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  • Writer's pictureAnjana Rajbhandary

Skincare Fads That Vanished As Quickly As They Appeared

We love discovering new and innovative ingredients and techniques that keep us looking

younger. But every once in a while, there is a hyped product or procedure that promises

insane results but only ends up being some pyramid scheme or doing our skin more harm than

good. That’s a skincare fad that is short-lived with great marketing or sheer good luck, so

before you try the next product that may seem too good to be true- do your research and don’t

be too quick to buy into everything you see (via Biologi).

There is a fundamental difference between these skincare fads and what really works for your skin. Many viral skincare trends can actually mess up your skin so before you jump on the bandwagon, check with your dermatologist. Using the wrong DIY skincare and charcoal masks may not be what they claim to be. New York-based dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali told Insider, “I don’t think people should ignore trends, but they should always proceed with caution,” because you never know if the trend will stay or be gone.

Aren’t we glad that “hangover makeup” isn’t trending anymore because who would have thought accentuating your eye bags would be considered cool (via Reader’s Digest)? It had its day, but we are so glad it’s gone. Do you own a jade roller? Another disappointing skin fad is the jade roller that supposedly decreased puffiness and increased circulation and collagen production. Daily Mail says the jade roller isn’t bad for skin, but it’s kind of useless because it doesn’t do anything.

These skincare fads have more hype than truth

It is definitely tempting to try the next miracle product for what it can do for your skin, but some

trends are just overhyped fads.

Remember gold masks and gold facials? Biologi says gold is a mineral that is not soluble in water or oil, so it can’t be absorbed into the skin. The only way it ‘might’ work is if the mask or facial is mixed with ingredients that actually work, like peptides or hyaluronic acid (via Healthline). But, on its own, gold in skincare is pointless.

Cosmetic chemists have a job for a reason because they know how different chemicals and ingredients affect our skin, so there is no need to make your own skincare products at home. Some natural products may help your skin, but Insider says one fad that they are glad is gone is the DIY skincare because they can cause chemical burns.

There was a time when everyone needed a Clarisonic brush for the deep clean. Still, Wexner Medical calls it a fad because washing your face with soap and water is enough, and those oscillating brushes might damage your skin by over-exfoliating.

Allure says you need to stay away from coffee scrubs because, though they might smell amazing, they cause microtears on your skin and are bad for the drain. Don’t get us wrong, beauty is subjective, but some skin trends are better gone because they are a waste of money and, worse, bad for our skin.


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