunscreen is a winner!

And finally …

Another thing that I love about Little Urchin is that they’re a member of One Percent For The Planet. That means that they donate at least 1% of annual sales revenues to environmental organisations worldwide.

And an interesting fact sea urchins:  these small creatures are known to live more than 100 years without showing any biological signs of ageing!

Little Urchin natural mineral sunscreen is available at Hello Charlie.

Images: Little Urchin