Happy fall! It has been a long, LONG hiatus from this blog; however, I am back! I know I promised a weekly upload, including weekly YouTube videos, but I did not keep my promise. I struggled with time management and fell back into the rabbit hole of a sporadic schedule. Thankfully, my time has cleared up and I wanted to write a quick blog about some of the skincare trends that should be avoided, INDEFINITELY. Social media has become a platform for skincare enthusiasts alike to communicate and exchange skincare tips, advice, hacks, etc. Some of the skincare hacks can be helpful, unfortunately, some skincare hacks are not helpful at all.
- Over Cleansing: Using cleanser for more than 5 minutes to wash your face.
Problem: The issue with washing your face for more than 5 minutes is the cleanser can strip the natural oils from the skin and break down your skin moisture barrier.
Solution: Double cleansing – Using two different forms of cleanser to get rid of the dirt from the face. For example, using a cleansing balm to remove makeup and follow up with a gentle cleanser to get rid of any lingering dirt from the face.
- DIY Chemical Peel: Buying chemical ingredients and mixing it together to create a chemical peel at home.
Problem: Many of the ingredients that are sold online are counterfeit. The chemicals that are used in chemical peels are sold to chemists and medical companies, exclusively. The ingredients can be dangerous to the skin when applied. Also, if the ingredients are not mixed properly, it can be dangerous for the person combining the ingredients.
Solution: Make an appointment with your trusted dermatologist and have the chemical peel professionally done.
- Using Glue to Remove Blackheads: Spreading glue onto the blackheads; waiting for the glue to dry and peel the dried glue off the face to “remove” blackheads.
Problem: Elmer glue and other glues have preservatives that can irritate the skin. The preservatives can cause irritation, inflammation, and overall damage the skin.
Solution: To safely remove blackheads, AHA’s and BHA’s are great chemical exfoliants that can hydrate the skin, as well as get rid of blackheads.
- Over Moisturizing: Layering different creams, moisturizers, and oils to the skin simultaneously.
Problem: Applying too many moisturizers can signal your skin to “slow down” or “stop” the production of our natural hydration producers.
Solution: Use light and breathable moisturizers in the summer and stick to a heavier, but non-comedogenic creams in the winter. Also, stick to moisturizers that are designed for your skin type.
- Layering products in the incorrect order: Applying skincare products on the skin that doesn’t help the skin.
Problem: Layering the products in the “incorrect” way can cause pore clogging and make the products non-effective to the skin. For example, applying an oil before a serum will make the effects of the serum ineffective because oil is a sealant and the serum can not penetrate the skin.
Solution: The suggested way most dermatologists and estheticians recommend is as follows: cleanser → toner → serum → moisturizer → sunscreen.
6. Sunscreen Contouring: Applying sunscreen to the highest points of the face and avoiding the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones to have a “natural” contour.
Problem: Any form of exposure to the sun without sunscreen will harm the unprotected areas; leave long-term damage, and increase the risk of skin cancer.
Solution: ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN!
It is okay to participate in harmless skincare trends and exchange different tips with other people; however, take precautions when dabbling into new products and unique hacks. Sometimes, the hacks might not work well for your skin and cause serious damage. Remember to subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel. Like, comment, and share some of the skincare trends you avoid.