Beauty for Teens 101

My daughter is officially a teenager now and I often get asked what kind of makeup I let her use. Not that she’s wearing a full-face on the daily, but people notice that she plays with makeup in her videos and they want to know for their own daughters. So, here’s a post all about how we choose products and our favorite brands when it comes to skincare and teen beauty.

Say “No,” to the Bad Stuff

And by bad stuff, I mean chemicals like parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, fragrance, petroleum distillates and more. Say what?! Yes, I know, those words are foreign to me, too. Just think of them as red flags for the next time you read the ingredients in a product.

Basically, those types of ingredients can be really harmful to your skin (your largest organ!) over time. Trust me, you do not want to absorb this stuff. Why? Because it can make you ill. For example, you can develop skin conditions, acne, eczema, allergies, reproductive issues, and even cancer.

Tip: Look for a leaf icon on products. This symbolizes a vegan product.

Look for the Bunny

Ok, now that you understand the importance of good ingredients, let’s discuss our furry friends. A bunny symbol on a product means “cruelty-free” which means the company does not test on animals (or for that specific product). While most beauty brands have stopped the use of animal testing, there are some that still operate in China where it’s a common practice. My daughter has a big ‘ol hippie heart and refuses to support any brand that tests on animals. She’s also suffered from allergies since she was only 3, so she appreciates natural vegan products that are more gentle on skin.

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Our Top Picks

Ok, so now you have an idea of what we look for when we shop skincare and beauty products. Whether you’re a teen or not, this info can be useful for anyone who wants to make “cleaner” choices when shopping. Here are our top picks when it comes to brands.

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I hope this information helps you and your daughters as you venture into the skincare and beauty world. Having a little teenager who wants to play with makeup can be a fun, educational experience. Remember to teach her that if she wants to wear any makeup (hopefully natural style), she first needs to learn about the most import part- proper skincare. And what goes onto your skin, goes into it. So, choose wisely.

Happy shopping!