The Differences Between Teen and Adult Facials

From keeping your skin hydrated in harsh elements to hormones that wreak havoc on your skin, seeking the help of an experienced esthetician in Rockaway Beach to give you a facial treatment is the optimal solution to your skincare problems.


Most people try hard to prioritize their skincare routines even during busy weeks. So it is quite likely that whether you are an adult or a teen, your bathroom cabinet is full of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, peels, scrubs, and masks. While your at-home skincare regimen is important, there are additional benefits to getting a professional facial done at least once a month, especially if you have problematic skin. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a facial?

In essence, a facial is a skincare treatment that affects the skin on your face positively. A basic facial involves the cleansing of pores, exfoliation of dead cells, and using appropriate masks to tackle your skin problems. But are all facials created equal? In short, the answer is no.

Facials are multi-step treatments that are customizable to suit your skin and its needs. While an adult might require a facial to whittle away the visible signs of stress so as to make their skin look and feel younger and healthier, teens require facials to nourish their skin, give it a healthy glow, and balance out the hormonal changes that their bodies are going through.

Teen vs. Adult Skin

To really understand the benefits of proper skincare for teens and adults, it is important to first understand the underlying differences between teen and adult facial skin. When the body hits puberty it undergoes a series of transformations. Here is a brief outline of the most drastic changes in the skin that can occur during these changes.   

Basic Structural Changes

The innate structure of your skin starts to change as you age. As a child your skin renews itself very frequently. The older skin cells of the outermost layer slough off and new ones take their place at a rapid pace. However, as you enter your teenage years, the outermost layer of your skin sheds with less frequency. This causes your skin to become more resilient and tougher than before.

It also allows your skin to become less susceptible to issues like bruising and cuts. The facial skin of teenagers still has plenty of collagen in reserve. Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and fullness. As you enter adulthood, the production of collagen decreases, thanks to the passage of time and sun damage. This is why adult skin lends itself to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles so easily.

Battle of the Hormones

As the structure of the skin matures, teens find themselves facing a new world of skincare problems. You can blame the ramping up of hormones for this. A teenager’s skin begins to produce a whole lot more oil and perspiration. Too much build-up of oil and sweat traps dirt and remnants of makeup within your skin cells. This results in clogged pores, and the much-dreaded acne breakouts.

While teen acne is caused primarily due to hormonal changes, adults are not safe from breakouts. In fact, adults, particularly adult women, experience hormonal changes that affect their skin while at the same time, their older and mature skin cells do not regenerate and self-correct at the pace teens are blessed with.

Beginning Skincare Rituals

The rule of thumb is “If it is not broken, there is no need to fix it” applies to most life situations. However, your facial skin does not fall under this rule’s purview. Even with hormonal acne breakouts, most teenagers have better skin basics than adults. But when it comes to skincare rituals, you need to start caring for your skin and protecting it while your skin still looks great. The primary reason for this is that damage to the many layers of your skin often takes years to properly show. Starting a healthy and appropriate skincare routine earlier on in life will pay dividends in your later years. While you have little control over your genetic proclivities, a good skincare regime can help you overcome plenty of avoidable problems such as acne-prone skin and sun damage.

Teen Facials

A teen facial generally includes a professional skin analysis to zero in on your specific skin problems. After this, the skin is exfoliated in order to prepare it for a thorough and deep pore cleansing and steaming. Depending on your skin’s needs, an appropriate mask is applied.

It is important to ensure that the products used on your delicate teen skin are not harsh and damaging. Finally, an oil-free lotion and sun protector are applied. Teen skin produces enough moisture of its own, and using moisturizers meant for older skin is a no-no.

Adult Facials

For adults, a facial starts with a thorough cleansing of the face, neck, and décolletage areas. This is followed by steaming and exfoliation. Experienced estheticians in Rockaway Park, New York will then use their hands or the right tools to perform extractions of individual clogged pores that would otherwise lead to blackheads and acne.

Depending on your skin’s needs, your facial may include microdermabrasion or special peels. Oily adult skin would benefit from a natural clay mask, while hydrating masks are used to battle dry skin problems. The facial ends with the application of an appropriate serum, moisturizer, and sun-protector.

Developing the Right Facial

There are some things that you just should not try to DIY. This list includes popping zits, irrespective of how old you are. Keep grimy nails away from skin and get a opt for a spa facial to reduce pore size, clear out clogged pores, balance oil production, and promote the production of collagen and new skin cells. At Spa Rockaway, you have a unique selection of organic facials, Pat Rorke’s signature Skin Fitness facial, and other customized treatments such as micro-current facials, microdermabrasion, oxygen treatment, LED photo-therapy facials, and teen corrective facials that are specially designed for those between the ages of 10 and 17. Refresh, refine, and renew your skin with organic and natural nutrient-rich facials at Spa Rockaway.

Pat Rorke