Skincare has become the star of the booming beauty industry, and that growth has become more prevalent than ever in 2019. Lately, there has been a bit of a shift in favor, going from makeup based beauty to skincare based beauty. This means that there is a more prevalent focus on getting a good base rather than covering up imperfections with a heavy foundation and other makeup. The natural look is back, but it can take a surprising amount of products and effort to achieve this so-called “natural” beauty.
An important part of this look is having clear, youthful, and glowing skin. People are going to new extensive lengths to achieve amazing skin, and there are all sorts of new products and trends that have emerged to cater to this crowd. Celebrities are coming out with skincare lines, and skincare routines are more complicated than ever to keep up with the demand for perfection. Some of the hottest beauty trends of the year revolve around skincare, but how good are they for the long term wellness of your skin? Heres a breakdown of some of the most popular skincare trends and why they might be damaging your skin!
Microneedling is a recently popular procedure that started off as being spa-exclusive. It involved a certified professional rolling a device across the skin with many small, short needles to make microscopic holes in the skin. The goal is that these tiny holes will reheal and rejuvenate the skin. It’s used mostly to remedy wrinkles and facial scarring.
While the spa setting ensured that the procedure was safe and monitored, there are now devices that are sold to perform this at home on yourself. This form of microneedling is much less safe and can be immensely harmful to your skin. You risk tearing and puncturing your skin in ways that can lead to scarring and collagen flooding.
As US laws concerning cannabis become less and less strict, we’re finding it infused in everything, food, beauty, supplements, you name it. This includes many high-end face creams and washes. The intended purpose of this trendy ingredient is as an all-purpose skin soother. While we can’t necessarily tell you that this is harmful to your skin, it likely won’t be the miracle cure that you’re hoping for. Its effectiveness has been heavily debated, so you might be better off spending your dollars elsewhere.
Witch hazel has recently been hyped as a miracle toner for people with oily or acne-prone skin. It has amazing cleansing properties which make it great for this purpose. The only issue with this product is quality control. Many drug-store brands are releasing their own witch hazel toner products, but they lack authenticity. Many of these products are not 100% witch hazel, they are diluted with rubbing alcohol. This ingredient can be incredibly drying and irritating for the skin, which has long term consequences. Drying your skin out to this degree can cause your skin to produce excess oil to make up for the oils you stripped off during this process. This can exaggerate oily skin sufferers and acne-prone individuals.
Scrubs are popular for exfoliating, and many celebrity lines have praised their effectiveness. The reality of these scrubs is slightly less glamorous than you’re being led to believe. These scrubs, often sugar, salt, or ground walnut based make little cuts in the skin due to the excessive abrasion. These cuts are irritating to the skin and can even lead to loss of collagen over time, resulting in early aging. The irritation that these scrubs deliver can also exaggerate inflammation in acne-prone skin.
Many people are trying to convert their skincare to a more “natural” regimen that cuts out harsh and artificial chemicals. One of the most popular products in this lineup is coconut oil. Coconut oil has been rumored to be an effective makeup remover and moisturizer alternative. While this may work fine for some people, we can’t recommend it for people who suffer from breakouts. Coconut oil clogs your pores and can lead to even more acne. It’s fine to use sparingly as a body moisturizer, but keep this oily mess off of your face!
Figuring out what your skin reacts best to can be a long process. There are so many new products coming out daily, making us feel a little overwhelmed about all these options. For some help on deciding the best route for your unique skin, go see an esthetician! They can help you figure out how to nurture your skin and release your inner glow.