Entering adolescence is an important life milestone, but puberty is not always an easy time for all parties involved. As a mother, you might find it more difficult to understand what your daughter might be going through, as she becomes more independent.
Puberty can be a great opportunity to build a stronger mother-daughter relationship by sharing your experience and knowledge on this important life milestone. Show your support by educating, answering any concerns, and perhaps by creating your daughter’s first essentials kit to help with the transition.
Putting together an essentials kit
Puberty can be a very confusing and embarrassing time. Your daughter might be too shy to mention any bodily changes, and instead, you might hear a lot of stories about how her friends are wearing deodorant, starting their first period, and shaving their legs.
This is a good time to put together an essentials kit to help your daughter feel more prepared and and comfortable during this transition. Depending on what your daughter is going through, the puberty kit can be personalized to her specific needs. Examples of items to include are sanitary products, acne products, body lotion, hygiene wipes and Secret Aluminum Free Deodorant—a deodorant you can feel confident recommending to her. It’s formulated to provide strong sweat-activated odour protection to keep her smelling fresh. It’s also free of aluminum, dyes, parabens, and baking soda!
By creating an essentials kit for your daughter, you are showing her that you understand what she is going through by proactively taking care of her needs. This will help build her confidence, making the transition easier and potentially more fun!
Understanding how puberty affects hygiene
Girls typically start puberty between the ages of 8 and 13, give or take. It is around this age that hygiene changes need to be discussed, such as having a stronger body odour. With the body changing, the adrenal glands become more active as the amount of sweat excreted increases. It is the increase in hormonal activity that causes the sweat to develop an unpleasant odour.
This can be an awkward time for any adolescent, and they might feel more self-conscious about themselves. For this reason, it is important to keep track of the changes and introduce any necessary products to help manage these changes!
Introducing the use of deodorant
There comes a time that basic hygiene is no longer enough to control body odour. This is a great opportunity to include a deodorant in the beauty essentials kit—making the discussion about smelling bad a little less awkward!
Secret Aluminum Free is the ideal deodorant for anyone just starting out! It is free of all the ingredients you want to avoid and designed to be gentle on the skin. Plus, if she’s an animal lover, the formula is PETA certified as cruelty-free! What else could be better than a product moms can feel good about introducing to their daughters and know they will love?
It also comes in many soothing scents for her (and you) to choose from including Cotton, Coconut, and Lavender, and is available in major retailers across Canada.