Kids and teens love using their mother’s skincare products, and you may also find them curiously going through your skincare collection. However, as a parent, you may be worried if it’s safe for kids and teens to use adult skincare products.
Whether you have an all-natural and aluminium-free deodorant set or retinol-based skincare products, it highly depends on the active ingredients or ingredients in general that your skincare contains.
Although you may think that only products labelled “kids safe” should be used by your kids and teens, we will shed light on all the details to help you decide better which adult skincare products they can use or not.
What’s the Difference between Kids/Teens and Adult Products?
Many parents believe that kids’/teens’ products are different from adult products. However, to be honest, there’s not much of a difference.
The product formulations are generally the same, but the packaging and added colors or scents may be a bit different to match the preferences of kids or teens.
Of course, you can’t expect kids’ products to contain extremely potent or active ingredients as their skin is quite thin and sensitive. Using such harsh chemicals on their skin can cause damage to it. The same can be said for teens as well.
Moreover, just because a product has been labeled “for kids/teens” doesn’t always mean that it will be the most effective and right item for them. You should always look at the ingredients list to stay on the safe side.
On the other hand, if your children are using your adult skincare products, but they are gentle and contain only a few ingredients, they should be safe for them to use.
What to Look for in Products that Kids/Teens Can Use?
Your kids and teens should be good to use gentle cleansers as they moisturize their skin while maintaining healthy PH levels and natural protective skin barriers. Don’t allow them to use soaps, as they can quickly dry out their skin and even cause irritation.
When allowing them to use adult skin care products, ensure they don’t contain dyes, fragrances, formaldehyde, and parabens. Basically, whatever ingredients you would want to stay away from as an adult, the same applies to your kids and teens.
These harsh chemicals can be harmful to your skin, too, let alone children. So, even you should avoid investing in such skin care products for your well-being.
Furthermore, your children should be using sunscreen as well to stay protected from harmful UV rays. Generally, your kid or teen can use the same sunscreen as you, and there’s no harm in it.
Look for mineral sunscreens as they don’t enter the bloodstream as compared to the chemical sunscreens. They also tend to contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide, that’s safe and effective for adults and children.
If you notice your children are allergic to a particular ingredient, keep a close eye on them, and don’t let them use your skincare products that contain the ingredients they are allergic to.
The Bottom Line
Generally, it’s safe for kids and teens to use adult skincare products as long as they are gentle and free of active ingredients or harsh chemicals. In addition, keep an eye on the ingredients your kids are allergic to to avoid letting them use products containing these ingredients.
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