While TikTok made a name for itself through dance challenges and lipsyncing, the site has become a space for millions of beauty enthusiasts to gather and share their beauty tips and tricks. However, like most advice on the internet, a little fact-checking can go a long way.
The #skincare tag on TikTok rakes in over 30.2 billion views. This number is incredible for the beauty community because there is a treasure trove of some fantastic hacks. There is a worrying amount of skincare information being shared on the flip side that dermatologists and estheticians would never stand behind.
One user went viral for recommending erectile dysfunction cream to plump lips. Do you see where we are going with this? Therefore, before you try that skincare trend for instantly glowing skin, scroll below to fact-check the efficiency and the level of danger you might be exposing yourself to.
So no. Slathering globs of Vaseline on your skin to either hydrate or melt off blackheads is not an idea you want to try on your skin. For one, this amount of Vaseline is bound to clog your pores successfully.
Moreover, using the viral Vaseline to melt your blackheads includes steaming your face, while the Vaseline still on is very unnecessary. It will lock in dirt and oil into your skin. You will get better, more polished results with AHAs and BHAs.
Any skincare enthusiast worth their salt will never purposefully expose their skin to the sun. However, this is the very thing the trend of sunscreen contouring is pitching. The advice is centered around applying sunscreen to certain parts of the face and leaving others exposed to achieve a natural contour.
Sunscreen is a protectant. By exposing the skin in this manner, you set yourself up for premature aging, pigmentation, and increased possibility of skin cancer. Truly, bronzer is a better alternative.
It’s best practice to leave the raking of tiny needles on your face to a licensed professional. At the same time, it works like a dream, but you are not the most qualified person to do it. This is because micro-needling involves inflicting trauma on the skin.
Using cheap tools or a DIY tool sets you up for infection and stubborn hyperpigmentation and scarring. Therefore, please stay away from the roller or make an appointment with your esthetician.
Egg White Face Mask to Tighten and Brighten
Using food products on your face is perhaps something you might not want to do, no matter how popular it is. As they are uncontrolled substances, you never know how your skin will react.
To brighten and tighten your face, estheticians recommend using an antioxidant serum. You can also take it a step further and book a skin consultation. This way, a professional can sit down and guide you on the specific products that will work on your skin concerns.
Use Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Acne
While this hack may work for many people, its anti-dandruff shampoo is best used for its intended purpose. For instance, the Nizoral Dandruff Shampoo treats and prevents dandruff. Moreover, it takes down the inflammation caused by dandruff, including scalp redness and itching.
Use Teabags to Prevent Breakouts
A breakout is filled with bacteria. Therefore, while this hack may work, you may have just exposed your face to harmful bacteria. Thus, do not be fooled by the inflammation going down. You might need to prepare to deal with breakout all over.
Coffee Granule Face Scrub
Coffee granules are not made of the world’s gentlest surface. Therefore using it on your face is way too aggravating. The abrasive texture of coffee granules will unsettle your ph balance and set you up for breakouts. Instead, use AHA or BHA acids to exfoliate your skin.