Puberty is hard as your daughter evolves from childhood to tween to teen. Learning self-care for her body will give her confidence and help kick-start a lifetime of good habits.
Today's teens may have different beauty and image goals and priorities than their moms – as a quick glance at any teen-focused magazine or TV show will illustrate – but basic personal hygiene needs don't change and can be taught and reinforced at home.
7 Self-Care Tips for Teen Girls
Once puberty and menstruation start, girls may need to shower daily, and perhaps even twice a day if they're active in sports.
During the teen years, facial skin gets oilier and requires new products. An acne cleanser or soap to use twice a day and anti-acne cream may help if your daughter has problems with outbreaks. If your daughter is using makeup, remind her to keep brushes clean, and if sharing makeup with friends (a don't you probably can't control) to be alert for signs of unclean products before using. A good face moisturizer with sunscreen is essential for teens – as well as moms!
Teen girls are often hair-obsessed. New styles, new tools and changing hair follicles can result in dull or oily hair. Finding the right shampoo and conditioner is essential and may require trial and error. Many girls over-clean their hair and wash daily, stripping the hair of its natural oils. Hair can be restyled without washing, and clean pillowcases and hats can help hair look fresh every day. Clean hairbrushes, styling tools and hair accessories on a regular basis with a gentle shampoo; a stronger cleaner may be necessary if your teen uses hair styling products.
A clean, safe razor designed for a woman's curvier body and shaving cream or soap are essential to avoid burns, nicks and ingrown hairs.
Kids can be mean, especially during the teen years. Sweat and body odor can make a girl an easy target. Clean clothes and underwear daily, while deodorant or antiperspirant, and shoe inserts can help control smelly sweat.
Teeth and Breath:
Skipping teeth brushing can cause gingivitis, cavities and bad breath. Oral care starts early, however once your daughter is a tween, she may want to know how to prevent (or cure) bad breath. In addition to a toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, tongue brushes and mouthwash are helpful tools in fighting bad breath.
Underneath the blue glitter nail polish, trimmed, clean fingernails and toenails are essential. A nail salon visit or a nice home manicure set, along with a little instruction, can teach your daughter to how to trim fingernails and toenails to prevent ingrown nails.
Girls' Guide to Caring for Your Body: Helpful Advice for Growing Up by Isabel B. Lluch, Emily Lluch
Catherine Russell is Būband's Content Manager