My Teen Skincare Life by Marianne Miles

Marianne MilesMarianne Miles runs Merite PR, a consultancy that covers PR, Social Media and event management. She has a background in the music industry where she has worked for brands such as Warner Music, Universal and Trinity Records. She took time out to share her teen skincare life journey with us. At a young age I was taught to ‘cream’ my skin but in our household we only used Cocoa Butter and Vaseline. I was around 12 or 13 when I first started getting spots, I bought Clearasil like the rest of my friends at school but it left a nasty rash on my face. I then tried Anne French Deep Milk Cleanser after seeing it on an advert. After that I used my pocket money to experiment with loads of different stuff.

Magazines and Whitney Houston were my influences on skincare mostly, I always wanted to know how she got that glow and tried to emulate it with too much cream and blusher. My family and friends were not very ‘girly’ they only ever used the basics, if anything I introduced products to them and still do to this day. I bought American hair and beauty magazines as a teen and read articles to discover new products, none of which were never available in the UK. I was relegated to whatever I could find in local hair shops, the only brand I can remember using is Sleek.

Anne French, St Ives Apricot Facial Scrub. Nivea Soap and Lotion were the products I used as a teen. I bought my first lipstick from Sleek - a berry/burgundy colour. I wasn’t allowed Make-up until aged 18 or 19, when I was introduced to Fashion Fair foundation and powder. I have very sensitive skin which blemishes easily. I need to hydrate by drinking plenty of water. Scrubs are to be kept to a minimum and oils (instead of creams) are best day and night. Also, the importance of thorough cleansing and steaming to open the pores.

I’m a product junkie now, and especially since hitting the big 4-0 I am very conscious about preserving what I have left so I’m trying everything, probably too many things. However I still have to be careful that the products are not laden with harsh chemicals and are kind to my skin. 

On my face I use Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Urban Veda scrubs and moisture with Antonia Burrell Cream Supreme Facial Moisturiser. For body I use Body Shop Shea Butter Wash and Scrub, it's brilliant and leaves the skin soft and smooth.

I moisturise with essential oils like Shea Decadence Skin Bliss Body Glaze. I add Vitamin E Oil and lemon to everything because I still get the odd blemish unfortunately. I haven’t found any one thing that works yet. I try not to use a lot of make-up, Mac Studio Fix Powder and some eyeliner & mascara usually does the trick.

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