Back to school time is around the corner
It is a time of much anxiety and also sadness as the carefree days of summer end for thousands of school-agers and teenagers who are heading out to do their back to school shopping and facing the uncertainty of what the coming school year will bring.
▪️Will my friends notice my acne and bad skin?
▪️Will I make friends?
▪️Will I fit in?
▪️Will I be made fun of if I have body odour?
These are just some of the questions of angst that tweens and teens face as back to school approaches. I, for one, remember many sleepless nights filled with anxiety, nightmares, and hot sweats as the dread of back to school drew nearer.
Parents before you run off to the drugstore to buy pimple cream and antiperspirant (filled with aluminum and other chemicals) for your kids to solve their concerns, be sure to first educate yourself on what other natural options are available for healthier solutions. Your valiant efforts to solve their issues may actually make them worse or create other ones. We have natural tips to help teens and tweens feel confident, look great, and actually focus on the important stuff like school and good grades rather than these other issues that plague so many kids.
With a focus specifically on the two biggest confidence crushers, acne and body odour, here are our top natural solutions to help your teen be more confident going back to school.
ISSUE #1: Acne Problems
Acne is not only common for teens to encounter, it is actually quite normal as their hormones change during the period of puberty. This is the time to help them to manage a big part of the acne problem with proper hygiene habits of cleansing their faces every night to remove dirt and/or makeup.
Girls that wear makeup also need to be taught to wash their makeup brushes every two weeks at least, throw away old and expired makeup, and all teens need to know to change their pillowcases a couple of times a week to remove the bacteria that causes acne.
Natural, plant-based alternatives to look for in healthier acne treatments are things like jojoba oil that help to balance the oil (sebum), white willow bark which is a salicylic acid alternative to fight acne, lemon and tea tree essential oils for anti-bacterial action, and witch hazel and aloe to calm and soothe.
ISSUE #2: Body Odour
The other issue that teens worry about (and adults too!) is smelling bad and being made fun of. As teens bodies are developing hormonally and physically, you don't want them adding chemicals and harmful ingredients such as aluminum to their developing body, such as what is found in traditional antiperspirants that are designed to stop sweating from occurring. Sweating is natural and an important bodily function so we want to encourage our underarms to release the toxins and to sweat it out. And remember that 70% or more of what goes on your body, goes in your body!
Instead, look for natural deodorants that contain powders and clays, moisturizing plant-based butter and oils such as shea to calm skin, and essential oils to kill the bacteria that causes the odour in the first place. It is the bacteria in the sweat and armpit that causes the stink.
These two examples can show everyone, especially your teens, that there is no need to resort to conventional drugstore chemical solutions to fight these two issues. Use natural deodorant as the "gateway" to healthier natural skincare solutions for your teen and your family. It should be the first thing you consider switching to natural!
Here are some other tips to help your teen be their healthiest, most confident this school year:
Eat Well - ensure they are eating well-balanced meals that look like a "rainbow" of colour on their plate with 50% fruits and veggies, 25% carbohydrates, and 25% proteins. If they don't eat properly their acne will be triggered and also their stress levels (cortisol hormones will be out of whack!).
Breathing - teach them how to focus on breath work to calm their minds, their emotions and in turn their stress and anxiety. Pranayama or breathwork is something they can use in class to calm their nerves, at home, at work or anywhere they need it.
Try this "Box breathing" exercise to help calm down - inhale for 5 counts where their lower belly expands like a balloon, hold the breath for 5 counts, exhale for 5 counts where their belly deflates towards their spine, and hold the breath for 5 counts. Repeat.
Exercising - help your teen to find an activity they love to move their body every day for at least 30 minutes a day. This will not only help their stress and anxiety, it will also help them to develop healthy habits at a young age that will last them a lifetime.
Getting enough sleep - teens and tweens need between 8-10 hours of sleep per night but most are lucky to get 6-7 because of their social lives and electronics. Sleep deprivation causes cortisol to spike (stress hormone) and thereby can aggravate anxiety, acne, social issues, and poor grades. Try the other tips above such as healthy eating, breath work and exercise to help set the groundwork to ensure they sleep solidly each night.
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At Clean Kiss we are passionate about creating natural skincare and body products that you can feel good about using yourself, and for your whole family.
From health-conscious, active mamas, to busy teenagers and dads, our customers love the experience of using our freshly-scented products that not only leave your skin feeling amazing but ACTUALLY work.
Clean Kiss was founded by Family Natural Health Expert, Jodie Pappas, out of her own personal quest to find natural products for herself and her family that ACTUALLY worked. After first creating her signature natural deodorant, she went on to produce a full line of skincare and body products.
Each product is created in small batches using chemical-free formulations that have been recognized with several awards, has developed a loyal customer base of Clean Kissers, and has gained some international media attention by Business Insider, InStyle Magazine, The Toronto Sun, Breakfast TV Toronto, CHCH Hamilton, Global TV and more!