With the onset of puberty comes the arrival of the teenage hygiene checklist. It’s relatively long, annoyingly basic, and hugely important. After all, teaching them good personal hygiene during puberty is as critical as teaching them their ABC’s and 123’s during childhood. You can’t assume they know it and it will take lots of repetition before you trust that they can handle it on their own. Enter the daily hygiene checklist. Though everyone’s hygiene routine will vary slightly, we’ve identified 5 key factors for good teenage hygiene. Read it. Repeat it. Relish it.
Yep, you’ll have to actually remind him to do this every day as part of good teenage hygiene. Especially knowing how badly boys can smell, he has to make time to wash daily with a mild, all-natural soap like PrepU Body Wash to avoid drying out his skin while still eliminating the bacterial build-up. Our Charcoal Bar Soap is great for drawing out odor-causing bacteria, too. And though it may seem obvious to you, defining “showering” to him as cleaning thoroughly in ALL the crevices, including under fingernails, between toes, behind ears and all around those private parts is key. That goes for shampooing, too.
Acne can be a pre-teen and teenager’s worst nightmare. That’s why an all-natural facial cleanser and moisturizer is high on our daily hygiene checklist. He can kill two birds using PrepU Charcoal Face and Body Scrub to detoxify and exfoliant skin gently during his shower followed by a lightweight, acne-fighting moisturizer afterwards. “Gently” is the operative word there — he can’t scrub away oil or acne, if it’s already there. Explain to him that this will only cause more skin irritation. Look for all-natural solutions that will keep skin quenched without clogging pores.
And maybe apply it again as needed throughout the day (again, boys = smelly). We break down how to choose the best deodorant for boys here and offer safe, effective Natural or Charcoal Deodorant options. Not only will applying a natural deodorant daily keep him odor-free, but it will also keep him free from harmful toxins or chemicals. It might not be a bad idea to brush up on what to expect from his natural deodorant while covering off on these teenage hygiene tips.
Sorry mom, we know this means more laundry, but we promise it’s worth it. From his underwear to his socks, your son should know that putting clean clothes on a clean body is an important part of the daily hygiene checklist. Especially if he’s active and sweating more than the average boy. He shouldn’t try to salvage his lucky jock strap or give his undershirts the sniff test. Wear it once, then toss it in the laundry basket. Our Active Dry Powder is helpful in this area as it keeps his sweat-prone part dry and chafe-free, as well as his sneakers and gym bag odor-free. Check out more about this multitasking product here.
If attracting a date isn’t motivation enough, then hopefully bad breath and tooth decay is enough to get him to add brushing and flossing to his teenage hygiene routine. Try keeping his toothbrush and toothpaste in the shower to remind him and keep the floss handy on the counter as a daily reminder. Warning: this may require some extra nagging.
Like we said, depending on the boy, his daily hygiene checklist may grow easily. But if he can tackle these 5 tips at minimum, you’ll all be ahead of the teenage hygiene game. Godspeed, friends.