When a quick going over with a flannel won’t cut it anymore and the odd pimple is raising its ugly head (pun intended), a simple skincare regime, featuring gentle products specifically designed for young skin will help keep breakouts at bay and kids feeling happy and confident. Here are Junior’s favourite teen and tween ranges…
Spots & Stripes
This award winning skincare range – did we hear a Gold Junior Design Award klaxon? – was developed by Beauty Editor Charlotte-Anne Fidler when her quest to find skin, hair and bath products for her 12 year old daughter came to a dead end. Charlotte-Anne says,“ scanning the shelves and searching online, I found there was almost nothing to bridge the gap between the baby/young child products – which weren’t working anymore – and the teen-acne and adult products that were way too harsh for her still delicate, child’s skin. In the end, I settled on a mismatched bunch of mostly natural or organic adult products – a spot stick from here, a body wash from there, a cleanser that was gentle, but full of ingredients that made me uncomfortable.”
Fortunately for Charlotte-Anne’s daughters and for tweens and teens everywhere, she decided to follow her beauty journalist instincts and create the products she wanted herself. The Spots and Stripes range caters for girls and boys and really is a triumph in design and quality. As well as being ethically made, the products smell absolutely divine. Adults will definitely want to steal them.
>> Available from spots-and-stripes.com
“No petrol, just beauty!” is organic French skincare brand Z&MA’s strapline. Created by two childhood friends, Virginie and Delphine, specifically for teenage skin, Z&MA offers a range of products formulated for sensitive and acne-prone skins. As well as looking extremely pretty, these products take their eco-credentials seriously committing to no secondary packaging, full traceability and no animal testing.
>> Available at Smallable.com
This cool looking range gets straight to the point with clearly labelled products that deliver a no nonsense approach to caring for adolescent skin and hair. The founder of the brand is, you guessed it, Sam Farmer who as a stay at home dad was so underwhelmed by the products available to his own children, he went back to school to study cosmetic science and then created his own range. “Having seen the rows of products, pink, pouty and submissive packaging aimed at my daughter and steel grey, macho stuff intended for my son, I left determined to do something about it.”
>> Available at A Little Find
A super gentle range containing natural bontanical ingredients, Elizabeth’s Daughter was created by Liz Hallett who was frustrated by the lack of non-astringent and harsh products on the market. Having suffered with her own skin problems as teenager, she made it her mission to create a nurturing skincare range that would be perfect for her own daughter and would suit even the most sensitive skins.
> > Available at Elizabethsdaughter.co.uk
OY! by Green People
OY! Is the attention grabbing name of organic skincare specialists Green People’s new skincare range developed especially for teenage skin. The O and the Y stand for Organic and Young and as you would expect the products contain fantastic natural ingredients which have been selected for their spot-zapping and skin clearing properties. Active natural ingredients like Black Willow Bark, Green Tea, Prebiotics, and Tea Tree combine to to control breakouts and balance young hormonal skin.
>> Available at Greenpeople.co.uk
For teens (this range is aimed at 18-25 year olds) who want skincare that works with the kudos of a high-end skincare brand, Clarins’ new My Clarins range is perfect. The packaging has been designed to reflect a younger customer with bright lids and playful fonts while the contents are reassuringly high quality as you would expect from the trusted skincare house that was set up in the 1950’s. This vegan friendly, 88% naturally derived product range includes a fab smelling cleansing gel and a refreshing moisturizer for all day hydration amongst a range of seven products.
>> Available at Clarins.co.uk
This is the skincare range devoted to boys. Or as founder Stephanie Capuano puts it “teenage boys in all their smelly glory”! When her teenage sons started having skin problems, Stephanie was so frustrated by the lack of quality skincare with no harsh chemicals that her boys would actually want to use, that she decided to create a range herself. Inspired by the concept of effortless California clean and growing up in the state (hence the name 31st State) and with an emphasis on natural ingredients this is super cool range that has natural clean skincare at its heart
Inspired by what it felt like growing up in California (the 31st State), Stephanie
> > Available at ASOS
Florence by Mills
‘Stranger Things’ fans will know how huge Millie Bobby Brown is, and even though the Netflix hit has a 15 rating, the actress has a die hard following of much younger fans who watch her every move. Little wonder then, that her cosmetics and skincare range, aimed at tweens and teens has done so extraordinarily well. All those kids who have sneakily devoured episodes of Eleven, Mike, Will, Lucas and Dustin are lapping up Millie’s brand Florence by Mills named after her inspirational Great Grandmother. Products are gentle and free from parabens, sulfates, dyes, animal testing and animal by-products and the packaging is super cool. The stretchy Mind Glowing Peel off Mask is a huge hit for slumber parties but the whole range is effective
>> Available at Boots
Dermalogica Clean Start
This system of nine serious products that utilise medicated ingredients and soothing botanicals were created to address the skin needs of teens. With 25 years of expertise under their belts, Dermalogica set about creating a range of skincare products that don’t contain harsh and inexpensive ingredients that strip the skin of oil. They also wanted to create a range that was free from artificial fragrances and colours – ingredients that can irritate and strip oil from skin, causing more problems than you started with. With a fantastic line up of products that specifically target breakouts and blackheads, this range has teenage skin issues covered.
>> Available from Dermalogica
Nip + Fab Teen Skin Fix
This teen focused range was conceived to tackle those dreaded unwanted blemishes and breakouts with powerful ingredients such as Wasabi Extract and Salicylic Acid which penetrate deep into pores to remove impurities. Especially suitable for blemish prone and problematic skin, this range is fantastic for giving teens a fresh, shine free complexion and a sense of control over their skin. The Teen Skin Fix Pore Blaster Wash is a particular favourite of ours.
>> Available from Nip + Fab
Dandy Dill Way
The gorgeous Dandydill Way range now includes some starter skincare products including a Wild Hawthorn Berry Cleansing Mousse and a face Moisturiser that really nurture and protect young skin, leaving soft clean faces smelling of their gorgeous natural hawthorn berry scent. A fantastic first rung on the skincare ladder for children who have dry skin concerns or just want to start taking a little bit of extra care when it comes to cleansing in the morning and evening.
>> Available from Dandydill Way
French skincare range OUATE, which literally translates as ‘wadding’, was created to protect the skin of children between 4 and 11 years old. When founder Astrid Mauduit became a mother she wanted to find products to protect her children’s skin an increasingly polluted and aggressive environment. Having become aware that children’s skin is particularly vulnerable between the ages of 4 and 11 years while it is still developing she decided to create her own range of safe, natural and dermatologically tested formulas that would protect young skin, like soft cotton wadding(!) and that would adapt as children grew. With products that look fun and are easily dispensed with no wastage, this is a fantastic range for getting kids interested in skincare.
>> Available from Ouate