Skin Care Tips for Tweens - How to Wash Your Face Tweens are kids between the ages of 8 and 12. Though they are still not teenagers, tweens are already different than kids. Tweens are starting to assert their independence from their parents, and what other kids think about them is very important. Since tweens take their looks seriously, this is a great time to start talking to them about skin care. If they start properly taking care of their skin now they can be sure that their skin will look better during their teenage years as well. How should my tween wash her face? The thing to remember about this age, is that they are responsible for bathing themselves, so you don't really know what your tween is actually doing for their skin when they are bathing or showering. Don’t worry, we still have some great tips and product recommendations that will make it easy on you and your tween to keep their skin clean and healthy. It's important to begin this process with a talk with your tween about how exactly they are washing their face at the moment and explain the right way to wash their face. Ask your tween about their skin care habits. Are they only using water to wash their face? Or perhaps are they using a bar soap? Are they possibly using your facial cleanser? The last two options can cause havoc with sensitive skin by drying it out. Now once you know what they are doing, you can give advice on what the better option for their skin would be. Be sure to let them know that rinsing their face just with water does not actually clean their skin. First, your tween doesn't need an acne line since their skin is simply too sensitive for those harsher skin care ingredients at the moment. Your tween can wash their face with a gentle cleanser as long they do not have any signs of acne. If their skin is started to have small breakouts or blackheads then they can use an anti-acne cleanser once a day or a few times a week to treat their skin and exfoliate their skin. Your tween should realistically need to only wash once a day in the evening, unless they have been active in after-school sports or other activities where they have become sweaty or visibly dirty. Then they definitely need to wash their face twice a day. If they have very oily skin than they can wash their face in the morning too. Make sure your tween doesn't use their body lotion or body soap on their face. These often contain ingredients which can cause their gentle face to become red and irritated. Why not try the Motley Crew Glo Up Facewash? It’s sulphate free and won’t dry their skin out. If they have very dry skin, Motley Crew’s Whassup Face Cream is perfect to add a light moisturizer to the skin. Bottom Line Skin care at this age is really about learning to keep their skin clean. There is no need to go further with extra steps at least for a few more years or if acne is a major concern even at this age. By teaching your tween some basic skin care steps and giving them the responsibility of taking proper care of their skin you start them on the path good skin care habits early which means they will have healthy skin even as teenagers. And maybe one day they'll even thank you for that! Motley Crew products are available at Clicks store nationwide or online at www.clicks.co.za or www.motleycrew.co.za
Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant: What is the difference? What’s the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant? When you know the ins and outs, choosing one that works for you is easy. Here’s our quick guide full of tips for which one to choose and when, so you stay feeling protected all day long – no matter what your choice is. It’s simple. Deodorant protects against odour, while antiperspirant protects against sweat and odour. when Tweens just start entering their smelly years it is important for them to use deodorant to mask the smell and stay fresh – antiperspirants can always come in when they are slightly older. So, you don’t want to block their pores, but you do want to keep them smelling good, which is what the Motley Crew deodorant range was designed for. Which one should you choose? Tailor your protection to your needs. Having a relaxing day? If sweat is not a concern, you can choose deodorant with 0% aluminum for all day freshness. Try the cool scent of Motley Crew Cool Ctrl or Flower Power. Otherwise, try something warmer like Motley Crew Vanilla or Funky Fresh. All of these don’t contain aluminium and are gently formulated and safe for children to us. Should the Aluminium in antiperspirants be a concern? While aluminum-based antiperspirants are effective against sweat, it's been suggested that aluminum and other ingredients found in antiperspirants (parabens and propylene glycol) might be linked to an increased risk of some medical problems. For kids, we recommend staying clear or these and encourage rather washing more regularly. Find the full Motley Crew Deodorant range at selected Clicks doors nationwide (in the Hand & Body aisle or Kids section) or online at www.clicks.co.za or www.motleycrew.co.za
Motley Crew gives back Boy has Covid 19 changed our lives, right? Everyone is talking about the “New Normal”? We just need to accept that we are going to be walking around with masks on, washing our hands 20 times a day and sanitising wherever we go. That’s all ok if you have a mask! If you have sanitisers? If you even have running water? But let’s be real. We live in South Africa and that reality is not the case for the majority of our communities. The debate to send out kids back to school has been ongoing, but at least most of us (privileged of course) take solace in the fact the schools have been deep cleansed, our kids will have to sanitise their hands every time they leave a classroom and that they will practise good social distancing. But what about all those schools that don’t have money to buy sanitisers? And who’s parents can’t afford to buy their kids masks or hand sanitisers themselves? It’s just heart-breaking how many schools like that exist in South Africa. Although, we are not a big brand, we are for kids and this plight pulled directly on our heart strings! So, we partnered up with our good friends at The Village (Facebook: The Village), to ask the community to nominate an underprivileged school in need of hand sanitisers. The responses were over-wheliming and in the end, we could only support one, being HILLWOOD PRIMARY in Lavender Hill (https://www.facebook.com/Hillwoodps1/). We met up with the principle Mr Alkana and some of his teaching staff, to hand over 50 bottles of the Motley Crew High Five Hand Sanitizers (500ml) last week. What an incredible job they are doing there. The school was immaculately clean and the hall was ready and spaced out to receive their learners. Many of these school children don’t even have running water at home, let alone fresh masks to wear daily, so they really rely on the support from businesses and individuals alike. Although small in the greater scheme of things, it still felt good to make a small difference in the lives of these children. At the end of the day, we are all about kids and making them feel special. Motley Crew High Five Sanitisers are available in Clicks store nationwide or online at www.clicks.co.za or at www.motleycrew.co.za
How COVID-19 will change your life As lockdown lifts and social distancing eases, there will be a new “normal”. Some of the changes we’ve made and behaviours we’ve adopted will stay. Some aspects of life will have changed forever - and that change may even embrace improved and healthier ways of life. Here are some of the areas where the world might have changed for good. Hand Hygiene Hand washing, which proved to be the most effective defence against the spread of disease, is likely to become second nature and remain a frequent daily habit. Meanwhile, handshakes might well be gone forever! Expect more contactless interaction in all areas of life, for instance, tapping your credit card, or swiping your own gym access card in a scanner instead of handing it over to a person. Hand Sanitisers will also become a constant part of our lives, featuring in our bathrooms and handbags. We’ve got a great Hand Sanitiser in 250ml, for your hand-or-school bag and 500ml for your office or home. Home is the New Office The lockdown has been a huge experiment in working from home. It’s likely that this will be a more widely accepted phenomenon as companies have seen that people can meet work expectations without spending five days a week in an office - and that there are huge savings to be made in terms of travel time and cost, and office space rental. And now we’ve wrangled the technology and protocol for online meetings and the like, they are likely to play a bigger role in our lives. Online Shopping More people will have tried and tested online shopping during lockdown and found it to be a reliable, convenient and less risky alternative to going to the supermarket or the mall. For your convenience, Motley Crew products are sold at Clicks online, www.clicks.co.za as well as directly on our site at www.motleycrew.co.za. New Exercise Regimes With the gyms, pools and parks closed, we’ve tried all sorts of different ways to keep fit, from online yoga to YouTube pilates to health and fitness apps, in group classes and with individual trainers, alone or with family members. If exercise was on the backburner for some before, the lockdown might have created the opportunity to make time for it and underlined its importance. Regular exercisers have been forced to experiment with new sports or workouts and some of them will stick. Wholesome Hobbies Facebook and Instagram have been awash with homemade sourdough loaves, and bread-baking has been so popular that at times flour was hard to come by. It’s not just that baked goods are delicious to eat - there’s something calming about this and other useful, non-digital hobbies like gardening, knitting and crafting that appealed in this stressful time. With outside help unavailable and fewer distractions, people will have done more house and garden maintenance, more cooking and cleaning, more reading and music making. Having rediscovered old skills and talents, some will maintain them even as isolation eases. Education will be Transformed The pandemic has changed how millions of people around the world were being educated, as attendance at schools and universities was suspended and learning moved rapidly online. Outside of formal education, regular folks have used their downtime to learn anything from a new language, to computer coding to meditation. The lessons learnt in this rapid adoption of online learning will be useful in designing innovative educational solutions that operate online, or that rely on a blend of online and in-person teaching and learning. Together and Apart We’ve felt the pain of being separated from friends and loved ones, and the joy of spending time with our closest family. We will appreciate even more intensely the value of our relationships, and recognise that building connections takes commitment and time. Our Zoom or House party get togethers with people far away (and even not so far) may well continue. Moving Forward We are going through a period of change and crisis. In the coming months, as lockdown and social distancing eases, we will find ourselves in a different world - perhaps one that has changed for the better in some ways. Motley Crew products are sold in selected Clicks store nationwide or online at www.clicks.co.za or at www.motleycrew.co.za
5 Tips when buying hair gel for your kid If your child has hit 9 (especially the boys), you’ll be getting nagged for some hair gel to start looking cool! If your daughter dances, then you’ll already be an old hat at sweeping it all back into a tight, neat looking bun. Either way, there are a few things to consider when buying hair gel. 1. HAIR TYPE What type of hair you have is an important consideration before buying any styling product. Whether you have curly, thin, coarse, fine, or thick hair, choose a gel that’s appropriate to that type. 2. HAIR STYLE It’s also important to choose a gel that works for your hairstyle. A dancer, getting ready to perform will be looking for a strong hold gel, whereas many of the boys prefer the tousled, “messy” look that only requires a light- hold gel? (plus they can get away with it in school!) 3. HOLD A product’s hold refers to its strength for keeping your hair in place. A gel with a stronger hold will “set” your style in place, so you probably won’t have to restyle it during the day when a few hairs go out of place. A weaker hold means that you can restyle it (and works well for many “natural” hairstyles). Meanwhile, a medium hold indicates that you can do some midday styling, but nothing too complicated. 4. SHINE Shine means just that, i.e., how shiny your hair is after you’ve applied gel to it. The higher the shine, the more slicked-back your hair will look. Many hair gel brands have a high shine, as do traditional pomades and waxes. Again, it all depends on the look that you’re trying to achieve. 5. INGREDIENTS A hair gel’s list of ingredients varies from brand to brand, but keep in mind that many of them contain alcohol. While alcohol often gets a bad rap, it also has some benefits for hair – including that it works as an anti-bacterial agent. Another type of alcohol – fatty alcohol – isn’t an astringent but instead helps to retain moisture on the surface of your skin. Plus, they’ll improve your hair’s overall smoothness. Many gels are water soluble, which makes them easy to wash out of your hair, and some contain antioxidants. Paraben free is also a good one to look out for.
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.
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