In teenage years, the skin begins to behave like it has a mind of its own, and all of a sudden, bad hair days become a frequent occurrence. Faces that were unblemished develop spots overnight, puberty hits, adolescence beckons, and the opposite sex suddenly starts looking a whole lot more attractive than before. Plus, there’s school, tests, dating, and most importantly – fitting in.
The transformation from a child into a teenager is accompanied by so many changes that it can be more than a little bewildering. Moreover, the accompanying modifications in skin and general appearance can disconcert even the most confident young adult. This is the time when your skin is going through a change and the hormones are making themselves known, sometimes in the most alarming ways. Not for nothing is acne known as the ‘curse of teenage years’. Plus as teenagers, you are still growing. Changes in height, structure, and build can take place very fast. Dealing with all these simultaneous changes can be challenging, so here’s some help to improve your appearance. It will be a boost to your self-esteem and help you feel confident like never before. Take a look at these tips to get going.
Some basic steps can ensure that you not only look good, but feel it too, since one is so closely linked with the other. The most important thing is that you should feel confident about yourself and not just the way you look. While peer pressure and the need to fit in can be very real, it’s also the best time to assert yourself and get comfortable with who you are. Hormonal changes can mess with your skin, so if you haven’t fixed on a skin care routine, take the time to sort it out now. Cleanse your face twice a day with a face wash formulated for your skin type and use a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and supple. Acne may start showing, so avoid aggravating it by steering clear of junk food and sticking to a healthy diet.
Although the accompanying changes affect both genders, enhancing beauty is perhaps more the need of the hour, especially for girls. Makeup is the new mantra. Even though experimenting is great, it may help to keep it light initially, especially during the day. Don’t be afraid to try out all the colors you want, but remember that in case of makeup, less is always better. The trick is to use as much as you need and to still look like you’re hardly using anything at all. This skill is acquired, so give yourself time. Begin with just a lip gloss and mascara, and maybe some Kohl. These simple staples can take care of a day look. Foundation can take a bit of getting used to, so steer clear of it for a while. A concealer is helpful for covering blemishes, and loose powder can even out your skin tone. Always take a look at yourself under some bright light to avoid looking pasty when you make an appearance.
Never go to bed without removing your make-up. Some easily-available ingredients can work wonders as natural skin care products. Pick honey for dry skin, aloe vera gel for oily skin, and kukui nut oil for acne prone skin. It’s also important to tackle body odor issues. In the interest of basic hygiene, shower daily and use an antiperspirant deodorant to keep yourself smelling great at all times. Rightly done, these natural tips work the best as compared to the most expensive commercial products.