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Skin mend, or just a trend?

The internet is a place full of answers. Not just the right answers– any answers you hope to find. This makes it both an extremely useful, and an extremely dangerous place. Today, we are going to analyze a few 2022 skincare trends, and tell you our take on them. Furthermore, if we don’t agree with the method- we’ll share what you can (safely) do to achieve those results. Have a read below.

Slugging. This method was recently made popular on the app TikTok, and it involves coating your face in petroleum to moisturize your skin overnight. There are claims that this practice can “repair the skin's barrier and prevent transdermal water loss." Petroleum based products, such as Vaseline and Aquaphor, are full of congesting properties. They are created from the by-products of petroleum distillation - the leftovers from making gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs— including skin contact over extended periods of time— is associated with cancer. On the other hand, this extremely thick substance will bind anything to the skin, hindering skin breathability. This means if your face isn’t perfectly clean, any bacteria will be trapped next to it, leading to breakouts. Instead, stick to layering clean products such as the Boosting Mist and the Face + Neck Serum for extra absorption and a pump of hydration.

Icing. Skin icing, or cryotherapy, has picked up in recent months. Our take on it? Give it a go! Cold therapy is fantastic at reducing inflammation, soothing redness, and controlling breakouts. Icing also constricts the blood vessels in your face, which can lessen the appearance of pores and wrinkles and make you look lighter, brighter and more radiant overall. That aside, as with any skincare, it is important not to go overboard. Hold the ice against your face, moving in circular motions, for one or two minutes. Alternatively, fill a bowl full of ice water and gently dip your face in. This should be done to clean skin, post-cleansing. 


Shaving. Similar to dermaplaning, facial shaving has taken an upswing in recent months. It is important to note that when we talk about this, we don’t necessarily mean shaving areas to remove hair. Dermaplaning is done all over the skin, not just where there is hair. The idea is to remove dead skin and other particulates, resulting in a smoother complexion. This can be done safely at home, but it often isn’t. When it comes to sharp blades and delicate facial skin, your untrained hands are no match to the skills of a trained professional. When done incorrectly, skin can be inflamed, leave marks, scars, and even worsen acne. To smoothen skin and reduce sloughing, try a gentle Enzyme cleanser such as this one. For a deeper cleanse, pair it with a Konjac Sponge.

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