Skincare Fads That Vanished As Quickly As They Appeared

We love discovering new and innovative ingredients and techniques that keep us looking younger, but every once in a while, there is a hyped product or procedure that promises insane results that only ends up being some pyramid scheme or doing our skin more harm than good. That's a skincare fad that is short-lived with great marketing or sheer good luck. So, before you try the next product that may seem too good to be true, do your research and don't be too quick to buy into everything you see (via Biologi). 

There is a fundamental difference between these skincare fads and what really works. Many viral skincare trends can actually mess up your skin so before you jump on the bandwagon, check with your dermatologist. In fact, using the wrong DIY skincare and charcoal masks may not be yield the results they claim to. New York-based dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali told Insider, "I don't think people should ignore trends, but they should always proceed with caution," because you never know if the trend will stay or be gone. 

Aren't we glad that "hangover makeup" isn't trending anymore because who would have thought accentuating your eye bags would be considered cool (via Reader's Digest)? It had its day, but we are so glad it's gone. Do you own a jade roller? Another disappointing skin fad is the jade roller that supposedly decreased puffiness and increased circulation. Daily Mail now says the jade roller isn't bad for skin, but it's kind of useless.

These skincare fads have more hype than truth

It is definitely tempting to try the next miracle product for what it can do, but some trends are just overhyped fads. For instance, remember gold masks and gold facials? Biologi says gold is a mineral that is not soluble in water or oil, so it can't be absorbed into the skin. The only way it might work is if the mask or facial is mixed with ingredients that actually do work, like peptides or hyaluronic acid (via Healthline). But, on its own, gold in skincare is pointless. 

Cosmetic chemists have a job for a reason because they know how different chemicals and ingredients affect our skin, so there is no need to make your own skincare products at home. Some natural products may help your skin, but Insider says one fad that they are glad is gone is the DIY skincare because they can cause chemical burns. 

There was also a time when everyone needed a Clarisonic brush for the deep clean. Still, Wexner Medical calls it a fad because washing your face with soap and water is enough, and those oscillating brushes might damage your skin by over-exfoliating. Allure says you need to stay away from coffee scrubs as well because, though they might smell amazing, they cause microtears on your skin and are bad for the drain. Don't get us wrong, beauty is subjective, but some skin trends are better gone because they are a waste of money and, worse, bad for our skin.