by Emma Peters March 23, 2017

Teenage skincare is vital, and ranges like Tier for Teens natural skin care could be the solution young people are praying for.

The beauty industry quickly zeroes in on teens, looking to instil brand loyalty and habits from a young age. Unfortunately not all these habits are healthy, with synthetic ingredients and potential toxins hyped up as ‘miracle’ solutions. In reality, a lot of skincare brands are anything but. That’s why we’re so happy Tier for Teens is finally on the scene.

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What is it that makes young skin so volatile?

Proper skincare is important at any age, but each stage of life means new challenges and hurdles for our body’s largest organ.

As hormone levels rise during puberty, the skin reacts and changes just like the rest of the body does. Scientifically speaking, pubescent brains produce a gonadotropin-releasing hormone frequently. This hormone in turn causes the pituitary gland to release luteinising and follicle-stimulating hormones. It’s basically a huge hormone communication system, eventually instructing the body to produce estrogen or testosterone. Estrogen and testosterone lead to the production of ‘sebum’ or skin oil, and the rest is history.

We have ‘sebaceous’ glands all over our bodies and they’re working all the time, but in teenagers they’re particularly active. When too much sebum is produced it blocks the pores and traps bacteria, causing pimples, blackheads and spots. Frequent breakouts like this also spread the skin’s natural bacteria quicker, meaning larger areas of skin are susceptible to blocking and trapping.

All of this is pretty normal, and around 80% of teenagers will notice some kind of breakout during puberty. It does mean though that there is a lot of excess skin oil to be dealt with and for many people, the search for a fix seems never ending.

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Tier for Teens natural skin care – why is it a game changer?

Simply put, Tier for Teens and other natural products are great because they soothe and feed young skin rather than attack it.

In a lot of skincare products, drying agents and oil inhibitors are synthetic and potentially toxic. Because teenage bodies are hormonal, they’re particularly vulnerable to any chemical toxins that also disrupt the hormonal system. A recent EWG study found around 16 potentially toxic chemicals (likephthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks) in the blood and urine samples of 20 teenage girls. All the chemicals found had links to cancer and endocrine disruption and, with teens using 40% more products daily than adults, EWG says this is a cause for concern.

Oil-stripping chemicals and alcohols also prompt the body to overproduce sebum, making skin more oily than it was already. Essentially, the more aggressive a synthetic product is, the more the body will fight back with its own oil and prompt breakouts.

Natural astringents in products like Tier for Teens are a comparatively more gentle, effective way to eliminate excess oil. Many natural skincare products are even infused with plant-based oils that nourish and hydrate the skin without clogging pores. It means the skin will never have more oil than it needs and that everything it absorbs is nourishing and safe. If the skin is our body’s largest organ, why not start treating it like one early on? We wouldn’t accept harmful toxins in our digestive system, and now’s the time to say no to them on teenage skin, too.


Which is the perfect product?


For clogged skin – Tier for Teens Liquorice and Calendula Steam


A blend of eleven magic, healing herbs to help unclog pores and reduce inflammation. This weekly treatment prepares the skin for the best absorption of healthy skin products, for when breakouts and acne really need to be hit where it hurts!


For oily skin – Tier for Teens Lemon Balm and White Willow Bark Wash


This is a gentle, oil-free foaming cleanser for acne-prone, greasy skin. It does a great job of washing away dirt and bacteria without stripping the skin of it’s natural, helpful oils. Lemon Balm tones while White Willow helps unblock pores and get rid of dead cells – a match made in heaven!


For thirsty skin – Tier for Teens Hibiscus and Raspberry Leaf Moisturiser


Moisturiser is a great way to reduce inflammation, but breakout-prone skin calls for something special. This Hibiscus and Raspberry Leaf concoction is absorbed quickly and is non-greasy, perfect for oil-free hydration.


For stubborn spots – Tier for Teens Spot Stop Eucalyptus and Thyme


Tier for Teens’ Spot Stop uses natural astringents and soothing agents to effectively target and eliminate spots. Eucalyptus and Thyme work as natural anti-bacterial agents while Liquorice Root and Burdock calm visible inflammation and redness.


For top notch toning – Tier for Teens Sage and Lemongrass Spritz


Spritzing the skin with toner is a fantastic way to keep it feeling tight and refreshed. Using the Tier Sage and Lemongrass Spritz daily helps keep young skin hydrated and constantly healing.


For a deep clean – Tier for Teens Burdock and Crushed Rose MaskTierforTeensMask_grande

This extremely gentle face mask draws toxins to the surface of the skin to be flushed away. It also aids circulation and regulates sebum production, with a gorgeous cocktail of Oats, French Rose Clay and Manuka Honey.

Emma Peters
Emma Peters

Emma Peters, organic makeup artist, creative director and founder of Belle & Sage, is committed to leading the conversation around beauty and wellness. With over twenty years of experience as a make-up artist, she knows you don’t have to sacrifice quality for clean.

She’ll help you find the what, learn the why, nail the how, and everything in between.

Letting you know more, wear better, and start making beautiful choices: from the inside, out.

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