Raising children is hard. But raising children by yourself? That’s double the challenge. In a world where perfect lives seem to exist on social media, things are not always as rosy as they appear to be, especially if you’re a single dad or a stand-in dad. From mood swings to crushes, personal hygiene to makeup – everything will feel like a rollercoaster, especially when your kid hits the double digits.
But don’t panic just yet! We’ve listed down a simple routine that covers personal care and beauty basics to help you on your #SoloParent journey, plus some resources and groups where you can get support as a single parent.
Personal care must-haves
Keeping your teen's skin clean and protected is of the utmost importance — hygiene is a love language AND a non-negotiable! Bacteria and viruses are all-too-easily transmitted through physical contact with surfaces as well as other people; reduce this risk with the following essentials!
Teenagers often face skin irritation and built-up oil on their skin during puberty; a mild but effective cleanser like oatmeal soap helps soothe irritated skin while keeping it moisturized. Oatmeal is also known to gently exfoliate skin as it washes away accumulated dirt and oil that can cause pimples.
F*Off Germs Sanitize Everything Alcohol Spray: A personal care essential for everyone! Make sure that your kid stays protected from dirt and bacteria with this effective spray. Made with 80% alcohol, it can be used to sanitize everything – from hands, surfaces, and even mobile phones. It also contains tea tree and aloe vera extracts to keep hands soft and hydrated even with frequent application.
Basic face makeup
Now that we’ve covered the personal care basics, it's time to get into beauty! Makeup, especially for those who are unfamiliar with it, can be overwhelming. You could be looking at hundreds of brushes and products with no idea what each one is for! Here's a big tip: KEEP IT SIMPLE. Here's what your teen can use for basic, everyday makeup that doesn’t damage skin!
DD+CC Primer with SPF 30: This multi-purpose, lightweight primer protects against the elements while moisturizing skin. It’s made with Japanese Tsubaki Oil to help keep skin healthy and nourished. This can be worn alone as SPF, or as the first step in her makeup routine.
Pressed Mineral Foundation: When it comes to foundation, you want to keep it light without skimping on the benefits! Available in five shades, our pressed foundation is powered with SPF 50 broad spectrum and Ellana’s signature Mineral SkinShield, which protects skin from irritants and damage. It doesn’t cake, doesn’t clog pores, and fits all skin types, so you don’t have to worry about your teen looking overdone.
Stay Fresh Setting Spray: Formulated to be multi-functional, this setting spray also works as a primer and facial mist. It’s gentle enough to be used on its own as a skincare spray, and can also be used to help keep her base intact all day for special occasions. Botanical extracts like Niacinamide and Centella Asiatica work together to keep skin refreshed and looking bright!
Lip and Cheek Gel: For a bit of color, gift your teen with the double-duty Lip and Cheek Gel, which comes in four shades that fit all skin tones. It’s a lightweight gel that leaves a satin-matte finish and long-lasting color on the lips and cheeks, so she won’t have to worry about retouching. It’s also infused with aloe vera and rose extracts that help skin stay hydrated.
Help is available
You’ve nailed the beauty and personal care and of things, but raising kids solo is tough - and you don’t have to go through it alone. There are organizations and groups that you can reach out to for tips, when you need to let out some frustrations, or hear the perspectives of people on the same single-parenting path as you. Here are some that you can check out:
Federation of Solo Parents, Luzvimin, Inc. (FSPL):
FSPL, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is made up of 26 associations of solo parents nationwide, both work-based and community-based. Their goal is to educate solo parents on their government-mandated benefits, empower them through events, and inspire them in their solo-parenting journey. You can contact them through the links below:
This Facebook group, which currently has at least 6,000 members, invites all Filipino solo parents to come together in this group and empower one another with parenting tips and words of encouragement. It also hopes to eventually be the voice of solo parents to the government in seeking more assistance.
This Facebook group provides an online community for all parents, with or without a partner. Their goal is to make parenting easier through shared tips and experiences. In case you have questions, you can also ask it in the group and get help from its 10,000 members.