It’s funny the things kids don’t know.
Things you just assume they would.
Because they’re so natural and, when you really think back on it, you don’t really remember anyone ever having a real hands on teaching session with you about it.
But then, nope, there you are wondering why your kid is coming out of the bathroom after a shower with totally dry hair and you think, “Wait? Didn’t I teach him that showers include hair washing?!”
Pretty sure I covered that in the fist 8 years or so of life when I was in charge of basic bathing. Yet and still and back to the drawing board starting with a how to bathe effectively tutorial.
Because he obviously doesn’t know. Even though he should.
Maybe cleaning yourself is just hard. The other day I went into the bathroom to have a real talk about facial hygiene and keeping it clean as the teen years really start to set in for Dude 1.
He’s got some acne, nothing to get worked up over, but enough that he is sorta noticing and kinda wondering about how to not have it anymore.
As Dudes do with most things.
So I knock, listen for a if-you-come-in-you-and-I-won’t-both-be-entirely-mortified mumble, and enter.
Blistering hot water was being splashed all over the place –flung over his shoulders, up into the air, into my shocked face. I screamed, because, HOT. He continues, but faster, so as to make it end I imagine. So I get even more wet and burny as water continues to be flung across my person, and onto the wall. There was some running expeditiously down his elbows so that it could pool on the vanity and then spill onto the floor. And his shirt, soaked all down the front.
There was no bend in his knee so he was about as far away from the sink as he could be while still actually being in the bathroom. Plus the soap wasn’t sudsy and parts of his face weren’t even wet.
I turned off the water, patted down his face (and mine), sat him on the toilet, and asked him want in the name of Taylor Swift was he doing.
Washing his face apparently.
Naturally he was offended at my outrage of the situation.
But, I assured him I was here to help (starting with handing him a towel to mop up his mess) and then I handed him this…
Clarisonic sent us this Alpha Fit Men’s Cleansing system to try out with The Dudes in the family. Designed with men in mind, this little number makes keeping clean and clear a job even an active, somewhat clueless 13 year old Dude can pull off.
It’s super easy to use: just add cleanser, rub on face for 50 seconds, rinse, and roll. You come out with a much better, cleaner result than the haphazardly-run-your-hands-all-over-your-face-while-wetting-your-entire-bathroom method many use instead.
Dude Dad got wind of its arrival and has since relocated the system to our bathroom (with the understanding that everyone under the age of 25 may not use any other facilities while visiting as it has been proven previously that those individuals can not be trusted in the accuracy department around a commode) for his co-use. The unit is said to also provide cool benefits for those with real man facial hair (allows for a closer shave and a cleaner beard) which my 13 year old definitely does not have (say nothing. SAY. NOTHING.).
Getting a 13 year old to appreciate the importance of facial hygiene (okay, any kind of hygiene) is no easy feat, having a cool gadget with the instant gratification of a fresh face (seriously, even he noticed, calling his face “shiny” after his first use) helps.
So does having a good face care kit.
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A good cleanser. My son has sensitive skin so we try to stay away from things that have a lot of perfumes or artificial ingredients to irritate him. He liked the Alpha Cleanse sample that came with his Alpha Fit, but he also uses Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser.
A basic moisturizer. Potentially one with some sunscreen in it. The sun ruins faces.
An Alpha Fit. Because it’s easy and it feels good and those two things are the basis for 99% of decisions made by the average teenaged boy.
A good razor. Please don’t buy him that Bic 10 pack for $8.99. Invest in something a little bit better made and less likely to slaughter him. The men in my family are part of the $1 Shave Club and they are able to all have quality razors at a reasonable price.
A spot treatment. Dude 1 and I both use this Clean & Clear Clear Acne Spot Treatment. It really works to reduce the time you have to spend with evil creatures living on your face.
Disclosure: Today’s post is being brought to you by Clarisonic via Type A Mom. All wet bathrooms, clueless teenagers, and opinions are my own.