Vogue India has recently addressed how skincare products being promoted by influencers and celebrities alike are actually doing more harm than good. And don’t get me wrong, I understand that people see their favorite influencers and celebrities using products or home remedies that work for them. But this doesn’t mean they aren’t harmful to you or will work.
Allergic reactions can be anything from peeling skin to rashes and hives. Having an allergic reaction can be both uncomfortable and dangerous. It isn’t something that should be taken lightly, and every effort should be taken to minimize the effects and combat them effectively. It is very important to understand looking after your own skin and looking out for danger signs in certain products – homemade and store bought. Products labeled as ‘natural’ or ‘good for the skin’, may actually be harmful and problematic for different skin types. This advice should be retained particularly for those with acne, eczema, psoriasis or any sensitive skin problems as they will be the worst affected.
Celebrity websites like ‘GOOP’, infamously started by Gwyneth Paltrow just proves the point further. Gwyneth Paltrow’s supposed ‘miracle’ skincare line actually does not provide the solutions people are looking for. With eye creams ranging from $90 and above, there is no guarantee that it’ll even work effectively. As well as, the $100+ price tag on their skins cleansers, facial oils, and face masks. The brand also denounces regular drugstore sunscreen, stating that they age your skin faster. Despite having no evidence to support this, it’s just a ploy for people to spend their hard earned money on their products.
Influencers who have a massive following trying ‘natural’ remedies without including a disclaimer that they can, in fact, be harmful to certain people’s skin. For example, some people use lemon in face masks which can actually sting for anyone with sensitive skin and definitely shouldn’t be used on the face as its one of the most sensitive parts of your body. The acidity found in lemons will not lighten your skin, it will make it burn and feel itchy. These fads are becoming more and more apparent and on top of that, they’re taking your money for something that doesn’t work. These trends can become more and more dangerous, especially if you have sensitive skin or any kind of skin condition. The level of discomfort it can cause is horrific. Just because you’re not consuming it doesn’t mean it’s any less harmful because of its put on your skin.
This doesn’t go for all influencers and celebrities. Farah Dhukai and Huda Beauty have shared many home remedies that include products such as seeds, aloe vera, green tea, tea tree oil amongst other herbal/natural products. They promote how the particular home remedy is good for you and your skin as well as advising doing a patch test. This is extremely important, especially when it comes to those easily influenced, sometimes very young individuals who are looking for ways to combat problematic skin on a budget. However, even with disclaimers, the notion of influencers and celebrities giving skincare advice is, redundant. They aren’t qualified dermatologists, their suggestions should be taken as just that—suggestions. It’s always a risk if you don’t know what you’re putting on your face.
‘Natural’, remedies that are supposed to be helpful can actually leave you with allergic reactions. Now don’t get me wrong, I love using haldi (turmeric) on my face when I make face masks, but everyone’s skin is different. My mum has been using turmeric, lemon, and yogurt in face masks for years, which is why I decided too. It’s common for people in ethnic minority households to use a number of natural products in beauty products. White media has made it seem like these are current trends, but they have been around for an infinite number of years. Cultural remedies are commodified and distributed for profit and the media eats up the idea that these ideas are newly invented by white celebrities and influencers.
But the second it didn’t feel right on my face when I got red blotches or rashes, I knew I had to take it off my face and not use it in the future. You should also remember that you can become allergic to something that you were never allergic to before.
So, when looking to buy products or make your own, make sure to do your research. Consult a dermatologist if possible and always do patch tests. Knowledge is power when it comes to skincare, so make the right decisions.