Teaching my kids about the importance of a skin care routine

This post is sponsored by Olay

I wasn’t taught about fashion or beauty when I was growing up, and I remember when I hit puberty and my skin started to change I wasn’t sure what to do, use on my skin or that I needed a regular skin care routine, my Mum and I didn’t talk about things like that.  However, one day when visiting my Aunt I saw she was using the pink bottle of ‘Oil of Ulan’, the popular brand changed its name in 1999 to the now well-known Olay who is the world’s #1 facial skin care brand. I tried it and loved the smell and feel on my skin, so from that day on and all through my teenage years I used the Olay pink lotion on my face. When I was getting my makeup done for my wedding (I was in my early 20s), the makeup artist asked me what cleanser I used on my skin?  I didn’t, I used wipes to remove my make-up and then moisturised, that was the extent of my skin care routine. She then proceeded to tell me about the importance of cleansing your skin, but I must admit I didn’t really follow through with her advice, at the time my skin was lovely, soft and wrinkle free and I was already attached to my 2 system wipe and moisturise rut.  Now I’m in my late 30s I wish I had taken the time to create a better skin care routine all those years ago, I have many lines on my face which I am sure could have been avoided if I took better care of my skin.

It's important to teach the kids a good skin care routine, which they can take through to their adult years, to help achieve clear skin and prevent long-term ageing.

All my 3 kids (twins are 13, youngest is 11) are at this starting point in their life of needing to look after their skin (help me, I have 3 children hitting puberty at once! ). I don’t want them to be afraid to ask questions, I am helping them understand the changes and how to properly look after their skin, to clean their face to clear away the pimples and blackheads and prevent it from drying by using moisturiser. Getting it right in the beginning.

As I mentioned above I used the Olay pink lotion for many years, it did keep my skin soft and prevented it from getting too oily, I also used acne cream when I needed to. When I noticed my kids skin getting a little dry, without hesitation I purchased them the Olay in the pink bottle, because that’s what I used.  However, since that initial purchase I realised each child needed their own moisturiser to suit their specific skin type and keeping with the brand I have used for so many years one continues to use the Olay Complete with Sunscreen and the others use the Olay Fresh Effects range, which is great for the tweens and teens.

It's important to teach the kids a good skin care routine, which they can take through to their adult years, to help achieve clear skin and prevent long-term ageing.

Having a good skin care routine will help keep your skin in a better condition, give your skin a youthful glow, reduce the signs of ageing.  However, as we get older the products we use on our skin need to change too, I have been using the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream for a while. Recently I was introduced the Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo.

OLAY REGENERIST MICRO-SCULPTING CREAM – I have been using the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream for some time now.  It is a thick cream which quickly absorbs into the skin; I find it light and non-greasy on the face.  It smoothes down to a matt finish which I prefer as it doesn’t leave my face shiny. The cream helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by hydrating, exfoliating and smoothing the skin.  After I have cleaned my face in the evening, I use the night version of this cream, which is specially designed to repair and hydrate the skin through the night. It’s a non-greasy gel-like consistency that really softens my skin. I tiny bit of the cream goes a long way.

OLAY REGENERIST MIRACLE BOOST – Over the years I have heard about serums to help improve the look of your skin, but as my skin care routine has been very basic I haven’t tried many. Although earlier this year Olay sent me some of the Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence to add to my skin care routine.  The Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence starts the renewal of a million surface cells and helps visibly reduce fine lines, pores and firms the skin. The packaging is unique, the auto-dropper dispenser ensures you get the perfect amount to apply to the face and neck, therefore not wasting any of it. It soaks into the skin quickly leaving it to feel hydrated and smooth. It does say to use this before serum, but I don’t use fancy stuff like that.  I have been using it together with the Micro-Sculpting Cream as suggested by Olay. They say this will give the best results in radiance and wrinkle reduction.

It's important to teach the kids a good skin care routine, which they can take through to their adult years, to help achieve clear skin and prevent long-term ageing.

OLAY REGENERIST MIRACLE DUO – using the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and the Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence together this duo is proven to boost cell renewal and provide 2x more anti-ageing active penetration to reveal skin that can look up to 10 years younger.  I have been using it for a few months now and have been delighted with the result.  I can’t tell what it’s doing under my skin, but on top I can see some results, my skin feels and looks nourished and my pores have reduced, resulting in less breakouts.  I do visibly notice that my skin feels firmer, especially around my lips.

Creating a skin care routine

It’s important to ensure you purchase products for your skin type, ie oily, normal skin, dry, combination, sensitive and for your age. This is really important as if you don’t have the right product it will be ineffective on your skin. Below is the skin care routine I am teaching my kids, like I said trying to teach them the right way to achieve clear skin and prevent long-term ageing.

1. Cleanse

Cleanser removes dirt, oil and makeup.

  • its’ important to cleanse your skin twice a day
  • in the mornings to remove any toxins the skin eliminates during the night
  • in the evenings to remove make up , dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and excess oil
  • rinse away the cleanser with warm water, as too hot or too cold may irritate and damage the skin
  • if possible, dry face with a clean face cloth
  • your skin shouldn’t feel tight or dry after cleansing, if it is, try a gentler product

I find it easier to cleanse and rinse my face in the shower. Sometimes I may skip this step by using a makeup wipe instead.  For the kids, I get them to cleanse in the shower in the evenings and if they don’t shower in the mornings to use a makeup wipe to remove any oil built up overnight.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating the skin removes build-up for dirt in pores and dead skin cells. Only exfoliate once or twice a week in place of your cleansing routine.

  • helps to reduce blackheads and breakouts
  • improve uneven skin tone
  • remove make-up before your exfoliating routine
  • get into the creases of your nose and chin which are prone to develop blackheads

I also exfoliate the top of my hands to help with the ageing skin.  I make sure the kids know only to do this once or twice a week, if they do it anymore it dries out the skin too much.

3. Toner

Toner restores the skins natural pH level after cleansing, and also removes the last bit of makeup that the cleanser may not have removed.

  • hydrates and replenishes the skin after cleansing
  • reduces redness and dry patches.
  • use a cotton pad to apply to the skin
  • do not rinse off

To be honest… I don’t do this step and haven’t added it to my kids skin care routine either.

4. Pimple Cream

Pimple cream helps to achieve clear skin and reduce the signs of large red blemishes. Pimple cream needs to be applied before the moisturiser to allow it to seep into the pores.  If applied after the moisturiser it will not penetrate into the skin.

  • don’t pick pimples, not only does it make the skin look red, it will lead to scars
  • resist the urge to touch your face, you can transfer bacteria and oil from your hands to your face, which then can get trapped into the pores causing blemishes

It’s also a good idea to change pillow case covers in between sheet washes.  Pillows can collect a build up of dirt and sweat while we are sleeping, which then transfers back to your skin creating breakouts. Read more about how often you should wash your sheets here.

5. Sunscreen

The Cancer Council recommends that sunscreen be applied to clean skin underneath your make-up and before moisturiser. By applying moisturiser first, the sunscreen won’t be able to interact with the skin the way it should, therefore making it less effective.

I use sunscreen on my face on days I know I need really good sun protection, ie standing in direct sunlight at the girls weekend netball games, then apply my moisturiser over the top a few minutes later.   I use a moisturiser with sunscreen in it under my makeup on days when I am running around town and then I use my moisturiser  for the days I am at home and not needing sun protection.  

5. Treatment

Boost the penetration of anti-aging actives of your moisturiser to increase skin cell metabolism and renewal for youthful skin.

This step is just for me, not the kids. I don’t apply this over the top of sunscreen. 

6. Moisturise

This step can not be avoided. Moisturising your face twice a day will keep your skin, hydrated, smooth and soft.

  • will improve skin tone and texture
  • there are moisturisers specially designed for the eye area to prevent ageing
  • apply it all over your face, neck and chest

It’s best for the kids to use a light moisturiser that contains sunscreen.

Kids Skin Routine Charts

Kids find it hard to remember so ‘as I love a good chart’, I made a skin routine print for the kids to remind them the steps to take to look after their skin. Two out of three of my kids have eczema so it’s important they look after their full body. Available in my shop in a few variations.

Use coupon code OLAY to download this routine chart from my shop for FREE, offer valid until 26th May 2016.

It's important to teach the kids a good skin care routine, which they can take through to their adult years, to help achieve clear skin and prevent long-term ageing

For more info on the Regenerist regimen and ingredients, visithttp://olayingredients.com.au/

What top skin care tip will you teach your kids?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

It's important to teach the kids a good skin care routine, which they can take through to their adult years. I've shown them my routine to help achieve clear skin and prevent long-term ageing.

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Lisa Carroll May 3, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Regarding your skin care routine, my daughters choose Sukin, and I love Natio anti ageing products as they have no chemicals and are affordable and both Australian owned. All we do is cleanse, exfoliate 1-2 times a week, tone, then moisturise twice daily. The day cream has SPF 15 too so dont need to slather the sunscreen on over everything unless I know we’re going to be out all day!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 3, 2016 - 9:20 AM

The creams are great these days with the SPF 15 in it as I find some sunscreens can be very heavy and oily on my face!

Janet R May 3, 2016 - 9:22 AM

I’m the same Kat, I used the pink bottle for years when I was a teenager and have upgraded to the creams that are good for my wrinkles. My kids are 8 and 9 so I will be using this routine when they need it thank you.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 3, 2016 - 7:49 PM

It’s good to get it right from the start 😉

Melissa November 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Olay is quite a toxic brand. It contains a number of nasty carcinogens. I know you want the best for your kids so perhaps consider a non-toxic brand instead like 100% Pure, and loads of others that are available at Nourished Life or direct from the brand sites. I personally use the Earth Sourced line from Paula’s Choice which works beautifully for my teenage daughter too, and we also swear by organic rose hip oil.

Samantha May 5, 2016 - 8:02 PM

I use Arbonne and I will be giving it to my kids also. There is a range for every skin type and its vegan certified, botanical, pure, safe and beneficial.

Nancy May 7, 2016 - 4:00 PM

You should subscribe to The Marie Claire ‘The Parcel Ageless’ skincare subscription box Kat. Its amazing value and you get lots of different premium brand skincare products to try including full size samples. It has helped me find a lot of great skincare products to help with anti-aging.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 9, 2016 - 10:09 AM

I have considered some of those boxes, I get stuck in a rut, especially with makeup, I’m looking for something new this could be a good way to try it.

Melody May 7, 2016 - 8:04 PM

Thanks Kat, this article came at the right time for me! My daughter is 11 and starting to break out so want to get her into a good routine! I have struggled with acne everyday of my life for the last 22 years. When I was a teen my mother never discussed anything with me and we never had the money for good hygiene so only ever washed with a cheap body soap. I want to teach my daughter everything I never knew!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 9, 2016 - 10:11 AM

It’s funny the things our mums do and don’t discuss with us, each one is different. Like you we can just learn from this. That soap would have been very harsh on your skin. These products are great, my Miss 11 is using them and it’s very gentle on her skin.

Melissa November 11, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Earth Sourced cleanser and toner from Paula’s Choice works beautifully for my teenage daughter along with their regular strength hydrogen peroxide for clearing the zits. Mostly natural and VERY effective.

Vicki August 1, 2016 - 8:26 PM

Having just returned from a “whole body once-over” with a specialist Dermatologist (I originally booked to just check for sun damage on my face!), I was surprised when we were talking about facial skin care & she said,
“Forget toners. They don’t do anything. Just use a cleanser like Aveeno or Cetaphil plus an SPF 50+ oil-free sunscreen, like Neutrogena’s 50+ Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion, & a moisturiser at night (again, Aveeno or Cetaphil) is all anyone needs. And keep your face out of the sun!” She also said to, “Forget about Vitamin C serums as they do nothing topically. Better to take a Vitamin C orally. Vit A is better used on the face.” And, lastly, “Retinoids are good on the face for anti-aging but there are none available off-the-shelf or over-the-counter that work. The ones that do work are only available by prescription.”
It was an eye-opener, to say the least, for someone like me who had quite an extensive skincare regime (I used to use Paula’s Choice Resist anti-aging products, only available by mail order.) So, there you go – expensive isn’t always best. And, there you have it – from a skin specialist. Interesting.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 2, 2016 - 7:27 AM

That is really interesting thank you Vicki for sharing. I stay out of the sun as I have just fair skin and take Vitamin D was I’m low because I don’t get much sunlight. Great to know an alternative idea for a regime, I appreciate you sharing it 🙂


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