Disturbing Beauty trends summer 2023

It’s easy to get excited about beauty trends on social media, but while some may sound enticing, these are a few you may want to skip out on trying. 

Beer Tan

What is a Beer Tan? It’s where people pour beer all over their bodies and then lay out in the sun for hours. Hops are the main ingredient in beer and may enhance the melanin in your skin. The downside is that pouring it all over your skin can attract bugs to your skin at a minimum, and going without sunscreen will cause sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. If you must tan, the safest tan is still self-tanner with SPF to protect your skin. Every year I see more people feeling comfortable enough with their skin to embrace their natural color, whatever that may be. 

The Barbie Drug or Barbie Injections

This trend continues with the last in that people are still trying to get that bronzed, tanned skin. Barbie injections claim to make your whole body tanned with a synthetic hormone called Melanotan ll that has not been FDA-approved, and it’s currently illegal in all states to sell this drug. This Melanotan ll comes in the form of a nasal spray as well. Some of the health issues surrounding this are kidney issues, nausea, vomiting, and even melanoma in some cases. 

DIY Eyelash Serum

Most eyelash serums undergo rigorous testing before they get approved, and even using those may have specific side effects. Make sure to do your research on the ingredients if you try making any of the DIY eyelash serums. The skin around the eye is super sensitive and irritated easily, so using the wrong products in that area could cause more harm than good. 

Henna Freckles

Freckles are all the rage right now, and I love how people are embracing natural skin, but some that were not born with these cute freckles are trying dangerous methods to get them. Some people try using different types of henna or ink to tattoo freckles on their faces, but natural henna can still cause sensitivity issues if not appropriately tested first. Many temporary freckle pens can assist you in trying this craze without making it permanent.

At Home Chemical Peels

When I talk about at-home chemical peels, I’m not talking about the peel pads that some people buy that are premoistened with the exact amount of ingredients needed. I’m speaking of skincare peels purchased meant to be used in a medical office by trained professionals. So many variables go into applying a chemical peel, like history, skin types, and current medications. Different acids work better on certain skin types and concentrations of those active ingredients. I have seen so many cases where someone had super sensitive skin and used peels with very active ingredients that ended up causing scarring. 

Some things are best not to DIY, and when it comes to your skin, it’s best to seek the help of a professional, especially for something like a skin peel. 

Glymed Plus makes an at-home AHA peel called Age Defying Masque (Youth Firm Age Defying Peel) that’s gentle and effective and can be used year-round without causing photosensitivity to the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types and helps minimize pores, brightens skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces redness and inflammation. 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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