Overrated Skincare Trends We Should Save for 2019
2019 has seen many amazing skincare breakthroughs, from the rise of cleansing and beauty products to the mass market capture of CBD skincare – we can’t say we haven’t been impressed.
However, it’s safe to say that 2019 has also seen an overabundance of skincare trends. In fact, some experts say that certain popular social media-friendly trends aren’t exactly what we think of as beauty superstars.
So, to bid farewell to these fads once and for all, we dug up four board-certified dermatologists to share the eight most overrated skincare trends they hope to safely leave in 2019. From face rollers to bee stings in the face (yes, really!) , read on below to see which skincare habits you might want to ditch in the new year.
Crystal face rollers can feel soothing (especially when it’s cold!) But board-certified dermatologist Anna Karp, M.D., Ph.D., suggests that there isn’t much scientific basis for the anti-aging claims associated with these products.
“Whether they’re made of jade or rose quartz, I think facial rollers are very overrated,” says Karp.” These rollers need to be scientifically peer-reviewed before they can be considered credible.”
Anti-aging facial yoga poses may not be the anti-aging miracle workers you think they are, according to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Anna Guanche: She explains that these same stretches can actually lead to more wrinkles.
“We’ve learned that the neuromodulator (Botox) works by keeping your facial expression muscles from contracting and wrinkling the covered skin,” explains Guanche.” The last thing you want to do is intentionally contract the muscles in your face and neck, thereby accelerating the formation of wrinkles.”
Bee Sting Facial
Guanche said some studies have shown that bee stings can reduce inflammation in the body. However, it can also cause severe reactions in some patients, she added, making it an extreme beauty trend to be discarded in 2020.
“We all know that a lot of people are allergic to bee stings,” she said.” With that in mind, I would avoid this facial until we can be sure that the risks (the allergic reaction to a bee sting is fatal) don’t outweigh the benefits,”
Guanche also points out that anti-aging cleansers tend to be more hype than substance – after all, cleansers generally don’t stay on the skin long enough to go deep.
“Anti-aging cleansers don’t stay on the skin long enough to be effective.” Guanch explained.” Since the cleanser stays on the face for only a few seconds before it’s rinsed off, it’s what’s applied afterwards and what stays on the skin that matters.”
Home Skin Care Kit
A 2017 study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology showed that microneedling can help the skin absorb topical treatments (and medications) such as vitamin C and vitamin A, however, Guanche warns that although microneedling kits are readily available online, never try them at home.
“A micro-needle prickler at home is my biggest concern, because the issues surrounding cleanliness and safety definitely come up.” She said.” Also, any needlepoint equipment sold over the counter can be very shallow – shallow to the point of no effect.”
Red and blue light therapy device for home use
While a 2015 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology Online suggests that blue light can help treat mild to moderate acne, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rhonda Klein, MD, MPH, FAAD, explains that there’s a big difference between a blue light treatment device that’s not at home and one that’s in your dermatologist’s office.
She noted that Neutrogena had to recall their home blue light masks because of customer complaints of vision changes. This makes it very important to choose a home device that is safe and does not cause any harm to the eyes.
“A safer option is the handheld LightStim device, which can cover a small piece of skin at a time, reducing the risk of eye injury.” Klein said.” However, your best safe and effective option is an in-office intensity LightStim treatment meter supervised by a board-certified dermatologist.”
While diffusing essential oils may fill your space with a soothing and calming scent, Klein says they’re not always appropriate for use on the skin.
“As a dermatologist, I’ve seen the adverse effects of essential oils, leading to dermatitis, skin irritation and outbreaks of rosacea or psoriasis,” she warns.” Essential oils must be properly diluted in the carrier oil before they are safe to use.”
Collagen powders and supplements may be having a big moment this year, but much like the rollers, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra, M.D., doesn’t think there’s much science to back up any product claims.
“Because collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, ingested collagen usually finds its way to other organs, muscles, and skeletal tendons that don’t necessarily help your skin,” she explains.
However, if you’re looking for that extra collagen boost, Batra recommends fortifying your nutrition. She noted that eating a nutritious diet rich in protein, vitamin C, zinc and copper can boost collagen production.