Not everything that goes viral online is actually good for your skin, regardless of how cool it looks. Some of these products might even be causing more harm than good without you knowing. Luckily, we can always trust skin experts to debunk these myths and save us from a skincare nightmare.
That said, we're listing down four types of internet-famous products to avoid, according to licensed esthetician and skincare YouTuber Nayamka Roberts-Smith. Check them out below:
1. Peel-Off Masks
Peel-off masks may be fun to use, but the effects it could have on your skin definitely aren't. Nayamka says that these masks are full of irritants, dyes, rubbing alcohol, and sometimes, craft glue. Using it also increases risk for inflammation and redness because it rips out the small hairs on the surface of your face (hence the pain) without actually getting rid of any congestion. The esthetician recommends replacing peel-off masks with an oil cleanser and hydrating and exfoliating masks you can either leave on or wash off.
2. Fake Products
Nayamka reminds us to be extra careful about where we buy our skincare products online. According to her, even if it makes your life easier, there are a ton of fakes out there (especially on Amazon) with tampered ingredients that could be dangerous to use. These sellers usually bait customers with lower prices, stolen images, and false claims about being an official store. Always double-check if you're purchasing from an authorized reseller before adding anything to your cart!
3. Facial Brushes
ICYDK, Nayamka is the creator of the 60-second rule, a technique that advocates massaging your face wash for a full minute to achieve a proper cleanse. That said, the esthetician clarifies that you should never do this with a facial cleansing brush because she finds them to be overly abrasive. "The same way that scrubs scratch at the skin, facial brushes are causing too much friction," she says. "They very easily get overused and the skin reacts by rashes, persistent little tiny bumps, which is a sign of inflammation, redness."
She adds that traditional face brushes are difficult to clean as well, hoarding bacteria that could also irritate your face. While silicone brushes won't give you that problem, Nayamka explains that she just finds this tool to be unnecessary overall. For her, cleansing with the 60-second rule (just use your fingers!) and chemical exfoliation are more than enough to achieve clean, fresh, and glowing skin.
4. At-Home Professional Treatments
Despite the videos you see online, attempting professional beauty treatments at home can be incredibly dangerous for a variety of reasons. Even if you have the tools for it, say microneedling, there's still the issue of sanitation. Your house, especially your bathroom, isn't properly sanitized for these treatments like aesthetic clinics are. "The risk of spreading bacteria is so high. In aesthetic school, you literally spend a month just going over the spread of bacteria because of how easy it is to do something like that by mistake," Nayamka explains.
To illustrate, she tells the story of a woman who accidentally dermarolled an active cold sore and caused an infection to spread all over her face—yikes! In short, leave the usage of professional tools to the professionals for your own safety!
Watch Nayamka's original video below: