Good hygiene and skincare practices should be incorporated into children starting at a very young age. It’s never too early to start with a good regimen.
Cleansing and Moisturizing
It’s a good habit to form as early as possible. Get an inexpensive, mild facial cleanser and teach your child to wash twice per day and moisturize with a non-comdogenic moisturizer (with SPF!). You can even give them a basic eye cream to use, with caution of course. Pay special attention as your kids get towards eleven and twelve – they may need treatment creams for breakouts. Helping them take good care of their complexion will help them immensely when hormones kick in.
Incorporate the use of a nailbrush. Teach your child to scrub them each day (especially after playtime) and how to use a nail file. If they are old enough, you can show them how to clip their toenails. Show them how to push back their cuticles. If your daughter is interested in nail polish, show her how to paint them. Let her practice on yours for fun. Groomed nails are a wonderful basic children should be taught at a young age.
Show your child how to condition. If they are older with long hair, show them how to use conditioning treatments once per week to keep it looking great. A daily spray-in conditioner and mousse can be used as well. Show your boys to pay attention to combing their hair and applying a gel or mousse.
Right before or as your daughter is approaching the years of puberty, she’ll probably wish to begin shaving her legs. Show her how it’s done or if she is very shy, print her out a ‘how to’ or let her look up videos with instructions. If she is on the young side and you’re worried about her with a razor, start her off with some Nair – there are kits with a ‘bladeless’ tool to scrape away the hair after it dissolves.
I know we should let ‘kids be kids’ but I can’t stand it when I see young girls with super bushy brows or worse – a uni-brow. If you have a daughter with this problem (or in some cases, even a son) help them clean up just the distracting or bushy part. They may not notice it as much if they’re young, but you will want people to see your child’s beautiful face and not focus on excess facial hair. They will thank you later when they see their childhood pictures too!
It’s good to start your kids off with deodorant at a young age. Try to make it fun and let them shop for some with you. For boys, they may want to shop with their dad to keep it manly.
It may be too early for full-on perfumes and musks, but body sprays and scented lotions are great, bar none. For girls Bath and Bodyworks or the Body Shop will have some excellent lotions and sprays. Boys may not be as interested in these things, if they are, again I recommend they go shopping with dad.
Teaching good grooming habits is vital to your kids valuing themselves and feeling confident as they grow up. If a child grows up without direction in these things, they may have issues fitting in at school and ultimately even at their jobs as adults. Enjoy showing your kids how to be clean, presentable and confident in their well-groomed appearance.