The Ultimate Skin Care Routine for Teens

Finding the right teen skin care regimen can be overwhelming. Whether you are at the grocery store, mall or surfing online, you are bombarded with acne products that claim to clear up your skin! So, where do you start? Knowing your skin type and using a daily skin care regimen that includes your essential steps is the first important step to maintaining clear skin. 

​In addition to this, you also need to be using products that are effective and contain the right strength of active ingredients. Our H&H Science Teen Line contains a complete line of solution oriented treatments exclusively for teens that are medical grade. They are stronger and more effective than anything you can find over-the-counter or online. Finding the right Acne Kit for you starts with knowing your skin type and level of sensitivity. From there, you will be able to find the perfect skin care regimen for you! 

Step 1 – What is Your Skin Type?

Before you can care for your skin and keep it healthy, you must know your type- your skin type, that is! 
How-To-Identify-Your-Skin-Type.jpgDry Skin – Dry Skin is usually dull, rough and scaly and it can be itchy. Normal Skin – Normal Skin is usually smooth and even in texture with no visible blemishes, red spots or flaky patchesCombination Skin – Combination Skin typically has an oily T-Zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry skin elsewhere. Pores are usually larger and blackheads and whiteheads are common.

Oily Skin – Oily Skin types usually have a shiny complexion that is acne-prone. Pores are larger and open and blackheads and whiteheads are common.

Step 2 – What is Your Level of Sensitivity?

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Step 3 – Find the Perfect Acne Kit for You! 

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What is Next? 

After finding the kit that is right for your skin type and level of sensitivity, it is important to know exactly what your daily skin care regimen should include, in order to fight acne or maintain clear skin. Cleansing daily is essential to removing dirt, oil and dead skin. After cleansing, a treatment, such as gentle exfoliants and acne treatments, should be used to treat pimples and all oily areas of the face. Following cleansing and treating your skin, hydration is next in line! Using an ultra-lightweight moisturizer will help maintain a healthy pH. As the last step in your regimen, it is important to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays with a  lightweight, oil free sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.

 

Why Your Skin Is Worse In The Winter

While most of us try our hardest to bundle up and protect ourselves from the cold winter air, we must also remember that the wintertime can have damaging effects on our skin and health. During the winter months, our skin is drained of its moisture, which is vital to our skin’s health. The summer glow we worked so hard to get quickly turns into a dull appearance, while the lack of hydration can also cause dryer skin and more wrinkles.

So, why might your skin be worse in the winter than it was in the summer? And what can you do to help fix these issue?

1. You are using the same cleanser on your skin that you used during the summer

While it is necessary to switch from a regular moisturizer in the summer to one that is ultra-hydrating in the winter, the same goes for your cleanser. Winter is a good time to switch to a gentle cleanser that won’t strip away your skin’s moisture. Finding a cleanser that hydrates while it cleanses is the best option for your daily regimen in the winter season.

Try: H&H Science Antioxidant Cleanser for Dry Skin or Combination Skin

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2. You are taking long, hot showers

While taking a long, hot shower after being out in the frigid air sounds appealing, it is better to keep your showers shorter in the winter. The water does not moisturize your skin. It actually strips your skin of its natural oils. 

3. You are not moisturizing enough

Hydrating your skin often and regularly during the winter months will help fight against aging. It is especially important to apply right when you first come out of the shower or bath. Moisturizer spreads easily on damp skin and it will help replenish the moisture lost during your shower.

Try: H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer

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4. You are not applying sunscreen

You have heard numerous times that it is important to wear your sunscreen year-round…but are you? Even when it is a blizzard outside, you still run the risk of sun damage on your skin. UV rays are still present on the coldest and cloudiest days of the year. Finding a sunscreen that protects and moisturizes your skin makes the perfect combination for the dry, winter months. 

Try: H&H Science Tinted Brightening BB Cream SPF 50+

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5. You are not exfoliating

The only way to get rid of dead cells is to make sure you are providing your skin with a deep cleanse. Dead skin cells can build up on the skin’s surface, providing a dull appearance. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week will help remove dry, dead skin cells, excess oils and residue to reveal healthier and younger looking skin. 

Try: H&H Science Brightening Polish

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A Guide To Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Clean makeup brushes are essential for a flawless application and cleaning them helps prolong the lives of your favorite go-to beauty tools. Not only can your makeup begin to apply unevenly, dirty brushes are also wasting product. As for it’s effects on your skin, not cleaning your makeup brushes regularly can cause bacteria, which can then lead to blemishes and breakouts. 

If you use your makeup brushes regularly, they should be washed once a week. Although this seems like a daunting chore, it is made easier by our new H&H Science Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner. With this proper cleaning, your brushes are guaranteed to last longer than ever before, while giving your skin an even and flawless look. 

Step 1: Wet your brush’s bristles under a running faucet with lukewarm water

Step 2: Use a gentle soap and lather on your makeup brush 

Step 3: Gently scrub makeup brush on Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner

Step 4: Rinse the brush by scrubbing on the Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner under running water

Step 5: Squeeze excess water from brush, reshape and lay flat on a clean surface to dry

Watch how to use our Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner here:

 

 

 

 

Fall Into Beautiful Skin

As days begin to shorten and the heat turns into crisp fall air, your skin’s hydration level may vary. In the summer, the humidity tends to increase your skin’s moisture level. As the air and wind get colder, this causes drier skin. While many are excited to bring out their fall wardrobe, including myself, it is important to also detox your skin and repair summer damage before the weather begins to change.

Summer Damage

While summertime is full of fun activities and nice weather, it also leads to a lot of harmful effects on the skin. Throughout the summer months, aside from the risks of sun damage, dehydration also comes along with the hot weather. With the hot temperatures, an increase in sweat and oil production can cause acne breakouts due to clogged pores. With prolonged sun exposure, skin discoloration, wrinkle formation and the risk of skin cancer are also side effects of exposure and damage form the sun’s rays. Not only does the weather have damaging effects on the skin, but time spent in the swimming pool and chlorine also leads to dehydration of the skin.

How To Prep For Fall

Giving your skin some love and attention before the season changes is crucial.

By increasing your intake of antioxidants, such as adding H&H Science C-Bright Serum to your skin care regimen, you are helping to prevent breakouts and dry skin as the weather gets cooler.  Switching to gentler and more hydrating skin care products is also important, as your skin needs an increase in moisture throughout the cooler months. This will also make your skin less likely to itch, crack or look red throughout the season. Lastly, facial peels help to exfoliate the dull outer layer of the skin, which can also decrease discoloration that has come along during the summer. It is pivotal to reverse superficial damage from the summer sun on the surface. Using our Youthful Skin Peel Kit can help deliver noticeable anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits, and improves the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and texture, from the comfort of your home.

How To Layer Products In Your Daily Regimen

Most of us have a plethora of skin care products that we use every day in an effort to make our skin look its best. We know we should cleanse our skin, protect it from the sun, moisturize and use certain treatments, but applying these products in any random order is not helping your skin in the long-run. Using these products in the correct order will allow you to master your daily skin care regimen and really be on the right path to the skin and complexion you are hoping for.

1. Cleanser

Whether you are beginning your morning routine, or nighttime, it is important to start with washing your face, especially with a cleanser that is right for your skin type and concerns. There is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to cleansers, so really finding that one that has the ingredients that are meant for your skin is essential.

2. Toner

Depending on the ingredients in your chosen toner, it can do a lot more than just removing leftover makeup or cleanser that didn’t rinse off. From helping to hydrate and calm sensitive skin, to delivering antioxidants and other nutrients to the skin, toners have a variety of purposes. Toners include H&H Science’s Toning, Cleansing or Treatment Pads, which are applied to the entire face, avoiding the eyes, lips and mucous membranes.

3. Treatment Creams and Serums

Applying any special treatments for your skin concerns before moisturizing is important, as some serums and creams can be drying. Such treatments depend on your individual needs. If you are concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, your product choice may include retinol, peptides and antioxidants. If you are dealing with pigmentation issues, using a brightening treatment would be the best option.

4. Moisturize

Your moisturizer should be applied after your special treatments and prior to your sunscreen. This step is essential, even if you have oily skin. There are lightweight moisturizers that are also non-comedogenic, which means that it does not clog your pores. If you suffer from dry skin, nutrient-rich creams are important to repair the skin’s barrier and lock in moisture.

5. Protect

Protecting your skin by applying sunscreen is the last step in your morning skin care regimen. Sunscreen is a must, even in the winter. Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate your skin on cloudy days, and snow can reflect the sun’s rays onto your skin. Apply a dime sized amount to the entire face, avoiding the eyes, lips and mucous membranes. Allow the sunscreen to soak in and absorb for one minute. After this last step, mineral makeup can be applied.

Don’t forget- you have 5 days to save during our August Skin and Makeup sale. It begins Tuesday, August 22nd and lasts until Saturday, August 26th!