TikTok skincare trends: Experts rate the hacksFebruary 10, 2021
Scrolling TikTok and seeing all the hacks and tutorials on there is one of the few small joys left we have right now.
Want to find out how to make crispy roast potatoes? Clean your toilet? Revive your dead houseplants? TikTok can tell you it all.
But do the hacks included in these videos actually help?
With skincare hacks in particular, you’re risking inflaming acne or irritating dry patches, so it’s best to know which ones are legit and which arent.
Eva Nydal Abildgaard, technical product researcher at health and beauty brand New Nordic has delved into some of the most popular TikTok hacks in conversation with skincare experts, and rated them on advice and effectiveness.
Using plasters for spots
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Eva comments ‘This will work for a quick fix and will also prevent you from touching the problem area. I wouldn’t advise this for frequent use as the removal of the plaster will begin to irritate the skin and could aggravate breakouts further.’
Aesthetician and Founder of Skinned App, Desi Valentine adds ‘If you have small spots or visible whiteheads, the Band-Aid plaster pads work well. Anything deeper such as milia or cysts you should consult with a facialist/aesthetician.
‘This won’t work with any standard Band Aid however, the reason for their success is the ingredient Hydrocolloid in specific types of the branded plaster.’
Blister patches and specific acne patches (like these from Cosrx) hold on to moisture coming from your spots, whereas regular band-aids won’t.
Vaseline to remove blackheads
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A recent Tik Tok trend has been to add Vaseline to your nose and steam off to remove black heads.
Eva described this hack as ‘pointless’ and said: ‘You’ll achieve better and longer lasting results with AHAs and BHAs, as well as using a clay mask once a week.’
The thickness of Vaseline is more likely to clog your pores than clean them and is not recommended.
Petroleum jelly is an occlusive, so it will create a barrier on top of your skin rather than drawing moisture in. If you don’t wash it off correctly after trying this hack, you could end up with a congested face.
Hydration to prevent ageing
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12-step skincare routines are commonplace now, with every manner of product to plump up our wrinkles.
Recently, this has materialised in a focus on hydration, using products like hyaluronic acid to fill out furrows.
Eva comments ‘Hydration is a vital element of a skincare regime. Well hydrated skin will repair itself quicker, result in less scarring and give you a glowing complexion.
‘Essences, serums, masks and oils are great ways of doing this and can prevent and even in some cases revers the signs of ageing.’
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Dermaplaning is a technique used to exfoliate and remove light facial hairs using a blade.
Although a good way to make skin smoother and make up application easier, this can be potentially very damaging to the skin and recommended to be trusted with professionals only, Eva comments.
If you’re shaving off that top layer of skin, it will slough away any flakes and hair. However, you can cut yourself, and it’s harder to sterilise equipment at home, so there may be harmful bacteria introduced to your skin.
Zinc shampoo for fungal acne
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Desi Valentine comments ‘The new trend of treating fungal acne with Zinc shampoo – more commonly known as dandruff shampoo – can work extremely well.
‘Because dandruff is caused by a yeastlike fungus (Malassezia) that feeds on oils on the scalp. Dandruff shampoo is anti-fungal treatment designed to help heal the scalp, reduce itchiness and combat the excess oil production.’
Chat to your derm or aesthetician before trying this just to make sure you do have fungal acne rather than comedogenic acne.
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This is a great tip, as ice stimulates circulation and will add a flush to the face while also tightening pores, Eva explains.
Desi comments: ‘I always use this phrase with my clients “Cold in treatments is your friend” whether I am using cryo infusion, oxygen infusion, cold cryo globes etc. It will even give you a bit of glow.’
Turmeric, milk, and honey face masks
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Abi Olek, celebrity facialist at Beau-Skin London advises ‘Turmeric has a number of amazing health benefits and also works wonders for the skin. Turmeric is known to brighten the skin and leave it glowing and radiant.
‘Lactic acid comes from sour milk and I’m a big advocate of lactic xcid for its gentle exfoliating properties.
‘Honey is known for having natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it good for treating various skin conditions. This is a fun DIY facial to do at home.’
Lactic acid for textured skin
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Eva recommends: ‘This is a well-known tip and use of lactic acid. Masks and solutions containing this have become very popular and work by removing the build up of dead skin cells without aggravating skin.’
For the trend of using products with lactic acid, Abi Olek explains: ‘This AHA is one of the larger molecules and therefore has a natural affinity with the epidermis, easing penetration and boosting the glycosaminoglycans and strengthening capillaries.’
Double cleansing at night
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‘Double cleansing shouldn’t just be a trend,’ Eva comments.
‘Everyone should be doing this who wears make up and SPF to ensure we’re cleaning deep down into our pores and allowing subsequent skincare ingredients to penetrate our epidermis.’
Desi Valentine explains ‘The first cleanse will remove make-up, oil, sunscreen. The second will clean the skin of all remaining residue which will encourage the serums, oils and hydrators to penetrate effectively.’
It may add another step to your routine, but it keeps your face clean and ready for more products.
Coffee ground face scrubs
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Homemade skincare masks are a great way to soothe the skin but Eva warns: ‘Avoid any acidic or heavily textured ingredients that threaten to aggravate or unbalance the pH of your skin- this should be between 4.7 and 5.7.’
Coffee grounds can have a pH as high as 6.85, and cause micro tears in the skin that irritate and look red.
Abi Olek advises ‘I’m not a fan of abrasive DIY scrubs on the delicate skin on our face. I recommend various acids for exfoliating the skin, such as AHAs or BHA.’
If you want to use up your coffee grounds, stick them in a body scrub instead.
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