Why Those Instagram Pore Tools Are No Magic Bullet For Better Skin

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If the internet has taught us anything about beauty, it’s that trends come and go faster than you can say “vampire facial” or “clown contouring.” Social media has given rise to a major surge of new beauty treatments that promise to make you healthier, younger-looking, and more beautiful in no time. Sounds good, right? The problem is that it does sound good — too good to be true, that is. Despite the convincing videos and blog posts published by all these so-called beauty experts, there’s rarely a whole lot of evidence to back up their claims.

 

One of the biggest changes in the beauty industry in recent years is that virtually anyone can start an Instagram account or YouTube channel, from board-licensed New York City dermatologists offering expert advice to your average Jane with access to a camera and the internet. Unfortunately, with many members of the latter group, their opinions are being paid for by sponsors, and the tools they’re using to heal their skin could be causing a host of problems that they’re having treated when the cameras stop rolling.

 

Among the most concerning of the treatments out there are the “pore vacuums” that have become popular on social media in recent months, which claim to suck blackheads and oil out of your skin, leaving your complexion smooth and soft. What you’re not seeing are the potentially harmful effects of these treatments, from broken capillaries to bruising to enlarged pores from the unceremonious pulling of oil from your skin.

 

The good news is, there are still plenty of trendy ways to clear your skin that actually work. Hyaluronic acid-infused sheet masks, like the Dorothy Mask, available at Flawless Skin Solutions in Manhattan, can help fend off breakouts, keep your skin moisturized, and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles at the same time. Hyaluronic acid’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties can heal blemished skin and prevent complexion problems from recurring, and its non-comedogenic effects help your skin retain its natural moisture while purging excess oil from your pores. If gadgets and gizmos are more your speed, research-backed treatments, like Nu Skin’s Galvanic Spa Facial and ageLOC serums can help you achieve a flawless, wrinkle-free complexion easily and safely.

 

Put on your critical thinking cap before you start using a new facial treatment and consider just what you’re really getting yourself into. Opting for research backed-treatments over the suggestions of social media stars can mean the difference between a complexion you’re eager to hide with makeup and a flawless, radiant face you’re eager to share with the world.

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