February 23, 2022 at 2:18pm PM EST
Image: Bubble, Petite n Pretty, recurrent; Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows.
These days, teens sure know more about curating the perfect skincare routine than we did as adolescents (thanks largely to TikTok), which means they’ve probably been asking you to buy them beauty products to replicate that glow of their favorite celebs or online influencers. For parents of teenagers, diving into the world of beauty and skincare can mean a lot of dollar signs in your future — but luckily, a bunch of innovative and wallet-friendly skincare brands for teens have popped up as of late, so everyone wins.
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While we only had a handful of options to choose from when we were 13 — does a certain grapefruit face scrub stir up any memories? — there are more effective and affordable options than ever targeted for the unique needs of teen skin. Bonus: The packaging on these newer teen skincare brands are super IG-worthy, so they make for the perfect medicine cabinet #shelfie your teen will be obsessed with. Teen skincare is outdated no more!
Taking care of their skin is an essential life skill, so it’s actually a good thing they’re excited to get started! And whatever you do or buy for them, make sure SPF is part of their daily routine. Every. Single. Day.
There’s Bubble, a nontoxic skincare brand for teens, that makes taking care of acne actually fun — so much so, that we wish we had this brand in our younger years. Recurrent’s also filling the gap in the young adult skincare world with eco-friendly, socially conscious, and gender-neutral products — teens are even involved in the business to ensure the products cater to the people they’re made for. There’s a laundry list of other teen skincare brands (many available on Amazon ), so read on to find the best brands to stock your teenager’s bathroom with (and even yours!).
These next-level (but easy to use) skincare brands for teens ahead will have them feeling confident in their skin and saying, “It’s the skincare for me.” Okay, we’re actually cool enough to know that trend thanks to TikTok!
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Photo : Bubble.
This teen influencer-approved brand (Kenzie Ziegler is one of many spokespeople) is flooding Instagram feeds everywhere, so naturally, this one is likely on your young adult’s radar already. But the nontoxic skincare line offers more than just cute looks—everything is nontoxic, cruelty-free, and plant-based. The inclusive brand’s mission is to make products that help teens feel confident in their own skin instead of trying to blend in with everyone else. You can shop bundles for dry and oily skin or a full set for all skin types.
Photo : CLEARSTEM.
Long gone are the days when teens had just one harsh acne kit to choose from. CLEARSTEM’s products for acne-prone skin are the ultimate game-changer in the world of acne products for teens (and adults). This powerful, yet gentle, trio of products will simplify their routine. The Vitamin Scrub and Clearity serum gently exfoliate and unclog pores and the Hydraglow Moisturizer keeps skin hydrated to prevent future breakouts.
Photo : Clinique.
Okay, not a new skincare brand for teens, but it’s one your teen with acne should definitely have on their top shelf. Teen acne is never fun, but Clinique’s Acne Solutions line should help them feel more confident in their own skin. This lotion helps unclog pores, control excess shine and exfoliates to help reduce breakouts. We recommend using all three steps of the salicylic acid line for best results.
Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion $12.60 Buy now Sign Up
Photo : Glossier.
One of the more mainstream direct-to-consumer brands for teens and adults alike, Glossier is always a go-to pick. This trio of essential skincare bestsellers—Balm Dotcom, Priming Moisturizer, and Milky Jelly Cleanser—is the ultimate way to jumsptart your teen’s skincare routine. You also save $12 with the bundle.
Photo : Courtesy of Bliss x Dormify
Celeb-loved bliss is a brand we’re tempted to hoard for ourselves, but the skincare company’s latest launches are tailor-made for teens, so…we’ll share! The new Clear Genius Body Acne Spray and Clear Genius Spot Treatment are perfect for teens with breakout-prone skin, while college kids will appreciate the bliss x Dormify Shower Caddy collaboration, which features a dorm-ready 7-pocket shower tote and five customer-favorite bliss products: Lemon Sage Body Butter, Lemon Sage Soapy Suds Body Wash, Clear Genius Clarifying Cleanser, Clear Genius Clarifying Toner-Serum, and Drench Quench Cream-to-Water Hydrator.
Photo : Recurrent.
Recurrent’s mission is to remove the stigma against teen hygiene issues—acne and body odor to name just a couple. Their line of gender-netural and eco-conscious products are made with innovative ingredients, making teen skincare way better than the stuff you used as a teen. Their face wash, which is a powder, is made with reishi mushrooms, which are known to help clear the skin. Everything is $15 and under or $34 for the bundle.
Photo : Pacifica.
This clean, vegan skincare brand is perfect for your eco-conscious teen. You can’t go wrong with any of their products, but this gentle, yet effective Bacne Warrior acne spray is a serious game changer. You can also get the complete acne bundle for a complete skincare routine for your teen.
Photo : Cocokind.
Meet your teen’s (and your) new go-to skincare brand that you’ll want to pick up during your next Target haul. The AAPI-owned skincare brand offers sustainable products that are kind to your face and the environment (and your wallet). They’re mixing up the beauty industry by telling you exactly what’s in every product—they even provide sustainability facts on their packaging so you know they’re actually sticking to their word when they say they’re eco-conscious.
Cocokind Texture Smoothing Cream - 1.7 fl oz $19.99 Buy now Sign Up
Photo : Youth to the People.
A favorite of your teen’s favorite beauty influencer Hyram, this nutrient-rich cleanser from Youth to the People is basically a green juice cleanse for your face. Literally—it’s made with kale, green tea, and spinach vitamins! It’s PH-balanced, non drying, and dissolves dirt with ease (buh, bye acne!).
Photo : Kopari.
Each of Kopari’s products are made with organic coconut oil that’ll have your teen’s skin moisturized from head to toe. From a lightweight moisturizer to a shea butter lip gloss that even Billie Eilish loves (because no teen skincare routine is complete without some poppin’ gloss), Kopari’s the ultimate pick if they’re obsessed with coconut oil.
Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy 12.99 on Amazon.com Buy now Sign Up
Photo : Petite 'n Pretty.
Your trendy teen will think you’re the coolest parent ever for getting them this foamy 9021-Glow! cleanser from Petite ‘n Pretty that removes dirt and oil almost like magic. The products are safe for sensitive skin and Pediatrician-approved and boast an anti-pollution complex to protect their delicate skin from environemental stressors.
Photo : Everyday Humans.
This super silky, zero white cast sunscreen from Everyday Humans is my go-to sunscreen (that makes me actually excited to put it on daily), so I can confidently say your teen will be excited to hop on the SPF bandwagon with this life-changing product—literally. This multi-tasking skin hero is packed with moisturizing ingredients like green tea, spinach and hyaluronic acid that other standard sun protectants don’t have. If there’s one skincare product they need to use everyday, make it this sunscreen (or the other ones Everyday Humans has to offer).
Everyday Humans Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum $24 on Amazon.com Buy now Sign Up
Photo : Versed.
Versed changed the drugstore beauty game forever by offering affordable, safe, and innovative products unlike any others on the shelves next to it. While this may be one of your favorite wallet-friendly skincare buys, it’s also perfect for your teen. We recommend trying the Keep the Peace calming cleanser for your teen battling breakouts—it’s made with innovative ingredients like blue tansy and apple fruit extract that don’t dry your skin out like all those other acne face washes.
Photo : I Dew Care.
A birthday cake face mask complete with (non-edible) sprinkles? We can’t think of anything that smells like teen spirit more than I Dew Care. These playful products are made with fun in mind and lots of clever play on words involved—from the “Peel Lit” citric acid pads (great for acne-prone skin) to a “Disco Kitten” glittery peel-off mask that feels like a party in a jar.
Photo : Kinship,.
Kinship’s inclusive, award-winning products are a hit among Gen Z, so there’s no way your picky teen won’t be on board with this cruelty-free brand. Their clean products are barrier-safe and are packaged in post-consumer recycled plastic, so they can put their best face forward while leaving a smaller footprint on the earth. This starter duo is an easy way to introduce your young adult to skincare without overwhelming them—it includes SPF and cleanser—you’ll just want to get them a moisturizer and they’ll be good to go.
Skin Win Duo 2-Piece Cleanser + SPF Skincare Set $40 Buy now Sign Up
Photo : Glow Recipe.
There’s a good chance your TikTok-loving teen has seen Glow Recipe’s products go viral on the platform. The K-beauty brand may be pricier, but the fruit-infused products are definitely worth the hype. Some cult favorites, like the Avocado Retinol Serum, are better suited for adults, this hydrating watermelon moisturizer is a suitable pick for teens—and goes a longgg way. Watermelon sugar high, anyone?
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Face Moisturizer $42 on Amazon.com Buy now Sign Up
Photo : CeraVe.
Okay, not necessarily made just for teens or new, but the TikTok-favorite (and developed by derms!) brand is a tried-and-true pick for anyone not wanting to spend their entire paycheck on skincare. Because, skincare is really healthcare and shouldn’t be expensive. The gentle, hydrating formulas are aimed to protect your skin barrier (to prevents water loss) and are suitable for a variety of skin types.
Photo : The Honest Co.
Jessica Alba’s clean beauty and lifestyle brand offers a 5-piece tween-friendly skincare set, which includes gentle products targeted to clean and clear their tempermental skin. With a Vitamin C serum and mud mask along with other basics, this kit is a solid option for your more experienced teen—or one who binges beauty videos on YouTube.