Dissecting the Tiktok skincare trend

It's no secret that there are many useful beauty and health tips on TikTok,such as drawing the perfect cat's eye eyeliner with a dollar bill or a £ 10 bill, or wrapping your hair around a radiator and pretending to be curls made by a hair salon.However, not everything you see on TikTok is suitable for trying.In fact, last year, an Australian reality TV star had a problem trying the acupuncture she saw on TikTok at home,leaving scars and temporarily blind in one eye.And such accidents are appearing more and more.

DONNA TROPE _ TRUNK ARCHIVE.Carrera Kurnik, cultural director of Fashion Snoops, a New York-based trend forecasting agency, said:“The extraordinary ability to spread deeply rooted in the TikTok platform has led to a rapid fashion cycle of skin care, beauty and health trends-some of which are more questionable than others.“The beauty and skin care content on TikTok often combines a challenging form that is easy to spread wildly and a DIY attitude, leading people to adopt and try novel, sometimes even dangerous health practices at will.”

Although the trend of this platform is tempting,it is this casual use when you do not understand the scientific principles behind it that eventually leads people to get into trouble-even worse.

So, how do you know which popular beauty tricks are worth trying,and which ones need to be avoided?Vogue interviewed experts to teach you to distinguish between momentary fashion and facts.Remember, don't try everything about what you see on the internet.

1. Apply the whole face with vaseline

Applying the whole face with vaseline is one of the hottest beauty tricks on TikTok: you apply a thick layer of moisturizer or vaseline on your face, and then let it stay on your face all night, in order to hydrate the skin.“This trend originated in South Korea,where watery and plump skin is popular” " explains Mallory Huron, beauty and health strategist at Fashion Snoops.In the end, it came to TikTok, and it became popular instantly.

According to dermatologist Dr. Muneeb Shah, applying vaseline is an excellent way to lock in moisture and repair damaged skin barriers.“After cleansing, apply your favorite moisturizer,and then apply the ointment of your choice, "he said“" I don't recommend applying another layer of vaseline on irritating products such as retinol or exfoliating acid, because it will enhance their effect.Only apply a layer of moisturizer with a sealing effect on mild products.”

However, Dr. Shah reminds people not to overuse this method."Applying the whole face with vaseline is mainly used as an occasional overnight therapy to solve seasonal or situational dryness and peeling.If you use it often, you will run to burst acne forever.”

In fact, especially acne muscles, you should avoid smearing your whole face with vaseline at any cost, because vaseline forms a barrier that may lead to acne.

2. Repair with sunscreen

Repairing with sunscreen means that you use sunscreen on some parts of your face to keep your complexion lighter, while other areas are not protected and lead to tanning, in order to achieve the effect of tanning and repairing and a clearer contour.This TikTok trend was described by Huron as“a big‘no’for skin care”.“This is a very dangerous method that can lead to aging and damage,”she said.“Exposing unprotected skin to the sun will not only cause premature aging and sunburn, but may also lead to skin cancer.No, thank you!”

But Dr. Shah has a more subtle view.“I have seen some people use SPF30 as a primer,and then use SPF50 as a repair layer, although I don't recommend doing this, but this is not the worst thing I have seen on TikTok."He said:“I recommend using SPF30+ at least to protect your skin and reapply every two hours.”

3. Shave with sandpaper

It is very surprising that shaving legs with sandpaper has become a popular trend, mostly thanks to TikTok.However, as Dr. Shah warned, do not try this method at home.“Using sandpaper can of course remove hair,but this is bad because it also removes the skin at the same time.This can lead to pigmentation and scarring-especially slow healing after leg injuries.”

Huron agrees: "sandpaper is not only an ineffective method of hair removal (shaving with a knife and wax hair removal are safe for the skin, but also gently exfoliate), but this is a TikTok trend that can cause harm just by trying.”

4. Drinking liquid chlorophyll

Drinking chlorophyll has become a“trusted”health trend in TikTok, and there are many videos about its“benefits”.In addition to improving skin and reducing acne,TikTok users claim that chlorophyll can enhance energy,reduce bad breath, and even improve body odor.Chlorophyll is a pigment found in plants and plays an important role in photosynthesis.Huron said:“This theory holds that all the substances contained in chlorophyll that maintain plant growth, such as vitamins,minerals and antioxidants, are also good for human health and health care.”

Dr. Shah is not convinced:“It does have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties,but now it must be over-hyped on social media.”

According to Dr. Shah, there are some studies that show that chlorophyllic acid(a derivative of chlorophyll) is helpful in the treatment of acne when used topically.“However, liquid chlorophyll has not been proven to have this benefit, " Dr. Shah said.“It is relatively safe,but after eating liquid chlorophyll, there is a small risk that a phototoxic rash called‘false porphyria’will appear."As an alternative, Dr. Shah recommended a simpler and more enjoyable little trick:eat more green vegetables, such as spinach, cabbage and broccoli, which are naturally rich in chlorophyll and do not have any nasty side effects.

5. Microneedle

Microneedle is a beauty therapy that uses a microneedle roller to pierce the skin with tiny needles to produce collagen to achieve smoothing, firming and conditioning effects.

If operated by a professional doctor, it may be very effective,but some TikTok users do it themselves-the results are harmful.“With microneedles, you poke some small holes in the skin to let bacteria and allergens enter,”Dr. Shah said.“If the skin or device is not clean, this may lead to infection."In other words, don't try it at home.