November 9, 2021News
Sometimes, we come across a trend that seems like it’s too good to be true. Most of the time these trends are on TikTok. We’ve all seen the videos that have made us do a double take and ask, ‘that can’t be real?’, before scrolling through the comments to see what everyone else is saying. That’s how we feel about sea saltwater treatments. They’re trend that is all over TikTok, with users claiming that it will clear their acne.
While TikTok is known for its skincare hacks, not every one of them is worth following. In fact, some of them are more likely to harm your skin than solve anything. We’ve been waiting for a TikTok skincare trend to come around that is too-good-to-be-true. Enter the seas saltwater treatments.
One TikTok claiming that the treatment can remove acne has several million views and 1.5 million likes. With that many views, you’d expect the treatment to work, right?
The video shows TikTok user @aubyrnjadeart explain how she had used a sea saltwater treatment to cure her acne and transform her complexion to achieve clear skin.
She claims that her acne was cured using a mixture of water and sea salt which was applied to her face twice every day. Aubyrn claims that she had tried everything to get rid of her adult acne until she came across a video by a fellow TikToker, @leacryclics. She shared how she had started using the sea saltwater treatment after claiming that her skin looked better after swimming in the ocean. Both TikTok users say that the treatment helped improve their skin by killing bacteria and balancing their skin’s pH levels.
If there’s one thing that we’ve learnt, it’s that you should always take a viral beauty hack with a grain of salt. Before you go out and try any beauty trend on your skin, you should always look out for the opinion of a professional. The last thing you want to do is damage your skin because you trusted the advice of a stranger on the internet.
So, what’s the judgement from dermatologists?
While this treatment may work in theory, it’s not going to permanently remove acne, scars, or pimples. Most dermatologists would agree that looking at the sun or sea for skincare inspiration is rarely the best place to start. The reason? It’s difficult to recreate an ocean in a bottle.
Real ocean water, particularly that which is magnesium-based, can feel like it’s a miracle from your skin. There’s lots of evidence of sea salt water in the ocean effectively exfoliating your skin to cleanse the pores, removing impurities and oils from your skin.
The issue is that while this might work in the office, it won’t work in your bathroom at home. It’s impossible to recreate the exact circumstances of the ocean and the benefit of ocean water to your skin.
Don’t get us wrong. We love a good TikTok beauty trend as much as the next person. That doesn’t mean that we ignore the danger that some of them pose. It’s worth remembering that most DIY skincare solutions either don’t work or can damage your skin. For example, while this sea salt water treatment will work on the surface of your skin, it won’t be able to target the dermis layer of your skin for long-term results.
Salt water does have its benefit. It can soothe mild skin inflammation, including redness and hyperpigmentation. Although it can do this, it’s not considered an appropriate treatment for acne. The real danger posed by this DIY skincare trend is that it will delay people from seeing their dermatologist or result in scarring and hyperpigmentation by using the wrong products for their skin.
One thing that we can disprove is the claim in this trend that ocean water balances your skin’s pH level and removes bacteria. Sea water has an alkaline pH of 8 which is similar to that of acne-prone skin. If you wanted to balance acne-prone skin, you would need to use an acidic pH instead, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
While people might be claiming to get visible results from this treatment, it’s not all its made out to be. At its heart, it’s a mild exfoliation and anti-inflammation treatment. This is one TikTok beauty trend that we won’t be trying.
What do you think about TikTok skincare trends? Do you do your research before trying a DIY trend yourself? Let us knowin the comments below!
TikTok is an app most of us swore to stay away from before the pandemic. A lot can change in a year. It’s now an app we look at before even checking out Instagram or Twitter. The app, which is dominated by Generation Z and Millennials, has come to dominate the fashion trends. Who would have thought the app would have the power to cancel skinny jeans? We’re rounding up a few of our favorite fashion trends from TikTok that everyone is obsessed with.
TikTok is where we all go for the latest trend. The video sharing app experienced a turbo charge of growth during the pandemic, going from a niche platform to the app that is calling the shots for every trend. It’s YouTube for the next-generation of wannabe makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts. Gen Z are everywhere you look on the app, bringing in new trends and genius makeup hacks that we never knew we needed.
Whether you spend hours scrolling through your TikTok app or have never opened the platform, this article is for you. It gives you an insight into the trends that are dominating the platform and that you can expect to see more people rocking in real life. Another knock-on effect of TikTok trends is that it impacts which products beauty brands choose to release. If a beauty brand spots a trend about to go viral on TikTok, they’ll rush to get ahead of it.
Does anyone else struggle with their bronzer? Raise your hand! While we love the sculpted look that it gives us, bronzing and contour are one part of our makeup routine that we’ve come to dread. You want to create a look that is sculpting but natural. It can be a difficult balancing act. Now thanks to TikTok, we’ve finally got the makeup hack that we’ve been waiting for.