Dermatologist Reveals Which Skin Care Trends Are In And Out For 2019
Skin care trends come and go. Staying power in skin care is earned by products (or ingredients) that work. Online magazines are publishing the “Best and Worst Skin Care Trends of 2018.”
To start your 2019 skin care routine in the right direction, here’s what it means for those of us who want to make smart skin care choices:
Charcoal skin care is out.
We could predict this. It’s why I never jumped on that train. It’s messy, drying and ineffective in skin care. Yes, it’s good to use with stomach pumping if someone (or your dog) eats poison – but that doesn’t translate to your pores. Yep, its use with gastric lavage is probably why charcoal got any traction in skin care in the first place – in my doctor’s-way-of-seeing-the-world opinion, of course.
What does have staying power as a top way to clean-out clogged pores is clay. Clays can pull debris and oil from pores. I use a clay base in my Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Scrub to help pull debris from pores while the bamboo beads exfoliate to brighten your complexion. Clay masks are a favorite, too.
Complex skin care routines are out.
Phew! Think K-Beauty. Yes, there are some wonderful aspects of K-Beauty, but 10 step-cleansing is a lot. When I look over the steps, some of them are of little value. What is of value is the Korean Beauty focus on skin health, hydration and sun protection
Sheet masks are out.
I’m thrilled. These are part of the K-Beauty trend, but they show up everywhere, too. Sheet masks are face-shaped masks made of paper, fiber or gel that are soaked in something then laid onto your face. It’s the “something” that is often dubious.
Many popular sheet masks expose your skin to product combinations that are full of fragrance, which is a potent allergen, in a quasi-occluded fashion. This just means that more of the allergen will pass through your skin’s barrier. I’m not a fan except for the most hypoallergenic-formulations. That said, there are simple and deeply-hydrating sheet masks, and if you love sheet masks, focus on those. If you open a pack, and you get a huge whiff of perfume, I’d pass.