I used to be a big fan of spot treatments, but not anymore. I’ve realized that most spot treatments contain heavy alcohol, which can dry out the spot excessively. This, in turn, can leave a bad mark on my skin that takes months to fade away. I’d rather just let the spot be and allow it to heal naturally. Plus, the ingredients in my regular skincare routine, like BHA, salicylic acid, and AHA, are already effective in removing spots and reducing their size.
Facial Cleansing Brushes
Another product I won’t use again is facial cleansing brushes. I used to believe that these brushes would give me a deep and thorough cleanse, but I’ve since realized that they can actually be too harsh for my skin. The bristles can be abrasive and cause irritation, especially if used too vigorously or too often. So, I’ve decided to stick with gentle cleansing methods that don’t compromise the health of my skin.
Expensive Sheet Masks
While sheet masks can be quite relaxing and enjoyable, I have to admit that I find expensive ones to be unnecessary. I believe that the effectiveness of a sheet mask is mainly determined by the serum or essence it’s soaked in, rather than the mask itself. So, instead of splurging on expensive sheet masks, I prefer to invest in high-quality serums and essences that I can apply directly to my skin for better results.
One skincare product that I won’t be using again is pore strips. Yes, they may give you the satisfying feeling of pulling out blackheads, but they can also cause damage to your skin. Pore strips adhere to your skin tightly and when you rip them off, they can strip away the top layer of your skin, leaving it vulnerable and susceptible to irritation. So, I’ve chosen to focus on gentle exfoliation methods like chemical exfoliants instead.
Overly Fragranced Products
I’ve learned my lesson with skincare products that are heavily fragranced. While they may smell nice, the strong fragrances can actually irritate and cause sensitivity in my skin. I prefer to choose products that are fragrance-free or have a very mild scent, ensuring that they won’t disrupt the balance of my skin and cause any unnecessary reactions.
Spot Treatment: A Thing of the Past?
You know, I didn’t always feel the need to rely on spot treatments for my skin. Back then, I believed that products like Polish Choice, BHA or Peach could do the trick for me. Aha BHA was my go-to, along with my rose and spot treatment. However, I would only use them when I had an important event or occasion coming up the next day. If I wanted a spot to significantly reduce in size overnight, those were the products I turned to.
But let’s talk about spot treatments. Do they really work? The only spot treatment that I’ve found to fulfill its promises without drying out my skin or leaving any lasting marks is the Polish Choice Spot Treatment. It truly does what it claims without any unwanted side effects. Spot treatments, in general, are something I don’t find myself reaching for as often anymore.
The Rise of BHA and AHA
Back when I was struggling with oily skin and occasional breakouts, I didn’t have much awareness about BHA and AHA. The knowledge about these ingredients hadn’t reached us yet. But now, with these powerful ingredients readily available, I can simply rely on them for spot treatment.
For instance, now if I find a spot on my face, I simply wipe it with a BHA and go to bed. It does the job without having to treat my entire face. This has become my go-to spot treatment method, making traditional spot treatments seem outdated.
Revisiting Old-Fashioned Spot Treatments
With this mindset, I can’t help but think that spot treatments are a bit old-fashioned. But there was a time when I swore by one particular spot treatment from Boots. It was their tea tree spot treatment, and I remember the fresh scent of tea tree every time I used it.
However, as we progress in the skincare world, it’s important to acknowledge the advancements made in ingredients and formulations. Traditional spot treatments may have their place, but with the availability of more effective options, they seem less essential in my routine.
The Love-Hate Relationship with Tea Tree Oil
One side and then like Foundation, the other side it was. It was so bad, but I used to love it. I dont think it really did anything for me, but I used to love it and tea tree oil was something I made videos on, because I used to feel like it was doing so much for my skin, but really what it was doing for my skin was What I thought spot treatments were doing, which actually bhas do so like tea tree kind of joins in with those spot treatments.
The Disappointment and Realization
I used to like dilute tea tree, I used to have tea tree specific serums, all thinking that was amazing for like soothing, my skin and helping with breakouts, which, honestly at the time it kind of was but its also not, I would say, a superior ingredient anyway in any way. Sorry that I need to integrate it as an exclusive part of my routine or go through the effort of diluting it or buying a serum actually saying that the body shop did an amazing serum which again, I dont use as much anymore, because I find bhs far Superior when it comes to breakouts and ahas nice cide even does a better job for me with my breakouts than um tea tree and spot treatments, or overall, just a serum formulated for breakouts Im using one at the moment, which I cant talk about right now.
The Secret Spot Breakout Serum
But I had like a really bad breakout on my forehead used, a serum that was a breakout serum, the secret spot, breakout serum that had other skincare benefits.
Spot Treatments: Outdated and Ineffective
I used to integrate spot treatments into my skincare routine, hoping to tackle pesky breakouts without causing any further irritation. However, I soon discovered a more effective alternative a method that worked wonders for both spot treatment and overall skincare benefits. Using spot targeting products, such as pimple patches, now feels outdated to me, considering how much ingredients have advanced.
Gel Moisturizers: A Thing of the Past
As someone with oily skin, using gel moisturizers seemed like a necessity. I believed that moisturizing my already oily skin would only exacerbate the problem. Hence, I opted for gel moisturizers that gave a cooling sensation and almost felt like hand sanitizer. They didn’t leave an alcohol smell, but upon application, they would quickly turn watery and disappear.
I thought this was perfect for my Tea Zone, especially on warm days. It felt like my skin didn’t need any more moisture or added oils. However, in reality, my skin was dehydrated and parched.
The Importance of Hydration
In the past, hydration wasn’t a category or a key consideration for skincare routines. Personally, I never paid much attention to it. I believed that the drier my skin felt, the better. I strived for that tight feeling, thinking it was a sign of properly moisturized skin.
These gel moisturizers delivered on that promise not adding any oils, so my skin felt tight without any texture. Little did I know that my skin was actually dehydrated and in need of proper hydration.
Gel Moisturizers: A Thing of the Past
When it comes to skincare, moisturizing is a crucial step in maintaining healthy and balanced skin. However, there was a time when gel moisturizers were all the rage. I, too, fell into the trap of using these inadequate products, only to realize that they were doing more harm than good.
I was under the impression that gel moisturizers were perfect for my dehydrated skin. But as I continued to use them, I noticed that my T Zone, especially my nose, would become excessively oily. It was perplexing to see little pools of oil forming on my nose, even after applying moisturizer.
A Craving for Hydration
I began to question the efficacy of my moisturizer, causing me to sometimes skip this step altogether. Little did I know that the gel moisturizers I was using were simply insufficient in providing the hydration my skin needed. It was as if my skin was craving a more substantial form of moisture.
The Rise of Gel Creams
Thankfully, the beauty industry has evolved, and gel creams have become one of the best types of moisturizers available. They offer the lightness and comfort of a gel moisturizer, without suffocating the skin or leaving it feeling greasy.
Gel creams provide the necessary hydration and benefits that our skin craves, making them a far superior option to the outdated gel moisturizers of the past. Say goodbye to the days of products that fail to meet your skin’s needs.
A Blast from the Past: Blotting Paper
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about blotting papers. There was a time when everyone used them religiously, including myself. In fact, I can recall a particular incident in Los Angeles where blotting paper saved my life.
Blotting papers were once hailed as the ultimate solution for getting rid of excess oil and maintaining a fresh complexion throughout the day. However, as the skincare industry has progressed, blotting papers have slowly fallen out of favor.
While they may have served their purpose in the past, blotting papers are no longer a go-to product for me. The advancements in skincare have led to more effective solutions for controlling oiliness. It’s time to bid farewell to this outdated beauty essential and embrace the new era of skincare.
Blotting papers: A temporary fix
We went to go and see Taylor Swift with rare Beauty, and I used some of the rare Beauty blotting papers and they were amazing at getting rid of that excess sweat more so than my oils and just making me not look greasy, but I remember like I Would stuff these blocking papers in my pocket, like packs of them and take them to work or take them on days out and constantly block my skin with them?
Some of them would also have like kind of like powder on to kind of like absorb excess oils and kind of leave. You looking more matte and I dont know if this is a thing right, but the more I would use blotting papers, blotting tissue. Anything like that, the more I would find my skin would kick off what I thought I was do.
A temporary solution to a bigger issue
What I feel like I was doing was a very shortterm solution to what was like a bigger issue, its almost like putting a plaster over like a leaking pipe. Do I mean like its going to like hold that water in for a bit until the plast gets wet and falls off, and then youre just going to have to put another one on and thats constantly what I felt like I was doing with blotting tissue and Paper as I blot, then I knew in like half an hour 20 minutes time, Im going to have to run off hide and do it again.
The Power of Niacinamide and Hydration
It was a constant struggle. I vividly remember the moment when I discovered the ordinary niacinamide. Before that, my introduction to niacinamide was through Korean Essences. But there was something about the ordinary’s niacinamide and zinc formula that truly revolutionized my skincare routine. It had the power to regulate my natural sebum production, a game-changer indeed. This ingredient quickly became a staple in my routine, and it always will be.
Hydration played a crucial role in transforming my skin as well. I realized that keeping my skin hydrated seemed to have a profound effect on what was happening on the surface. Perhaps that’s why I noticed such incredible improvements when I started incorporating more Essences into my routine. It was as if hydration had the ability to regulate my skin’s behavior, and I was fascinated by the results.
The Benefits of Niacinamide and Hydration
Using niacinamide not only regulated my sebum production but also had long-lasting effects on the overall condition of my skin. After about three to four weeks of using niacinamide twice a day, I noticed a significant reduction in oiliness. Even when I found myself in hot and sweaty situations, my skin didn’t turn into a greasy mess like it used to. It was a game-changer for someone like me who struggled with oily skin.
But of course, there are times when a quick fix is necessary. This is where blotting papers come in handy. If I’m faced with an extremely hot day or find my skin excessively oily, blotting papers can provide temporary relief. In the past, I used to carry them around with me all the time. However, as my skincare routine evolved, I found myself relying on them less and less. Nowadays, I only reach for blotting papers as a last resort.
Bubble Masks: A Temporary Treat
Ah, bubble masks. I remember seeing AA using the Eliza the piggy bubble mask on Instagram. They were a delight to watch and had a mysterious allure. However, as intriguing as bubble masks may be, they are not something I reach for anymore. Although they provide a fun and unique experience, I found that their effects on my skin were temporary and didn’t contribute significantly to my long-term skincare goals. So, while I appreciate the novelty, bubble masks are no longer a part of my regular skincare routine.
Skincare is a personal journey filled with trial and error. Through my own experiences, I have discovered the power of niacinamide and hydration in transforming my skin. These two elements have become the cornerstone of my skincare routine, providing lasting benefits and improving the overall condition of my skin. As for bubble masks and blotting papers, they may have their fleeting moments of use, but they no longer hold a permanent place in my skincare arsenal.
Piggy Oxygen Mask: A Trend That Fizzled Out
Almost four years ago, there was a skincare product that went viral – the Piggy Oxygen Mask. James Welsh, a skincare enthusiast, recently rediscovered this old viral product, which reminded me of how the trend of oxygenated masks took over the skincare industry, particularly K Beauty.
The Carbonated Clay Mask
The Piggy Oxygen Mask is essentially a carbonated clay mask. What bothered me the most about this product was its lack of scent. Applying the mask feels like any other clay mask, but soon it starts to foam up – and that’s where the problem lies.
Oxygen Masks and Sheet Masks
The concept of oxygenated skincare was not limited to clay masks; even sheet masks started to produce foam. These products were marketed as a way to cleanse the skin by bubbling out impurities, similar to how oxygen facials gained popularity. The belief was that oxygen would improve collagen production and make the skin more youthful. However, none of these claims had any scientific basis.
The Oxygen Myth
While oxygen is used in hospitals for wound healing, it is unclear how it would benefit the skin. The idea of bubbles forming on the face may seem intriguing, but in reality, it lacks any scientific evidence. The notion that oxygen can draw out impurities or stimulate collagen production is simply a myth.
Skincare should be based on scientific research and proven ingredients. The trend of oxygenated masks may have been popular in the past, but it is time to move on to more effective and evidence-based skincare products. Instead of falling for gimmicks, let’s focus on what truly works for our skin.
For while you leave a mask on for 20 minutes, obviously isn’t going to do that much to your skin, it’s not going to have these skincare benefits, so it’s just something that I don’t bother buying anymore and I think people only really bought in the first place to kind of have a laugh at how puffy their face was looking.
Underwhelming Lip Masks
I’ve tried the lip masks as well, and you know it said to remove dead skin, but it doesn’t. There was a lip mask that bubbled and then you wipe it off, and it was just essentially like a peeling mask, like an exfoliant for your face. But people thought it was oxygen that, like loosen dead skin, so PE like bubble mar, are definitely something I don’t even bother with anymore and never truly did, but they’re definitely like, I purchased for the fun of it.
Falling Out of Love with Peeling Gels
Speaking of peeling gels, I just, I kind of fallen out of love with them. I’ll be honest with you. I used to love them as almost like this gentle alternative to exfoliation. So if you don’t know what a peeling gel is essentially what it is it’s an exfoliant that you like rub on your skin. It goes on like a cleanser, and then you start to get all these like little py bits coming off, like almost like rubbings on your face. People, especially on Tik Tok, would think that this is dead. Skin literally rolling off your face like able to just scrape dead skin off like that.
With all the skincare products available nowadays, it’s important to be discerning and find what works best for your skin. These are just a few products that I’ve personally tried and decided to never use again. Remember, skincare is a journey of trial and error, and what may work for one person may not work for another. It’s all about finding the right products that give you the results you desire.
The Disappointing Peeling Gels
One of the skincare products that I will never use again is the peeling gel. It is marketed as a product that helps remove dead skin and excess dirt from the face. The main ingredient in these gels is carbomer. When applied to the skin and rubbed, it forms little balls that exfoliate the skin. However, in my experience, they are not as effective as chemical exfoliants or physical scrubs. Personally, I would prefer to use a micro exfoliant with tiny granules for better exfoliation.
An Unpleasant Scent
Another issue I have with peeling gels is their smell. Many of them are lemon scented, which I find unpleasant. I don’t want to smell like bleach or a public toilet. The scent just doesn’t appeal to me and detracts from the overall experience of using skincare products.
Falling Out of Fashion
In recent years, peeling gels seem to be falling out of fashion in the skincare industry. Fewer brands are producing them, and even the ones that have iconic peeling gels are not exciting consumers anymore. It seems like peeling gels have become pass, and I can understand why. There are more effective exfoliating options available that provide better results.
Instead of relying on peeling gels, I have discovered alternative methods to exfoliate my skin. Chemical exfoliants, such as AHAs and BHAs, have proven to be more effective in removing dead skin cells and promoting a smoother complexion. Additionally, physical scrubs with gentle granules can provide a satisfying exfoliation experience without the need for peeling gels.
Peeling gels are skincare products that I will never use again. While they may have been popular in the past, they lack effectiveness compared to other exfoliating options available in the market. The unpleasant scent and the decline in their popularity further solidify my decision to steer clear of peeling gels. It’s time to embrace more innovative and efficient skincare products that cater to our evolving needs.
Peeling Gels: Are They Worth It?
When it comes to skincare, there are so many different products on the market claiming to do wonders for our skin. One product that I’ve tried in the past, but will never use again, is peeling gels. Yes, you heard it right. Peeling gels.
A Misunderstood Trend
Peeling gels gained a bit of virality in the skincare world, but let me tell you, it was all based on a misunderstanding. Many people were not fully aware of what peeling gels actually are and how they work. And to be honest, I don’t blame them because the concept is quite perplexing.
An Outdated Approach
The main reason why I’ll never use peeling gels again is because they simply don’t work that well. They are kind of old-fashioned, if you ask me. In this day and age, do we really need a product that gently exfoliates our skin by forming these weird balls of dead skin? I don’t think so.
Time for a Change
I remember trying out a few different peeling gel brands, thinking that maybe I just hadn’t found the right one. But no matter which brand I used, the results were always lackluster. It was a quick process, I’ll admit that. But it left me wondering, what’s the point if it’s not actually doing anything beneficial for my skin?
No Longer Interested
After my disappointing experiences with peeling gels, I made a decision to stop buying them altogether. They are now products that I don’t even bother considering when I’m looking for skincare options. There are so many other innovative and effective products out there that I’d rather invest my time and money in.
Your Thoughts Matter
So, what are your thoughts on peeling gels? Have you tried them and been disappointed like me? Or do you have a different opinion? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this in the comments section below.
Overall, there are certain skincare products that I have decided to steer clear of. Spot treatments, facial cleansing brushes, expensive sheet masks, pore strips, and overly fragranced products have all made it to my “never use again” list. It’s important to find what works best for your skin and stick to products that are gentle, effective, and suitable for your specific skincare needs.
After exploring different skincare products and techniques, I realized the importance of reevaluating traditional skincare practices. Spot treatments might have been useful in the past, but newer ingredients and advancements have rendered them outdated. Likewise, gel moisturizers, although suitable for some individuals, may not provide adequate hydration for those with dehydrated skin.
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Peeling gels are a skincare product that I’ll never use again. Despite their momentary popularity, they simply don’t live up to the hype. With their outdated approach and lackluster results, there are far better alternatives available. It’s time to say goodbye to peeling gels and explore the world of skincare products that actually deliver on their promises.