Just watched an interesting video by a (now former) dermatologist, who kind of rages against the skincare world. He basically states that skin care is a scam and that there is very little evidence for the claims made by brands and content creators - of which there are many. There are some things we do know about skincare (see screenshot below), but even then it's very hard to tell which products are good: we don't really know the concentration and stabillity of actives in any given product, so it's really hard to recommend brands or products. Content creators get brand deals, but even dermatologists get samples and will be biased towards a brand or product - often without actual scientific basis.
Now I don't think any of this is very groundbreaking, we usually know on some level a lot of content on the internet is advertising, but despite that I know that I'm vulnerable - and probably a lot of you as well. I see a Vogue get ready with me or a dermatologist on tiktok listing the 5 best sunscreens of 2022, and I will be curious about the products.
It's so seductive, that promise of that 'holy grail' product. Anyway, that's also kind of why I'm here: I want a no nonsens skincare routine that works. I don't want a 27 step routine with products I don't know the purpose of.
(And even on here I get that feeling of always wanting to find a better product. I know that's not the point of this website! I'm just illustrating the notion that they play into our insecurities so much. As someone with a history of terrible skin problems as a teen, it's something that lingers.)
So I'm going to try and burst the bubble and find a simple, cheap routine, and stick to what works for me. No more seduction towards fancy claims and the promise of an expensive product or celebrity 'holy grail'.
What do you guys think? Are there any products you bought because you saw it recommended by an influencer / content creator? Are you maybe using more products than you really need?