As moms, we often think about teaching our kids how to comb their hair, brush their teeth, shower or bathe every day, eat healthily, exercise… the list goes on and on. While we’re so busy teaching them all these things, sometimes teaching our daughters about skin care gets overlooked, or doesn’t seem all that important. But teaching your daughter about the importance of a healthy beauty routine, especially wearing sunscreen every day, is a great way to bond with her and teach her a healthy habit at the same time. Of course, hygiene, nutrition, and good exercise habits are essential, but establishing a healthy skin care regimen while she’s young will build her confidence and ensure that she has healthy skin now and in the future. Here are some tips to help you use your own skin care routine to teach your daughter about healthy skin care regimens.
8 Ways to Teach Your Daughter about a Healthy Beauty Routine
It’s Never Too Early to Set an Example
It’s never too early to teach your daughter about a healthy beauty regimen. Even if you’re doing a complete Korean skincare routine for women, you can teach a very young child how to do certain steps and why they’re essential. For example, everyone should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, so when you get to that step in your routine, teach your daughter to apply her own sunscreen. Explain how important it is to wear sunscreen every day to prevent skin cancer and other types of sun damage. The sooner she starts wearing sunscreen, the lower her risk will be. Cleansing the face can also be taught at a young age, and establishing good cleansing habits early will help her get through the troublesome teen acne years.
Get Her Some Products of Her Own
Children love to have their own versions of grown-up things, and skin care is no exception. Get your daughter her own all-natural cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and sheet masks. She’ll love following along with you as you go through your own routine, and over time you’ll notice that she uses them on her own. Hands-on learning will be much more effective than just watching you do your skincare routine.
Use Your Skin Care Routine to Bond
Using common interests, such as skin care and beauty routines, is a great way to bond with your daughter. It presents a perfect teaching opportunity. Whether you’re doing a sheet mask together, or she simply watches you remove your makeup in the evening, there’s something very personal and intimate about spending this sort of one-on-one time together. Children learn by watching what adults do and mimicking them. And, you’ll both have some very sweet memories to look back on as she grows up.
Teach Confidence by Example
Women and girls are often very critical of themselves, and as your daughter gets into her pre-teen and teen years, it’s vital that she has confidence in herself. As we’ve already mentioned, kids are like sponges. Your daughter will emulate your behavior, so it’s vital that you show her that you love yourself just the way you are. Show her that your skin care regimen is an important part of self-care. Teaching your daughter to love herself is the most amazing gift you can give her.
Indulge Her Curiosity
Most little girls are very curious about beauty products. They will enjoy watching you take care of your skin and apply your makeup. Indulge her curiosity by allowing her to try some of the products for herself. It will give you a chance to teach her why you do certain things and open up the lines of communication between the two of you. As she gets older, she’ll be more likely to come to you when she has questions about skin, hair, or makeup.
Let Her Take the Lead
Sometimes it’s hard to know when it’s the right time to start teaching girls about skin care and beauty. The best way to know is to let her take the lead. If she seems interested in what you’re doing, talk her through it. On the other hand, be careful about being overly pushy. If you try to push skin care or makeup on her, she might become self-conscious about her looks. Some girls will be all in when it comes to taking care of their skin and wearing makeup. Others will prefer to do the bare minimum. Whatever she’s comfortable with is ok! Make yourself available to teach and offer advice, but let her decide how much she’s ready for.
Teach Her the Basics First
Teaching your daughter the basics of caring for her skin will take her a long way towards having healthy skin for life. Cleaning, moisturizing, and of course, sunscreen are great places to start. As she gets a little older, you can teach her about masks, serums, and other treatments. This will give her an excellent foundation for establishing her own skincare routine, so she’s less tempted to experiment with the latest, and sometimes unhealthy, trends that teens often fall for. She will know what really works for her and what to steer clear of.
Show Her How to Choose Products That Are Natural and Healthy
So many skin care products contain nasty chemicals that can be hazardous to your health. Teaching her to choose natural skin care products is every bit as important as teaching her to eat healthy foods. Whenever possible, go for natural products in your own routine so that she knows it’s something you really believe in. Remember, the ingredients that you rub onto your skin can be absorbed into your body and do just as much, or more, damage as junk food.
You may not have thought about teaching your daughter how to care for her skin before, but it’s never too late to start. Helping her establish good skin care habits will impact her life now, and in the years to come. Whether your daughter is two or 17, you can use your skin care routine to help her establish her own healthy beauty regimen!
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