Love trying the latest skincare trends? Us too!
The only problem is…not all of them work, or even worse, some of them are darn damaging to the skin.
While we all want to achieve gorgeous, flawless skin, some skincare trends just aren’t worth the time (or the side effects!).
Let’s take a look at six skincare trends we’re so glad we never tried.
People find peel-off masks so alluring, and it’s easy to see why. After using one, it quite literally feels like you’ve pulled off all the impurities from your skin – a completely satisfying feeling.
According to Minnesota-based dermatologist Holly Hanson, peel-off masks can actually damage your skin.
She explains, “Oftentimes these masks are abrasive and work by removing the outer layer of the skin. There are more effective ways to cleanse the skin without damaging it.”
If you want to enjoy the fun of peel-off masks without suffering the consequences of using them, try Truly’s Dew You Love Me Jelly Face Mask instead. It’s a cute, glittery face mask that’s packed with skin-brightening and anti-aging properties.
We’ve heard good and bad things about double cleansing. Some say it’s the secret to clear, radiant skin. Others like dermatologist Dr. Ahmad Fayyaz Chaudhry says it’s too harsh for the skin.
“By going hardcore on the deep cleansing products, you will end up stripping your skin of the protective layer of sebum and oils,” says Dr. Chaudhry. “This will cause the skin to produce more oils and may end up flaring acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Use one or two basic cleansers, and that ought to be enough.”
A skincare trend born in Korea and made popular thanks to TikTok, slugging is a beauty trend going viral.
“Slugging is a trend that centres around putting a thick layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly on your face as the final step in your skincare routine,” explains Maree Kinder, founder of Beauty & Seoul. “The idea behind it is to act as a seal or barrier to prevent moisture loss from skin.”
While it might work for severely dry skin, slugging can wreak havoc on oily, combination, or acne-prone skin types. Even dermatologists warn against partaking in the beauty trend.
“I worry that excessive amounts of petroleum jelly will clog pores, especially if you already suffer from acne-prone skin,” says Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe, founder of SKNDOCTOR. “Vaseline is occlusive, meaning it forms a barrier – pure occlusion can trigger breakouts in acne-prone skin types.”
If you’re looking for a product to seal in moisture and prevent dryness, opt for Truly’s Pineapple Haze Sensitive Skin Body Balm instead.
We’ve all heard of this beauty trend, but it’s a trend we should shun asap if you want to maintain healthy, happy skin.
“Keep in mind that your teeth are ranked amongst the toughest substances in your body, and we're using toothpaste to clean them,” says dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian, M.D. “Your skin, in contrast, is incredibly delicate. Using a cleanser that’s meant for teeth can disrupt the pH balance of your skin and irritate it greatly.”
So while you might have read that toothpaste can dry out zits and promote a clear complexion, you may actually be invoking a case of contact dermatitis instead.
Use a tried and true spot treatment like Truly’s Hemp Acne Patches. These’ll dry out those pesky pimples in no time without dehydrating the surrounding skin.
Microneedling, aka dermarolling, is a process that involves moving a handhold device with needles across the face to stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid production. As effective as it is in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this procedure should be left to the professionals. It should not be attempted at home.
“Not only can you create bruising and track-mark lines from using too much pressure, but the wrong technique can easily cause micro-tears in the skin, leading to scarring and hyperpigmentation,” says Lisa Montlake, advanced aesthetician and cofounder of Fern Skin Clinic.
Besides that, not everyone is a suitable candidate for the treatment. You would need to be assessed by a professional to ensure microneedling is right for your skin – something you cannot do yourself.
We know many of you are turning to at-home beauty treatments, but this is one we highly recommend leaving to the experts. Otherwise, you could end up seriously damaging your skin.
Try Truly’s Vegan Collagen Bundle instead if you’re looking for anti-aging effects without causing damage to your skin.
Making your own DIY face masks is a trend that’s been rolling around for some time, especially since the pandemic began and lockdowns got us experimenting with beauty. We urge you to proceed with caution.
“People rightly do not want to go to the store and want to conserve spending, so they turn to DIY for their skin-care needs,” says Connecticut-based board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara. “This may work out or it may exacerbate the issue or inflame the skin; there is a bit of roulette involved here.”
Avoid ingredients like lemon, toothpaste, baking soda, vinegar, and spices, which can easily irritate the skin. If you have sensitive skin, avoid DIY masks altogether.
Opt for Truly’s Mary Jane Glow Mask if you’re looking for skin-brightening effects without potentially risking the wellbeing of your complexion.
We hear about new skincare trends all the time. Instead of jumping into trying all of them right away, do a little research into the trend or ingredients. This way, you can make an informed decision as to whether it will be good or bad for your skin.
You do have to be careful with some skincare trends. Not all of them are effective, and some of them aren’t even safe. Always do your research! Or reach us at Truly to get our opinion on it!