Acne. Blotches. Blemishes. When you’re a teen, skin care is the absolute worst. So we scrub, moisturize, dab, and, eventually, cover it all up with makeup. Of course, all of this skin care costs plenty of money, and if you’re not careful, you can end up spending all your savings on cosmetics alone!
Cosmetician Noreen Young over at noreenyoung.com understands this. As a makeup and cosmetics expert (she has developed her own skin care and makeup line), she is uniquely positioned to know how to best treat your skin — especially if you’re a teenager. Her Pro Tips have been hugely helpful and will help you save your skin — and your wallet!
Cosmetic Pro Tips from Noreen Young
Pro Tip #1: Don’t sleep with your makeup on
As teens, we can sometimes be kind of… lazy. According to Noreen, one of the most typical mistakes she sees teens make is to leave makeup on when going to sleep. But it’s really bad for your skin and can end up drying it out permanently if done too often. Do your best to gently remove all makeup before going to bed at night.
Pro Tip #2: Wear sun protection
Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? But all those UV rays can really take a toll on your skin. In fact, you can get sunburned even on a cloudy day! And if you think tanning beds are better, think again. Some doctors now think tanning beds may be worse for you than regular sun exposure. If you’re going to have some fun outdoors, especially in the summer months, it’s best to wear at least an SPF 15 sunscreen. And when you don’t want to bother with sunscreen just think about your 50 year old face.
Pro Tip #3: Drink water and get plenty of rest
Late-night study sessions leave you exhausted, so to perk up, you have a coffee or a soda. But Noreen recommends getting plenty of sleep and drinking as much water as possible. Water rehydrates you (as opposed to sodas and coffee, which dehydrate you), which will help clear your skin. Rest is equally as important — teens should get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a day. And yes I know that none of us do!
Pro Tip #4: Don’t overdo it
Another huge mistake Noreen sees teens fall into is putting on too much makeup. She says that using too much is just a waste of money, and it makes us look old. Not older, just plain old. She also mentioned that the most expensive brands aren’t always that much better so keep that in mind.
Pro Tip #5: Get a body scrub
One thing to definitely put your money towards is a good body scrub — but you don’t have to spend a fortune on it! A wonderful and inexpensive body scrub can be made with a little olive oil and brown sugar. You could also use almond or sunflower oil to make a great scrub.
Pro Tip #6: See a pro
We go to teachers to learn everything from school subjects to instruments to cooking. So why don’t we go to someone who can teach us how to choose and apply cosmetics? Granted, cosmetics professionals do cost a little money. But going to a professional to learn how best to apply makeup and know what to buy can save you tons in the long run.
Above all, remember not to impulse-buy. Beauty counter clerks usually work on commission, so while they may know something about skin care, they’re also trying to sell you something, which may not lead to the best advice. Save your money and your skin by talking to the real deal!