Adolescent boys stick. There isn’t any other way to say it other than they stink. As a mom of a teen boy I know just how stinky things can get. this is why we started early teaching our son the importance of good hygiene and trust me when I say it’s a daily battle we fight.
I know what you’re thinking how can it be a daily battle, after all, no one wants to stink. Well as a mom I’ve learned that showers can come in second to a good game of manhunt or a winning streak on a video game. I’ve also come to realize boy are nose blind. They truly cannot smell their own stink. So starting early with hygiene is a must.
1. Body Odor
Boys don’t have to be going through puberty to be smelly, although that does increase the smell. Make sure they are getting cleaned in the shower and tub. When they are young, we need to show them what it means to get clean. You can’t just get wet. (We’ve all heard stories of the kid who went into the bathroom, turned on the water, but didn’t actually get in, right?) Starting early teach they to wash is half the battle.
Then when the time comes for them to wash they know how. To help let them have a say in which body wash they use. Not all teens what to smell like a garden of flowers so let them chose the smell and brand that they will enjoy using.
Speaking of body odor as soon as they start showing sign of underarm odor teach them to use deodorant.
2. Brush Teeth
Stinky breath is no fun for anyone. It can make someone feel insecure or make other people not want to get too close. When they are teens add in the daily use of mouthwash it helps to kill the bacteria.
3. Pimples and Oily Skin
Acne can have an emotional effect on teens and can even lead to depression. Encourage your teens to use a gentle cleanser on their face but not to over scrub. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, acne is not caused by a dirty face but is caused by hormones, natural oils in the skin and bacteria. Sometimes over-the-counter treatments such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can take care of acne but don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist if it gets worse or your child is embarrassed or withdrawing from social situations.
Consider a product made especially for male skin. Son has been in love with Bulldog products. Made with all natural ingredients and designed for men’s skin in mind teen boy loves them. From facial scrubs to moisturizing it’s been go-to for the boy these past few months. They also make a great gift for the holidays.
4. Clean Clothes
You wouldn’t think this would be an issue but believe it or not reminding the teen boy that wearing yesterday clothes is not ok is a big thing. He lives by most male rules if it doesn’t stink and looks clean we can wear it again. I grew up around boys all my life and it drove me crazy seeing them pick clothes off the floor, sniff them and then put them on. So I am really big on making sure son changes daily and if it’s been worn it’s in the hamper to be washed. teaching him this lesson early on has been a huge help. Oh, and it goes without saying remind them the underwear counts as clothing. Clean ones daily, please.
What are some tips you have employed to keep your teen smelling and looking sharp?