When it comes to skincare tips, trends come and go; some of them good, some of them not so good! We’ve taken a closer look at some of the current skincare tips which, while they may sound good on the surface, are something you should really avoid.
Coconut oil has come in for a lot of praise because of how useful it is to the human body, both inside and out. If you’re not using it to cook with, you can take your makeup off with it, or use it as a hair mask. However, the trend for people to also use it as a facial moisturiser is not such a good idea, because it’s a very thick oil that is more likely to clog your pores and cause blemishes rather than make your skin softer.
New skincare products are being introduced to the market on an almost daily basis. Many come with big, glossy advertising campaigns, or are praised by influencers (and remember, many influencers – especially those with larger followings – are paid handsomely to recommend products). What you have to take into account is that new skincare products may not actually be right for your skin, and spending lots of money on the wrong product just because it’s new or you like the ad will be counterproductive. So don’t be seduced by packing and trends as the key is to use products with high-quality ingredients in therapeutic quantities – if you need advice about the best products for your skin type, book a consultation with a skincare specialist.
Toothpaste is formulated to clean your teeth and is far too strong to use on the skin. In fact, it could make dry skin conditions worse. Avoid.
It may feel like you’re peeling off all your skin’s impurities with a peel-off mask, but you may be taking some of the healthy skin with it! The wash-off masks are much kinder to your skin, so use one of those instead, or find an alternative way of cleansing your skin.
Soap bars have enjoyed something of a renaissance thanks to people becoming aware that we need to use less plastic. However, many scented bars will dry your skin, especially in the winter when central heating systems also have a drying effect and may lead to rashes. Try something unscented that has a moisturiser, and don’t forget to moisturise your skin after a bath or shower.
The internet is full of advice and recipes for DIY skincare; unfortunately, it’s not necessarily going to be good for your skin. In fact, there is a lot of fake advice online, so by following the advice you find online, you may well be putting ingredients on your skin that isn’t going to do you any good, and could possibly do harm. After all, not everyone is dermatologically trained. So if this is the road you want to go down, always be careful to check the source and do some extra research.
Not exactly part of your skincare routine, but manipulating photos of yourself is a good way of erasing that zit that appeared on the end of your nose on the morning of a special event, so when you look at the photos, you’re reminded of the occasion, not the spot! But we have come to rely on technical trickery to create things that aren’t there, which is causing false expectations and a lot of unhappiness, especially among teenagers who are more self-conscious. Even though magazines still do it, many celebrities are now protesting against the use of Photoshop on images of them as a way of being more honest. So forget how people will look at your image from the future; the best thing you can do is create a skincare regime which includes a healthy diet, lots of water and exercise, that’ll help you look your best – and feel your best – in real life, so when you pose for a photo, you won’t want to use a filter!
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