August 30, 2021News
TikTok is the corner of the internet that we all go to when we need hacks – whether it’s beauty hacks or for the latest must-try recipe. The video-sharing app is full of advice and hacks that we would never think about. Not every hack on TikTok is easy to do – or even advisable to try. An Australian reality TV star found this out the hard way after trying an at-home acupuncture treatment that she saw on TikTok.
The platform is quickly influencing our beauty trends, creating a cycle of skincare and wellness trends that sometimes seem more like fads than full-blown trends. Most of the hacks you’ll find on TikTok follow the DIY format that often goes viral on the platform. Most of the people posting on TikTok are not trained makeup artists or dermatologists, meaning that not every hack is one you should try.
It’s easy to see an edited video and think that you have to try a trend you’ve seen on TikTok. Jumping into a TikTok hack without researching first, could cause your skin serious consequences. We’re taking a deep-dive into the world of TikTok beauty hacks to see which ones are worth trying and which ones you should definitely skip when they appear on your ‘for you’ page.
One of the biggest beauty hacks on TikTok is also one that we think everyone should try. Slugging is a hack that involves using a thick moisturizer (or Vaseline) on your face, applying a thick coat, and leaving it on as an overnight treatment. The purpose of this hack is to hydrate your skin, making it no surprise that this trend started in South Korea. K-beauty is all about achieving a dewy glow for your skin, with this hack being an easy way to jump on the k-beauty bandwagon.
Why should you give slugging a go?
This hack works as it helps to lock-in moisture for your skin, repairing damage to your skin’s natural protective barrier. The easiest way to try the slugging trend is to cleanse and moisturize your skin before you give the hack a try. However, you want to avoid doing this hack after using a retinol or exfoliating acid, as it can irritate your skin.
Slugging is a beauty hack that you want to use occasionally to address seasonal dryness or flaking in your skin. If you start using it too regularly, you’re almost guaranteed to start suffering breakouts. If you suffer from acne breakouts, you want to avoid slugging as it will clog up your pores and lead to more breakouts.
We all know the importance of using sunscreen, but TikTok has taken it to the next level with this beauty hack. Sunscreen contouring focuses on using sunscreen on specific places of your face, creating a tanning effect on certain areas of your skin.
Unlike slugging, this is one TikTok beauty hack that you want to avoid at all costs. You should be applying sunscreen all over your face, instead of picking and choosing. It can be dangerous to your skin and cause lasting damage that leads to premature aging. If your skin is unprotected, it could even lead to skin cancer.
If you really want to try this TikTok hack, there is a way of doing it that is safer. You could use a lower SPF – like an SPF30 – as your base before using a stronger SPF for the contouring effect. While this isn’t dermatologist approved, it’s less harmful than the original trend.
Whatever you’re doing, make sure you’re wearing at least SPF30 on your skin and reapplying every few hours.
Another TikTok beauty trend that you want to avoid at all costs is sandpaper shaving. This peculiar trend could only go viral on a platform like TikTok. While using sandpaper will remove hair, it will take your skin along with it. If you start trying this trend at home, you can expect to see scarring on your skin and hyperpigmentation.
There’s no reason to use sandpaper for removing body hair. Traditional shaving and using wax are significantly safer for your skin, along with gently exfoliating.
This TikTok trend is one that we definitely advise avoiding – no matter what!
One TikTok beauty trend that everyone is talking about is drinking chlorophyll. You’ll find dozens of videos that talk about its wellness benefits, including improving your skin and diminishing acne. The bold claims behind this hack include that it can boost your energy, improve body odour, and reduce bad breath.
What is Chlorophyll? It’s a pigment that you can find in plants and that plays a role in the photosynthesis process. The hack focuses on the antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that power Chlorophyll.
While Chlorophyll has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, it’s not as amazing as the TikTok hype would have you believe. There are only a limited number of studies that suggest that chlorophyllin is suitable for treating acne – and all of these have involved applying it topically.
Drinking chlorophyllin has not been proven to have any benefits. While it is considered to be a relatively safe substance, you carry the risk of developing ‘pseudoporphyria’, a phototoxic rash that can form after drinking liquid chlorophyll.
Instead of drinking chlorophyll, there’s an easier life hack that you could try. Add more green vegetables to your diet, such as broccoli and cabbage, that are high in chlorophyll to give you the vitamin boost without the risk of any side effects.
One treatment that everyone is talking about is microneedling, with TikTok being no exception. This treatment uses a dermaroller to lightly prick the skin using tiny needles. The purpose of this treatment is to rejuvenate your skin by boosting your collagen production to give your skin a smoothing effect, while firming and toning your face.
Most people choose to go to a trained professional for their microneedling treatment, but TikTokers have taken the treatment into their own hands – not always with the best results. While microneedling may seem like a straightforward treatment, it’s not one that you should be doing yourself.
Microneedling produces little holes in your skin, which open up your pores and allow everything from bacteria and allergens to enter your skin. If your microneedling device isn’t clean, it can lead to infections and breakouts that can cause chaos for your skin.
If you want to try microneedling, book in for a professional treatment instead of trying to DIY it.
Most of the beauty hacks on this list have been pretty extreme and ones that you to avoid. Some of the best TikTok beauty hacks are the ones that are the simplest and easiest to do. Reverse makeup is an easy to try hack that focuses on changing up the order that you do your makeup routine.
The idea behind this trend is that you put your makeup on by starting with your eyes, instead of your base. By doing your brows and eyes first, you’re able to define your makeup and accentuate your features before moving on to the base. When you do your makeup in reverse, you’ll likely find that you end up using less concealer and foundation that normal.
Another easy TikTok beauty trend is to use a bobby pin to achieve the perfect winged eyeliner look. Eyeliner is one step of our makeup routine that most of us struggle with. Unless you’ve got a steady hand, it can be difficult to achieve that illustrious winged liner look.
TikTok is full of dozens of different eyeliner hacks, but the bobby pin one is perhaps the easiest. All you need is to coat the flared end of your bobby pin with eyeliner and apply it against the corner of your eyelid. If you have hooded eyes, this TikTok beauty hack will be right up your street.
We all know the damage that hot tools can cause to our hair. Did you know that socks are an easy way of achieving bouncy curls without damaging your hair? All you need is four long socks to twist into different sections of your hair, before securing them with one or two hair ties. You can sleep in them overnight to help the curls form around the socks before removing them in the morning and brushing them out.
Using socks is an easy alternative to a curling wand and means that you don’t have to worry about damaging your hair. The main drawback of this TikTok beauty hack is the time commitment. You won’t be able to achieve a curl instantly like with a curling wand. While this TikTok hack can be useful, it’s not a reason to throw your curling iron away just yet.
Which of these TikTok beauty trends are your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!
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