After years of bathing your children, washing their hair and supervising tooth brushing to ensure they are squeaky clean from head to toe; teen years approach and it’s time to let them loose.

What is a mother to do?

Boys especially can be lazy so it’s important to start the education process early before puberty hits at around age 10-12.

Be mindful that all children develop at different stages and of the difference between the needs of boys and girls.

Here are some helpful tips to help correct the wrongs into rights to help guide teens into having a great personal care routine of their own:

Ten do’s & don’ts of teen hygiene

  1. Do go out and buy them their own teen products. These products are developed especially for hormonal teenage skin and changing body development. For boys try 808 Dude and the girls Harmonis Kiss. Both Australian and natural.
  2. Do show them how to use the products step-by-step. If it is washing their face, explain how much to use and whether to apply to a wet or dry face and suggest using a face cloth.
  3. Do check in on them occasionally and ask how they are going. Be aware that if they are starting to experience pimples it can affect them emotionally. Choose natural skincare as opposed to chemical products as they tend to strip the skin of moisture and can cause all sorts of problems down the road such as sun sensitivity.

    Kids and mouth guards: Keeping your kids safe.
    Get your teenager motivated to start senior years at school
    Confidence for kids and teens

  4. Do explain the reason why they smell (i.e. bacteria dying off creates the stink around their sweat glands) and how to prevent it by washing and using deodorant.
  5. Do remind them to brush their teeth every night. As teens stay up later, they often go to bed and fall asleep without brushing their teeth. Make it a rule they brush their teeth before hopping into bed.
  6. Don’t assume your teens will ask for what they actually need. Advertising of male spray products influences them and is not ideal for their developing bodies as they are full of chemicals.
  7. Don’t assume they know how to use the products correctly. Explain the concept of the size of a 50 cent piece when pouring out shampoo.
  8. Don’t assume that just because there’s a lot of product in the shower that your son or daughter will use it correctly. Often it is too confusing so they’ll use nothing. By giving them a teen product they can identify with, they will more likely use it.
  9. Don’t assume they’ll tell you when they run out. Always keep spare product in the cupboard.
  10. Don’t use negative language. Reinforce how nice they smell after a shower of how good their hair is looking.

Have you ever had a challenge with your teens’ hygiene? How have you overcome this, please share in the comments below.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com
  • This is actually very informative. I have a 11 year old daughter and have noticed small changes in her body. I’ve explained the importance of hygiene and I occasionally remind her to do things, just to make sure she doesn’t forget. Deodorant is super important at the moment as she is quite active. She has her own hygiene products and made sure she was involved when picking them up from the shops. I agree if they are involved in buying them they are more likely to use them.


  • My eldest just turned 14 and seems fine some days and not others. I’d love to know about some of the natural teen products.


  • Yep, it’s tough. My daughter wasn’t too bad but my son, if he could get out of a shower he would.


  • I am very lucky to have a husband that has always been conscious about hygiene & he has passed it on to our son.

    • Lucky! I hope my boys grow up conscious of hugeine. Their dad is a bit of a germophobe


  • They have the products, but forget to use them. friendly reminders needed.


  • My 9 year old could definitely use some of this advice


  • My 15yr old son is super hygienic. He even wants to have his pj’s washed directly when a shirt which he has worn shortly has touched it !


  • Yes to buying them the products they need, not necessarily the ones that they want because of my defective marketing but that aren’t actually good for them.
    I wonder if teens have a different sense of smell to adults which matures like tastebuds. I don’t know how else to explain the overwhelming, sickly and artificial smell of Lynx and Impulse that I remember thinking smelt good as a teen – the more the better haha.


  • I think routine also plays a major part in keeping up good hygiene. I’m so glad I still have plenty of more years left until my children are teens!


  • Fortunately my daughter has always taken good care of her hygiene.


  • remember my own teen years and all the confusion and chaos glad we have come a long way


  • I also think getting them in a routine of applying sunscreen before they leave the house is important in our Australian sun. It will mean their skin will be in better condition when they are older.


  • My son hit puberty earlier than his friends. He was so reluctant to do anything. I’ve used a cleanser on his face to show him how oily his skin has become and I’ve shown him how often his pillow needs to be changed. I let him pick his own deodarant. Things are getting better as more of his friends are meeting that milestone too.


  • I’ve tried explaining to my son how much shampoo to use but he still goes through a bottle of shampoo within 2 weeks and he has short hair. I also explain to him that he only needs to use a small amount of deodorant which never worked until he noticed I was having trouble breathing if I went into the bathroom after him. He now uses less at a time and has realised it works just as well as spraying half the can.

    • Aw lol, a bottle of shampoo within two weeks ?! :D At least he’s clean !


  • Such great tips to remember.
    It’s always a touchy subject when talking about smell so definitely need to tread carefully on the subject!


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by you browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating