I’ve talked a bit about my feelings regarding some of the (sometimes extreme) skin care routines and trends that have gotten popular during our extended stays at home. And while it’s still not clear as to when things are going to return to some normalcy, it’s also clear that the intense focus on skin care is not slowing down any time soon. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t also at home looking at what things I would like to change in my routine in the coming months, so I’m right there with you.
With all this idle time though, I’m seeing a lot of trendy skin care extras that are becoming very popular. A lot of influencers online are making it seem like these things are vital to the success of the evolution of your skin care, and of course, I have some thoughts on the things I’ve been seeing the most.
A lot of influencers are making it seem like these trendy skin care extras are vital to the success of the evolution of your skin care, and of course, I have some thoughts.
Jade rollers, rose quartz rollers, insert-whatever-stone-here rollers are pretty much a mainstay in social media skin care routines. And while the ones you’re getting off Amazon for $12 are definitely not real jade or quartz, the rolling action itself can potentially contribute to some lymphatic drainage. However, just rolling one at lightning speed with basically the same motion you’re using to brush your teeth isn’t really going to provide much in the way of therapeutic benefits. I personally feel that a more purposeful facial massage with either your hands or a gua sha tool is better suited for a lymphatic drainage session.
There’s nothing wrong with jade rollers and the chances of causing any harm are pretty low. If you stick one in the fridge, (gently) rolling something cool over your face can help with puffiness, especially around the eyes if that’s a concern of yours. Just don’t go in thinking you’re going to somehow roll out fine lines or anything of that nature. Your skin isn’t pie dough, you can’t roll it flat.
Clarisonic really is the cornerstone of cleansing devices on the mass market, and Foreo followed shortly after in creating these two massive categories of tools to help you clean your face. The chatter around these types of cleansing brushes and silicone devices will make you think that there’s nothing they can’t do. But the truth of it all is that if one tool could clear your pores, even your skin tone, smooth out your texture, and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, we would be lining up to buy it.
Quite the opposite of what I mentioned in regards to jade rollers, the potential to cause damage can be pretty substantial here, especially when we’re talking about brush heads that vibrate or spin as opposed to silicone bristles. Regardless of the material, the bristles should barely rest on the surface of the skin, but I frequently see people pushing the brush head into their faces. And I’ve seen this excessive pressure cause skin irritation, breakouts, and even broken capillaries, and those can only be fixed with professional laser treatments. Caution must be used with both the use of the device as well as the frequency of usage, so as a whole, I can’t think of any skin condition, type, or demographic that absolutely needs a cleansing device.
Skin Care Fridges
Look. I get it. Skin care fridges are cute. It would be a total lie to say that I haven’t been tempted to get one myself. As someone who is very much into more “green/eco/natural” brands that are heavy in the plant extracts and oils department, I understand the concern with wanting to keep your products fresh, and regardless of the brand, keeping a product refrigerated is going to keep it fresher for longer.
The thing is that’s what preservatives in products are for. There is a lot of conversation and contention online, especially in the last few years, regarding preservatives in skin care (parabens in particular), but they are not something you should inherently be scared of. I could rant on for a while about this, as I could with many things, but if preservatives were not included in your skin care, you would constantly have to be assessing all your products and making a call as to whether you were rubbing mold on your face or not. These fridges are cute and make for a nice Instagram post, but they are by no means a necessity.
Eye & Lip Patches
Just to clarify, we’re talking about single use patches that are shaped like tadpoles that go under your eyes or patches you put over your lips that are usually shaped like, well, lips. The instructions generally tell you to leave them on for 15-ish minutes, and they’re supposed to plump out and revitalize your lips or under-eyes.
The thing is, I’ve still yet to use any patch type product that really makes much of a lasting difference. Sure, they add a nice dose of hydration, and hydration in any form will make an area look plumped out (i.e. hydrated, lol), but that’s nothing you can’t achieve with a nice serum or moisturizer. If you’re needing some major TLC for a special occasion or your skin is feeling particularly dehydrated that day, these can give you a nice boost, but essential? I would say not. The only kind of patches that I keep in my house are pimple patches, and that’s about it.
Very much in line with all the “at-home quarantine facials” I’ve been seeing, people seem to be clamoring to get these facial steamers in an attempt to become their own aesthetician. I’ve talked about how that isn’t the most realistic goal, but in particular regards to facial steamers, I really want to caution y’all against going too crazy with these.
Some of them are very conservative with how much steam they put out. But other devices I’ve seen are generating a ton of steam and people are putting their face in these devices for long periods of time, some with towels over their heads to trap the steam, and are coming away with beet red, sweaty faces.
Y’all. Do not do this. Adding that much heat to your face (read: inflammation) can do more harm than good, especially when it’s not something you’re taking into consideration as part of a whole treatment process. All you’re really doing at the end of the day is irritating your skin. If you’re going to use one to feel a little fancy and because it feels relaxing, awesome. Just keep things on the cool side.