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 that is not age or ingredient appropriate.
2. The second major obstacle is misinformation. Staying with the theme of sales-friendly cosmetic giants like Mary Kay, you will hear many stories. One company will tell you that their products are safe, and they might even quote "research" to back their statements. Do not be fooled. Always find information from a third-party resource. Information from salespeople is biased.
3. Do not overreact. As parents, you know that when your tween begins to panic, especially about the way they look (zits are a quick panic trigger), there is no peace around the home until the issue is solved. Take a deep breath and do the research before buying the first face cleanser off the shelf.
4. Bad tween beauty products do more harm than good. This truth might be the bedrock foundation you need to embrace. It is why salespeople can be so misleading. It is why hasty reactions are troubling. A tween's skin has special needs. Do not buy an adult product to care for a tween's skin.
5. Do not make a mountain out of a zit. Tweens are famous for hysterics. One zit "destroys their face and makes life insufferable." When possible, hold off on buying drying skin care products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide for your tween. Instead look for a gentle cleanser that tweens can use frequently. Consistent gentle cleansing is the best solution for a tween's sensitive skin.