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Beauty Binge: These Beauty Tips from Influencers Are Damaging Your Skin

I’m sure you have heard a lot of these tips from beauty bloggers or your favorite magazine, but not all beauty tips should be followed. Beware of what you find online or even what your friends are doing. Many common beauty tips are not dermatologists improved and can cause some serious harm to your skin.

1. Coconut oil

I would expect it to be common knowledge at this point but people still seem to think that coconut oil is skin safe. In reality, it can clog your pores and cause severe acne. If you use oil on your skin there are so many oils better for your skin including jojoba oil and sweet almond oil or a premade oil blend, but check the ingredients list. 

2. Makeup wipes

Every store seems to sell makeup wipes and I am still confused about why people the choice to use them. I see so many people recommend makeup wipes and showing makeup wipes in hauls when in reality they are damaging your skin. The alcohol that preserves the wipes are drying out your skin and the pulling when using it causes premature wrinkles. A good swap is using a makeup remover with a reusable makeup pad, sustainable for the plant and good for your skin. 

3. Washing your skin more than twice a day

I know you may think that washing your face multiple times a day makes it cleaner but in reality, it strips your skin of important oils. If you have oily skin and wash your face more than twice a day, you are probably causing your skin to overproduce oil. Instead wash your face once a day, twice a day at most depending on dermatologist’s instructions. When you wash your face don’t forget to use a thick moisturizer after. 

4. Avoiding eye cream because you’re too young

I’ll let you in on a secret to avoid creasing under the eyes you should start using eye cream in your 20s. So, if you are over 20 and don’t think you need to worry about aging you are wrong. When I see all these beauty routines about half of them don’t touch on anti-aging products. You need to be proactive and start using anti-aging products now. 

5. Exfoliating your skin too much

I’m just gonna say it now you should only use an exfoliate once or twice a week, it doesn’t matter if it’s chemical or physical exfoliates. If you do this more than twice a week it can cause scarring and irritation. You should also avoid exfoliating flaky skin, and instead hydrate because it can only make the problem worse. It’s just cringe-worthy when you see someone try to give tips for dry skin and think using “sandpaper” on the skin will solve the problem. 

6. Working out with makeup

I see so many influencers endorsing wearing makeup and working out. Just yikes- that is so bad for your skin and can cause severe acne. It doesn’t matter if your makeup is light, it causes your skin to trap bacteria and sweat between your makeup and skin, which basically means you’re just asking for acne and bacteria growth. Instead, carry makeup remover in your bag and put on the makeup again after your workout.

Ariana is the Editor In Chief for Her Campus Lasell. She is a senior at Lasell double majoring in Business Management and Marketing. When she's not editing for HC Lasell, she's binge-watching Netflix or buried in a good book.
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