New Year, New Routines
As we enter a new year and a new decade, it’s time to say goodbye to some outdated beauty trends and welcome in new, sustainable routines. Keep on reading for the 6 fads to leave back in 2019!
1) Glitter Face Masks
Glitter in cosmetics is purely for aesthetics and while it’s festive, there’s a price to pay for a little glitz and glam. Glitter is typically made from polyethylene, the same plastic found in plastic bags. Since it’s so tiny, it’s nearly impossible for treatment facilities to capture. The particles will then end up in local rivers and eventually, the ocean. These tiny particles can be easily ingested by a range of marine life which is extremely harmful as plastic is non-biodegradable. Save the turtles!
Let’s talk skin. Is that IG pic worth it? Glitter in skincare can be especially irritating and abrasive to those with sensitive skin. It can cause small microtears, making your skin more susceptible to pollutants and sun damage.
What can you use instead? Opt for face masks formulated with natural ingredients such as our Charcoal Mint Skin Dip! It’s made with nontoxic ingredients such as kaolin clay, charcoal, jojoba seed oil, and peppermint essential oil, so you can keep both your skincare routine and our oceans clean!
2) Topical Collagen Products
If you’ve been shopping for skincare products, it’s highly likely you’ve come across creams containing collagen, claiming to boost skin elasticity. While collagen has incredible benefits, it is important to note that collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, thus you are not reaping all the promised perks of these products. Luckily, science has provided us with an alternative solution that our skin can absorb much more easily. The answer? Peptides! Peptides are built from amino acids connecting to form an amino-peptide chain, which is what all protein is derived from, including collagen. In other words, peptides are very similar to collagen proteins but small enough to penetrate the skin to help you achieve that radiant glow.
So next time you’re looking for a new face cream, be sure to look closely at the label to ensure you can enjoy all the active ingredients listed! A wonderful product we recommend is Derma E’s Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer, packed with powerful multi-peptides, vitamin C, and vitamin E to keep your skin plump and supple.
3) Snail Mucin Cream
Snail mucin cream has been on the Korean market for many years and the trend has slowly made its way in the U.S. market, gaining popularity. While there are properties such as hyaluronic acid and peptides in snail mucin, it is unclear if the concentration is high enough to penetrate the skin. Snails come in many varieties, which can cause inconsistency in the snail extract when trying to formulate skincare products.
For a consistent quality product, try our 24/7 Bio Protect Moisturizer, supercharged with power ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, squalene, and algae and sea extracts. This cream will leave your skin plump, nourished, protected and hydrated.
4) At-Home Light Therapy Devices
Coming in at number five for trends to leave behind are at-home light therapy devices. If you’ve had a facial, you may be familiar with LED light therapy. It is meant to target everything from acne to aging. For example, red light therapy is often used to treat signs of aging and helps with redness while blue light therapy is most commonly used to treat acne.
It’s best to leave light therapy to certified dermatologists. At-home light devices use lower frequencies, thus they can be less effective. If used improperly, some other dangers include headaches, eye strain and insomnia.
To keep your skin looking smooth and radiant in between facials, opt for the Slough & Buff Exfoliator for evening out skin tone and gently scrubbing away dead skin. Made with coconut, cranberry, jojoba beads, and sunflower, your skin will be rejuvenated with nutrient-rich fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
5) Expensive Anti-Aging Cleansers
Save your money and leave expensive anti-aging cleansers in 2019. Since cleansers are typically washed off in minutes, the anti-aging properties don’t have the same effectiveness as a cream or serum. Instead, look for a cleanser that will clean your face without stripping away your natural oils.
For a gentle yet effective cleanser, we recommend the 3-in-1 Skin Prep Cleanser. Formulated with rich antioxidants, this face wash is perfect for daily use and preserves the moisture levels of your skin.
6) Heavy Contouring and Makeup
Let your skin breathe in 2020! Let’s leave heavy contouring and makeup in 2019. Firstly, heavy makeup sinks deeper into your skin, clogging your pores and making it harder to remove. The residual makeup can further trigger your skin and cause breakouts. Secondly, makeup can be especially abrasive for those with sensitive skin. Fragrances and preservatives are major irritants and can often cause allergic reactions. If you are experiencing headaches or a breakout, examine your makeup to see if it’s the culprit. Lastly, removing heavy makeup can be harsh on your skin. Avoid tugging at your face with makeup wipes, especially the area around your eyes. Be sure to use a gentle yet effective makeup remover to ensure a clean face.
For the new year, try rocking a natural glam look or go barefaced and let your skin breathe. Your skin will thank you for it!