Back in the day, beauty advice was carried down from one generation to the next via word-of-mouth. The problem with this method is that a lot of old wive’s tales and even damaging tips ended up in the mix, which often had less-than-desirable consequences (lemon juice to get rid of pigmentation? What were we thinking!). Today, there is a lot more information out there and more people are educating themselves on how to keep their skin healthy and radiant. But there is one corner of the internet that is brimming with some sound skincare advice – Reddit. And more specifically the subreddit called SkincareAddiction. Here are five life-changing things everyone can learn from this knowledgable community.
1 Get Tested
The problem with vintage, passed-down beauty advice is that it is often too broad to be applicable to everyone. Sure, cold cream might work wonders on dry skin, but oily skin? Maybe not as much. Because of this, members of the SkincareAddiction community advise that people do patch tests on other parts of your body before applying a new product to your skin. And while a lot of products stipulate this on the packaging, most people ignore it. But maybe they wouldn’t if a group of radiant-skinned, like-minded beauty junkies encouraged it.
2 Big Spender
A lot of people get tricked into thinking that the more expensive a product is, the more effective it will be. And this – thank goodness – could not be further from the truth. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some incredible products that carry a hefty price tag, but that it isn’t the benchmark of quality. In fact, many people rely on their trusted drug-store buys that they have been repurchasing for years. It’s about finding something that works for you – even if it isn’t that cool – and being grateful that you don’t have to take out a personal loan to buy it. #blessed
3 Keep It Simple
It feels like every day there are new beauty products being launched that promise to give you an enviable glow. But, when it comes down to it, all you really need to ensure great skin is a regular four-step skincare routine: Cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise. It really is that simple. Sure, you can incorporate all those added extras, like masks, polishes, essences and so forth, but they won’t do much if you don’t have your four-step routine down. So if you are looking to purge your beauty stash, we suggest that you leave the four basics alone.
4 Open Your Mind
When it comes to keeping your skin healthy and looking fab, it might take a fair amount of trial and error. This means being open to trying all sorts of products from different beauty categories to find what works for you best. Demonising one category – like wanting to go all natural to avoid using chemicals – is not a wise move, as you could be missing on the best damn skin of your life. Have an open mind and don’t write things off simply because they don’t align with what you want to be using on your skin. Don’t limit yourself.
5 We’re All Different
You know what’s great about the peeps sharing their insights on SkincareAddiction? They know that not all tips and products are one-size-fits-all, and they talk about what has worked for them in relation to their own skin type and concerns. So if you have dehydrated skin with rough patches, an oily T-zone and an alcohol sensitivity, for example, you will likely find others in the community with the same issues and their recommendations. Because sharing is caring, especially when it can make your skin flawless and bring beauty babes together.
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