Skincare has always been a big priority in my family. From learning to wash my face at four months old (okay, slight exaggeration) to my Great Granny moisturising her face EVERY SINGLE DAY until her death at 96 (not an exaggeration), it has always been a priority. I am no expert in what products suit what skin, but I am a guru on three basic skin-related-situations. Not everyone in my family escaped skin dramas, so we all rallied together and followed these three basic rules. Now here I am, passing them on to you to pass on to your kiddies or anyone, really. I call this mini guide “Alex’s Three Basic Rules For Skin Situations… And Other Stuff Like Life Lessons, I Guess”.

1. Teach your kid good skincare habits … and start them young!

Growing up it was always “Alex!!! Brush your teeth, wash your face” each night before bed. Even if it meant at six years old, I was simply splashing water on my face…it is now a habit that I still religiously follow to this day. No matter how tired I am, or if I have barely been able to crawl through my front door at 3 in the morning…I ALWAYS wash my face. To me, it is something that must be done- no matter what the circumstance is or how many cocktails I have enhaled politely drunk. For this, I am forever grateful to my parents for reinforcing nightly ‘teeth, face’ habit so it is now just a normal routine, something I do now without even thinking about.

So parents and even non-parents, I feel it is important to teach your kids (or other people’s kids for the non-parents out there, like me!) good skincare habits, and start them early. Find what suits them with regards to a routine (and products) – whether it’s washing their face each morning, maybe even washing their face morning and night, or washing their face at night and applying sunscreen each morning. Whatever they prefer and works well for their skin and their lifestyle, it’s very important to teach them habits and start it from an early age, so that it will stick around forever.

Think of my Great Gran, people! 96 years old and was still moisturising her face every.single.day.

Good skincare needs to start early

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