The Ideal Tween Skincare Routine


 As our tweens begin to navigate the complex world of self-care and beauty, many parents find themselves pondering the necessity of introducing a skincare routine to their young ones.

In this blog, we'll explore the fundamentals of the ideal tween skincare routine, emphasizing gentle and effective care with IMAGE products that support the needs of young skin.

Let's explore how tweens can establish healthy habits that will set the foundation for a lifetime of glowing skin.


Benefits of a Tween Skincare Routine

Introducing a skincare routine to tweens teaches them the importance of taking care of their skin, the body's largest organ. It can help manage and prevent acne, promote hydration, and protect their skin from environmental damage. Moreover, it's an opportunity for tweens to develop a sense of responsibility and boost their self-esteem.

The pre-teen years can bring about changes that affect skin health, including hormonal fluctuations, excess oil production, and diets that throw skin off balance. Establishing a skincare routine early can address these issues and instill lifelong habits of self-care and skin optimization.


The Simple Path to Healthy Skin

Keeping the routine simple with a gentle cleanser, mask, and moisturizer with SPF can make skincare manageable and enjoyable for tweens. This simplicity encourages consistency, which is key to achieving and maintaining healthy skin.

Here are a few recommendations, designed to offer a skincare routine that's both easy, effective and safe for tweens:


Essential Steps in a Tween Skincare Routine

Creating a skincare routine for tweens is all about simplicity and education. Introduce them to the basic steps of skincare while ensuring the routine is manageable and not overwhelming. Here's a breakdown of essential steps in a tween skincare routine that balances effectiveness with simplicity:

  1. Gentle Cleansing: The foundation of any skincare routine, cleansing helps remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities from the skin's surface. Encourage twice-daily cleansing with a gentle, non-drying cleanser to keep the skin clean without stripping its natural oils. The ORMEDIC® balancing facial cleanser is a gentle, organic-based cleanser that soothes and balances the skin. Its mild formula respects the natural pH balance, making it perfect for daily use.
  2. Hydration: Even at a young age, keeping the skin properly hydrated is crucial. After cleansing, applying a lightweight moisturizer is a good habit to start. This step is important regardless of skin type, as hydrated skin is healthy skin. Our BIOME+ smoothing cloud crème is ideal for tweens as it maintains the skin’s natural moisture barrier while delivering cloud-like hydration.
  3. Sun Protection: Teaching young ones to use sunscreen every day helps them keep their skin healthy for life. Daily morning application is key, even if it's cloudy, to guard against the sun's damaging rays. PREVENTION+® Daily Tinted Moisturiser - is a tinted SPF 30 moisturizer that delivers a hint of colour for a healthy-looking glow.
  4. Masks: Sheet masks are a fun and effective skincare choice for tweens. I MASK hydrating hydrogel sheet masks can be soothing for tweens, offering deep hydration without clogging pores. They are fun, easy to use, and keep young ones engaged in their new skincare journeys.

Dealing With Tween Acne

Navigating tween acne requires a gentle approach. The good news is, IMAGE offers a range of products suitable for this delicate age group. Focus on gentle cleansing, hydration, and targeted treatments to manage acne without overwhelming young skin.

  • Clear Cell Salicylic Gel Cleanser: This cleanser is a great choice for tweens dealing with excessive oil or acne. It cleans deeply without stripping the skin. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, helping to prevent clogged pores that can lead to acne.
  • CLEAR CELL clarifying acne spot treatment: Formulated with 2% salicylic acid, this spot treatment penetrates pores to eliminate most acne breakouts and prevent new ones. It's also gentle and will not irritate young skin.
  • CLEAR CELL mattifying moisturizer: This mattifying moisturizer hydrates oily-prone skin while minimizing the appearance of excess shine—ideal for tweens dealing with hormone fluctuations.

Be Mindful of Ingredients

For tweens with more sensitive skin, certain ingredients that may work well for mature skin should be avoided or used with caution. They may be too harsh for younger complexions, disrupting the moisture barrier and causing irritation. It’s recommended tweens avoid the following ingredients:

  • Retinoids (including Retinol): Powerful anti-aging ingredients can be too strong for young skin, leading to irritation and dryness.
  • Alcohol (specifically denatured alcohol): Can strip the skin of moisture, causing dryness and irritation.
  • Strong Exfoliants (physical and chemical): High concentrations of glycolic acid, or rough physical scrubs, can damage young skin by stripping away natural oils and causing irritation.

When introducing new skincare products, especially for tweens, it’s essential to start slowly and monitor the skin’s response. Patch testing a small area can help ensure compatibility. Remember, every skin is unique, so adjustments might be necessary to find the perfect routine.


Additional Tips

  • Consistency is Key: Encourage sticking to the routine both morning and night for the best results.
  • Educate on Picking: It's important to advise tweens against picking at their skin or popping pimples, as this can lead to scarring and further breakouts.
  • Healthy Habits: Discuss how a balanced diet, plenty of water, and regular exercise can positively impact skin health.
  • Patience and Adaptation: Remind them that seeing results takes time and that it's okay to adjust products as they grow and their skin changes.

Instilling these basic skincare habits can help tweens navigate the changes their skin is going through, promoting a healthy complexion and boosting their confidence.



Introducing your tween to a skincare routine can be a positive and educational journey. With IMAGE Skincare's gentle, effective products, you can ensure that your tween's skin receives the best care possible. Remember, the goal is not just about addressing skin issues but also about fostering self-care habits that will benefit them for a lifetime. Encourage your tween to embrace their skincare routine as a step towards self-love and confidence.

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