Should my 9 year old be wearing a face cream?

We all struggle with the question, of when it is appropriate for our kids to start using face products?

Some people will tell you that using a face wash or face cream, will bring on acne (which of course is untrue). Some will say that they don’t need anything till their early twenties. And others, recommend that you only start, when there is an issue to address, like acne, eczema or rosacea.  

Obviously the decision is yours as the parent and every child’s skin is different. Dermatologists do agree though, that cleansing regularly is a habit you can’t start early enough. The next is wearing a light moisturizer. Good skincare habits start young and should be encouraged from at least 9yrs on.

What should you look out for in a face cream for this age?

  • It has to be gentle. This means no harsh ingredients and preferably fragrance free.
  • Active ingredients are not necessary. At this age, they don’t need oil control, anti-ageing, blemish control or cellular renewal. These will all be too harsh and irritate their delicate skin.
  • They should contain something to hydrate and soothe the skin. Shea butter and Aloe Vera are both natural ingredients that do this well.
  • The cream should be PH Balanced and paraben free
  • It is also best to use a high SPF sunscreen separately, as creams that usually contain an SPF, don’t go a high as 50 SPF.

It is only necessary to cream the face once a day, either after cleansing in the morning or evening, however it won’t be harmful to do both.

Children with a specific skin condition or ultra-sensitive skin, that react to many products, should seek the advice of a dermatologist first.