Tips To Create A School Time Skincare Routine For Teens

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Helping my teens feel their best during back-to-school time is important to me. I want them to be happy and full of confidence. I’m sharing some skin care tips and how we created a skin care routine that jump started their success this year in partnership with Clean & Clear®.

Remember that back-to-school shopping trip that Maddie, Ashley and I went on right before school started? I can’t even tell you how much that set this year off on the right foot. Instead of rushing around getting supplies, we turned it into a really fun day, just the three of us.

It was also great starting the new school year with the perfect collection of skin care products for both Maddie and Ash. My goal was to make sure they had everything they needed for beautiful, happy and healthy skin. Once we had the products in hand, we went home and created a custom skin care routine for each of them. I used the advice that I featured in our shopping trip post from NYC-based dermatologist, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali when we decided what to purchase and when we created each of their skin care routines.

Here is what we ended up buying on our trip to CVS and how the girls are using them:

Both girls chose the Morning Burst® Facial Cleanser as the staple of their morning skin care routine.  I love that it gently removes dirt, oil, and impurities, and they love that it does all of that with those fun BURSTING BEADS®. They are filled with vitamins that gently dissolve to help revive and awaken skin’s look.  The invigorating citrus fragrance totally helps wake them up first thing in the morning and provides a great jump-start to the day!

Ash loves the Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub, too. It cleanses deep down into pores, working to dissolve dirt, oil, and impurities while exfoliating dead skin cells. Since we travel a lot, her skin can get dry at times and this really helps keep the dry skin at bay. Plus, the menthol provides a tingly, cooling sensation that leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. She loves using this after at home workouts! Since it is oil-free, it won’t clog her pores… which is important.

Since a lot of her workouts are away from home, she also has incorporated both the Oil Absorbing Sheets and the Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes into her skin care routine. Ash doesn’t wear much makeup, but she loves the pre-moistened wipes because they gently dissolve all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup in one easy step, and that they are gentle enough to use daily. Because they are conveniently packaged for travel, she takes them with her to the gym and anywhere else she is working out.

She also takes the Oil Absorbing Sheets with her. They instantly remove excess oil without smudging makeup and without leaving a residue on the skin’s surface. These are great for on flights or long days at school when she needs a quick little fix to her skin. They are smooth, flexible blotting papers that change hue with use so she can actually see them working. Not going to lie, they are really fun to use too! I might have tried them out a couple of times!

Maddie, on the other hand, loves to wear makeup and she considers it one of her favorite hobbies. She also is really careful about always taking it off at the end of the day to protect her skin. She has been using the Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes and even has her friends hooked on using them too! They work really well and are gentle enough to use daily. She is really careful about her skin care products and chose this since it doesn’t leave behind an oily residue.

Maddie uses a two-step routine: first, she uses the makeup wipes when she is back home for the day. Second, she uses Acne Triple Clear™ Bubble Foam Cleanser before bed. It is formulated with 2% salicylic acid, refreshing aloe and mint that leaves skin softer and smoother. It also removes bad pore clogging oil and treats breakouts while soothing skin and helping to prevent future pimples and breakouts. I love the fact that the oil-free bubble foam is gentle enough for everyday use, and I think she uses it religiously each day because the bubble foam is so fun!

When we were creating their skin care routines, I drew from my own experiences when I was a teen and then made sure to customize them to their own individual needs from a brand that I recognize and trust. One thing that I think made a big difference in helping them stick with the routine was letting them be a part of creating it, and using a line of products created for teens to tackle every skin issue like Clean & Clear®. This generation is fearless in navigating their awesome teen years and my job is to make sure they have the best tools to really enjoy this time of their lives.

Do your teens have skin care routines?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I used Clean & Clear products growing up and think it’s great that they are still helping teens easily take care of their skin. My daughter would especially love those handy cleansing wipes!

  • Thanks for this great insight for teenagers its all about convenience so you have some amazing ideas to aid this! fab blog post!

  • This is a great line of products. My son is grown, but my son used clean and clear products for a couple years.

  • I wish my mom took the time to teach me how to get settled into a skincare routine early in life. I spent most of my 20s not caring about my skin, and now I am starting to see the results of that neglect! Having a routine from a younger age is necessary!

  • I used these products growing up and buy them now for my teen son. In fact, this is the ONLY brand he can use… all others we tried cause more skin irritation but this brand never does.

  • I have been totally trying to get my daughter to follow some sort of skin care routine. I am definitely going to try these products.

  • I definitely love clean & clear products, they work well with my sensitive skin and they are moisturizing and refreshing!

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