- CBD in skincare – the beauty industry has become obsessed with marijuana/cannabis/CBD promotions over the last year or two. The claims of skincare products, in particular, with this ingredient, include calming inflammation and irritation, helping with sebum production and oil regulation, as well as anti-aging benefits.
A lot of CBD oils are made at home and sold at a higher price range through websites like Etsy, which brings into question the authenticity of it.
The formulation process of making a product with CBD isn’t very straightforward and easy – the extraction & stabilization of it. In order to acquire and incorporate this ingridient, a licence must be obtained. There’s a lot more research needed in order to fully understand the benefits and drawbacks of topical CBD.
- Celebrity skincare lines – we don’t need any more skincare brands for no reason (because let’s be honest, most, if not all, celebrities don’t spend hours in labs caring to gather the most beneficial ingredients)! They add nothing to the skincare realm, sometimes the celebrity themselves don’t even use their products.
Of course, with the celebrity name comes a ridiculous price tag. Some of these lines are successful due to their marketing strategies of promising that we too can achieve that standard of beauty that we are so used to holding celebrities to.
Some examples are Madonna’s MDNA Skin, Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty, to name a few.
- Full face waxing – seems to be mostly a male trend that picked up popularity because “it’s something fun to watch”. The entire face is covered in wax in order to remove unwanted facial hair and peach fuzz, be used as an exfoliating treatment and blackheads remover.
The best way to wax your face is in sections – apply wax evenly in the direction of hair growth, then once it’s dry, peel it off quickly in the opposite direction. Working in small sections prevents irritation and ingrown hairs!
Full face waxers do not hold the skin when ripping off the wax layer, which leads to extreme irritation and even ripping of the skin, causing irreversible damage. The skin on your face is extremely delicate so please don’t do this!
- Skincare tools – extraction tools, derma rollers, sonic peels, etc. might help with certain concerns when used by professionals on you (they know the level of pressure to apply and how to properly work with these tools).
Social media can really mislead people into using these tools improperly and do more harm than good in the end. Again, click-bait works its wonders here at the expense of proper use of tools that can irreversibly damage the skin. Bleeding, peeling skin, irritation, breakouts, and acne are some of many negative effects.
Not all tools are even necessary to achieve a result you’re seeking – another product can do so more safely.