Want your teenage son to start looking after his skin?
I have scoured the Australian market place to find products that boys are willing to try and are formulated especially for teenage skin.
It’s not so easy to get teenage boys excited about using skincare products. As a parent of teenage boys it’s hard enough to get our boys to use soap, clean their hair and wear deodorant let alone consider using skincare products that might just help those breakouts they complain about which can leave then lacking self- confidence and staying at home.
When it comes to natural skincare brands that appeal to boys there are not a lot of options available. There really aren’t that many brands that are developing ranges for teenage boys or girls that contain natural ingredients and work well for oily and acne-prone skin. Plus the ones that are specifically catering for teenagers tend to appeal more to teenage girls just because of the marketing and packaging.
These 7 natural skincare brands I have chosen are more likely to be given the thumbs up from boys. They are widely available, reasonably priced so teenagers can afford them (when you stop buying them) and offer products specifically designed for oily and acne-prone skin.
This is one range that is directly targetted at boys and how cool is the packaging! Boys will actually want to be seen using these products – and an Australian brand too. My son has been using the face wash for a few years now. It was a great introduction to skincare for him. It’s a small range but they have a spot gel and an all-in-one shampoo & body wash which is perfect for boys!
Read more about the Dude 808 range HERE.
This Australian brand known for its tea tree oil products has really evolved over the last few years and now offers some fabulous products for all the family and without all the nasties! They have a complete acne/oily skin range targeted at teenagers. Tea Tree Oil has natural anti-bacterial properties that penetrate deep into the skin and drys out pimples resulting in clearer skin. They have a 3 step skincare system and also offer an easy to apply blemish stick, face wipes and clay mask – if you can get your son in a mask!
Read more about Thursday Plantation HERE.
This well known natural Australian brand you can find everywhere and it is reasonably priced. They have a Blemish Control range which you can buy in a starter pack also. They use Willowherb, Quince & Salicylic Acid in their Spot Banishing Gel as a natural alternative to the harsh Benzoyl Peroxide claiming it starts working on the cause of blemishes within half an hour!
The Blemish Control packaging will appeal to both boys and girls but they just recently launched an Oil Balancing range packaged with grey labels which will definitely be appealing to boys – and it has had some good reviews to date. Bamboo Charcoal is the key ingredient as well as other natural actives for anti-pollution, oil control and blemish prevention.
The Sukin men’s range has some products teenage boys might lean towards also including a body wash pump, shaving gel pump and a gym pack which would be a great gift. My son also likes their Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub.
Another great affordable range you can find easily is Essano. They have a Clear Complexion range which is great for teens, some boys may not be mad over the pink labelling, however I managed to get my son using the face exfoliator which contains rosehip oil – great for oily skin! They also have micellar wipes which are a good option for active teenage boys to wipe their face after sport or training sessions.
Although we haven’t tried it in our family, I like the sound of their Skin Tone Perfector concentrated serum which they claim helps to improve uneven skin tone to refine the appearance of enlarged pores. It’s developed with antioxidants to calm breakouts, reduce excess oil and gently hydrate. Like Sukin they also have men’s range. Both my son and husband like the moisturiser with SPF 15 – so important to have skin protection too!
Read more about the Essano range HERE.
This is a well-known brand from the USA using Certified Organic ingredients and sustainable packaging. Very clean ingredients but you do pay a bit more than the brands above. They have an Incredibly Clear range in packaging that will apeal to boys . Their cleaning stick is something different and might appeal to your teen as well as the minty fresh scent. They use Sea Kelp for its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it perfect for acne prone skin, helping to regulate oil secretion and prevent acne.
Juniper is an Australian pure organic skincare range often recommended by skin practitioners. Their range of products specifically treats different skin conditions and some of their products are formulated for teens. My daughter has tried this range and liked it a lot but it will also appeal to teenage boys in a simple white and blue bottle. They have four teen products ( cleanser, treatment mist, moisturiser and exfoliant) made with natural ingredients which calm the skin and regulate sebum production.
This range is available through skin therapists or buy a Juniper Pack online from Nourished Life.
Weleda is a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural cosmetics sourcing ingredients from it’s own farms in Europe. They have recently launched into Australia products for blemished skin. Sitting at a similar price point as Juniper, they offer a gel cleanser, refining lotion and spot treatment. The products utilis the natural powers of willow bark extract acting on the bacteria which cause skin impurities. This range was developed for all ages not just teenagers.
Products from other Weleda ranges would also work for teenage skin including the gentle cleansing foam in a pump which boys would find easy to use in the shower.
Buy the Weleda Blemished Skin pack from Nourished Life.
Do you have a teenage son? Have you tried any of these products or have other suggestions?
SIDE NOTE: Some of these brands are not totally clean when it comes to the ingredients in some of their products. A few of the products contain ingredients that ideally you don’t want to see on the label (mainly Phenoxyethanol and Parfum/Fragrance) but they are so much better than the cheap mainstream brands targeted at teenagers these days!