Understand the Importance of the Right Facial Cleansing Products

It's easy to think that the right facial cleansing products for you are just a matter of price and availability. Your local drugstore or grocery cosmetics counter probably has cleansers, moisturizers, and blemish creams that work just fine, right? Maybe. But do you really know what you're putting on (or in) your body?

Let's start with the fact that skin is porous, kind of like a sponge. Even if you only pour water on the top of a sponge, the entire thing gets saturated and wet. The things you put on your skin — soap, lotion, makeup and makeup remover, hairsprays, sunscreen, and perfumes —all end up inside your body, at least a little. If you're using natural products full of clean ingredients, that's not such a big deal. But what if you're not?

  • Phthalates are used in facial cleansing products with fake fragrances. These synthetic scents may come from petrochemicals that have Read More »

Ottilie & Lulu's Gentle Spot Treatment for Breakouts and Blemishes

Breakouts are the worst. After you've chosen the perfect outfit and matched it with exactly the right shoes, then some ugly red thing decides to pop up on your face? Not good! But what can you do about it if you're about to walk out the door? What if part of you wants to stay inside where no one can see what feels like the biggest, ugliest zit in the world? The good news is that there's an effective spot treatment available, and it's free from all the gross chemicals you've been trying to avoid.

Spot treatment for blemishes can be a great thing if they work properly and if they aren't doing more harm than good. Ever try an "extra strength" cream to treat blemishes, only to end up with dry, red patches? Or worse, no results at all? Sometimes you do find a spot treatment that seems to work for you … until you discover that it's loaded with chemicals like formaldehyde or fake fragrances that are bad for - Read More »

Beauty Tips for Tweens: Start Fresh This Spring!

The tween years are tough: you're too old for “baby stuff” like toys but are too young for "grown-up stuff" like learning to drive. But when you're between the ages of eight and 12, this is the perfect time to begin grown-up habits, like folding laundry, helping with dinner, and learning proper skin care. It’s never too early to learn the steps needed for healthy bodies, skin, and hair. These beauty tips for tweens can help.

  1. Daily cleansing. Little kids tend to only get cleaned up when they play in the mud or decide to wear their dinner rather than eat it. Upon reaching your tweens, your face and neck should be washed with a gentle cleanser every morning and evening.
  2. Washing. In addition to morning and night cleansing, you may need to do a touch-up wash after playing sports, taking a nap, sweating, or using topical products like - Read More »

Pick a Teen Skin Care System You Can Trust

How do you know when it’s time to adopt a daily skin care regimen? That’s a great question. Skin can begin changing during the late tween years. By the time you reach your teens, you’ll probably find that your skin produces more oil and may need to be cleansed or exfoliated more often. Getting an early start by choosing an effective tween/teen skin care system is the surest route to a lifetime of great skin. How does that work?

  • Problem: Blemishes. As hormone levels change, breakouts can follow. You may notice blackheads, pimples, or even acne popping up when you least expect it. Breakouts may increase if you’re stressed out or about to have your period.
  • Solution: Regular use of a great teen skin care system. Finding a safe, natural product that can clean your skin without harsh chemicals is key. Using a Read More »

Why Other Teen Skin Care Brands Can’t Compete with Ottilie & Lulu

If you haven't chosen from new teen skin care brands in a while, you might find yourself overwhelmed by all the choices. Once you know what to look for though, the best products for you and your family will become clearer.

Take these five areas of consideration, for example:

  1. Skin care brands should be made by a company that specializes in what's best for skin. Your skin isn't a countertop, bathtub, or floor. It's a delicate, sensitive organ that's vital to your body's overall well-being. Do you really want to trust a part of you to a company that also makes toilet cleaner or dish soap? Where is the focus and expertise?
  2. No recalls. One company that shall remain nameless had a voluntary recall on a baby product late last year. That's pretty scary. We think any company that makes products for babies should be extremely careful. A company that - Read More »

Have You Found the Best Everyday Cleanser for Your Teen’s Face Yet?

How can you choose the best everyday cleanser for your teen's face? They all look so nice—beautiful packaging with fun colors and happy, smiling faces sharing their joy at super clean skin. It can be easy to forget that what's inside the pretty packaging is the most important part. Obviously, you want an effective cleanser that's gentle enough to use several times a day without making skin dry or flaky. You also want to ensure that it's made of quality ingredients.

We can agree that the best everyday cleanser is one that works well without drying and isn't full of harmful ingredients. Wait, harmful ingredients? The sad truth is that some cleansing product companies use harsh chemicals to give their products a longer shelf life or so they'll be cheaper to produce. What should you avoid?

  • Parabens. Parabens are preservatives added to cosmetics, allowing them to maintain - Read More »

Face Wipes Are the Foundation of Any Good Teenage Acne Treatment

When you're a teenager, so much self-worth can be tied to personal appearance. That's one reason teenage acne treatment is a big deal. No matter what you're into, everyone wants to look their best while doing it. Whether your favorite after-school activity is sports practice, band rehearsal, theatre, student government, or just hanging out with friends, acne can be a total drag. It's not possible to completely avoid dirt, oils, germs, or bacteria. But you can start a good face cleansing regimen that includes a two-step teenage acne treatment that will keep working even when you're doing other things. How does that work?

  • Begin with good cleansing habits. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning, at night, and after sports or activities that cause a lot of sweat.
  • Next, carry a pack of portable - Read More »

Tween Skin Care Advice: Stop Touching Your Face!

In any given day, you touch communal surfaces at least three times an hour. These can include a table or desk used by multiple people, a bathroom door, or even a shared keyboard, laptop, tablet, or phone. You also touch your face, ears, nose, or mouth at least that often. You may wonder, what’s wrong with touching your own mouth? Nothing, unless you’re trying to avoid the kind of germs and bacteria that cause breakouts. If you’re trying to get rid of acne and reduce breakouts, the best tween skin care advice we can give is to stop touching your face!

Sure, you probably wash your hands whenever you use the restroom or before making yourself a sandwich. Even if you wash your hands a lot, you can’t possibly wash them every time you use your phone, touch a doorknob, or tie your shoes. Even hands that appear clean harbor dirt and germs invisible to the naked eye. Take this tween skin care - Read More »

Prevent Acne Scars with Our Gel Cleanser

Acne is one of the most common conditions in America today, and can be caused by several factors including diet, heredity, stress, hormones, and even one’s menstrual cycle. In the early stages, acne appears as red blemishes or bumps on the skin. Acne may also show up as blackheads or whiteheads. If severe or left untreated, acne can result in permanent acne scars.  

Good News and Bad News

Nobody likes acne, and for good reason. It’s uncomfortable, it doesn’t look very nice, and if you have it, it can even impact self-esteem. So what’s the good news? The American Academy of Dermatology tells us that early diagnosis and treatment of acne is the best way to prevent acne scars. By also getting into several daily habits, you can help prevent acne scars before they happen.

  • What are the best ways to prevent and treat acne? - Read More »

Feeling Dry This Winter? Try a Natural Moisturizer for Girls

A tween girl’s got so much on her mind: school, sports, music, hobbies, and books. She only has so much time to develop healthy habits she can keep for a lifetime. That’s why we want to give her building blocks for success now: plenty of self-esteem, an outstanding education, and the right tools for healthy skin—including a natural moisturizer for girls.

Skin changes as a child grows, and the needs of skin also change with the seasons. Twice-daily cleansing and morning moisturizing are both vital parts of healthy skin care. By starting the tween in your life with a natural moisturizer for girls, you set her feet on the path to good skin care habits that last for years.

If your tween doesn’t moisturize regularly, she may have to deal with some or all of the following side effects:

Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin: A Useful Product for Every Makeup Bag

“Do I really need sunscreen?” is a question people ask a lot. It can be difficult to see the damage the sun does to skin over time. Some teens may even take their youthful skin for granted and avoid wearing sunscreen because it feels heavy or causes breakouts. If you’re dealing with this, maybe it’s time to try a new sunscreen for sensitive skin like yours.

Even if you don’t feel like thinking about it, sunscreen is a vital part of your skin care regimen. While drinking water and regularly using the right cleanser helps, only sunscreen can save your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation tells us that 90% of visible changes in skin occur as a result of sun exposure. Protection from UVA and UVB rays is therefore essential to maintaining healthy and young-looking skin. - Read More »

Skin Care for Teens Is as Easy as 1-2-3

Your teenage years can be tough on the skin. Stress, a poor diet, changing hormones, and a lack of sleep can all lead to blemishes, dry patches, blackheads, and pimples. Skin care for teens doesn’t have to be complicated. However, to be effective, it does have to be a habit, one you remember to do every day.

A twice-daily skin care regimen is easy to get into and maintain in just three simple steps:

  1. Cleansing. Skin care for teens starts with cleansing the skin twice a day. A small amount of mild cleanser is ideal. We love the Morning and Night Gel Cleanser for this, since it’s formulated for all skin types and features a soothing mandarin sandalwood scent. Use with warm water (not hot) on a clean washcloth or with clean - Read More »

The Hormonal Acne Treatment Every Teen Needs

Acne is the worst. Whether you’re dealing with it yourself or watching a friend or teen suffer through it, it can be frustrating and upsetting. If you have it, you probably get tons of unsolicited advice on how to deal with it. People may recommend expensive skin doctors or aestheticians you don’t need or can’t afford. You may even get tips on home remedies you can concoct—and for all their effectiveness, you might as well be pulling solutions out of a hat. The good news is there is hormonal acne treatment that’s readily available and affordable. Better still, it’s made of natural ingredients and never tested on animals.

That said, hormonal acne treatment involves more than just the right products. Consider the following:

  • Skin should be washed with a gentle cleanser twice a day, and again after activities like sports, - Read More »

Is a Natural Skin Care Regimen Right for Your Daughter?

Most of us think of the skin, AKA the integumentary system, as a kind of barrier. That makes sense because part of our skin’s job is to protect muscles, tendons, joints, and organs. However, because skin is porous, it absorbs many of the chemicals we use on it. Whether we’re talking about fragrances in soaps, chemicals in lotions, deodorants, perfumes, moisturizers, or makeup, it all leaves traces of itself on our skin. When we think in those terms, natural skin care is of vital importance not just to our skin, but to our overall health.

Clean Living, Inside and Out

As a parent, you’re probably careful about what your daughter eats and drinks. No doubt you want her to abstain from smoking, excessive sugar, greasy fast food, or anything worse. Insisting on clean, natural products shouldn’t end with food and drink, though. A natural skin care regimen can - Read More »

Teen Skin Care Tips to Keep You Fresh for the New Year

As anyone who has been there knows, your teenage years can be very tough on skin. Once puberty begins, skin that was once smooth and flawless becomes oily in places and dry in others. Pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads—they all seem to come out of nowhere. What teens may not know is that learning teen skin care tips now can set them up for a lifetime of gorgeous skin. Imagine having the clean, soft, fresh skin you want every day.

What are the secrets to achieving beautiful skin? They’re not really secrets at all; they’re these practical tips:

  • Hydration. Nothing is more important to your body than drinking enough water. We already know that drinking plenty of water does wonders for hair, skin, and nails. Did you know it also improves concentration, mood, and even brain function?
  • Moisturizing. Even when you drink enough water, the - Read More »

Perfect Last Minute Tween Gifts for the Holidays From Ottilie and Lulu

With the stress of the holidays upon us, the challenge of choosing just the right gift may be occupying your mind. Some people are easy to shop for since they make their likes and dislikes known online every single day. Kids, however? It can be hard to know what today’s kids are into, what’s cool, and what tween gifts they might find truly useful.

What about music? Tweens love music. Then you realize you have no idea what kind of music appeals to your favorite teen or tween. This is also true of movies and even books. Gift cards are nice, but not very personal. Kids are unlikely to think of you whenever they use these, because usually they’re just redeemed once.

However, selecting just the right teen or tween gifts doesn’t have to be so - Read More »

Avoid These Ingredients in Tween Body Wash Products

Parents and other caregivers already know how tough it can be to find body care products that kids love. So often, what tweens want to eat, wear, own, or use may seem unhealthy and potentially cause side effects. For example, did you know many tween body wash products are loaded with fake fragrances, harsh chemicals, sulfides, artificial colors, or even alcohol? The experts at Ottilie & Lulu weigh in on avoiding these harmful ingredients.

Caring for Skin, the Largest Body Organ

The tween years are vital in terms of self-care and developing good grooming habits to last a lifetime. Caring for skin is every bit as important to health as maintaining a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and drinking enough water. Since products can be absorbed through the skin—our largest organ—what we put on our body is every bit as important as what we put in it.

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4 Travel-Ready Skincare Products for Tweens

If you’re a parent, you already know that vacationing with the kids sometimes doesn’t feel like a vacation at all. The planning, unwieldy luggage, travel time, airport lines, and driving can make you feel more stressed than you do at home. It doesn’t help that the kids want to bring their entire room with them every time.

When it comes to skincare products for tweens though, using travel-ready containers is a snap when you choose Ottilie & Lulu. Our containers are suitable for either carry-on or checked-in luggage (varies by size) and airport travel regulations, and they won’t pop open or spill. Not sure what kind of skincare products for tweens you’ll need?

  1. Our Morning & Night Gel Cleanser covers daytime and nighttime cleansing in one compact, 4-ounce container. A little goes a long way and keeps youthful skin clean, - Read More »

Great Tween Gifts: Stocking Stuffers and More

Holiday gift giving can be stressful, especially if you need a gift for a tween you don’t see very often. You might not know their taste in movies, books, or music. Maybe you want to give something useful and more personalized than a gift card—some great tween gifts that show them you care.

Here’s an idea: For better or worse, many teens stress over their appearance. Why not help them build confidence with a selection of great-smelling, natural skin care products that will fill them with confidence?

Teach Healthy Habits from an Early Age

Developing effective skincare habits can take time. A gentle, natural cleansing scrub used morning and night is a fine first step. If that cleanser also smells wonderful and leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, and soft, so much the better.

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Tween Natural Beauty: Secrets from the French

It’s often said that no one understands beauty quite like the French. Whether the beauty is found in artwork, architecture, fashion, or simply looking their natural best, the French have it covered. Wouldn’t you love to know their secrets, especially for great skin?

Like most things, it starts with diligent self-care. Taking care of your skin from an early age is the best way to keep skin fresh, healthy, and full of elasticity. That’s why tween natural beauty products are so important. Helping the tween boy or girl in your life develop good habits now is a gift that will stay with them for years to come.

What does tween natural beauty, French style, look like? It’s a simple and bare-bones process that draws attention to your natural beauty instead of relying - Read More »

4 Reasons to Buy Your Son Tween Face Wipes

Many parents assume beauty and skin care products are reserved for girls. While it’s true that girls may be more aware of their appearance than their male counterparts, effective skin care is just as important to boys as it is to anyone.

So while you might not feel comfortable buying your son a whole arsenal of moisturizers, cleansers and acne medications right off the bat, you should arm him with at least the bare minimum of skin care products. Our recommendation? That’d be a pack of tween face wipes—one of the most useful tools for skin a young boy can have. These simple yet powerful tools:

  1.   Make cleaning the face easy. Boys might not - Read More »

4 Signs Your Teen Skin Care Products Aren’t Working

Not all teen skin care products are created equally. Many of them are downright ineffective, and some may even make existing skin problems like acne, dryness and redness worse! As teen skin is already highly sensitive and susceptible to damage, it's extremely important that you not only commit to a regular skin care routine, but that you're armed with the right products for that routine as well.

So ask yourself: Are your teen skin care products doing their job? Are they giving you the absolute best skin possible? Here are four signs they're probably not the best choice:

  1. You have continuing acne.Acne is common for teens, but if you have a regular skin care regimen and are using the right products, pimples and blackheads should be minimal. If your acne is prevalent or getting worse, it may be time to switch up your products.
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Teen Sun Protection: Why It’s Needed Even in the Fall

It’s a common assumption that sun protection is only important in the summer, when the weather’s hot and we’re all spending time by the pool, at the beach and down at the local amusement park. While it’s true that the summer is definitely an important time to ward off the sun’s harmful rays, that’s not the only time of year sun protection is important—especially if you’re a young tween or teen.

You see, teen sun protection should be a vital concern for all parents and youth year-round—no matter what season it is on the calendar. Here’s why:

  • The sun is out all times of year. It doesn’t matter what month it is or whether it’s cloudy or clear, the sun can and will always do damage. - Read More »

Hack Your Halloween with 6 Tween Beauty Tips

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to start perfecting those costumes. What will you go as? A witch? A ghost? Something funny and pop-culture related? Whatever it is, the way your face and skin look will likely play a big role in your costume’s success.

Want to make sure your costume goes off without a hitch? Here are some tween beauty tips that can help:

1.      Moisturize your skin leading up to the big day. Make moisturizing a priority over the days and weeks leading up to Oct. 31. Having moist, supple skin will help your costume makeup stay on better without drying or flaking.

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Where Skin Care for Girls Goes Wrong

When it comes to skin care for girls, there’s a lot of info out there. Some of it is accurate and helpful, while some of it just points young tweens and teens in the completely wrong direction, causing them more acne, redness and embarrassment.

To ensure your daughter has the healthiest skin possible, make sure she’s getting accurate advice. Here’s where most young girls go wrong with their skin care:

  • They don’t have the right tools—Most young girls use off-the-shelf products in their daily routines. While these may be cheap, they’re also harsh and full of chemicals that can harm their sensitive skin and possibly even disrupt their endocrine systems. Young girls need skin products specially formulated for their age—ones designed with teens like them in mind. - Read More »

Ottilie & Lulu Tween Beauty Products to Make Your Selfies Gorgeous

We’re all striving for that perfect selfie—the one that gets hundreds of likes, comments and reactions from friends and classmates. But actually getting that perfect pic? That’s another story. Sure, you can use filters and apps to change the lighting and look, but wouldn’t it be great if you could get that amazing snap right off the bat—with just your natural look?

Here at Ottilie & Lulu, that’s what we want to help you do! We’ve developed an entire line of tween beauty products designed to bring out the very best, most beautiful, natural you. They improve your skin, smell wonderful, and give you that stunning selfie glow you’ve been looking for.

Want to perfect your selfies? Try some of these products from Ottilie & Lulu now:

Preteen Healthy Skin Tips for Both Boys and Girls

Great skin isn't just for girls. While they may not wear makeup or seem as conscious of their looks as their feminine counterparts, boys want clean, clear and acne-free skin, too! And fortunately, that's well within reach.

With a little consistency and these preteen healthy skin tips, your child can have beautiful skin no matter what their gender:

  • Make wipes your friend. Because of a preteen's ever-changing hormones, oil builds up easily on the face—particularly around the T-zone. To keep this from clogging pores and causing acne, boys and girls should use facial wipes to clean off the forehead, nose and chin area throughout the day.
  • Don't pick or poke at acne. As hard as it can be, encourage your child not to pick at their acne. Most of the time, this will only aggravate the area, causing more redness and making the area more noticeable. It can even - Read More »

Tween Healthy Skin Tips from the Experts

Every tween wants healthy skin—skin free of acne, blemishes and red spots. But getting that healthy skin? Well, that's a different story. Thanks to poor diets, ever-changing hormones and a whole slew of environmental factors, tween skin is particularly difficult to care for and keep beautiful.

Fortunately, we're here to help. Our experts have gathered their very best tween healthy skin tips for you. Start using them in your daily life and see the difference!

  • Use specially formulated products. Don't just grab any off-the-shelf cleansers or acne products. Tween skin is very sensitive, and because of this, traditional skin products will only dry it out and make problems worse. Use only tween-friendly products that are natural and specially formulated.
  • Develop a routine—and stick to it. Consistency is the key to healthy tween skin, so create a routine - Read More »

3 Tween Summer Beauty Essentials You Can Use all Year

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you need to spend a pretty penny replacing all your daughter’s skin and beauty products. While many products do have summer-specific uses, a good number of tween summer beauty essentials can actually be used year-round to give your girl great, glowing skin even when school is back in session.

Here are three of our favorite multipurpose products she’ll love:

1.      Clean skin wipes—While these come in super handy when sweating under the summer sun, since tween skin is naturally oily, tackling shiny, greasy skin isn’t a summer-only problem. These wipes can fit easily into your daughter’s backpack or purse, allowing her to clean greasy spots throughout the day - Read More »

Teen Face Essentials: Our Best Products for Back to School

Your skin is your best asset. It’s what people see first when they meet you, and it plays a big role in the first impression you make. Do you want yours red, splotchy or covered in acne when you head back to school this month? Or do you want a clean, clear and fresh face to greet your friends and teachers with?

If you said the latter, Ottilie & Lulu can help. Our teen face essentials are designed specifically for skin like yours—teen skin that’s sensitive and affected by ever-changing hormones. Here are a few products that can give you the best possible skin for the new school year:

How to Avoid Pimples for the New School Year

Back-to-school is here, and we all want to look our best. While buying some new outfits at the mall is certainly a great start, clothes aren’t the only thing we need to worry about. After all, no cute top or pair of kicks is going to hide pimples or bad skin. Those are obvious no matter what you wear, how much makeup you apply or how your hair is cut.

To make sure you’re looking your best regardless of what you’re wearing this school year, then use these tips. Learn how to avoid pimples now—before it’s too late:

  • Wash your face often. Cleanse your face at least twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. The morning wash clears away sweat from when you slept, and the evening wash gets rid of all the makeup, dirt and grime built up over the course of the day. Both of these washes are crucial to keeping your pores clean and clear of buildup& - Read More »

Sun Protection for Tweens: Are Non-Nano Sunscreens Better?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about “non-nano” sunscreens. Many costly sunscreen brands have been touting their non-nano formulas, trying to promote them as better, healthier or somehow of higher quality than brands that use zinc oxide nanoparticles when, in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Nano vs. Non-Nano Sunscreens

While non-nano sunscreens are inherently different from ones that contain zinc oxide nanoparticles, they are no better by any means. In fact, they actually may be less effective—especially when it comes to sun protection for tweens.

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Beauty Naturals for Girls: Frequently Asked Questions

Ottilie & Lulu products are billed as “beauty naturals for girls,” and often, that’s a little confusing for parents and tweens. We get questions like: What exactly does that mean? How is that different from what other brands offer? Why should it matter to me and my daughter?

If you’re confused about what natural beauty products are or why they’re best for your child, we’re here to help. We’ve gathered up some of our most frequently asked questions and their answers here. Study up, and see why naturals are the way to go!

  • Why does using a “natural” product matter?
    Answer: Tweens have particularly sensitive skin. Their hormones are constantly changing, and using off-the-shelf products made with chemicals and additives can throw tween hormones out of balance. Not only can this Read More »

2016 Summer Beauty Tips for Tweens

Summer is now in full force. The weather’s hot, the sun is shining, and school’s out for several months. It’s a beautiful time!

But as beautiful as the summer can be, it can also wreak havoc on tween skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for the summer struggle. With our summer beauty tips for tweens, you can look beautiful no matter what the temperature or weather. Start using them today!

  • Wear sunscreen daily—even under makeup. Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or just walking from your house to a friend’s, any amount of sun exposure can damage your skin and leave you looking ruddy. Make sure to wear sunscreen every day in the summer months, and if you wear makeup, put a thin layer below your foundation or choose a product with built-in SPF protection.
  • Wipe down the sweat. Get some facial wipes, and be - Read More »

Award-Winning Tween Facial Cleansing Products that Work and Smell Great

When it comes to tween facial cleansing products, off-the-shelf options just don’t cut it. Mostly designed for adults, they’re not formulated for the sensitive, unique needs of tween skin, and they don’t really deliver as promised. To top it off, they may be costly, smell medicinal and even damage tween skin in the long run.

Fortunately, other options exist, including Ottilie & Lulu’s line designed specifically for tweens and teens. Available only online, these cleansing products stand out from all those off-the-shelf, drugstore options because:

  • They’re award-winning—Ottilie & Lulu tween facial cleansing products have earned the Parent Tested Parent Approved seal of approval, meaning they’ve been tested and tried by real-life parents across the country. PTPA seals are only awarded to products that are deemed high-quality and effective for - Read More »

How Everyday Sunscreen for Tweens Gives You Beautiful Selfies

Whether you're Snapchatting, Instagramming or posting to Facebook, one thing's for certain: You're doing it with a selfie. And though loading on the makeup or using those Facetune apps and filters can certainly help, when you're trying to craft the perfect selfie, there's nothing quite like the natural light of the great outdoors.

But the outdoors also come with the hot, harmful sun, and sweat, sunburns and redeye certainly aren't the markers of a top-notch selfie. So what can you do? That's simple: use our everyday sunscreen for tweens. It can:

  • Protect you from burns and sun damage. With our sunscreen on your side, you can keep sunburns away—for good. That means no awful redness, no peeling and no unsightly blistering in your next photo. Just beautiful, clean and clear skin!
  • Keep sunspots and freckles at bay. Even if you don't burn easily, the sun - Read More »

Rain or Shine: 4 Sun Safety Tips for Tweens

As we head into summer, it's time to brush up on sun safety—especially if you have tweens or teens in the house. Tween skin is particularly susceptible to sun damage, and if you're not careful, too many hours in the sun can cause lifelong damage to your son or daughter's skin.

Want to help them protect their skin today and for the future? Drive home these four important sun safety tips for tweens now:

  • Choose the right sunscreen. Not all sunscreens are created equal. If you really want your child protected, make sure you purchase sun products that protect from both UVA and UVB rays, as these can both cause immense damage to the skin. Also, make sure you buy a good brand with at least an SPF of 20. The best sunscreens will feature zinc oxide as the active ingredient.
  • Apply and reapply. For true sun protection, sunscreen needs to be applied daily - Read More »

Are Your Tween Skin Care Cleansers Toxic?

Just because a skin product is on the shelf for sale doesn't mean it's safe--especially not for teens and tweens. You see, youthful skin is simply more sensitive than the skin of adults. It's more prone to acne, redness, swelling and sun damage, and off-the-shelf products can often exacerbate these issues and cause problems rather than solve them.

In fact, many off-the-shelf tween skin care cleansers also affect a teen's endocrine system--impacting their hormones and causing lifelong problems with fertility.

Do you know what's in your child's tween skin care cleansers? Are they toxic, causing issues with their skin and overall health? Here are some red flags they may be:

  • They're full of questionable ingredients. Do the ingredients include dyes, formaldehyde, polyethylene glycol, alcohol, phthalates, sulfates, - Read More »

Tween Hair and Body Care Routines to Begin This Summer

If you're a young tween or teen, the summer is a great time to perfect your skin, hair and body care routine. It gives you three months to find the right products, techniques and methods that fit your personal style and schedule, so by the time August comes around, you'll have that healthy, glowing and acne-free look you want.

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3 Skin Care Beauty Tips Tweens Need to Get Beach Ready

School is finally out, and summer is here! You know what that means? It’s beach time—time to laze away the days with friends, soaking in the sun’s rays, swimming and splashing in the water. Are you ready for it? More importantly, is your skin ready for it?

Tween skin is super sensitive, so it’s important to prepare it for the damaging heat and sun of summer. Otherwise, you could be left with burns, flakiness, freckles or acne by the time August rolls around!

If you’re planning on some serious beach time this summer, here are three skin care beauty tips tweens like you should know before hitting the sand!

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Get Summer Ready with Sun Protection for Tweens

Summer break is here. It's the time for vacations, trips to the beach and days spent lounging with friends. But it's also a time for serious sun damage-damage that can lead to health problems and even skin cancer later on down the line. Our sun protection for tweens can help!

This is especially true for young tweens and teens. In fact, a large percentage of all sun damage is done before the age of 17. How scary is that?

Unless redness, blistered skin, sunspots-or even worse-a bout of melanoma are on your to-do list for the summer, it's time to get serious about sun protection. For tweens, this means:

  • Applying a zinc oxide sunscreen every single day. That means putting it on under your makeup every morning, no matter how much sun exposure is expected during the day.

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5 Quick and Easy Preteen Healthy Skin Tips

When it comes to skin care, tweens don't have the time or the patience to do much. They want clear skin, sure, but they don't want to invest hours of time each morning just to get it. They want a method that's quick, easy, and effective.

If this sounds like you, you're in luck. At Ottilie & Lulu, we're experts in tween skin, so we have just the fast, easy and simple preteen healthy skin tips you need to get glowing skin without too much work:

  1. Use a dual moisturizer/sunscreen. Who has time to apply both sunscreen and moisturizer to their skin? Combine the two by using a moisturizer and sun protection product all in one. It will safeguard your skin outdoors, indoors and all day long.

  2. Invest in face wipes. In a rush in the mornings? If you don't have time for a full face wash, throw some Read More »

Avoid Skincare Products for Tweens Containing These Ingredients

We always tell parents to avoid buying "harsh" skin care products or products with "unnatural chemicals" in them for their tweens and teens. But what exactly do we mean by these terms? Which ingredients should you be wary of when shopping for skincare products for tweens in your household? We want to delve into that today.

Here are the biggest must-avoid ingredients you should be on the lookout for:

  • Benzoyl peroxide--Especially bad for acne, this ingredient causes redness, inflammation and dry, flaky skin.

  • Salicylic acid--Another chemical that will dry out the skin, salicylic acid can make the face more prone to allergies, irritation, inflammation and acne. It can also thin out the skin - Read More »

Beautiful Tween Skin Isn’t Just Genetic

Ever heard people say someone has "good genes" when talking about their fabulous hair, physique or other awe-worthy physical attribute? While genetics certainly predispose us to certain advantages or disadvantages, when it comes to our looks, they're definitely not the biggest determining factor. This is especially true when it comes to the skin.

Sure, a girl might have beautiful tween skin just like her mother had, but another could have equally beautiful skin just from using the right products, caring for her skin and following an effective daily regimen. And that's regardless of her genetic makeup.

If you want to have great tween skin no matter what your family history, just include these easy steps in your everyday life:

  1. Wash morning and night. This is simple but effective. Make sure to wash your face after waking up in the - Read More »

Prepare for Prom with Teen Sun Protection

Prom pictures last a lifetime. You'll show them to your kids and grandkids, they'll hang in your college dorm room, and they'll be part of your Facebook or Instagram pages for ages. Unfortunately, failing to take care of your skin leading up to prom can ruin these precious photos, leaving you with ruddy skin, burns, blisters and loads of freckles and sunspots.

The truth is, if you want the best prom pictures possible, you need to heed these three teen sun protection rules long before the big day rolls around:

  1. Wear sunscreen daily. No matter where you're going or what you're doing, you need to wear sunscreen at all times. Put it on every morning before you head out the door-whether you're spending the day in school or out by the beach. It sounds like a hassle, but it doesn't have to be. Choose multi-functional products like moisturizers or - Read More »

4 Crucial Sun Safety Tips for Tweens

A large portion of sun damage is done before your child exits their teens. And you know what that means? All that time they spend by the pool, playing sports or sunbathing at the beach will have a big impact on the health of their skin and their chances of skin cancer later on in life. If you want to be sure your tween is primed for a long, healthy and cancer-free life, it's important to teach them about effective sun protection.

Specifically, make sure they heed these four vital sun safety tips for tweens every day-no matter what:

  1. Apply sunscreen no matter the weather. It doesn't matter if it's raining, cloudy, snowing or hailing; if it's daytime, the sun's rays are out in some form or fashion. Your tween should apply a layer of sunscreen before going outdoors, and when wearing makeup, sunscreen should be applied under their foundation. For - Read More »

Boys Need a Tween Skin Care System Too

When it comes to tween and teen skin care, we tend to think only of girls. Sure, they may be more concerned about it than their male counterparts (they don't want anyone to see that acne!), but never forget: Our sons need a solid tween skin care system, too. They're going through the same hormonal changes, and they're subject to the same peer pressures and wavering self-confidence, too.

If we want to help our sons be as successful and healthy as possible, then giving them a good tween skin care system is an excellent place to start. It doesn't have to be heavy-duty or entail lots of time-consuming steps. Just a few products a day, and they'll have the foundation they need for lifelong healthy skin and booming self-confidence.

Here's what we recommend for a tween boy's daily skin care regimen:

  1. Wash the face every morning--Put Ottilie & - Read More »

5 Tween Face Essentials Your Daughter Will Love

You might think buying your daughter "tween products" is unnecessary. After all, you love the facial products you use, and you spend good money on them. Why can't your daughter just use those, too? The president of Ottilie & Lulu, Deborah Hernan, explains: "Beauty companies formulate their products for adult women. But what mothers and girls are unaware of is that adult formulations can be harmful to young girls' endocrine systems."

It's true, too. A recent study by UC Berkeley showed that teen girls saw a significant drop in chemical exposure (up to 45%) just three days after discontinuing adult products. Imagine the impact that could have on a tween's body over months or even years! That's why we at Ottilie & Lulu make specially formulated tween face essentials just for your daughter's age group - Read More »


Whomyouknow.com by Peachy Deegan featured March 30, 2016.



Prep for Summer Camp with 4 Essential Teen Skin Care Products

It might still be chilly out, but summer isn't that far away, and before you know it, you'll be stocking up on supplies, packing your bags and heading off to summer camp to make new friends. And while items like sleeping bags, swimsuits and sneakers are certainly important to remember, make sure you don't neglect your health, too-particularly your skin health. The sun, wind and other seasonal elements can be pretty rough on teen skin. And if you want to avoid acne, breakouts, redness and sunburns, proper preparation is key.

Want your skin to be clean and clear all summer long? Make sure you pack these four teen skin care products:

  1. Sunscreen-Sunscreen is vital. Not only does it prevent unsightly sunburns and sunspots, it also protects your skin from harsh UVA and UVB rays-which could cause permanent damage and even cancer over time. Be sure your - Read More »

How Adult Makeup Can Harm Tween Skin

Teens and tweens can often be tempted to use adult products. After all, it makes them feel older, more mature-cooler even. It may also be available in their house or at a local store, so it's easily accessible and cheap. But in reality, adult makeup-and even just adult skincare products-can do serious harm to tween skin.

Don't believe us? Adult products can actually:

  • Clog pores. Adult makeup isn't designed for uber-sensitive tween skin. Over time (and especially if it's not washed off properly every night), it can build up and block the pores, causing acne, breakouts, blackheads and more. No tween wants that!

  • Irritate existing acne. For tweens with existing acne, adult makeup or skincare products can be a real problem. The harsh chemicals can irritate their blemishes, making the skin around - Read More »

Minimize Allergic Reactions with Naturals for Tweens

Tween skin is extremely sensitive, and just about anything can set it off. Pollen and weeds, foods and beverages, and especially chemicals and additives in skin products can all leave tweens red, puffy and itchy and reaching for that lotion bottle for relief.

Fortunately, allergic reactions like these can be minimized with one easy step: use only natural products on the skin. By using naturals for tweens, you:

  • Limit your tween's exposure to harsh chemicals. Most off-the-shelf facial products, including cleansers, moisturizers and even makeup, are full of chemicals and harsh additives that don't occur in nature. Not only are these potentially toxic over the long term, but they can throw off the delicate pH balance of tween skin, leading to reactions that include redness, drying and peeling. - Read More »

Healthiest Skincare Products for Teens

When you're a teen, regular, off-the-shelf skincare products just won't cut it. They're too harsh, can cause redness, and can even cause more acne than they prevent. The truth is, skincare products for teens need to be carefully considered. They should be chosen with care, forethought and research-especially if you want clean, clear and healthy skin moving forward.

Want the best skin you can have? Then make sure you choose skincare products for teens that:

  • Use natural, gentle ingredients. Harsh chemicals and additives are a no-no when it comes to teen skin. They strip away the skin's oil, drying it out and cause redness, flakiness and other unsightly blemishes. They can also irritate acne and make it even more noticeable.

  • Are specially formulated. When you get down to it, teen skin - Read More »

3 Simple Habits for Beautiful Preteen Skin

Having clean, clear and beautiful preteen skin isn't as hard as you think. No, it won't just happen on its own, but it doesn't take a whole lot of work either. All you need are some quality products, a few minutes a day and a good memory (so you can stay consistent with your routine), and great skin will surely follow.

For beautiful preteen skin, just develop these three simple habits:

  1. Wash every morning and night-no matter what. Even if you're rushing in the morning or you're dead tired at night, always take a few minutes to thoroughly wash and dry your face. If necessary, take your face wash into the shower with you and do it there. If you're really strapped for time, grab some on-the-go wipes and cleanse your face on the bus. Just do it!

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Top 4 Tween Skin Care Products to Stock up on for Summer Camp

Heading off to summer camp is a memorable event in a child's life. It's the first time they're away from home, they get to meet many new friends, and they have experiences they don't get in their normal, day-to-day lives. However, although camp is lots of fun, it can still wreak havoc on a tween's skin. All that time outdoors with constant sun exposure, allergens, bugs and other nuisances can pose problems.

Fortunately, it's possible to protect your child from the elements-even when they're far away from home. So before you send them off to camp this year, be sure to stock up on these must-have tween skin care products first:

  1. An effective sunscreen. This one's key. Since a large amount of sun damage occurs before the age of 18, it's crucial for your child to protect their skin from UV radiation at every turn. This means applying sunscreen every - Read More »

4 Qualities to Look for in Tween Skin Care Products

Tween skin care products aren't like other facial products--or at least they shouldn't be. Though both young and old should take care to wash, moisturize and protect their skin on a daily basis, the truth is, the same routine and same products just don't work for everyone. This is particularly true for tweens, whose skin is subject to ever-changing hormones, questionable dietary habits and all kinds of stress-both school-related and social.

In order to best fight these influencers (and give our sons and daughters clean, clear skin they can be confident in), tween skin care products need to be chosen carefully with the distinct needs of their young, still-growing skin in mind.

To arm your tweens with the right products for their specific skin, here's what to look for:

  1. No harsh chemicals--Though you might use harsh astringents - Read More »

Tween Skin Care: Moisturizer Tips for Dewy, Glowing Skin

Simply using moisturizer isn't enough to have smooth, glowing skin. When you're a growing tween, skin care can become more complicated. Raging hormones, school stressors and poor eating habits can wreak havoc on your skin, causing breakouts, redness and other unsightly blemishes. The secret lies in using your moisturizer correctly.

You see, when it comes to tween skin care, moisturizer is key. It can help balance the skin's pH levels, ward off dryness and redness, and give you the smooth, dewy skin you should have when you are young.

Not sure how to use your moisturizer to get the best skin possible? Just follow these simple tips:

  • Use your moisturizer every morning. In order to work its magic, you need to use your moisturizer consistently. That means applying it every morning-no matter what. If you wear makeup, you should put - Read More »

Great Tween Gifts for Building Healthy Habits in 2016

Clothes, perfume and shoes are fun presents for tween girls, but wouldn't you rather give a gift that matters - one that helps them be stronger, healthier, better people? If so, we've got the list for you. We've gathered up some great tween gifts that young girls will not only enjoy - but one that will improve their lives as well.

Take a look at this meaningful list now, and give the tween in your life something that matters this holiday season:

  • A bike, rollerblades, skateboard, scooter or other mode of transportation - Few tweens want to hit the gym or go for a run, yet they still need physical activity - probably even more so than us adults! Help them get their daily physical activity in by giving them a fun, interactive mode of transportation. The best part? You won't have to drive them all around town anymore

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New Year’s Resolution: Banish Acne with a Teen Skin Care Routine

Looking for a New Year's resolution that will really change your life? We've got a good one. Vow to banish acne!

It might seem like an impossible feat - especially for a teen with constantly changing hormones, stress, anxiety and a not-so-great diet. Fortunately, it's not that far out of reach. In fact, with the right teen skin care routine, an acne-free face is actually just around the corner!

Want to make fighting acne your New Year's resolution? Here's how you can do it:

  • Commit to washing two times a day. Washing once in the shower isn't good enough. To truly banish acne, teens need to wash both when they get up - to wash away the sweat and grease from the night before - and before bed, to clean off the makeup and other debris that has built up over the day.

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Avoid Drying and Itching: Winter Skin Care for Teens

Skin care for teens is important. After all, this is the skin you're going to live with for the rest of your life. If you don't take care of it now, you're in trouble. You'll have wrinkles, sun damage, acne spots and more before you know it.

Unfortunately, caring for teen skin is never easy, and in the winter, it gets even more difficult. With the harsh winds, cold temperatures and all-around blustery weather, it's an uphill battle to keep skin safe and protected during those winter months.

So what's a teen to do? Here are some insider tips to help keep your skin in tip-top shape this season:

  • Moisturize often - You should moisturize year round, but it's even more important in the winter. Make sure to put a thin layer on every morning, either under your makeup or as soon as you wake up in the morning. Then, after you wash - Read More »

Skin Care Tween Products: Natural vs. Conventional Ingredients

When it comes to skin care, tween products run the gamut. There are store-brand types with all kinds of chemical components, and then there are boutique brands, with natural ingredients that aren't man-made or manufactured.

So which types of ingredients are the right choice for your young one's skin? Let's break it down:

  • Natural ingredient: Tea tree oil - Extracted from Australian tea trees, this oil soothes skin and can help prevent the causes of acne. It also has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, so it can help keep skin free of infection, too.

  • Chemical ingredient: Benzoyl peroxide - Benzoyl can dry out the skin, promote redness and even increase inflammation. For teens with acne, this can make existing problems even worse - and more noticeable. - Read More »

Skincare Products for Tweens Should Be Specially Formulated

Think skincare products for tweens are just the same as adult products, only with more tween-friendly labels and marketing campaigns? They're not-or at least they shouldn't be.

In order to be truly effective-and not damage the skin-tween skincare products need to be specially formulated. You see, tween skin isn't like the skin we adults have. It's more sensitive, it's still growing and changing, and surging hormones make it more oily, greasy and prone to acne.

Because of this, skincare products for tweens should:

  • Use only gentle, natural ingredients-Tween skin is extremely sensitive, and harsh chemicals, unnatural additives and artificial scents and ingredients can cause much more damage than good. They can even upset the delicate pH balance of the skin, causing redness, puffiness, acne and more.

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Tween Beauty Products You Should Steer Clear of

Literally thousands of tween beauty products flood the market, and for a girl who is just getting into hair, makeup and fashion, it can be tempting to try anything and everything you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, that's just a recipe for disaster.

Tween skin is extremely sensitive to these products, and if they're not chosen-or used-carefully, then they can leave your skin red, puffy and covered in acne.

Want to make sure you always look your best? Be careful to steer clear of any tween beauty products that:

  • Contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid-These ingredients are designed to dry out acne, so they're extremely harsh on a tween's sensitive skin. To make matters worse, when used to cleanse the face multiple times a day (which is a must as a young tween), they can actually make the skin worse, leaving dry, scaly - Read More »

The 7 Steps of a Foolproof Preteen Skin Care System

A great skin care system is crucial at any age. Whether you're fighting off pimples or wrinkles or you're just trying to combat dry skin, the right daily routine can make all the difference.

This is especially true for young tweens, as they have sensitive skin and constantly surging hormones. With the right preteen skin care system, tweens can daily ward off pimples, oiliness, redness and unsightly blemishes, and get the confidence they need to conquer middle school and high school with ease.

Want to have the best skin possible? Just follow this seven-step preteen skin care system, and you're well on your way:

  1. Get the right products. Products really matter when you're a tween, and we're not just talking about price or brand names here. We mean ingredients. As a tween, you have very sensitive skin. Using the wrong product can - Read More »

Melanoma and Teen Skin Care: What You Should Know

Think teen skin care isn't that important? That it's too early for your young tween or teen to worry about skin cancer or melanoma? Think again.

The Problem

According to SkinCancer.org, just five sunburns in your child's lifetime can increase their risk of melanoma by a whopping 80%. Sadly, sunburns are a dime a dozen for today's teens. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that less than a third of U.S. children practice proper sun protection when going outdoors.

If proper skin protection isn't practiced from an early age-and on through the teenage years-it can have dire consequences for our children. For teens who regularly tan or use tanning beds, these risks - Read More »

4 Ways Skin Care for Tweens Is Different from Adults

As parents, we all want to teach our kids healthy habits. But often, it's not as simple as just showing them what we do and hoping they catch on. In fact, when it comes to skin care, it's quite the opposite. Yes, having a regular, consistent skin care regimen can set an excellent example for your kiddos, but should a tween's routine be exactly the same as yours? Definitely not.

You see, skin care for tweens and skin care for adults are quite different. How, you ask? Well, here are four main ways:

  1. Tween skin is oilier--Tween skin is inherently oily. Throughout the day, tweens get a buildup of sebum, particularly on their chins, noses and foreheads. This oil needs to be removed, and the area needs to be cleansed thoroughly and promptly. Most adults don't have oily skin, so buildup isn't a worry.

  2. Tweens are more - Read More »

3 Best Tween Face Products for Winter Sports

Just because the weather's cold and there's snow on the ground doesn't mean your tween is confined to a winter on the couch. In fact, there are dozens of winter sports that can keep your child's body (and mind) active well into the spring season.

But remember: while playing these outdoor sports, the cold winter air, the brisk winds, and even the sun can all pose a risk to the youthful and easily irritated skin of a young teen. So before you send your son or daughter out on the slopes or to the local ice skating rink, make sure to arm them with these important tween face products first:

  • Sunscreen--It might seem strange to slather on sunscreen in the middle of winter, but the sun's rays are always harmful-even when it's freezing outside. In fact, sometimes, winter snow can even make the sun more dangerous, thanks to the reflective nature of snow. Always - Read More »

How to Teach Tweens Skin Care Habits for a Lifetime

Teaching tweens a good skin care regimen doesn't just keep their skin clean, clear and acne free today, but it also sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy skin-from now until long after they've left the nest and had their own families.

Do you want to make sure your tween has the necessary tools for a lifetime of healthy skin? Here's how to teach tweens skin care habits they'll use today, tomorrow and many years down the road.

  • Lead by example--Your tween won't realize just how important skin care is unless you show them. That means working proper skin care into YOUR daily routine, too. Cleanse every morning and night, moisturize, and wear sunscreen on a daily basis. You can even do your skin care routine along with your tween, so they get a first-hand lesson in healthy habits.

  • Make it simple--When - Read More »

Less Is More When it Comes to Tween Cosmetics

Makeup is a rite of passage. As soon as tweens become interested in fashion and their appearance, they also start experimenting with lipstick, blush, eyeshadow and mascara. But should we let them? More importantly, is makeup healthy for them?

In our expert opinion, less is definitely more when it comes to tween cosmetics. Not only are many cosmetics on the market made with harsh and potentially harmful chemicals that can damage tween skin, but loading up on product after product, layer after layer, increases the chance of problems. In fact, makeup can actually:

  • Cause acne--Too much product can build up and clog your tween's pores. This leads to pimples, blackheads and other unsightly blemishes that will hurt her self-esteem and lower her confidence.

  • Disrupt hormones--Most traditional, off- - Read More »

Do You Use a Facial Moisturizer With Sunscreen?

If you don't use a facial moisturizer with sunscreen, or worse yet, you don't wear a daily sunscreen at all, you're hurting yourself. Not only does this increase your risk for skin damage and cancer, it can also impact the look of your skin. It can make skin red, dry, itchy, puffy or oily, and even older looking-and who wants that at any age?

The truth is, a facial moisturizer with sunscreen is the only way to go. It can:

  • Protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays can cause sunspots, freckles, redness, burns, blisters and, with prolonged exposure, many types of skin cancer. And remember, the sun's rays don't just affect you in the heat of summer. They can damage your skin any time of the year-even when snow is on the ground!

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Getting Beautiful Preteen Skin Is Easier Than You Think

Many tweens don't think great skin is possible. With their hormones, stress and poor diets, it can be an uphill, acne-filled battle for sure. But is it impossible? Definitely not. All it takes is the right products, a consistent skin care regimen, and clean, clear, beautiful preteen skin is just around the corner.

For acne-free, beautiful, preteen skin, here are the five tenets you'll want to follow:

  1. Wash your face every morning and night. You'd be surprised how much oil builds up on your face while you sleep, so washing your face in the morning is crucial. You'll also want to thoroughly cleanse it at night, too. The products you put on during the day (makeup, sunscreen, etc.) can clog your pores and cause unwanted acne.

  2. Keep skin products to a minimum. Don't put layer after layer of product - Read More »

5 Creative Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

Homecoming just wrapped up, and you know what that means? The holiday season is right around the corner. There will be candy canes, Christmas carols and, of course, everyone's favorite present-giving game, Secret Santa. But instead of sharing the same old presents like gift cards, candy or a stuffed animal, why not opt for something more unique and creative?

Here are just a few creative and fun gift ideas for tween girls:

  1. A skin care pack-The Ottilie & Lulu Silky Feel gift set is both a thoughtful and useful present for a number of reasons. During the cold winter months, when skin can become dry and chapped, your friend will enjoy beautiful, glowing, soft skin thanks to the moisturizer, lotion and lip balm in the gift set. Plus, she will enjoy the soothing scents of vanilla, mandarin sandalwood - Read More »

Tween Skin Habits: Develop Now, Enjoy the Benefits Later

Though wrinkles and sun damage may not be a primary concern for your child now, you can bet they'll be at the forefront of your son or daughter's mind one day. And while that day may be years away, that doesn't mean skin care isn't important now. In fact, if you really want your child to have healthy, undamaged skin throughout their life, you can help them learn good skin care habits now.

You see, most tween skin habits are minimal. They might wash their face in the morning and wipe off their makeup at night, and that's about it. However, that's not enough to promote healthy skin, and it's certainly not enough to prevent signs of aging and damage later on in life.

Tweens need a full, daily skin care regimen that involves cleaning, moisturizing and protecting their skin-from the sun, from harsh products and from other damaging elements out in the world.

To - Read More »

The 5 Best Skin Care Products for Tweens

The best skin care products for tweens are ones that are gentle, made with natural ingredients and can be used daily, quickly and without hassle. They should be specially formulated for ever-changing tween skin, and they should protect against damaging elements like the sun and wind.

However, which products fall into these categories? And what specific products should you invest in for your teen? We've rounded up the top five best skin care products for tweens right here:

  1. Ottilie & Lulu Everyday Facial Moisturizer & Sunscreen-Moisturizing is an important step in every tween's morning routine. What makes this product even better? It has built-in SPF 20 protection. That means it keeps the sun's harmful rays at bay, warding off damage, sunburns and skin cancer.

  2. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, - Read More »

Should Teen Face Products Be Different From Adult Ones?

Helping your teen develop a daily skin care regimen is important, but don't go handing over your most trusted face wash or moisturizer just yet. In fact, as much as you may love your routine and products, the truth is, they're probably not best for your developing teen. They may even be bad for her.

Why Teen Face Products Should Be Different

Even if you use the highest quality products around, adult and teen face products need to be formulated differently. This is because teens have a very different skin type than adults. Not only is their skin still developing, but due to changing hormones, it's more prone to oiliness, dryness and acne than adult skin.

In fact, due to their hormones, most teens just don't have a reliable skin type. Because of this, teen face products for their combination skin are needed-skin that vacillates between oily - Read More »

Choosing Healthy Teen Skin Products for Your Child

Teaching your child the hows, whys and whens of great skin care is crucial, both for keeping skin clear and vibrant and for setting the stage for a healthy life moving forward. Also important? The whats. Specifically, what products your child uses in a skin care regimen and what products are applied on a daily basis.

Why are these important? Well, the truth is not all teen skin products are created equally, and while you might be teaching your child excellent habits, if you're not giving them the right tools, the health of their skin could be affected in the long run.

The Truth Behind Many Teen Skin Products

A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed some startling facts about the skin care products we've known for years. For example, Neutrogena's sunscreen wasn't as - Read More »

Preteen Sun Protection Isn’t Just Important at the Beach

Every parent knows to send her tween with a bottle of sunscreen before heading out to the beach, the neighborhood pool, or a friend's house to swim. Unfortunately, doing this just isn't enough to protect a child from sun damage, or what's worse, skin cancer.

The truth is, if you want to truly keep your child safe from the sun's dangerous rays, preteen sun protection shouldn't be just a once-in-a-while concern. It should be a daily, top-of-the-mind priority for both you and your child-a healthy skin care habit.

While slathering on some sunscreen before the beach is a practical place to start, to be fully protected, your child should:

  • Wear a daily sunscreen. This means putting on a layer of sunscreen every morning before heading out to school (or anywhere outside, especially if it's in the summertime). Girls can put sunscreen - Read More »

How Important Is Teen Sun Protection?

You've heard that it's important to make sure your teen applies sunscreen-and regularly-but do you know why? Sure, everyone of all ages should wear a daily sunscreen to protect their skin, but for young tweens and teens, this sun protection isn't just important-it's downright crucial to their health.

In fact, teen sun protection is vital to preventing cancer, maintaining long-term health and warding off dangerous ultraviolet A-rays (UVA), ultraviolet B-rays (UVB) and free radical damage. Let's take a look at a few key facts that drive this point home even further:

  • The number of young women between 15 and 25 with melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) has more than doubled in the last four decades. This is likely due to the increase in tanning among tweens and teens-causing increased cancer risk in - Read More »

Preteen Healthy Skin Tips Even the Busiest of Kids Can Manage

Even if you've developed a basic routine for cleaning your face, moisturizing or doing other beauty-related tasks, there's always one problem tweens and young girls struggle with: finding the time. With schoolwork, sports, extracurricular activities, church and hanging out with friends, most tweens simply don't have the time to fit in a beauty regimen even once during the day-let alone in the morning AND at night.

We understand. And to help tweens get the clean, beautiful skin they're dreaming of (but don't have the time for), we've created these simple preteen healthy skin tips that even the busiest girl can manage. Try them today!

  • Clean your face in the shower-Instead of making your skin care regimen a completely separate task, just work it into your daily shower. While your conditioner is setting, clean your face and neck. After you dry off with your towel, put on a thin layer of - Read More »

7 Tween Summer Beauty Essentials Every Girl Needs

Summer is a fun time for tween girls. They get to see their friends, hang out by the pool and spend their days having a blast in the summer sun. But with summer also comes some unique beauty needs-the sweat, the sun, and the constant activity can take their toll on a young girl's skin. And often, regular beauty products just won't cut it.

To help your tween daughter look and feel her best this summer-no matter what the temperature is outside-here are seven tween summer beauty essentials she'll need:

  1. A safe and effective sunscreen-First and foremost, she'll need a good sunscreen. Look for one that's zinc-oxide based, as this will give her the best, safest protection. Be sure she puts it on under her makeup in the morning and reapplies it as the day progresses.

  2. A floppy hat-A cute floppy hat - Read More »

4 Hassle-Free Summer Beauty Tips for Tweens

Summer is the time for relaxing. It's all about sleeping in and living a stress-free (and homework-free) life for three short months out of the year. The last thing you want during this time is a long and detailed beauty routine. Instead, you want something simple. Something you can do quickly, easily and without hassle so you can enjoy every second that summer has to offer.

Want to simplify your beauty routine this summer? Try these four hassle-free summer beauty tips for tweens:

  1. Use cleansing wipes. Cleansing wipes help you remove makeup, oil, dirt and other grime quickly and easily. You don't need soap or water, and you can even clean your face on the go. This is perfect for those beach or road trip days with your friends.

  2. Apply a combined moisturizer/sunscreen underneath. Before applying - Read More »

The 4 Most Crucial Teen Acne Products for Your Arsenal

When it comes to teen acne products, not everything is created equal. If you want beautiful skin, you don't need to invest in harsh acne-fighting products on the market, nor do you need to find the most expensive ones. Instead, you just need to choose the right ones.

Not sure what those are? Here are the four most important teen acne products you'll want in your arsenal:

  1. A good-quality facial cleanser-The first tool you want is a quality cleanser that uses safe, non-harmful ingredients. You'll want to look for one that is oil-free, since oils will clog up your pores and lead to further pimples, blackheads and blemishes. Make sure to use the cleanser twice a day, too: once before applying your makeup, and once before you go to bed.

  2. Cleansing wipes-The biggest key to warding off acne is to - Read More »

6 Summer Sun Safety Tips for Tweens

We're well into summer now, and the time has come for beach trips, pool days and playing outside with friends. But while this fun in the sun is nice, it can also be dangerous. In fact, research shows that a significant amount of skin damage is done before you hit the age of 18.

If you want to prevent this damage-such as skin cancer, redness, sunspots and freckles-then taking steps to protect your skin this summer is crucial. To help, we've rounded up the most important sun safety tips for tweens. Heed these, and your skin will be well-protected in the summer sun.

  1. Use a zinc oxide-based sunscreen. Zinc oxide ensures your skin is protected from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Other sunscreens may not offer this level of protection-and it's crucial if you want to steer clear of future skin cancer. In addition, other - Read More »

Sun Protection for Tweens: Teach Your Child This Routine

Sun protection is crucial at any age. After all, it's the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Surgeon General's office. But since a significant amount of sun damage is done before the age of 18, it makes sense that sun protection is especially vital in the tweens and early teens-before it's too late.

Proper sun protection for tweens isn't just putting on a little sunscreen when you hit the beach, though. There are many steps that need to be taken if you want your child to be fully protected from the sun's harmful rays-and potential skin cancers down the line.

To protect your child, encourage them to follow this routine:

  1. Apply sunscreen every morning-no matter what. Even a minor amount of sun exposure can do immense damage, so even if they're not planning on going swimming or spending the day - Read More »

What Parents Should Know About Tween Skin

A "tween" is a child who is beyond adolescence, but not yet a teenager. She is in-between, a pre-teen or what most people now classify as a tween. As a child, parents perform the daily rituals associated with good hygiene. However, as children become tweens, they need to learn and start to perform these hygiene rituals for themselves to carry throughout life. Importantly, because tween skin is different from adult skin, tweens need to get into the habit of daily skin care.

A tween should be encouraged to clean her face at least two times a day: morning and night. Ideally, a third time-right after school or sports activities is another opportunity to remove dirt and oil from tween skin. A light moisturizer and sunscreen applied in the morning after cleaning the face is a great way to keep skin healthy and in balance. Most tweens do not embrace wearing a sunscreen every day, but that is because they have not found a - Read More »

Great Tween Gifts for Back to School

We're already well into summer, and the kids will be heading back to school in just over a month. It's hard to believe, but it's true! It's time to get in those last-minute vacations, soak in that local pool, and get started on that back-to-school clothes shopping.

However, clothes aren't the only thing your daughter needs before heading back to class. Here are some other great tween gifts she'd love before that fateful August date rolls around:

  • On-the-go beauty products-Make looking great a breeze for your tween. Give her pretty, sweet-tasting lip balms that fit easily into her backpack, and send her off with handy skin wipes so she can keep the oil and shine to a minimum (and stop acne in its tracks).

  • Hair accessories-Hair accessories make great tween gifts! After all, every young girl - Read More »

Healthy Habits for Clear Skin: 7 Daily Changes That Can Make an Impact

Clear skin is a priority at any age, but for young teens and tweens, it can be extra difficult to achieve. The ever-changing hormones, the stress of school and social obligations, and a less-than-ideal diet can often make acne and blemishes a daily occurrence.

Fortunately, that doesn't mean all hope is lost. You can implement a number of daily habits for clear skin that will help you ward off pimples and keep your face clean, clear and glowing for the long haul. Here are the top seven:

  1. Clean your face throughout the day. Everyone knows you need to clean your face in the morning and at night, but did you also know you should clean it throughout the day, too? The best way to do this is to carry a pack of cleansing wipes in your bag. When you're in the bathroom, do a quick wipe down of your forehead, nose and chin-the places that get - Read More »

Looking for Natural Tween Products? 4 Ingredients to Avoid

Finding natural tween products for your daughter's skin isn't as easy as it looks. Sure, many off-the-shelf products are labeled "all natural," but in reality, they're full of unhealthy additives and preservatives that can hurt one's health and lead to breakouts.

So what are you to do if you can't trust the label? Well, the best shopping habit you can form is learn to read and understand the ingredients. First of all, you want to look for ingredients that you can't pronounce or are unfamiliar. If there are extremely long, scientific-sounding words you don't recognize, try Googling them for better understanding. For example, although "citrus nobilis" sounds suspect, it actually means "Mandarin orange," and "Hamamelis virginiana" just means "witch hazel." Not all lengthy ingredients signify a danger to your health, although some can be.

You can also learn to recognize some red - Read More »

What to Look for in a Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

When you have sensitive skin, you have to be extra careful about the products you use. One wrong, irritating ingredient, and you could have a red, puffy, acne-ridden face in just hours. Fortunately, many products are labeled specifically for sensitive skin, and plenty of other cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens are fine, too-as long as you know what to look for.

If you're interested in purchasing a cleanser, moisturizer or sunscreen for sensitive skin, look for the following words or phrases on the label:

  • Paraben-free-Parabens are preservatives, and they're not a naturally occurring ingredient. Plus, not only can they irritate your skin, they can even disrupt your hormones and cause health and fertility problems. The most commonly used ones in skin care products are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. - Read More »

Acne Problems Aren’t Just a Female Worry

Though the bulk of acne products are marketed toward females, the truth is they're not the only gender suffering from unwanted pimples, blemishes and spots. Males experience these acne problems, too-especially boys in their young tweens and teens. In fact, with changing hormones, less-than-ideal diets and a lack of skin care, many tween boys have acne problems far worse than their female counterparts.

Fortunately, acne issues don't need to be permanent. If your son is one of the millions suffering from acne problems, just follow these four steps to fight back:

  1. Keep your skin clean. The best way to prevent acne is to keep your skin clean, clear and free of oil. Wash your face every morning and night, and bring wipes with you to school so you can wipe down your T-zone (area starting at your forehead and down your nose and chin) a few times - Read More »

Everyday Sunscreen for Tweens: Is it Really Necessary?

Everyone should wear sunscreen on a daily basis. No matter where you live, the type of weather or your skin tone, sunscreen helps protect you from skin cancer, dangerous burns, and other unwanted effects of the sun's harmful rays.

However, remembering to put on sunscreen can be difficult-especially for young tweens and teens. They've got homework to finish, tests to study for and chores to handle, and perhaps they roll out of bed with just enough time to catch the bus.

Though it might take a little extra effort (and waking up a few minutes earlier), everyday sunscreen for tweens is absolutely crucial. To give your child protection for their youthful skin, help them work sunscreen into their morning routine starting today. Sunscreen can:

  • Protect from skin cancer-Wearing sunscreen every day-particularly one with zinc oxide in it-can - Read More »

Fight Skin Cancer Early With Tween Sun Protection Products

Did you know all it takes is one simple sunburn, and your child has a doubled chance at developing melanoma (a form of skin cancer) later on in life? It might sound shocking, but according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it's absolutely true.

Sun protection products should be a vital part of your skin care routine from a very early age. As soon as children are old enough to get themselves ready in the morning, they should be taught to take precautionary measures to protect their skin. They should apply a daily sunscreen every morning (underneath makeup, if necessary), and they should reapply the product regularly since sweat, oil and water wash it away.

For the utmost safety, young tweens should be using sun protection products that:

Sun Protection for Girls: Working Sun Block Into Your Beauty Routine

If sunscreen isn't a part of your daily beauty routine, then it's time to make a change. Since a significant amount of skin damage is done before the age of 17, protecting your skin at an early age is crucial. Fortunately, adding sun protection to your habits is fairly easy-especially if you already have an established beauty or skin care routine in place.

In fact, most of the time, sun protection for girls is as easy as swapping out a product or two or simply adding an extra two minutes to your morning routine. And who can't afford an extra two minutes if it means reduced chances of skin cancer, sunburns, and rashes?

Do you want to work sun protection into your beauty routine? Here are some tips to help:

  • Choose two-in-one products. Rather than applying a sunscreen, then a moisturizer, then your makeup, why not find products that do double - Read More »

4 Tween Face Essentials for Any Time of Year

No matter what time of year it is, great skin care is crucial-especially for young tweens and teens. With their developing bodies, rampant hormones and often, less-than-healthy diets, the skin often suffers, resulting in acne, sun spots, chapped lips and more. The proper skin care routine can help fight these issues and others.

If you want to help your tween feel attractive and confident, then make sure to provide these important tween face essentials for his or her bag year-round:

  1. Facial wipes-If your child wants to avoid acne, then these are a must-have. Encourage him or her to carry a pack in their backpack, and demonstrate how to wipe down the T-zone (along the forehead, bridge of the nose and chin) a few times throughout the day. This is where oil often builds up, leading to pimples and breakouts. Keeping it clean can stave off those - Read More »

Know What to Pack for Summer Camp

The right planning and packing can help you have a wonderful summer camp experience. After all, you're going to be far away from home for many weeks-away from your bedroom, your parents and your usual routines. You probably won't even have access to a grocery or drug store!

For this reason, it's important to think long and hard about what to pack for summer camp. Make a list, check it twice and be extra careful when packing before you hit the road.

Do you have a list of what to pack for summer camp yet? If not, make sure these important essentials are on there:

  • Sunscreen--A large portion of your time at camp will be spent outdoors. Hiking, biking, swimming and more all expose you to the elements and some intense sunshine. Make sure you bring along a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin from the sun's - Read More »

5 Benefits of Using a Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

When it comes to their ingredients, sunscreen products run the gamut. If you look at the average sunscreen label, you'll find everything from lotions, oils and alcohols to ingredients you can't even begin to pronounce. But if you're looking for a sunscreen that not only gets the job done but protects and improves your skin as well, there's only one ingredient you should look for, and that's zinc oxide.

A zinc oxide sunscreen:

  1. Protects against UVA and UVB rays--Many sunscreens only target ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Long-wave UVA ones, however, are often some of the most dangerous. They weaken the immune system and increase the risk of skin cancer. A zinc oxide sunscreen can help protect the skin from this harmful exposure. In fact, zinc oxide is one of only two ingredients approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect against both - Read More »

The 4 Tenets of Tween Sun Protection

Did you know that 80% of all sun damage to skin takes place before the age of 17? It's a shocking statistic, but according to an August 2014 report by the U.S. Surgeon General, a sobering fact. As a loving parent, you want to do all you can to protect your tween. With this detail in mind, it's easy to see that tween sun protection needs to be a top priority.

Showing your tween the proper sun protection strategies not only sets him or her up for a healthy, cancer-free life, but it can also encourage proper skin care for many years to come. If you have a young teen or tween, teach these four tenets of tween sun protection, and set your child on the path to healthy skin:

  1. Wear sunscreen year-round. It might seem a little gloomier in the wintertime, but even a small amount of sun exposure can damage the skin. If there's snow out, the sun can reflect - Read More »

Protect Your Tween With This Crucial Skin Care Advice

Proper skin care shouldn't just be a concern for adults-those worried about wrinkles, crow's feet and age spots. The truth is, good skin care should begin in the tween years. If you want your child to have beautiful, glowing and healthy skin for many years to come, make sure proper skin care is a top priority right now.

To set your child up for a lifetime of healthy skin, pass on this skin care advice to help guide her:

  • Use a sunscreen daily. According to a U.S. Surgeon General Report, cases of skin cancer have increased by 200% in the U.S. As most cases of skin cancer stem from sun damage, protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays is more important than ever. Your tween should be wearing a high-quality sunscreen every day of the year-no matter what the weather or - Read More »

Busy Schedule? Quick and Easy Tips for Healthy Skin

No one wants unhealthy skin, but not all of us have hours each day to devote to our skin care regimen. Cleaning, moisturizing and exfoliating can all be very time-consuming, and for a busy teen or tween, this is time you just can't spare.

Fortunately, we're here to help. Instead of skipping a proper skin care routine, we've come up with some tips for healthy skin that are quick, easy and super simple for even the busiest of tweens to master.

To keep skin glowing and beautiful despite a busy schedule, give these tips a whirl:

  • Cleanse on the go-Sure, making time for cleansing every morning and night might be a stretch, but what if you could do it on the go? Invest in some handy travel wipes, and give your face a quick wipe-down once or twice throughout the day. This will keep oil from building up, and it will encourage healthy, acne-free skin in the long - Read More »

The Ultimate Summer Camp Packing List: 6 Things You Never Thought to Pack

With January behind us, summer is quickly creeping up on the horizon. Pretty soon, the sun will be shining, the kids will be out of school and you'll be sending them off to summer camp. Why not use these next few months to start planning and preparing?

To help you get started, we've put together a handy summer camp packing list just for tweens like yours. Start rounding up these six items now, and you'll be ready for summer with plenty of time to spare:

  1. Disposable cameras-Sure, we all have camera-enabled smartphones nowadays, but when you're whitewater rafting or playing capture the flag, you don't want to risk damaging your phone just to sneak a picture. Disposable cameras offer an affordable way to capture the moment without risk.

  2. A high-quality sunscreen-All that kayaking, swimming - Read More »

Have Acne Problems? You’re Not Alone

When you have a pimple, you might think it's the most noticeable thing in the world-that everyone is staring at it, pointing at it, and whispering about it. The truth is, you're probably mistaken. Acne problems are extremely common-especially in young teens and tweens. Your hormones are changing, and this causes your skin to change, too. It produces more oil, you experience more stress, and new makeup and products you're using can all play a role as well.

If you're worried your acne is a huge, noticeable eyesore, remember: you're not alone. Nearly everyone around you-your classmates, friends, and crushes-are all dealing with it, too. The good news is you can take steps to soothe any spots and promote healthier skin in the future.

Prevent Acne Problems

To prevent outbreaks and decrease the number of pimples that appear, you just need to - Read More »

5 Tween Skin Care Tips for the Harsh Winter Weather

Thorough teen and tween skin care is important all year round, but in the wintertime, it's particularly crucial. The blustery winds, dry air and cold weather that come with this season are extremely harsh on skin, especially the sensitive and still-developing skin of tweens. Even if they're not outside often, just a few minutes in the elements can cause flaky skin, cracked lips and red patches on the face-and no tween wants to be seen with skin damage.

Because of the serious effects of colder weather, the proper tween skin care routine is crucial in the winter. If you want to make sure your daughter is protected, encourage her to follow these five tips:

  1. Keep moisturized. Using a daily moisturizer in the morning after cleansing is very important in the winter, as the skin is constantly exposed to changing temperatures, wind and dry air. Tweens - Read More »

Do DIY Pimple Remedies Really Work?

If you're looking online for ways to get rid of acne, you'll come across hundreds of DIY pimple remedies that supposedly work wonders. From pantry items like vinegar, cinnamon, honey and egg whites to more odd solutions like toothpaste, clay, castor oil and even aspirin, the suggestions run the gamut. But do these at-home fixes really do the trick? Let's take a look.

What to Consider About DIY Pimple Remedies

The biggest issue with DIY acne remedies is that they haven't been scientifically tested or proven. That means not only are they unlikely to work as claimed, they're also not guaranteed to be safe to use. Because of this, they could lead to even further problems with the skin like redness, puffiness, flaking, eczema and even more acne.

In addition, DIY pimple remedies aren't specially formulated. While some DIY remedies may - Read More »

How to Avoid Pimples in 5 Steps

Pimples are a major concern for teens and tweens. While hormones make blemishes almost unavoidable, that doesn't mean all hope is lost. In fact, you can teach your daughter how to avoid pimples on her face with just a few steps.

To show your tween how to avoid pimples and acne problems, walk her through these five skin care steps:

  1. Cleanse the face daily. In your tween years, you should be cleaning your face often. You should do a full face cleansing every morning and every night, and you should keep cleansing wipes on hand at all times. If you notice your face getting greasy or oily, wipe it down and remove any build-up.

  2. Watch the T-zone. The T-zone, which refers to the nose, - Read More »

Skin Care Products for Tweens

As your daughter enters her tween years (7-15), acne may become a noticeable-and frustrating-problem for her. Unfortunately, most skin care products just aren't suited for girls her age. They use harsh chemicals that can irritate her skin, and they require complicated processes that may be difficult to complete on her own. That's where Ottilie & Lulu can help.

Why Our Products Designed for Tweens Are Best

At Ottilie & Lulu, we offer a line of skin care products designed just for your tween to use-by herself. They're easy to work into her daily routine, and they help encourage proper skin care for many years to come.

Best of all, our products are all natural and completely safe to use. Unlike other brands, they don't contain harmful chemicals that could hurt your daughter's still-developing skin. They use safe yet effective ingredients like tea - Read More »

Slumber Party Time? Follow This Overnight Skin Care Regimen

As the winter holiday break nears, girls all over the country are making plans for fun, all-night slumber parties with their friends. But while pizza, movies, and gab sessions may be on the agenda, you can bet there's one thing they're forgetting to plan for: taking care of their skin. For growing teens and tweens, maintaining a healthy, regular skin care regimen is crucial.

Caring for delicate teen and tween skin prevents pores from getting clogged, decreases redness and puffiness, and most importantly, wards off acne and pimples-something all tweens hate. Unfortunately, although your tween may have a great skin care routine at home, the chances of her following that routine while staying with friends are slim to none.

To ensure your daughter takes care of her skin when she's away from home, walk her through this easy, five-step skin care regimen:

  1. Cleanse the face before bed. Use a - Read More »

How to Prevent Pimples: 5 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make

When it comes to learning how to prevent pimples, it's not just about the products you buy or the acne solutions you use. In fact, a lot of acne can be cleared up with simple lifestyle changes-just minor alterations in your daily life and routine.

If you'd like to know how to prevent pimples from plaguing your skin, then consider making these five minor lifestyle changes today:

  1. Develop a consistent skin care regimen. Cleaning and moisturizing your face on a regular, consistent basis can accomplish the following. First, it can cut down on the amount of oil on your face that could otherwise clog pores and lead to acne. Second, it can also help balance the pH of your skin, which can improve overall skin health and fight off pimples.

  2. Avoid greasy and sugary foods and eat plenty of produce. - Read More »

Your Tween’s Guide to Sun Block: Where, When and How

Unfortunately, the vast majority of tweens and teens don't use a daily sun block. This exposes their skin to dangerous ultraviolet A and B (UVA and UVB) rays and increases their risk of skin cancer exponentially. For kids who play sports or spend a lot of time outdoors, those chances increase even further. In fact, according to a 2014 Surgeon General report, 80% of skin damage occurs before the age of 17.

As parents, we need to take steps to prevent this damage from occurring, and encourage regular, consistent use of sun block in our children. If your son or daughter is one of the millions not using a sunscreen on a daily basis, it's time to make a change. The guide below can help you get started.


Your tween's biggest concern should be the face. Since this is the area most often exposed to the sun, it needs regular, - Read More »

Zinc Oxide vs. Other Ingredients: Which Is Best for Your Acne?

If you look at most over-the-counter acne creams and treatments, you'll probably find ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, petrolatum and more-unhealthy ingredients that can dry out your skin and throw off its delicate pH balance. Although these ingredients are commonly used in acne treatments today, they're certainly not the most effective-nor the safest.

The truth is, if you're seeking a solution for your acne woes, your best bet is a product with zinc oxide, a powerful, natural ingredient that can improve skin health and soothe acne-prone skin. Zinc oxide:

  • Provides UVA and UVB protection-Zinc oxide essentially acts as a broad-spectrum sunscreen, protecting the skin from harmful ultraviolet A and B rays. Since these rays can dry out skin, worsening acne and leading to inflammation and redness, zinc oxide is an effective - Read More »

What Causes Pimples? 6 Daily Mistakes You May Be Making

If you're wondering what causes pimples, there could be a number of answers. Oil, grease, dirt, dead skin cells-they all can be culprits in the acne world. If we were to simplify it, though, there's just one contributing factor at the heart of it all, and that's clogged pores.

Clogged pores can lead to all types of acne: cysts, whiteheads, blackheads and pustules. Unfortunately, unless you have the right skin care regimen down, clogged pores are fairly common, especially in tweens and teens.

However, if a clogged pore is what causes pimples, how can you prevent this and fight off acne? Consider if you're making any of these six skin care mistakes:

  1. Not washing your face every morning and night-Keeping your face clean and clear is crucial to staving off acne. In the morning, you have lots of oil and sweat built up - Read More »

Why Are Acne Problems More Common in Tweens?

As we age, we tend to grow out of our acne-prone days. Our skin clears up, we see fewer and fewer pimples, and acne problems simply become a thing of the past. But for teens and tweens, acne is a very real and serious issue. It plagues them daily, hurting their self-esteem, draining their confidence and giving them anxiety and worry.

Why are acne problems so common for this age group? And why do they start to wane as we grow older? Let's take a look at a few facts:

  • Hormones are changing in tweens and teens. As kids hit 12, 13 and 14 years of age, they begin to go through puberty. Their hormone levels rise, and their bodies begin to change and develop. As this happens, the skin reacts, often becoming oily, greasy and extremely sensitive. This leads to more clogged pores, and consequently, more pimples.

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How to Recognize Different Types of Acne and Prevent Them

Not all acne is created equal. In fact, there are many different types of acne, each caused by different environmental and health-related factors. If you want to help your daughter treat her acne problems and even prevent them from occurring in the future, it's important to know how to recognize these different types by the unique traits and features that set them apart.

The Different Types of Acne

There are four main types of acne: whiteheads, blackheads, papules/pustules and cysts. All four cause unsightly blemishes on the face, but for different reasons. Let's take a look at each now:

  1. Whiteheads-These are your traditional acne spots, those little white bumps that most people assume need popping. (Hint: don't do it!) Typically, these occur when the skin's pores get impacted with oil and skin cells - Read More »

6 Healthy Tween Gifts for the Holidays

Wouldn't it be nice to get your tween gifts that she not only loves but also contribute to her health and happiness? To make this easy, we've put together this handy holiday gift guide just for teens and tweens.

Consider one or several of the following six items. They're sure to bring a smile to your daughter's face and improve her life as well.

  1. Quality makeup--What tween girl doesn't love putting on a little makeup? Unfortunately, most tweens don't know the first thing about buying the right products, and with their sensitive, acne-prone skin, quality makeup really is crucial to their health and self-esteem. Help get your daughter's makeup collection started by investing in some high-quality yet gentle products this holiday season. Look at the labels on each piece you purchase, and steer toward natural, mineral-based products rather than ones full of - Read More »

How to Prevent Pimples as a Tween

The secret of how to prevent pimples is simple: wash your face and wear a mineral-based sunscreen. Tweens have it harder than any other age group as their hormonal changes cause pimples to crop up for no reason, but the most important thing to remember is that these episodes of dermal discomfort are completely normal. Your body moves into womanhood at uncomfortable paces that can sometimes vary, which causes pimples to occur now and then, and the best lesson to remember regarding how to prevent pimples is to practice good basic hygiene and use high-quality skincare products. Covering blemishes with makeup doesn't do anything except clog pores and cause damage to your skin, because pimples don't heal when you coat them in product; they only get worse. And remember to never pick at pimples or try to pop them.

Ottilie and Lulu's skin care line helps you learn how to prevent pimples naturally. Keeping your - Read More »

Ottilie & Lulu’s Got My Back To School Backpack Giveaways!

Girls, show off your Back to School backpack style so we can pack YOU up with our amazing acne-fighting skin care line made just for tween and teen girls.

Every day until Friday, September 5, we'll randomly choose one winner to receive our O&L Clean Skin Face Wipes, which fit perfectly into your backpack. On September 5, O&L will select one winner from all of our entries to win an entire backpack full of our products with a total value of $125! Enter as many times as you'd like.

Here's how to enter:

1) Like or Follow us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

2) Snap and post a selfie with your awesome B2S backpack. Tag us and include  @ottilieandlulu& - Read More »

Zinc Oxide: Your Key to Healthy Skin This Summer

Zinc Oxide is commonly found in sunscreens due to its ability to protect the skin from a broad range of dangerous UV rays, but it can do much more. Zinc oxide has skin care benefits for tween girls that go beyond sun protection alone, so introduce your tween to products that contain this ingredient to keep her healthy and protected this summer. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding zinc oxide and what it can do.

What is Zinc Oxide?
Zinc is a naturally occurring mineral with a metallic, shiny appearance, and zinc oxide is produced when zinc reacts with oxygen to create a chalk-like substance. This powder is mixed into sunscreen and other cosmetics for its ability to block the sun's glare without leaving a greasy film behind. It reflects the sun's light without being absorbed into the skin, acting as a mirror for the face.

What can it do for my skin? - Read More »

7 Steps to Proper Sun Protection

Sun protection is vital for healthy skin at all ages, and proper sun protection techniques should be encouraged early on in your daughter's life to facilitate the practice of good skin care throughout her pre-teen and teenage years into adulthood. Talk to your tween about the basics of good sun protection, and set her up with the best sunscreen available for her delicate complexion. You can share the following seven steps to proper sun protection with your daughter to start her on the path to healthy skin now!

  1. Choose the Right Sunscreen – The first step toward proper sun protection lies in choosing a good sunscreen, but this is as much about finding a product your daughter will actually use as it is about finding the right combination of ingredients and SPF/UV protection. Some standard sunscreens are so greasy that they're unpleasant to use, while others apply well but contain - Read More »

The Difference Between Adult Skin and Tween Skin

Research and studies have determined that the majority of skin damage occurs before the age of 17, but most of this damage can be prevented with the right products and plenty of sunscreen. Tween girls need their own tween skin products because they have different skin than adults have. Your daughter's skin is softer, firmer, and more elastic, and it takes special products and close attention to help her maintain her natural, youthful glow. Ottilie and Lulu provides a premium line of skin care products to keep your daughter's fresh tween skin in good shape over the course of her lifetime.

While we can provide the right products, it's helpful to know the differences between tween skin and that of grown women. The first difference is the presence of collagen, which is a family of proteins found in skin of all ages. Its purpose is to keep skin elastic, firm, and soft, and everyone starts out with lots of it, - Read More »

A Skin Care Moisturizer that’s Just for Tween Girls

Your tween's skin deserves special attention, and our skin care moisturizer that's formulated specifically for tween girls can help keep her skin soft and supple well into adulthood. Tween girls need their own skin care moisturizer because their skin is delicate and prone to damage. Ottilie and Lulu's natural products are designed just for tween skin, and they're easy to use!

Our new Pure Facial Moisturizer is the ideal product for girls with all skin types. Your tween will love the way this silky lotion makes her skin feel soft instead of sticky or greasy, and she'll also adore the refreshing scents of sandalwood and mandarin oranges after washing her face in the morning. We use essential oils instead of chemical fragrances, as well as a host of great ingredients to nourish her skin and keep it healthy. This skin care moisturizer lacks the nasty components - Read More »

3 Must-Have Tween Products for Summer

Summer is likely your tween daughter's favorite season. The warm months bring long sunny days, trips to the beach, and best of all, no school to interfere with the fun stuff. A few key tween products can keep your daughter's skin safe and healthy in the bright sunlight and increased time spent outdoors, so give her the gift of good skin by picking up the following three tween products that are essential for summertime:

1. Sunscreen

A high-quality sunscreen is vital for maintaining healthy skin, and this is true for tween girls and grownups alike.  Ottilie and Lulu's SPF 20 sunscreen should be in your daughter's handbag at all times during the sunny months so that she can protect her face from harmful rays whenever she steps outside. Zinc oxide protects her from the sun and also acts as a natural astringent to prevent pimples from forming on sweaty - Read More »

Why Buy Skin Care Products for Your Tween?

When you buy skin care products for your tween, you are able to make sure she is using the right products for her age group. Your daughter may not know about the dangers associated with some of the ingredients in many skin products, such as phthalates, parabens, petroleum derivatives, and harsh acids, all of which do more harm than good. Tweens have naturally delicate skin, and their changing hormones need to be taken into account to prevent damage to their complexions later in life.

An easy way to reduce your tween's exposure to damaging chemicals while teaching her healthy hygiene habits is to buy skin care products from companies whose products are targeted at tweens specifically. It is also important to check the label of any product she chooses for herself. Ottilie and Lulu makes skin care products formulated especially for pre-teens. Our gentle, natural ingredients are dermatologist-approved for - Read More »

Pamper Your Daughter with Tween Spa Products

One of the best ways to introduce your daughter to proper skin care is to place emphasis on fun and relaxation, because if she views basic hygiene as a relaxing experience instead of an obligation, she'll be more likely to keep up with her skin care routine. Set up a home spa day, complete with chocolate and slippers, to teach and encourage your tween to take proper care of her skin. The right tween spa products for your daughter will help to transform her daily regimen from a chore into relaxation time, so pamper your daughter with the essentials of a home spa and let her wind down as she learns to care for her skin.

Tween spa products are different from those made for adult women, because tween skin is more sensitive and needs extra care and attention. Ottilie and Lulu provides ideal cleansers and moisturizers for your tween's delicate face, and you can trust our dermatologist-tested tween spa products to be safe for - Read More »

How to Introduce Your Daughter to Tween Sun Protection Products

Sun damage is not something to be taken lightly, and even mild sunburns can lead to severe skin damage later in life. Many parents now recognize how threatening the sun's rays can be, and they have embraced sunscreen at a much earlier age than their parents before them, because we now know that sun protection products are the most important products you can introduce your children to for lifelong skin health.

The tween years between 7 and 14 are the best time to have a conversation about skin health, because at that age your children are still impressionable enough to take your advice while being old enough to understand the concepts you introduce. Be sure to cover the points discussed below, and have a bottle of high-quality sunscreen on hand for a demonstration. Ottilie and Lulu's Daily Sunscreen and Facial Moisturizer is a physical sunscreen that blocks - Read More »

Tween Products: Designed Just for You

Ottilie and Lulu are best friends who have worked hard to design tween products just for you! These two girls care about their skin in different ways, and they have a lot in common, even if it may not look like it from the outsider. Ottilie likes to be girly and adores flowing pink sundresses and flowers, while Lulu loves to climb trees in functional and comfortable jeans (but she still likes flowers!). You probably have a best friend who falls along either line, or somewhere in between. The time shared with this friend will soon include skin care, and since your mothers will want to talk to you about the best products for tween skin, be sure to share them with your best friend.

Every girl likes to feel pampered. A silky smooth lotion that also protects you from sunburns is amazing for both girls who like to make daisy chains and girls who like to kick soccer balls against the garage. Taking care of your skin is - Read More »

5 Tips for Choosing Tween Cosmetics

Playing around in mom's makeup bag is a rite of passage that all girls go through at some point, and you'll know it's the right time to talk about the importance of natural beauty when she comes out of the bathroom looking like an opera singer wearing stage makeup. This is a good opportunity to tell her that the best tween cosmetics aren't cosmetics at all; your daughter is beautiful on her own, without the enhancements of makeup. The best tween cosmetics are age-appropriate skin care products that emphasize her natural beauty without making her look overdone. Ottilie and Lulu's skin care line takes the focus away from heavy foundations and instead places importance on the celebration of natural beauty. Here are a few tips that may help during your talk about tween cosmetics and good self-care:

1. Celebrate the Natural
True beauty comes from within. Even when your daughter is bare- - Read More »

Skin Care Products that are both High Quality and Affordable

Good skin care products from Ottilie and Lulu pamper your tween’s delicate complexion without costing too much money, and while they may seem a bit expensive at first, she’ll need to use less of them to cleanse and nourish her skin, so the products will last a long time. The right ingredients ensure that she is taking proper care of herself without risking exposure to the damage caused by harsh chemicals often used in cut-rate products. Ottilie and Lulu seeks to provide you and your daughter with an affordable solution to maintain her skin’s health well into adulthood.

Good skin care products last far longer than most drugstore varieties. Since these types of products are more effective than their budget counterparts, one bottle of a good skin care product will last longer than several bottles of the cheap stuff. More importantly, a luxurious formula that feels great on her skin will make - Read More »

5 Pieces of Skin Care Advice You Should Never Forget

Remembering our own first experiences with proper skincare helps us to share good skin care advice with our daughters, and while the products may have changed as new studies reveal the damaging nature of some ingredients, the purpose has stayed the same: you want your daughter's skin to look youthful and fresh well into adulthood. Share the following five timeless pieces of skin care advice with your daughter to pass on the legacy of good health:

1. Sun Protection
Daily sun protection is absolutely vital for every complexion, so talk to your tween about applying sunscreen every day, regardless of cloud cover. Ottilie and Lulu offers a sunscreen that is also a facial moisturizer, and this combination product makes it easier for your daughter to remember sun protection as part of her morning routine while encouraging her to moisturize as well.

2. Keep it Clean
Both facial and body skin needs - Read More »

The Best Sensitive Skin Care Products for Those with Allergies

All tween skin needs special care in order to stay healthy, and many young girls have sensitive skin purely because of its delicate nature. Girls with allergies often have an even more sensitive complexion than most. Allergies can make it hard to find sensitive skin care products that won't cause damage, but good-quality sensitive skin care products for tweens aren't impossible to find. Ottilie and Lulu's line of products cleanse, nourish and protect with mild, natural ingredients that are safe for all skin types.

With or without allergies, skin needs to be clean to be healthy, and face and body soaps are a necessary part of every skin care routine. Our clean skin face wipes are perfect for tweens who need to keep their faces clean without being exposed to harsh ingredients that cause allergic reactions, and these incredibly soft cotton wipes cleanse without causing - Read More »

Must-Follow Tween Beauty Tips for Spring 2014

Spring is just around the corner, and soon we’ll be able to get outside and replace our puffy coats and bulky layers with breezy outfits. With warmer weather come new fashions and looks for many tweens, so check out these must-follow tween beauty tips to have your daughter feeling as fresh and beautiful as the springtime greenery!

Simple styles are in this year for haircuts, makeup and clothing, and 2014’s focus is confident yet casual comfort as opposed to over-styled looks. Muted blues and soft whites rule the day, and floral patterns are making a comeback, while a few elements of boyish style like button-up collared shirts and sneakers add a bit of edge to feminine looks. The best tween beauty tips for your young fashionista revolve around keeping her style both natural and clean.

Easily maintained styles are popular for girls of all hair types this spring. Lightly layered long and - Read More »

Tips on Tween Skin and Hair Care: MyGames4Girls Interview

MyGames4Girls interviewed Ottilie & Lulu's Deborah Hernan for the best tips on tween skin and hair care. Starting a personal hygiene routine early is important to protect young skin from the damage that frequently occurs during the teen years. Tweens and teens have a need to feel great every day. Ottilie & Lulu's hair and skin beauty products are designed to help girls look their best and feel confident. MyGames4Girls has made it their mission to end low body confidence--a goal we wholeheartedly support! Read the full article here.

Finding the Best Curly Hair Products Reviews

Curly-haired girls face myriad problems that pin-straight and wavy-haired girls will never understand. Frizz and tangles can sometimes seem like frustrations that she will have to battle for a lifetime. The right balance between a nourishing moisturizer and gentle oil remover is rarely found in most hair products, and tweens with curly hair have even more trouble finding the right products than adults do, since they need to avoid chemicals that can damage their health. Enviable ringlets can be difficult to tame if you haven’t read a few curly hair products reviews first.

For a parent in search of tween-approved curly hair products, reviews are an immensely helpful tool in finding the best products to tame your daughter’s particular type of curly hair. Remember that many curly hair products reviews you find on the Internet or in magazines are advertisements for particular products that claim to - Read More »

Essential Hair Products for Girls in their Tweens

You want to help your daughter look and feel her best, and while you can’t let her skip the basics, you can educate yourself about chemicals to avoid to make sure that the products she uses are safe for everyday application. The following hair products for girls are tween-safe versions of the beauty essentials that every woman needs.


Clean hair is healthy hair, and shampoo is the first step in maintaining a healthy scalp. Cleansing hair products for girls remove dirt from the day’s activities and help to maintain overall hair health. Ottilie and Lulu’s shampoo contains only the good ingredients that your daughter needs to keep her hair silky every day, and they come in fresh scents that you’ll love. This product also doubles as body wash to cut down on the number of shower products you daughter needs to have.

Conditioner & - Read More »

New Skincare Products Your Daughter Will Love

When the time comes to talk to your daughter about keeping her skin healthy, check out the new skincare products designed specifically for teenage skin. These products are far better for delicate young complexions than the average bar soap and lotion combination you may have learned to use as a girl, and your daughter is sure to love them. She'll like the way they make her skin feel, so she'll be more likely to follow a good daily regimen without needing reminders.

Cleansing is the first step in a good daily regimen, and your daughter will need body wash for the shower and a separate facial cleanser. Ottilie and Lulu offers an easy-to-use body wash that doubles as a daily shampoo and contains natural ingredients such as oat kernels and jojoba proteins, which nourish skin as they cleanse from head to toe.

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Tween Skin Care: Why Start Now?

The tween years are the best time to introduce your daughter to the healthy habit of a daily tween skin care regimen. Girls at this age are impressionable enough to take your advice to heart, but also independent enough to handle the task without assistance after the initial show and tell. Sunscreen and proper hygiene are vital for her overall health, and starting her early can make their use second nature instead of a chore. Introduce your daughter to tween skin care early on to help her develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Statistically, 80% of skin damage occurs before age 17. This damage is the result of harsh chemicals, inadequate sunscreen, and improper care for the delicate and changing nature of tween skin. Teaching your daughter to care for her skin while she’s still young can help her avoid being part of that group. Show her how to wash her face and apply lotion afterward to - Read More »

Foolproof Daily Skin Care Regimen for Young Girls

Your daughter is at an age where her skin is nearly perfect. Sure, she may get the occasional blemish. Women of all ages have to tend to those now and then. How we deal with them is what matters. Truly healthy skin looks stunning without makeup and in spite of the occasional blemish. A good skin care regimen allows your daughter to maintain her baby-face without relying on chemicals or cover-ups. Start her early to build a lifelong habit. These steps for a foolproof daily skin care regimen will have your daughter feeling fresh-faced throughout her lifetime.

Step One: The Shower

A daily shower is a refreshing way to start the day. It's also the first step in a good skin care regimen. Your tween should wash from head to toe with a mild cleanser that's made for delicate skin. Ottilie and Lulu's shower gel is a combination shampoo and - Read More »

Tips for Healthy Skin Even in Winter

Heavy snows make the winter a fun time for tweens. Girls love building snow forts, sledding, and making angels in the backyard with a group of friends. A cup of hot cocoa indoors afterwards feeds the need for conversation after a big day. Winter can be fun and playful, but it isn’t always the kindest season for skin health. The trips between the cold, windy outdoors and warm, dry indoors can throw things out of balance. Dry spots and itchy patches run amok. Share these tips for healthy skin for the cold season with your daughter to keep her skin looking as pure and soft as the freshly fallen snow.

Wear Sunscreen!

Cloudy and gray skies don’t filter sunlight. One of the most important tips for healthy skin is to wear sunscreen every day—regardless of weather or planned activities. Even if your daughter is more of the bookish type who likes to sit and read by a window, - Read More »

Top Trends for Tween Hair in 2014

A new year comes equipped with new fashion trends for tweens of all ages. Hairstyle trends can sometimes seem like a nightmare argument for mothers—especially if your tween is begging for something drastic. Luckily, this year's tween hair trends don't call for dramatic spiked bobs, and wild colors have fallen out of fashion. 2014's top trends in tween hair are more focused on a smart cut and a natural style. These multi-purpose looks allow your daughter to have fun with what nature gave her while staying up to date with her fashion idols.

The Cuts
Mid-length haircuts are dominating the tween hair scene. The trendiest cuts have very little layering going on—just enough to allow for a lot of play. These haircuts rest perfectly at the shoulder, granting the ability to pull hair back into a pony or sleek bun but not long enough to interfere with short hair staples. These shoulder-length - Read More »

7 Must-have Hair and Skin Products for Tweens

We all experimented with our mother’s makeup when we were young—and the results weren’t ever as ‘mature’-looking as we had hoped. Your tween is going through the same experience. Help promote a healthier ideal of beauty by showing her how to use the right hair and skin products for her age. When she asks about make-up, she only wishes to feel confident in her appearance around her peers. Introduce your daughter to these 7 must-have hair and skin products to instill confidence through healthy, natural beauty.

1. Protective Sunscreen
An appropriate sunscreen is the most important of all hair and skin products. Sun damage is a serious issue that affects every person regardless of age. It is easily avoidable with the daily application of a good sunscreen. Ottilie and Lulu’s Facial Moisturizer and - Read More »

The Right Skin Care Moisturizer is More Than “Just a Lotion”

Help your tween make the important switch from the glittery lotion she bought at the mall to an actual skin care moisturizer for lifelong skin health. All skin needs its nourishment to stay healthy. For tweens, this step of the hygiene regimen is usually easy to encourage. She probably uses a lotion daily in order to smell nice and feel soft. The trick is getting her to use the right one. These actual moisturizers will leave her feeling just as girly, but without the exposure to harmful chemicals. The right product can make all the difference.

Ottilie & Lulu knows that girls need to fall in love with their skin care moisturizer in order to make it a daily staple, which is why we scented ours with a heavenly lavender and made sure it left behind an unimaginable feeling of velvety-smoothness. A light shimmer effect adds to the natural glow that only good skin care can provide. The bottle itself is - Read More »

Tween Beauty Tip: Face Wipes Encourage Healthy Habits for Clean Skin

This month's beauty tip for your tween is all about the face, and Ottilie & Lulu's face wipes provide a portable, easy, and enjoyable way for your tween to practice healthy habits for clean skin. The facial skin of tween girls is particularly tricky. It's going through constant changes and appears to be constantly prone to breaking out. Frequently washing her face is a good solution to common complexion issues, but it's best in combination with a cleanser made just for her. The cleansing agents of our wipes are ideal for daily use on even the most delicate of tween skin. Most importantly, she'll want to use them every day!

The rosewater in our Clean Skin Face Wipes is for more than just smelling great. Rosewater has been used for generations as a skin care component. It is both soothing and refreshing to apply to facial skin. It also has cleansing properties of its own, - Read More »

Winter Prep: 6 Beauty Tips and Tricks for Tweens

Winter weather is hard on skin, with cold outside air sapping away moisture and artificially heated indoor air drying skin out further, so be sure to discuss the following six beauty tips and tricks with your daughter before the cold season hits. Since many tweens tend to have more sensitive skin types, it's a good idea to do a little preparation before their skin dries out. These beauty tips and tricks will help your daughter maintain soft, well-nourished skin throughout the winter months.

1. Exfoliate

Exfoliation renews skin and readies it for the application of deep moisturizer. It's not an everyday task, but once a week it is healthy to remove dead skin cells and then lather up with lotion. Make sure the product you choose is safe for tweens, and as always, avoid parabens, phthalates, and harsh acids. A soft sugar scrub made from natural ingredients is best. If excessive drying occurs, - Read More »

Natural Beauty Tips for Sweater Season

Winter is fast-approaching, sweater season is upon us, and your tween daughter is likely pulling out her favorites from storage and reveling in their softness. Following a few natural beauty tips during sweater season can help make sure that she feels confident all over while wrapped in the comfort that only a big, warm sweater can provide.

Hair concerns are one of the biggest problems for girls during colder months. Wool and fleece have a tendency to produce static electricity, which causes flyaway strands and frizz. One of the best natural beauty tips for this season is to use larger amounts of conditioner, which nourishes hair from root to tip and makes it less prone to being unmanageable due to static-causing clothing. When temperatures drop and hair dries out, however, this might not be enough, so a deep condition might be in order. Deep conditioning refers to the process of leaving conditioner on the - Read More »

Top Skincare Products for Holiday Trips

December is a big travel month, since most people have vacation from work or school. Many families travel great distances to gather together for the holidays. If there is a tween girl in your family, look into portable top skincare products to keep her naturally healthy and beautiful for holiday trips. These products fit easily in a weekend bag and are ideal for both short overnight trips and long stays out of town.

The initial step of skin care is always cleansing, so first on the list of portable top skincare products for tweens are easy-to-use facial wipes. Face wipes from Ottilie and Lulu require no water for use, which means that she can clean her face in the car or start her morning hygiene routine without having to wait for a bathroom to open up. Our wipes fit easily in a backpack or purse for convenient skin cleansing anywhere. - Read More »

Tips for Healthy Hair of All Types

When it comes to hairstyles, tweens and fully grown women seem to share the same envy for a different hair type. Pin-straight girls want waves, wavy-haired girls want one simple style, and curly girls want their hair to lay flat and frizz-free. Countless products promise results, but very few offer true hair health. Natural beauty always looks better than going out of your mind over attempts to change what you were born with. Share a few tips for healthy hair with your daughter to keep her happy with what nature (and genetics) gave her. While these tips for healthy hair may not diffuse the desire for a change of pace, they can help your tween celebrate what she already has.

For the Pin-Straight

Common complaints from girls of the straight-hair school tend to focus on the texture. They call it limp, dry, greasy, and unable to hold any body whatsoever. While it may seem counterintuitive - Read More »

Natural Beauty Tips for Halloween Tweens

Halloween is right around the corner. In previous years, your tween was likely dressing up to trick or treat with her siblings in the cutest outfits ever conceived by parents. As she gets older, parties with friends are likely replacing the sunlit traipse around the safe neighborhood. Outlandish costumes replace the bumblebees and princesses of years past. The fight over what she can and cannot leave the house wearing is more frightening for a parent than any of the ghost stories told this time of year. Try to compromise by emphasizing natural beauty tips for her Halloween costume over garish designs.

You may luck out on the costume side. She might wish to dress up as someone or something close to her own natural look. In this case, your course is clear! Help her highlight her natural features while keeping it age-appropriate and share natural beauty tips on how she can look her best. There are too many good costumes to - Read More »

Tips on Tween Hair Styles for Rushed Mornings

A few tips on tween hairstyles that suit the occasion can help your daughter look and feel great without sacrificing precious time to the mirror on those occasional “rushed mornings.” School is starting up again, and for a lot of girls, that means less time in the morning to devote to a beauty regimen. Sure, there are some days that she can get up early enough to play around with a new style, but those days are often few and far between. When the alarm didn’t go off and the ride’s due in 20 minutes, point her toward the right products and these classic tween hairstyles to have her looking great in no time.

Use Conditioner

Conditioner is one of the best tools in your daughter’s arsenal for quickly-pulled-together tween hairstyles. It can be used in place of styling gel to soothe “frizzies.” The same conditioner she uses in the shower may be combed through - Read More »

Gentle, Everyday Sunscreen that Doesn’t Sting Your Eyes

It’s officially the end of summer, with September bringing on the last hoorah for many around the country, and taking a refreshing swim is one of summer’s most cherished highlights for girls and moms alike. Whether your favorite spot is poolside or on a sandy beach, nothing beats the heat quite like a cool swim. However, a lot of girls have reported their eyes burning while coming out of the water. This complaint spans fresh water, salt water, and chlorinated pools alike. It might not be the chemicals in the water itself – it might be your sunscreen! If irritated eyes have ever been a dark spot on an otherwise perfect trip to the water, you and your daughter might want to consider switching to a non-chemical everyday sunscreen.

Lathering on the sun protection is vital for any outdoor excursion, but the chemicals in some varieties could be at the root of after-swimming eye pain. No sunscreen is truly - Read More »

Conditioner is Vital for Healthy Tween Hair during Summer

Swimming is a much-loved exercise for girls from all climates. The exercise itself proves a great way to stay in shape while keeping cool. However, tween hair goes through frequent changes before it develops a recognizable “hair type,” and it can be very prone to damage from a cool dip in the pool. Salt water might dry it out. Chlorine from a cool pool might bleach it as well as dry it. Fresh water has its own concerns depending on the region that holds your favorite summer lake. Clean tween hair is a priority after every trip to the refreshing water. Tween-approved shampoo cleanses these harmful elements, but only a conditioner can keep it soft afterward.

Cleansing and conditioning tween hair allows your daughter to keep her style in a manageable state no matter what summer’s weather throws her way. Ottilie & Lulu’s creamy conditioner and - Read More »

Tween Beauty Tip: Build Confidence with Healthy Skin Care

There’s no better beauty secret than confidence in one’s personal appearance. As a parent of a tween girl, you’re probably familiar with the changing fashion crazes revolving around clothing and musical tastes. Another important tool in your tween’s confidence arsenal is healthy, glowing, well protected skin. It might not sound as exciting as a new wardrobe, but healthy skin care is vital for girls who want to look and feel gorgeous.

A healthy skincare routine helps your tween feel as beautiful as she is clean. Feeling great boosts confidence regardless of external pressures from social life or schoolwork. The tween years are all about change, and a change from kiddy cleansers to healthy skincare builds a lifetime habit of taking pride in personal hygiene.

A daily hygiene regimen helps your daughter get used to the idea of keeping her skin well cared for. Cleansing and moisturizing every - Read More »

Finding the Right Sunscreen Products for Tweens

Summer is here and going strong! With the hot weather comes the need for increased sun protection. This is true for people of all ages, but especially true for tween girls with changing skin. Most skin damage occurs before your daughter reaches 17 years old, and the nature of her skin during the tween years makes her even more susceptible to damage from the sun. Finding the right sunscreen products will help your daughter build a habit of applying protection before heading outdoors. Fortunately, many sunscreen products are readily available for the task at hand. Unfortunately, finding the right one can sometimes prove a difficult task. Ottilie & Lulu's sunscreen lotion is perfect for your tween's face, but the rest of her needs some attention as well. Take a look at the ingredients before purchasing, and help your daughter stay well-protected and safe from sun - Read More »

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Avoid Summer Breakouts by Sharing Clear Skin Tips!

It’s not summer in every climate quite yet, but the temperatures are rising everywhere. Tween girls, including your daughter, look forward to the warmer months while dreading the impact of excess oils brought by higher temperatures and sweating. Help your daughter avoid the breakouts by sharing some clear skin tips for the coming months of summer!

Clear skin starts with clean skin. One of several important clear skin tips that you can share with your daughter revolves around the morning routine. She should wash her face every day and moisturize afterward. Ottilie & Lulu offers face wipes that take the mess out of daily face washing. One wipe will remove the stresses of the previous day while leaving behind the light scent of rosewater. Our facial moisturizer includes zinc oxide. This ingredient soothes - Read More »

Build a Relaxing Tween Spa at Home

Much needed exercise isn't the only activity that picks up when spring rolls around. Schoolwork often gets a little busier between spring break and summer vacation. Extracurricular activities range from school plays to new sports seasons. Hotter areas might even have swim teams forming in the very near future. Among all these school-focused events, social activities also become more frequent in the form of birthday parties and spur of the moment sleepovers. At first, the new bustle is a welcome retreat from the winter doldrums. As time goes on, it can start to seem a little stressful to keep up with the whirlwind of an even busier daily life. Show her that you care about her while giving her some much-needed time to herself with the gift of a long, uninterrupted tween spa day that's all her own.

A luxurious bath can sometimes knock the stress out of a whole week. Tween spa products from Ottilie & Lulu are perfect for - Read More »

Beauty Tip: Healthy Skin Care for Summer

This last month of school can prove a little rough for tween girls and parents alike, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Summer vacation is upon us! Ottilie & Lulu's varied gift bags make a great start to any summer beauty kit for healthy skin care. A stock of healthy skin care products for summer can help your tween catch a break between the exams and graduation parties while caring for herself. These products provide a little oasis in the midst of school-end activities. From a relaxing bath to a luxurious lotion, these healthy skin care products provide a little relief from the more hectic day-to-day.

A great idea for a few hours of mother-daughter bonding can start with building a beauty kit for summer. A fresh smelling sunscreen and a few products for frequent showers are the start. Deodorant is another tool against the odor that comes with summer sweats. Look for natural deodorants with botanical - Read More »

Humid Weather Hair Tips for Girls

The good news: Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner! The bad news: Humidity. High humidity levels have a way of making styling difficult for all types of hair. Here are a few hair tips for girls to help keep your tween’s locks looking fantastic despite the damp weather.

A little extra conditioner is usually the solution to tame strays and prevent frizz. Help your daughter maintain a focus on healthy, well-nourished hair instead of defaulting to chemically laden gels and aerosol sprays.

Humid weather hair tips for girls with curls rely heavily on the use of a hydrating conditioner. Curly hair is just naturally more porous than straight hair, which makes it more prone to problems with changes in humidity. Curly hair has a habit of going haywire and becoming unmanageably frizzy on the rainy days of spring. Introduce your daughter to the process of daily conditioning to tame springtime - Read More »

Tips for Finding the Best Products for Girls’ Skin Care

The right products for girls’ skin care are a much-needed part of your tween’s daily routine, but the bombardment of beauty products aimed at older girls or children can make finding the best products a little difficult. Tween skin differs from that of both teenagers and toddlers. It’s more prone to damage from harsh chemicals yet also requires more attention than a baby wash provides. Finding the right girls’ skin care products need not be a trying task. Here are a few things you can look for to help your daughter’s skin stay healthy and beautiful.

The PTPA Seal

Parent-tested, parent-approved products may help take the guesswork out of finding good skin care supplies. This organization grants its seal of approval only to companies who meet the standards of real parents going through real day-to-day with their kids. They also take into account the experience of the girls using the - Read More »

Natural Looks are 2013’s Hottest Hairstyles for Tweens

There's no denying the fact that the 90s styles are coming back. As a mother, you may be holding your head in anguish at the thought of your daughter running around in drape-like flannels and torn jeans. The good news is that it's not all bad. Flannel does make an appearance, as do big comfy sweaters, but the look is more "natural beauty" and less "lazy sleep deprivation." Best of all, hairstyles for tweens are becoming more natural and less hairspray dependent! Use this trend of natural beauty to introduce your tween to good hair care practices early on.

2013's hairstyles for tweens include the look of natural waves left free to do their own thing – to the delight of curly haired girls. The "natural look" requires less effort and minimal product. Even the slicked-back hairstyles for tweens may be achieved with a humble comb. For parents, these trends are a breeze to teach. They don't look too grown-up, and they may even - Read More »

3 Reasons Tween Products Should Differ from Adult Products

Sharing beauty tips with your daughter provides a unique opportunity for mother-daughter bonding. You remember what your mother told you, and you pass those secrets on to the next generation. This bonding experience creates lasting memories for both you and your tween daughter. The only difference between the two of you at these times lies in the products you use. Adult products are just not formulated for use on her delicate, transitioning skin. Use the same methods but have her use tween products for skin and hair, formulated just for her! Here are 3 great reasons to use tween products instead of those made for adults.

1. Changing Skin

As adults, our bodies have, for the most part, come of age. We know whether we have dry skin or oily skin, and we can choose products accordingly. Tween girls haven't hit that point as of yet. Your daughter might have oily skin one week, and itchy, dry skin the next! Using - Read More »

Skin Care Cleansers Help Your Tween Avoid Breakouts

Stress, diet, hormonal changes – there's really no way to be sure which combination of factors contributes to a breakout. It can also be tough or even damaging to treat or prevent them. The right skin care cleansers can help your daughter prevent breakouts without damaging her face. With all the changes your tween is going through, a few unsightly bumps are sure to pop up from time to time. The way the two of you deal with them should be healthy and take into account the preservation of her skin.

Dealing with a breakout first requires an understanding of how the pimples appeared in the first place. While it's difficult to pinpoint whether a particular breakout happened due to hormones or stress, the formation of a zit remains the same. Pores get clogged with too much oil or dead skin cells, and then they get irritated and puff up. Skin care cleansers can help keep this from happening, but it's also important to avoid the - Read More »

Share Skin Care Advice with a Mother-Daughter Spa Day

An in-home spa day provides a wonderful opportunity to share hair and skin care advice with your tween. Spa treatments are fun and girly all on their own, and administering them within your own home allows you to manage the products your daughter comes in contact with. At the same time, the two of you can bond over a few luxurious beauty treatments for hair, hands, and skin in a comfortable environment. Bring out the conditioners and fuzzy bathrobes for a few hours of mother-daughter time!

First, you could focus on hair. Skin care advice does include maintaining a healthy scalp for a shiny head of hair. Deep-conditioning treatments require a bit of time, and you can take care of hands and feet while the conditioner sets. Hair treatment products for adults vary on hair types, but tween products should be fairly universal. Fortunately, the solution is simple. Just use the same every day conditioner, but leave it in for a - Read More »

Beauty Tips for Girls who Enjoy Winter Sports

Sports aren’t only for the warm seasons. Indoor sports are a popular way for tweens to stay fit during the winter, and provide an opportunity to socialize and make new friends outside of a school environment. Help your tween stay hydrated and well moisturized to prevent dry skin and chafing, by introducing her to the best beauty tips for girls of all ages: good hygiene and nourishing moisturizers.

Beauty tips for girls who stay active during the cold months involve caring for her skin and hair. If she stays clean and well hydrated, she’ll feel confident throughout the season. One of the most common indoor activity issues is increased perspiration. Gyms and dance studios get hot, especially when a group is working out together in indoor heating. Talk to your tween about how to properly clean up after a workout. A full shower may not be needed in all cases, but it doesn’t hurt! If she’s short on time, - Read More »

Skin Care for Girls Includes Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a vital, yet often neglected, facet of skin care for girls. Some consciously choose not to use sunscreen, to achieve the perfect tan. Due to the fact that so many people equate a suntan with robust health, sun-bronzed skin is even often presumed to be healthy skin; this is not the case. The UV rays from the sun can often do irreparable damage to the skin. The American Cancer Society reports that there are over one million new cases of skin cancer reported each year in the United States. While types of skin cancer vary greatly in their effects, many can be prevented through early and consistent use of sunscreen. Whether at the beach or walking to school in the bright snow, one cannot overemphasize the importance of protecting skin from the dangerous rays of the sun. Sunscreen, along with regular cleansing, should be the foundation of skin care for girls.

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Products for Girls that Cleanse and Condition

Gorgeous hair isn't just a specific cut or color. Your tween daughter's hair is unique. It might be a little on the frizzy side of curly, or on the flat side of straight. The solution for perfect hair isn't found by changing it. Nourishing hair products for girls can help her feel confident with her hair's natural state. Styling gels, dyes, and sticky sprays just can't compete with the amazing look of what's already there.

Ottilie & Lulu's hair products for girls are made just for tweens. We don't have categories targeted toward one hair type or another because it's simply not necessary. Young girls' hair is going through changes, and it might switch textures or even shades over the next few months and years. The main focus should be to keep hair healthy; then it will look its best. Cleansing and conditioning allows your tween to maintain her hair's health while bringing out its natural radiance.

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Tween Health and Beauty Tips for Winter: Avoid the Tan

Great health and beauty tips to share with your tween daughter this winter include having a talk about the tan. Since the sun is likely hiding out, a natural tan is out of the question. Since exposure to harmful rays is a huge concern for tween skin care, the lack of natural sunlight may seem like a bit of a relief at first. Sunscreen is still every bit as important for sledding excursions and snow fort construction, but the majority of winter activities take place indoors away from the damaging sunlight. The desire to get a brown glow might even be lessened when the weather requires heavier clothing. However, some girls may still want a bronze complexion to feel beautiful. If this is the case in your house, it's probably time for a talk about health and beauty tips regarding tanning.

The first of many health and beauty tips for healthy tween skin regards tanning beds. Tanning beds are no safer than baking in the backyard - Read More »

Tween Skin Care Advice for Dry Winter Skin

Snowfall and colder temperatures can be rough on young girls trying to look their best. Dry skin, chapped lips, and cracking elbows seem to run rampant with the drier air of indoor heating in combination with chilly winds. At the same time, the wrong type of moisturizer may lead to the dreaded breakout. Keeping skin well hydrated is a tricky balance for young girls with changing skin. Help your daughter keep things under control as she readies herself for the day with some skin care advice for this drying season.

Cleansing is every bit as important as moisturizing for healthy skin. Just because she isn’t sweating as much this season doesn’t mean that she should skip the shower. The right cleanser for her skin shouldn’t strip the skin of much-needed oils. Instead, the right cleanser should only remove the day’s dirt and provide a good starting point for a moisturizer. Ottilie & Lulu’s Read More »

Teach Good Hair and Body Care Routines Early

Many parents are asking if tween-aged kids need their own hair and body care routine. It's a valid question and one that requires a thoughtful answer from experts. Doctors on leading websites like WebMD have stated that, "It's never too early to teach the benefits of good skin care." They also assert that exposure to pollution, the sun, sweat, and other impurities can do a lot more damage to young skin than it can to adults. With that in mind, a hair and body care regimen for tweens is a valuable part of good grooming to help to counteract these effects.

It's well known that teens often suffer from acne, or from oily skin and hair. For some girls, it's very embarrassing, even a socially crippling issue. Tweens have delicate skin that can react badly to harsh cleaners or heavy moisturizers. It is vital to find products pure and mild enough for tween skin that will gently cleanse the skin and provide nourishment that their - Read More »

Tween Hair Products Celebrate the Fun of Being a Girl

As women, we all love to do our hair. Sometimes, a fancy up-do is all it takes to take the blues out of a bad day. Other times, we feel simply wonderful with a well-kept ponytail or a tight bun. However we style our hair, the activity itself inspires an air of relaxation and confidence. Tween girls love doing their hair just as much as fully-grown women – possibly more! Daily cleansing and conditioning with tween hair products keeps her hair soft and manageable for the style creation of the day.

Girls often style one another's hair as a shared hobby between friends. Curly haired girls love to straighten it out, while straight haired girls wonder what they would look like with bouncy spirals. Flowers, clips, and bows provide more fun additions to beautiful hair. No matter the length, healthy hair always looks great.

Your daughter's daily hair routine doesn't have to be a chore. Cleansing, conditioning, and - Read More »

Skin Care Cleansers vs Cosmetic Makeup

Even as a mother now, you likely recall the first time you experimented with your mom’s makeup kit. Although the results may have been disastrous, you probably still felt pretty and grown up. Your tween daughter may have already gone through this step, especially if she’s on the older side of these impressionable years. Some girls may see their peers at school wearing makeup at very young ages and feel that they need it to fit in. If you think that she’s a little too young for heavy makeup, you’re right!! You might want to try steering her into the direction of proper skin care instead. Young girls just want to feel as beautiful as you know they are. Ottilie & Lulu’s line of skin care cleansers, moisturizers, and hair care products can help you introduce your daughter to the best beauty products for her age.

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Skin Care for Girls: Ingredients Matter

Preventing breakouts, protecting from sun damage, and keeping a good balance are all important factors to consider when choosing the best skin care for girls. Since most skin damage occurs before the age of 17, it is vital to choose ingredients that won't cause harm. Products that are perfectly safe for adults aren't always safe for young skin. Ottilie & Lulu's line of skin care for girls avoids these harmful ingredients to protect your daughter's skin during these years. We also include a few ingredients that help her maintain skin health and avoid breakouts.

Zinc oxide is one such ingredient that helps to maintain skin health, and is found in our Everyday Facial Moisturizer and Sunscreen lotion. Zinc Oxide is a vital ingredient for sun protection. It also works as an anti-inflammatory and a subtle astringent. It soothes the skin and keeps it calm without causing the stresses associated with using chemical astringents. - Read More »

The Best Beauty Tips for Tween Hair and Skin

The best beauty tips for tween girls are those that focus on building confidence in their natural appearance. The tween years are often awkward due to hormonal changes that affect outward appearance. A high level of confidence can help her deal with common issues ranging from body changes to the dreaded breakouts and bad hair days.

Good hygiene is the first step to helping your daughter feel as beautiful as you know she is. When she looks great naturally, she might not even feel the need to seek cosmetics. As a parent, help her along by sharing the best beauty tips for a clean and healthy look.

The best beauty tips for skin don't rely on the perfect brand of cosmetics. Heavy foundation and excessive powders don't look good on anyone. A little concealer might prove helpful for hiding the odd zit or two, but when it comes to the big breakout, the solution is not spackle. Most breakouts can be prevented with a - Read More »

Great Tween Gifts for the Holidays and Beyond

Ottilie & Lulu’s skin and hair care products make for great tween gifts year round. With Christmas coming up fast, you are likely in search of the perfect present for the tween in your life. She may be your daughter, your niece, or a family friend. Help boost her confidence and build lasting hygiene habits by giving some hair and skin care gifts from Ottilie & Lulu!

Our gift bags come ready-wrapped in soft, colorful organza bags with festive bows. We have three options to choose from. The Face Essentials bag contains products that let her cleanse and moisturize her skin anywhere. The facial lotion doubles as a sunscreen for added protection against the elements. This bag also comes with our SPF lip balm to prevent chapped lips during the cold season. Our Hair Essentials gift bag contains a body wash - Read More »

Sun Protection Products for Winter

Winter is approaching quickly. Cool days on the soccer fields have already replaced sunny afternoons on the beach, but sun protection products are every bit as important as they were over the summer. After all, cloud cover and chilly weather don't block UV rays. The right sun protection is especially important for young girls. Skin damage from the sun during the tween years can last a lifetime. Help her avoid cold-weather sunburn by introducing her to sun protection products early on.

The American Association of Pediatrics recommends sun protection products with a minimum SPF of 15. SPF refers to the percentage of protection a product provides from damaging UV rays. Higher SPF's have a higher percentage of damage blocking, with SPF 15 blocking 94% of UVB rays and SPF 30 blocking 97%. A good sunscreen normally falls somewhere between 20 and 45 – higher than the minimum but not ridiculously high. SPF 100+ might look like - Read More »

The Right Tween Beauty Products for the Job

Girls between age nine and twelve are probably already interested in makeup, manicures, and trying on mommy's high heels. Tween beauty products may conjure fun images of makeup and dressing tables, but gentle skin and hair care products are a vital part of good grooming for young girls. Teaching the benefits of good skin care should be done at a young age, but you can’t do that without the right tween beauty products.

Most of us remember the "Big Talk," when our mothers sat down with us and explained the wonders of womanhood and all that entailed. From the days of lacing up corsets to the advent of the curling iron, mother-daughter talks laid the foundational knowledge of what it is to be a young woman. Daughters may not always realize it, but they rely on mothers to provide advice on beauty, relationships, careers, and even tween beauty products! Mothers have a lifetime of wisdom and knowledge to convey& - Read More »

Skin Care for Girls: All About Lotion

A good lotion is the best skin care for girls all through the year, but it is particularly important to get into the habit of moisturizing skin during the months of fall and winter. Many factors can lead to dry skin during the year. Months of fun in the sun, chlorine, and salt water take their toll. Weather changes can wreak havoc on girls' skin, so moisturizing is an integral part of daily life. Cooler days can cause uncomfortable chapping or even flaking. As she shifts her primary environment from the backyard to the classroom, a change in atmosphere might also lead to dry skin issues. Teach your daughter to keep her skin moisturized to prevent issues with dryness and to keep her skin healthy. Choose the right skin care for girls by selecting lotions that are formulated specifically for delicate tween skin.

How Lotion Works

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Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment for Girls

Help your daughter revitalize her hair this fall with a weekly deep conditioning hair treatment with hair products from Ottilie & Lulu! Fall is the best season for applying a weekly deep conditioning hair treatment. Summer involves a lot of exposure to elements that can cause hair to lose some of its natural luster. Chlorine from the pool and salt from the beach both act to dry hair out. Also, massive amounts of time in the sun take their toll. Fall conditioning also prepares hair for the winter to come. Winter can be a dry time due to colder weather and less humid air. The colder months also mean more time indoors, which can prove drying for all types of hair. Restore shine and prevent tangles by using tween hair products for deep conditioning in the comfort of your own home!

The process of deep conditioning is fairly simple. After shampooing, have your tween coat her hair with Read More »

3 Tips for Preventing Breakouts

An increase in stress is an unfortunate part of the back-to-school season for a tween girl. Homework keeps her busy, and she is still adjusting to the schedule changes that come with being back in the classroom. The hardest part of back-to-school stress might come in the form of the dreaded acne breakout. This may weigh hard on her and prove destructive to her confidence. Remind her that breakouts happen to everyone at some point, and share a few tips on preventing breakouts to help her out!

1. Keep Skin Clean

Zits form when bacteria and dead skin cells build up in the pores. Having your daughter cleanse her skin frequently – 3x a day – is one of the best ways of preventing breakouts. However, it is important to note that frequent cleansing should only be done with a mild cleanser to avoid drying out skin. Tween skin is delicate and requires delicate treatment. Read More »

Introduce Your Daughter to Skin Care for Girls

The start of a school year provides a great opportunity to talk to your daughter about taking care of her skin. This is especially true for girls just entering the tween years! Skin care for girls requires different products and an easier regimen. She probably wants a little more independence as she enters middle school. Introduce her to skin care for girls her age to help her feel that she is doing something on her own while building a healthy habit!

Your daughter may enter her tween years as early as 7 and will stay in them until 14. At this phase in her life, her skin is going through changes from childhood to adulthood. It is especially susceptible to damage from the sun and chemicals as it transitions. Mild products with healthy ingredients nourish her skin and make her feel beautiful even when the changes are visually apparent.

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Hair and Skin Products for Back to School

Summer’s end marks the beginning of the new school year. Your daughter is likely excited to get back and see friends and share stories about the fun she had all summer! With all the activity and bustle, it’s important that you remind her to keep up with her hair and skin care regimens. Changes in schedule and new activities might make this seem difficult, so easy to use products are a must. From the shower to the practice field, Ottilie and Lulu’s hair and skin products will help your daughter keep up good habits this school year!

Easy to carry hair and skin products are ideal for girls with busy schedules. Smaller packages fit easily in a backpack or sports bag for use after activity or exercise. Our Clean Skin Face Wipes are a perfect tool to help your daughter keep her skin clean and feel fresh no matter where she is. On a hot day, she can wipe - Read More »

Bath and Beauty Products make for Great Tween Gifts

Everyone likes presents, and your tween is no exception! It doesn’t need to be her birthday to give her something that shows you appreciate her. With school starting up again, giving her a present might just ease the transition to working again after a period of relaxation and fun. Bath and beauty products are great tween gifts for any time of year! After all, everyone loves a luxurious bath.

Ottilie and Lulu’s gift bags contain bath and beauty products that make your tween feel as beautiful as you know she is. We have three gift bags your daughter is sure to love. The face essentials gift bag contains lip balm, face wipes for clean skin anytime, and an SPF moisturizer for a protected, smooth feeling face. Our hair and body gift bag is ideal for a luxurious bath. The minty smell is - Read More »

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Hair products for Girls with Changing Hair

Your daughter’s hair may go through phases during her tween years. It might be unmanageably dry one month and confusingly oily the next! These changes may have your daughter seeking adult products intended for hair that truly is oily or dry. However, no matter how good they are on your hair or how expensive, these products are not usually made for girls her age. They often contain chemicals that cause harm instead of benefit. Specially formulated hair products for girls are designed to work with your daughter’s hair no matter what phase it finds itself stuck in.

These gentle, but effective products provide the vitamins, botanicals, and antioxidants to nourish, soothe, and protect, all while assisting in the building of daily personal care habits. Combination products cut down on shower time, make getting clean that much easier, and are less expensive than multiple product purchases.

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Botanicals: The Perfect Scents for Tweens

Everyone wants to smell good, and your tween is no exception! An entire perfume industry exists to fit this need, but not all solutions are appropriate or safe for younger girls. Some contain harmful chemicals, and others are a little too ‘adult’ for her age group. Fortunately, a natural solution for the perfect scents is available in the use of botanical fragrances. Such fragrances are derived from plant ingredients and are safe for your daughter’s changing skin. Furthermore, botanicals place an emphasis on smelling clean and fresh as opposed to boisterous.

Normal perfumes just aren’t formulated for girls. Most contain at least one on a large list of chemicals that can cause skin damage to delicate tween skin. A few of these chemicals may even cause allergic reactions or respiratory problems. Even on the safer end of the spectrum, such perfumes may cause dry and chapped skin. Ethanol, petroleum - Read More »

Pamper Your Daughter with a Tween Spa Party

Slumber parties provide a great diversion from your daughter’s day to day life. These parties can consist of two friends sharing an evening of giggles and a movie. They can also provide a great birthday treat with as many friends as your house can accommodate! During the summer, girls are out of school and probably spending a lot more time together. Add a refreshing, and skin-healthy, element to your daughter’s slumber party by hosting a tween spa party! This type of party pampers your daughter and her friends and would be especially refreshing during the hot days of summer.

Slumber parties are all about talking and sharing secrets with friends! A spa-themed party allows your daughter and her confidantes to relax as they chat about their lives and laugh over shared experiences. As a parent, all you need to do is provide age-appropriate spa essentials and step back to let your daughter enjoy the company of her - Read More »

Skin Advice for Summer Activities

Share some skin advice with your daughter this summer. Most skin damage occurs before the age of 17, and it is important to minimize damage during the tween years. Frequent application of sunscreen is vital. It may prove easy to remember to wear sunscreen when outdoors in summer, in full sunlight, but not all fun happens directly under the sun's glow. Sunscreen is important everyday, not just at the beach or park, but everywhere – even a shady spot – because of all of the reflective surfaces that surround us.

Going to a movie or to play indoors making crafts, it may be easy to forget to apply sunscreen. After all, the sun isn't beating down to remind you to apply! However, this is why building the habit of wearing sunscreen everyday is so important. Just because your daughter plans to be inside for a while, sunscreen is still necessary. Sun damage can occur when she decides to step outside and participate in a summer sun- - Read More »

Best and Worst Cities for Your Skin

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Self-Confidence Tips to Share with your Tween

Confidence comes from many angles – regardless of age. Your tween is a special case. At this time in her life, self-esteem is vital for happiness. Confusing changes are taking place in her life on chemical, as well as emotional, levels. A healthy appearance can do wonders. Share some self-confidence tips with your daughter and help her feel as gorgeous as you know she is.

First on a list of self-confidence tips for tweens is open communication. Let her know that she can talk to you about any issues, whether they are about school, home, or simply her hair or skin. When she looks and smells great, she will feel great! Offer advice about products that she can use. Every girl loves gifts, and the gift of good hair and skin products can provide a gateway for discussions about healthy habits in other facets of her life. Share self-confidence tips from your own youth and help her feel beautiful.

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Back to School Tween Beauty

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Age Appropriate Tween Cosmetics

Feeling beautiful is very important to your tween daughter. It's hard not to feel great when greeting the day with shiny, healthy hair and soft, clean skin. Caring for herself is vital for her confidence. Unfortunately, she might think she needs makeup or flashy clothes to achieve the standards of beauty imposed by the world at large. Help her realize she is beautiful on her own with the use of age-appropriate tween cosmetics: simple hygiene and care for her skin and hair.

Ottilie & Lulu was created to provide parents and tweens with beauty products specially formulated for tween hair and skin. Between the ages of 7 and 14, your daughter's hormonal changes might cause blemishes or dry skin. If she feels her skin is unsightly, she may want to turn to cosmetics, such as foundations, powders, and blush. At this age, there are few tween cosmetics that are formulated in a way that doesn't cause damage to her skin's delicate - Read More »

Share Some Tips for Healthy Skin with your Tween

Sharing some of your own tips for healthy skin with your daughter can set her on a path to a lifelong skin care regimen. Developing good habits early impresses upon her the importance of hygiene. A clean tween feels more confident, and confidence is vital as her body changes. Ottilie and Lulu provides a great line of skin care products to help your tween build confidence, be protected from the sun, and maintain a healthy routine.

One of the best tips for healthy skin you can give your tween is in regards to proper sun protection. Sunburn is not only a painful experience in the short term, but it can also cause serious problems for your daughter later in life. Luckily, many sun protection products are available. Ottilie and Lulu provides a great sunscreen, which will moisturize your daughter’s skin while protecting her - Read More »

Good Hair and Skin Products for your Tween

Your tween daughter’s skin is going through a lot of changes; it is important to teach her how to properly care for her skin early, developing habits that will last her lifetime. From the shower to the poolside, Ottilie and Lulu provides hair and skin products to help you teach your daughter the importance of good hygiene.

Our Clean Skin Face Wipes provide a very portable solution to facial skin care when your daughter is on the go. A quick swipe of a skin wipe after exercise helps her face feel fresher, without the need for toting along bottles of gels or bars of soap. This compact package fits easily in her backpack or overnight bag, allowing her to wash her face wherever she may be! Sun protection is also necessary, especially with the coming spring and summer seasons. Ottilie and Lulu’s line of hair and skin products includes an SPF lotion with a fresh - Read More »

Help Your Daughter Show Her Natural Tween Beauty

Dark- or fair-skinned, curly- or straight-haired, your young daughter is beautiful just the way she is. Help her embrace her natural tween beauty by introducing her to hygiene habits early on, and make an impression to last a lifetime. Since most skin and hair damage occurs before age 17, it is important to choose products that won’t upset the delicate balance of her changing body. Ottilie and Lulu provides a line of products to help your tween’s natural beauty shine through, without causing damage.

Regardless of which type of skin your tween has, her body’s changes during this time can make it difficult to select good products. Specific acids and minerals can damage her skin, drying it out or making it appear greasy. Either option can damage your tween’s confidence. Ottilie and Lulu’s skincare products contain no salicylic acids, and are perfectly balanced to help her look and feel great. - Read More »

Sunscreen Products for your Tween

With the arrival of spring, and the summer to come, your daughter is likely to be spending a lot more time out-of-doors. Whether her activities include sports practice, school outings, or pleasant afternoons with friends, sunshine is going to be a prominent part of her life over the next few months. Teaching your tween to care for her skin includes teaching her how to use sunscreen products to protect her skin as she enjoys the warm weather. Sunscreen products come in many SPF levels and varieties, but your daughter’s skin is fragile during her tween years. Ottilie and Lulu’s sunscreen products are specifically formulated for delicate tween skin. Our sunscreen also doubles as a moisturizer for her whole body, and is safe for everyday use. The pleasant lavender scent will have her feeling fresh and clean while the SPF 20 protects her from damaging rays.

Our Everyday Facial Moisturizer & Sunscreen is a great - Read More »

Sunscreen Everyday for Tweens: What's the Point?

No one likes a whistle blower. Tweens tend to gossip about neighborhood parents who seem to have too tight a leash on their children, and that parent's home is often avoided when kids are talking about where they would like to hang out. Yet, parent guidance and assistance with decision making is critical in the tween and teenage years. Possibly one of the most important health lessons parents have to instill in tweens: wear sunscreen everyday. How each parent teaches his or her child may vary, but it is always helpful to find a product he/she will like to use on a regular basis.

Why is sunscreen so critical? The number one reason to apply sunscreen is to actively fight against skin cancer. Melanoma is in the top three most aggressive and dangerous cancers, with sunburn as a leading cause for melanoma.

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Choosing the Right All Natural Skin Care Products for Your Daughter

Sensitive skin or not, dry or oily complexion, teaching your daughter to follow a skin care regimen can help her look and feel her best. However, many drugstore products contain ingredients that could prove harmful to her skin's delicate balance. Ottilie & Lulu provides all natural skin care products with none of the harmful ingredients commonly found in drugstore products. Here's a bit of information about the ingredients we do and don't include to keep our products, and your daughter, healthy and gorgeous!

The Good Stuff

Botanicals provide an all-natural way to help your tween smell heavenly. We use botanicals instead of perfumes or synthetic fragrances to create all natural skin care products just for your daughter. Botanicals don't need harmful pthalates for application. They also provide an aromatherapy benefit. Our Body Glow Lotion is scented with lavender – a calming, soft scent. We use mint in our shampoo - Read More »

Does Chocolate Cause Acne? Skin Care Advice for the Chocolate Season

The joy of Easter morning is incomplete without that brimming basket of delicacies! Your daughter may be growing up, but chances are she still has a sweet tooth, which only an Easter bunny can cure. With the changes happening to her skin during these years of her life, you as a parent may have some concerns about the effect of so much chocolate on her skin. After all, your own mother might have told you that chocolate can cause unsightly pimples when she was sharing her own skin care advice. The truth is, nothing has really been proven, and it all depends on what your daughter's body does after consuming chocolates.

Acne is caused by overactive oil glands combining with bacteria on the surface level of your daughter's skin. During the tween years, these glands might change their production over the course of even a few months. As hormonal changes take place, your daughter may notice increased breakouts after eating - Read More »

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The Most Common Acne Triggers for Tween Skin

It may be a surprise for you to learn that your tween, if he or she is struggling with acne, should not turn immediately to skincare products. Tween skin is vibrant, extremely healing, and well defended by a body that is in its prime. Most tweens that have acne have it because of one of a few, or a combination of a few probable triggers. Even if these triggers are addressed, it is always smart for the tween to practice using regular sunscreen and gentle skin cleansing wipes.

The leading acne causing agent is diet. Most tweens have a metabolism like a furnace and can burn calories like dry kindling. Parents have seen their tween children put away a plate of pancakes as if they were nothing. Tweens boast about putting away whole pizzas, and going back for fourth helpings. These practices are part of growing, and when a child is active, they are normative. However, if acne arises, the tween should look - Read More »

The Do's and Don'ts for Beautiful Tween Skin

Let's get right to business. If you want your child to have youthful tween skin well into her fifties, you are not crazy.

First, a couple of do's:

• Wear sunscreen everyday. Tweens, teens, adults, and babies, should all wear sunscreen each and every time their skin will be exposed to the sun. You might be thinking to yourself, "That's an awfully big expense." But the truth is, you will be able to save on anti-wrinkle products, and probably about half as much on blemish correction cosmetics throughout life if you take care of protecting yourself from the sun. Direct sun exposure is the leading cause for wrinkles, blemishes, aging skin, and skin cancer. A tween should be especially careful since his or her skin is so vulnerable to the sun. Tween skin that is protected stays youthful for decades longer. It's proven science.

• Develop a skincare routine. Tween skincare looks different than teens and adults, - Read More »

Top 5 Problems Facing Tween Beauty Products

Women face a panoply of issues when dealing with skincare. For the tween, those problems are magnified, mystifying and marketable. The top 5 problems to address with tween beauty products are easily sortable though, when you know what to avoid.

1. Tween beauty products are up against a market of sales-hungry consultants. Think of it this way. If you want to catch a shark, what do you do? Chum the water. It is not a pretty business, but do it, and you will see that the sharks come. In the same way, the first mistake you can make in trying to find skincare for your tween is to ask the general public where to find it. Talk about chumming the water! In no time, you will be asking yourself, "Where did that Mary Kay consultant come from?" Avon, Arbonne, the list goes on; all these sales representatives will come knocking on your door to sell you a product. With nothing but a head for sales, you are bound to end up with a product - Read More »

The Independence that Comes with Tween Skin Care

Research indicates that the most challenging years of a person's life come during the developmental years. From a growing body, to a surge of new hormones, the tween is in flux at all times. Tweens experience everything from changing sleep patterns, to growing pains and new wants and desires as their minds and bodies develop. During these years, most tweens begin to have greater conflict with their peers and even more so, with their families and parental authorities. Learning to raise children in this conflict rich environment is a great challenge to parents, and one that, with a little help, can be highly rewarding. For some, it may come as a surprise, that especially with tween girls, tween skin care can be an avenue for mother-daughter bonding and enhancing family relationships.

The reason that skincare may play an important role in building strong relationships with tweens is founded in the independence that it provides - Read More »

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Simplicity Always Wins with Tween Beauty Products

Pre-teenage years are one of the most difficult transitional periods a person will go through. True, high school and the teenage years are full of difficult changes. College is a formidable shift. Married life, having children and working a career are all undertakings that require enormous skills, both personal and professional, but there is no other age when a person will be stuck between two dynamic opposites so much as during the preteen or tween years. Tweens are young enough to remember the carefree years of childhood when cartoons ruled the day, and dinner was the highlight of the night but old enough to know the stresses of school, deadlines, peer pressure, expectations and more. When it comes to tween girls, the pressure to embrace beauty habits like teens and women many years their senior is prevalent. And yet the desire to remain young and carefree is strong. With so many tween beauty products on the market, this is an - Read More »

Clean Skin Face Wipes Review by StyleBakery

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Tween Beauty Need Not Involve Makeup Fads

Makeup usage might be regional. Based on sales figures, it appears to be more common in the south, especially Texas, and less so in the west. In places like Boulder, Colorado, women wearing any noticeable makeup are an exception to the norm. Though, tweens (preteens), and teens tend to defy the norms. As tween girls approach their teen years, they want to make the leap into adulthood and try to enhance their tween beauty with a variety of products. Many girls, by the age of eight, are already heavily influenced by their peers and celebrities. It only takes one mother allowing her daughter to cake on the foundation, eyeliner, or mascara for all the other girls at school to beg their mothers to let them wear makeup too.

Most mothers know the power of peer pressure. Rather than fight the pressure, or give in to habits or activities not of your choosing, it is often better to find an alternative strategy. This is - Read More »

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Choosing the Right Tween Beauty Products

One thing tweens almost never have to deal with is dry skin. Even in hot, dry climates, youthful skin maintains elasticity and moisture exceptionally well. Even more likely is the fact that youth between the ages of seven and fourteen will develop oily skin, usually because they do not practice regular cleansing habits. The truth is that facial skin is the most porous skin on the body, as well as the most sensitive. How do tweens address this thin balance when trying to choose the right tween beauty products?

The first step is for parents of tweens to teach healthy skincare routines. Ideally, all tweens need to cleanse their faces twice a day.  If your tween participates in any activity that causes her to perspire, she should also cleanse after these activities. Sunscreen is a must. Daily application of sunscreen may be the most important hygiene habit a parent teaches a tween. By applying broad-spectrum sun - Read More »

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A Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Spa Essentials Kit Review and Giveaway

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Ingredients of Skin Care Cleansers

The past ten years have been particularly informative in the skin care industry. Dermatologists now have a better understanding of what damages skin, how to prevent it, and who should be the most vigilant. The truth is, a significant amount of skin damage that occurs to a person's skin happens in the younger years of their life. That means tweens and teens have to be especially careful when caring for their skin if they want to avoid the unseemly wrinkles of the middle aged and older generations. However, positive skin care cleansers for tweens do not come in the same formulations that are suitable for adults.

Tweens' skin is more sensitive than an adult's skin. Common chemicals found in harsher adult cleansers, such as salicylic acid, can damage sensitive, youthful skin, provoking the very effects that tweens are trying to avoid. Instead of buying generic skin cleansers and using them indiscriminately, parents of tweens - Read More »

Tween Face Essentials for Gently Tackling Acne and Blemishes

There is no magical line between the ages of thirteen and fourteen, nor between seven and eight, but it is between seven and fourteen that youth are often referred to as “tweens.” It is within this age group that children enter a strange limbo where they are still children but find their bodies and their skin changing. One of the major complications of puberty is the onset of increased oil on the surface of the skin. Many tweens begin to experience acne as early as ten years of age, and they start to use harsh, acidic cleansers and drying toners to control their newly developing blemishes. Finding tween face essentials that are effective, yet gentle enough for tween skin, is key.

Some parents think that using harsh cleansers and toners is the normal way for tweens to deal with blemishes. Many of these products, while good for teenage skin, are still too harsh and drying for young skin. Also, most adult - Read More »

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The Science of Tween Skin

Skin damage does not happen overnight. In fact, 80% of the damage done to skin happens before the age of 18 because young skin is neglected and abused. Most tweens do not start with skin care until they see their first blemish. At that point, they do not have a daily hygiene habit, and as a result, they begin to abuse their skin with harsh, drying products that unbalance their skin. The science of tween skin care is simple: consistent, regular cleansing with a gentle, non-irritating formula, daily application of a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum protection sun screen, not only in summer, but also year-round, and keep hair away from the face during activities and while sleeping. Of course, a healthy diet and plenty of sleep are also part of this scientific formula for healthy tween skin.

As children grow into tweens, they have increased exposure to environmental elements, and with the onset of puberty, they - Read More »

7 Tween Healthy Skin Tips

Skin care can be quite tricky, because just like our fingerprints, everybody’s skin is different. Some people have flakey dry skin, others have oily skin, and then there are those lucky few who have skin that is just right. Well, no matter what your skin type, there are some surefire basics to ensure that you are taking the right steps to care for your skin. We’ll start by identifying things that are bad for you skin. One skin health assassin is ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light is important for many functions. It’s required by our bodies to produce vitamin D and prevent horrible conditions such as rickets. However, UV light causes damage to DNA and consequently skin.

Here are 7 tween healthy skin tips to keep your tween’s skin on the right track.

Tip #1: Avoid unnecessary UV light exposure.

Tip #2: Wear a broad-spectrum protection sunscreen everyday—even on cloudy days. - Read More »

Develop Good Habits Early with Tween Skin Care

So, your child is now at the age at which she is solely responsible for her hygiene. She’s not a baby anymore, but she isn’t quite a teenager either. One question you may ask is “What is a good approach to tween skin care?” The answers are not as simple as you would think. Tweens don’t want to use baby skin care products and are too young to use harsh acne products made for teens and adults.

 The first step is to cover the basics: make sure that your tween is actually cleansing her skin twice a day, in the first place. The second step is to ensure that you have chosen the right product for tween skin care. The right product is going to be free from harsh chemicals, to prevent skin irritation. One ingredient to avoid for tween skin is salicylic acid. Although marketed widely, it is too drying for young skin and can cause the skin to become unbalanced, resulting in dry patches and flaking. - Read More »

What Do Dermatologists Think of Facial Beauty Products for Tweens?

Dermatologists and pediatricians agree that tween skin is probably the best skin we will ever have in our lives. Depressing? Yes, but there is a way to extend the best skin period. When children are babies, we smother them with a barrage of baby products to soothe, moisturize, and protect their baby skin. Then when they become tweens and start taking care of themselves, there aren’t any products made for them to soothe, moisturize and protect their skin and hair.

Medical professionals agree that while makeup for this age group could be damaging to their skin, using age-appropriate formulas in facial beauty products could help to build good hygiene habits. Products with gentle formulas that cleanse, moisturize and protect skin are a positive start to a life-long habit of good hygiene and good healthy skin.

Whatever age girls start puberty, it is never too early to get them started on good hygiene. - Read More »

How the Wrong Tween Skin Care Moisturizer Can Do More Harm Than Good

A tween skin care moisturizer must be formulated differently from adult moisturizers. Most adults’ skin is often dry, losing elasticity, and developing signs of aging. The moisturizer that is appropriate to address these effects in adult skin is most often too strong or lacking age-appropriate formulas for young tween skin. Even if a young girl wants to be just like her mom, it is not beneficial—and may be harmful—for her to use her mother’s facial moisturizers. Tween skin is unique. Its special needs include gentle cleansing, light nourishing, to maintain its soft and supple texture, and daily sunscreen protection.

Many adult formulas contain parabens, phthalates, and minerals. Collagen, an ingredient found in many adult moisturizers to help heal damaged skin and prevent aging, is not appropriate for young, sensitive skin. These creams and lotions may clog and increase the size of tweens’ - Read More »

5 Skin Care Beauty Tips Tweens Need

Acne is the inevitable enemy of youth. Between the ages of seven and fourteen, most girls will develop skin blemishes as their bodies begin the process of puberty. Zits leave their victims feeling self-conscious and uncertain about their image. However, there are choices in how girls can address blemishes---before they begin to happen. Positive skin care beauty tips tweens should take into consideration will help them to endure puberty while protecting their skin for the future, keeping it looking fresh and healthy for their whole lives.

1. No matter what product you use, never succumb to the urge to pick blemishes. Picking and popping zits leads to scarring. Picking is also a main cause of enlarged pores, which then lead to worse and more pervasive acne problems.

2. Developing a daily cleansing routine is key to preventing blemishes and nourishing skin. Tweens who have the discipline to wash their faces - Read More »

From the Experimental Mommy

There are many reasons why I love my Mom. She is kind, generous, and a great listener. Another reason? She has amazing skin! I am hoping that I inherited those genes, because her skin is still flawless and beautiful. Fortunately, I didn't have many inherited skin issues as a teenager but my Mom instilled good hygiene and taught me to protect my skin. Now that I have two daughters, I want to do the same for them.

Apparently, I am not alone! Deborah Hernan, a mother of a tween girl and former executive with Revlon, noticed the lack of products to promote skin care and personal hygiene for girls ages 7-14. So, like any SuperMom would do, she created a natural skin and hair care line, Ottilie & Lulu, in 2009. Her product line took off quickly and grabbed the attention of Seventeen Magazine's Style Blog and Discovery Girls and the rest is history!

I was very excited to receive two items, - Read More »

Mommy Reviews

Ottilie & Lulu is an online site that markets products directed toward tween aged girls to help promote healthy skin, and hair regimens. Are you aware that 80% of the damage done to skin happens by the age of 17? Well, Ottilie & Lulu creates safe products to help young girls feel and look good. All of their products are formulated specially for girls ages 7-14 years, and contain special, gentle formulations of anti-oxidants, botanicals, and vitamins. All of their products are dermatologist, allergy, and clincally tested. Do not worry--they do not test on animals!

It is important for young girls(tweens) to keep up with a daily hygiene regimen: washing thier hair, keeping their face clean, showering, moisturizing their skin and protecting their delicate skin from harmful sun rays. That is where Ottilie & Lulu comes in...they offer Face, Body, Sun Protection, and gifts that can be - Read More »

Race to Summer

As we move into the second half of May, I feel the need to put on my track shoes. It's not for my occasional jog, but for the sprint I do between now and the end of June. School is almost over, but the calendar is filled with recitals, moving up ceremonies, theater performances, innumerable birthday parties, and the end of year parties. And then camp or summer homes and vacations are on the horizon, and the need to get everything and everybody ready. I do feel as though we are blessed with some kind of extra energy at this time of year--or perhaps it's just because of daylight savings time. Whatever it is--I'll take it!

My tween is going to her first sleep away camp this summer. My husband and I are much more traumatized about this than she is, but if she is ready to spread her wings a bit, we want to give her the opportunity to build her independence. But oh, the preparations: Medical forms, dental - Read More »

Mother's Day - A Celebration of Mothers and Children

The other day I overheard my daughter asking her father what they were doing for Mother's Day. I smiled to myself and my heart just puffed up. Whether she knows it or not, my daughter moved from the mother/child stage into the mother/daughter stage. She became one of us--a nurturing, caring (young) woman. Whether she draws me a picture, composes a new song, or picks out some flowers, I know she does it with a different sensibility than she did when she was 5 or 6. And while my daughter has much to accomplish and learn in life before becoming a mother, I am always amazed at the natural, nurturing instinct of women.

I think that back in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May should honor mothers, he had a noble goal in his heart. But honoring Mothers is only half of the equation. Mothers love Mother's Day not for the recognition, but for their children. Mothers with infants and small - Read More »

TWEENS Don't Need Make Up

Tween Girls Need Healthy Skin Habits

Tweens and make up are a popular conversation in the media. Ever since Walmart and Hello Kitty introduced their new tween cosmetics, even Jay Leno is participating in the dialogue. But the conversation is veering far from where it needs to be. It should not be about make up, and it should certainly not be about anti-aging. The conversation should be about healthy skin.

In the past two weeks I have spoken about tween skin with a number of mothers, a dermatologist, and a pediatrician. The overall consensus from all three groups is that tween girls ARE beautiful: just look at our girls' faces. The challenge is to focus this conversation on healthy skin and how to help tweens keep it.

Keeping skin healthy is simple: daily cleansing, moisturizing and protecting--ideally with products formulated for young girls' skin. No - Read More »

Tween Hair:Long and Curly or Short and Straight

Now that the summer sun has started to fade, it's a good time to take a good look at your hair. Has the summer dried it out or made it more oily than ususal? Get rid of those chlorine or salt water split ends. Make an appointment for your fall trim or try a new hair cut.

While girls always love long hair, actress Carey Mulligan's new short hair is the fashion look of the season. Long or short, curly or straight be sure your hair looks healthy and vibrant. Bring your hair back into balance with Ottilie & Lulu Feel Good Shampoo & Body Wash and Shiny Silky Detangler & Conditioner. You will love the way these products make your hair look and feel--and the delicious scent of wild mint makes you feel refreshed. Long or short, curly or stright--bring out your inner Rapunzel.

How Much Sunscreen is Enough?

How much sunscreen should you apply? What amount is too little, or too much? Studies show that most people apply only 20 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.

At Ottilie & Lulu we want to make sure tween girls know all they can about sunscreen--how important is is to apply sunscreen daily, how frequently to apply it--and how much to apply. Let's talk about the amount of sunscreen you should be applying. And let's start with your nose. Do you use just a dot? Well, you should be using a heaping teaspoon of sunscreen--just on your nose! For the delicate skin on your face and neck, you should be applying a heaping tablespoon of sunscreen. And for your body measure out the amount you can squeeze into a shot glass. This might sound like a lot of sunscreen, but it isn't. In fact, these measurements are the minimum you should use to maximize protection from the sun.

Having a sunscreen that - Read More »

Ottilie and Lulu Celebrates its First Anniversary of Tween Beauty

As I sit here thinking about our first year, I smile when I think about about all of the great emails I have received from tweens and their moms. Whether it's the "life-changing" Shiny Silky Detangler & Conditioner, the "fantastically smooth" Everyday Moisturizer & Sunscreen SPF 20, the "best-ever" Face Wipes, the "I love shampooing in the shower" Feel Good Shampoo & Body Wash, or the "relaxing" Body Glow, the feedback from everyone has been terrific. So, a big "Thank You" to all our Ottilie & Lulu fans. And to show our appreciation, we are offering our 1st Anniversary Special. The product that every tween girl should keep in every bag she carries: our Everyday Moisturizer & Sunscreen SPF 20. When you buy 1--you get 1 Free! That's an $18.00 Savings on the best thing you can do for your face everyday--moisturize and apply sunscreen. We have a lot of other great surprises coming this April. Pretty soon - Read More »

Tweens: It's All About Her Hair

Have you noticed lately that when your tween looks in the mirror (any mirror!), she is usually checking out her hair? She is also probably starting to comment on your hair and talks about the way her friends are wearing their hair.

Hair specialists say that at this age, our children have the highest number of hair follicles producing hair. This is also when their pigment-producing cells have started working although are not fully mature, so their hair color will likely get darker as they become teenagers.

I share this because I am looking for a reason that it is suddenly all about tween hair care.  This is not bad news, in fact it’s that independence we all keep fostering and, well, part of growing up.

Have you noticed the satisfaction your tween daughter has when she creates her own hair style? After years of you doing her hair, she now has the confidence and the - Read More »

TADA! Youth Theater

Have you taken your daughter to the theater lately? Yes, there are some fabulous Broadway shows if you have the budget. But there are also some really great alternatives that provide fun entertainment at a fraction of the price.

One of my favorites is TADA! Youth Theater.  From now through February 15, TADA! is performing B.O.T.C.H., a most enjoyable musical where you and your daughter meet artistic rats, dancing mummies, and the kids of B.O.T.C.H. who lurk under the New York City subway system.  Last weekend my tween daughter and I joined 2 of her friends with their mothers to see this show.

The performers range from ages 8 to 17 and come from all 5 boroughs, plus, New Jersey.  The play is from the book and lyrics of Jon Agee, a popular playwright and lyricist.  The smokey, jazz music is by Daniel Feigelson, and choreography by Joanna Greer.  - Read More »

Lots of Tween Birthdays: So Little Time

It seems the birthday party season has arrived with a vengeance.  And while birthday celebrations come throughout the year, planning for a birthday party and shopping for a tween gift seems just a bit more stressful in the pre-holiday season.  Finding a free Saturday or Sunday on which to host a party between now and the holiday break is next to impossible.  If your community is similar to mine, we have found shared birthday celebrations to be a great answer.  Shared birthdays are great time savers and provide learning opportunities about giving and tween gifts.  Of course being able to share birthday celebration costs is also a bonus!

We’ve found the ideal number for sharing tween birthday celebrations to be bewteen 2 and 4 birthday girls.  If each of the birthday girls invites 5 to 7 friends, you have a nice crowd for the birthday celebration.  Since the common - Read More »

Help Her Tween Skin Stay Soft This Winter

Ah, fall is here.  Everywhere tween girls are reaching for their new sweaters and boots.  If your daughters are anything like mine, nothing from last year fits.  So a new jewel-colored beret, bright-colored gloves without fingertips, and Uggs have replaced faded bathing suits, flip flops and t-shirts.

At Ottilie & Lulu, we think tween girls should also be reaching for a great all-over body lotion, too.  Trading hot, humid days for dry, cold air and lots of time spent in heated rooms will affect a girl's skin.  You may not think tween girls need to worry about dry skin at this age, but environmental stress affects all of us, and tween girls face their own unique skin challenges.  While we Moms are trying to replenish lost moisture for our older skin, our daughters need to start good Read More »

Children's Health Month

February is a great time to check up on your tween's dental health. Girls with healthy teeth chew food easily, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Brushing twice daily and flossing before bed are the early grooming habits that become a critical part of our daughters' life-long beauty habits.  If your dentist is like ours, she will ask your daughter a lot of questions about her eating habits, the beverages she drinks, the snacks she enjoys, what, if anything she drinks before bed, and the vitamins she takes.  I do love our dentist because she reinforces the consumption habits we endorse.  Protein and vegetables are great.  Water, great.  Avoid soda and limit or water-down juices.  Energy bars and candy are not good snacks.  Fruits are better.  With Valentines' Day approaching, dark chocolate is much better than milk chocolate.  Gummie vitamins have a lot of sugar; chewables are - Read More »

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Okay, winter has hit with a vengeance. Having just returned from sunny, warm, California, I can see why Californians have sympathy for us, but don't want to be us ( New Yorkers).

While we were there, my family spent a relaxing morning at the La Quinta Resort and Spa. It's quite lovely there, and they offer  select spa treatments for young girls.  Since this was the holidays, my daughter got a short treatment as a special treat. But no matter the location, we all have our rituals for fighting winter blues–and winter skin.   For ourselves, we apply lots of moisturizers to our faces and bodies; we try to use oil-based shower gels; and when possible, we soak in baths to replenish moisture loss from cold, heat, and/or dryness.  Anything so we do not have to look at those fish scales on our arms and legs!

Our tween girls suffer from the - Read More »

Tween Wishes for the Holidays

I have been doing a few in-store events this past week. Ottilie & Lulu has been performing in-store facials by appointment at select stores around the Tri-State area (NY-NJ-CT).  I love being in-store because I get to talk to girls and their moms.  And during my one-on-one time with tween girls, they tell me their top gift picks for this holiday season.

But before I share the girls’ wish list, I have to tell you about one of the best stores I have had the opportunity to be in. For those in the Tri-State area, this will not be a surprise:  Marcia’s Attic for Kids in Englewood, New Jersey.  They carry classic and trendy styles  up to age 14.  Their personal service is absolutely amazing.  I will share more about them in another blog, but let’s go back to top Tweens’ Top Holiday Picks.

Top of their wish list?  The Nintendo DSI in - Read More »

To Make Up, or Not to Make Up: That is the Question

Your tween probably has a lot of holiday parties and celebrations coming up over the next several weeks. Inevitably your daughter will ask if she can wear (some type of) make up.  What will you answer?  Well, what and how you answer depends on your tweens’ age and whether or not you are willing to be her make-up artist.

The age range for tweens is anywhere from 7 to 14.  If your tween daughter is on the young side of this age range (7-10), I think it appropriate to suggest a light, natural-shade lip balm or gloss.  Avoid any foundation, blush, eye make-up-especially glitter (does anyone at any age look good in glitter make up?)  Young girls certainly don’t, and it irritates their skin. Use this opportunity to establish your credentials as an authority on beauty and demonstrate your willingness to be helpful in this area.  Before she starts to apply lip gloss, - Read More »

Create Your Year-End Top 10 List

One of the things I enjoy doing between the week of Christmas and New Year’s is reviewing Top 10 Lists.  You know the lists I mean–almost every magazine title has their writers assemble these year-end lists.  Time.com does a good job.

I enjoy these lists because they remind me of some of the highs and lows that have taken place in the past 12 months; sometimes the lists call to my attention some of the things I’ve totally missed this year.  From best movies, best performances, best fiction, best non-fiction, best (and worst) fashion outings, to buzz words, etc. these lists are a flash of the past. 

As parents we have all been inundated with best toys, games, books, and movies lists since the beginning of December.  These lists were  created more for the purpose of guiding holiday - Read More »

Holiday Cards-Photo or No Photo?

One of the activities I have come to really enjoy during the holiday season is the sending and receiving of holiday cards with photos. But, enjoying this activity is only a recent phenomen for me.  And, yes, it has everything to do with my daughter. 

When I was growing up my parents and their friends wouldn’t think of putting their children’s photos on holiday cards.  It was considered egotistical and gauche.  Perhaps those were the reasons why it took me so long to warm to this activity.  Some families may still consider photo holiday cards inappropriate, but I have become a convert. 

In fact, I have come to really love this part of the holidays.  In our family we celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah, so we send cards with our daughter’s photo on them to all of our friends.  And we look forward to receiving photo cards from - Read More »

Thank you!

Lots of Moms have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving. We know there is something really wonderful and special in being able to have our family around us. We take pride in preparing a great meal to be shared by those we care about.  We love the warmth the day brings to our hearts.  What don’t we like? The shopping, the hours of chopping, cooking, traveling, and just being so incredibly busy right up to when the dinner is on the table.  And it all goes by so fast! 

Our tweens watch us as we make our preparations, and they even help.  This year my 7-year old decided she wanted to contribute to the family meal with her special dessert-a vanilla pudding pie.  As I watched her stirring the pudding pot, we talked about Thanksgiving and what it means to us.  She gave me her ‘historical’ perspective.  She told me about the Indians and the Pilgrims and what they ate - Read More »

Really Beautiful Dolls

I read there is a new fashion doll being introduced this season and being targeted at the primary school set.  My stomach turned. Yes, I owned the ubiquitious Barbie Dolls (Ken, too) when I was growing up, and I do not get crazy when my tween daughter gets one as a gift.  However, I will admit to placing it under her other dolls hoping she does not find it. Do I really think curvaceous dolls will influence her  standards of beauty?  To some degree, yes.  I think all tween girls aspire to be beautiful just as their dolls are beautiful.  If we are really honest with ourselves, we know our dolls had an impact on our beauty standards.  That’s why it is critical to provide tweens with a context and a healthy plan to coincide with these aspirations. 

Sorry, I need to spend a few more words on what I find most troubling with some of the dolls I - Read More »

Mothers and Tween Girls

Welcome to Ottilie & Lulu, a skin and hair care line specially formulated for tween girls.  Does your daughter know how to wash her face?  Does she wash her face at least twice a day?  Does she know how to apply sun screen?  Have you shared with her that taking care of her skin today will enhance her natural beauty and help her to have better skin when she is your age?  If she is anything like many of the tweens I interviewed before I created Ottilie & Lulu, the answer is probably, “no.”

Girls, ages 7 to 14, face their own unique skin and hair challenges.  Whether or not she has started asking you about your beauty products or your make up, now is the ideal time to introduce an easy, daily hygiene regime.

So how do mothers introduce good skin and hair care to their tween daughters?  We demonstrate our own daily hygiene regime, - Read More »