Tween and Teen Back to School Image Issues: SOLVED!

I hate that kids have to care about what others think, but -- who am I to talk?  I care about my appearance and it makes me more confident to feel like I look my best.  I remember how difficult it was for me growing up with two issues in particular: my complexion and my glasses.

First, my glasses: I hated my chunky blue frames and the fact that I was always breaking them. Today, glasses are a sign of something trendy; kids are even wearing fake glasses with no prescription to give that "nerdy" look.  And for those who don't like to wear frames, either due to sports or some other reason, there is a whole slew of contact lens products on the market that can fit their needs.

One such product is the new Bausch & Lomb SofLens Daily Disposable lens.  This lens was tried out by my 15-year-old daughter who uses glasses mostly for up-close.  She didn't necessarily think she needed to wear the contacts all the time, but she liked having that option for when she went places and wanted to ditch the frames.  She was fitted at Walmart, along with having a fitting for her frames, and she came home with a sample supply of the SofLens contacts to try for 10 days.  She wasn't really used to the idea at first; in fact, we learned that she wore them too long the first day.  (Lenses need time to adjust to; most doctors recommend starting out with just a couple hours of wear the first day and building up to a full day.)  She thought that her vision was very clear once her eyes adjusted, and they didn't feel like they were in at all.

I liked that, even in the first days when she only wore them a few hours, she could toss them when she was done.  There was no need for a lens case, solution, cleaner, etc; I also like that she is at lower risk of getting an infection or scratching her eye by putting in dirty lenses or wearing them too long.  They are truly a low-maintenance option, and perhaps the ONLY option I would recommend for busy teens who have too much to concern themselves with when getting ready in the morning as it is.

(Did you know that Walmart honors ads from competitors in their Vision Centers? If you find a competitor's price for contact lenses is lower, Walmart will match it!)

When I was a teenager, it seemed like my face was constantly breaking out during life's big moments.  School dances, the spelling bee, or photo day would always have me with new breakouts that makeup couldn't cover up.  My son, who is now 10, is starting to experience how important a good face washing regimen can be. His skin is exceptionally oily and he suffers from a mild case of KP (chicken skin bumps).  He moisturizes to cure the bumps, but there is always a need for a good exfoliation (which is hard for a 10-year-old to do on his own.)

We started him trying the AcneFree Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo Kit, which contains a motorized "scrubber", 2 brush heads, and cleaner.  It's easy for him to use; he simply wets the brush head, puts on a drop of cleanser, wets his face and uses the motorized brush on his skin. If your child can brush their teeth, they can use this product.

The brushes are very soft (much like a "soft" head toothbrush) but are densely spaced.  They wash nicely in tough areas like the creases by the nose and along the jaw line.  My son didn't experience any redness or irritation, as the cleanser really is gentle.

I tried it, too, as I have very sensitive and dry skin.  It really left my face feeling smooth and clean.  Since there are 2 heads in one kit, I gave one to him and kept one for myself.  (We have our name on the plastic part of the brush with a Sharpie marker.)

I like that this has helped him to develop a healthy skin care routine before acne gets bad. I think that, if I had something similar in place BEFORE I started getting horrible breakouts, I may have had less of a miserable experience with it.  Sometimes kids just need empowered with the tools they can use independently to fight these battles and build habits for life!

Both of these items can be found at your local Walmart.  Check your Walmart's Eye Center for the contacts; the AcneFree kit can be found in-store or online for under $20.

What back-to-school concerns do your children have? What solutions can you help them come up with?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.