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Teaching kids to take care of their skin is necessary in the early teenage years. They are dealing with acne and oily skin every day. One way to keep the cost of facial cleansing products down is to teach your kids to make their own facial products. This is an effective way to teach your kids to be more eco-friendly and use natural ingredients. Each of these recipes is made with common household items. Not every kid’s skin is the same, so try each one to find the one that is best for your kid.

Oatmeal Scrub

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Try an oatmeal scrub made from ingredients found right in your pantry. Mix enough for one mask by combining 1/4 cup of regular oatmeal (not the instant kind) with 1 tsp. of honey and enough water to make it like a paste. You may need to use warm water to help soften the oatmeal. Spread the mixture around the face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. The oatmeal exfoliates the skin and also soaks up skin oils that cause acne.

Yogurt Mask

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Yogurt is a natural cleanser and also moisturizes skin. Your kin will feel very smooth and soft after using this yogurt facial mask. For one mask, mix 1 tsp. plain yogurt with 1 tsp. warm honey. Spread it evenly over your face, avoiding eyes and mouth. Let the mask dry for 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. This mask can be used daily or even more than once a day for particularly oily skin. For added exfoliation, add 1 tsp. dry oatmeal to the mixture before spreading on the face. Rub in circles to help exfoliate dead skin.

Olive Oil and Sugar Facial

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This facial recipe is designed for dry skin. Begin by spreading a thin layer of olive oil all over your face. Take small amounts of sugar and press it into the olive oil until your face is covered with a thin layer. Begin rubbing in small circles all over your face. Spend extra time around the nose, forehead and chin. These are spots where dry skin is easily visible. When done, rinse with warm water and follow with a mild soap or the yogurt mask. Your skin will be soft and moisturized after this treatment. This is not a recommended treatment for oily skin.

About the Author

Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.

Mary Johnson-Gerard began writing professionally in 1975 and expanded to writing online in 2003. She has been published on the Frenzyness Divorce Blog and on Neumind International Pte Ltd. Her book "When Divorce Hurts Too Long—Ouch" was published in 2009. Johnson-Gerard holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Missouri.