Instagram influencers often offer a fount of beauty tips and tips. But of course, like anything, their advice should also be taken with a grain of salt, particularly when it comes to skincare. Trying out a new treatment or splurging on an expensive product because a famous influencer did so is not always the best way to approach skincare, especially because it might cause unwanted and irreversible effects.
While some beauty influencers do have the credibility and know what they're doing like the back of their hands, you might come across others who do certain things just for the sake of theatrics or likes. Hence, you should always try to consult a professional especially if you have sensitive skin or if you're dealing with certain chemicals.
YouTuber James Welsh listed down some of the skincare faux pas Instagram influencers tend to make. Here are some of his examples:
1. Overapplication of Serum
Almost every makeup tutorial on Instagram that starts with skincare involves an influencer dousing his/her face with serum. It's very likely that they do this for visual impact. On camera, it looks nice; but in real life, using this much product is really not necessary. Serums are concentrated skincare products and usually a drop is enough to cover your whole face. Remember that putting on a bigger amount of product in one go does not make it work better. Plus, serums are really expensive! So save your money and just use the right amount.
2. Applying the Product Directly from the Bottle
As a follow-up to the first skincare mistake, you also shouldn't apply the product directly from the bottle. It may be cute to look at on-screen, but in reality, this practice is very unsanitary. Also, it's easier to gauge how much product you're putting on your face when you put it on your hand first. Just make sure that your hands are perfectly clean before touching your face.
3. Washing Off Your Face After Using Eye Patch
Multi-masking may look adorable on photos, but it's actually quite tricky when you have an eye patch in the mix and it's time to wash off the masks. Unlike clay masks, you're not supposed to wash your face after using an eye patch. You literally just soaked your eye area with all those good serums, so it's like you essentially did all that for nothing if you wash it off right after.
Watch the full video below for other beauty influencer skincare mistakes you might be doing too: