Whenever we hear of any life hacks that come from TikTok, we can’t help but be skeptical about it. Considering the numerous videos out there, it’s no wonder we question their legitimacy. (Special shout out to the iconic Khaby Lame for showing us what the real-life hacks are.)   

Especially when it comes to skincare, I want to make sure I am getting the right advice and not end up looking like a walking disaster! This is why I only use trusted sources from dermatologists. 

Here are some skincare hacks which I personally believe in:

Skincare hack #1: For your lip care routine

Do you ever feel this need to constantly reapply your lip balm? According to Dr Shah, a dermatology resident at Campbell University in North Carolina, said that the ingredients such as camphor, menthol and peppermint, from the lip balm can sometimes cause irritation to the lips, creating this need to reapply. 

The solution? As strange as it may seem, using a petroleum-based product like Vaseline helps in keeping the moisture on the lips while preventing bacteria from entering. Afraid about the impurities that are present in petroleum? Rest assured that these ingredients used in cosmetics are safe to apply onto the skin as it has been through an ultra-refining and purifying process.

Still wary of petroleum-based products? Check out Rose Quartz Oil Moisture Lip Treatment that contains shea butter, which keeps your lips moisturized while soothing inflamed skin. 

Skincare hack #2: Choosing the right exfoliant for your skin concern

Exfoliating is an important step in every skincare regimen, which is why it is important to know which chemical exfoliants suits you best. 

Dr Shah suggests the following exfoliants would provide the best benefits for each skin concern: azelaic acid for dark spots, glycolic acid for normal skin type, lactic acid for dry skin type and salicylic acid for acne and oil control.

As I have a normal skin type, I would recommend Sleep Mode Skin Renewing & Smoothening Gel that does wonders for my skin! This oil-free aloe vera gel contains glycolic acid that increases the rate of exfoliation of dead skin cells while providing moisture.  

Skincare hack #3: For your acne woes

For all those who struggle with acne breakouts, we feel you! 

Lastly for acne solutions, hydrocolloid band-aids have been trending for its usefulness in healing zits faster. Even though Dr. Joshua Zeichner, M.D., Associate Professor of Dermatology and the Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, does agree that band-aids are beneficial as it forms a protective barrier over the pimples and helps remove the excess oil, it still does not replace key ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Instead, check out Skin Laundry III Refresh Sapphire Cleanser, a refreshing facial cleanser that deeply detoxes the skin and dissolves any potential clogs that cause acne. In addition, it contains blue gold extracts and sebum-controlling fruit enzymes that improve skin complexion.

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