Aside from Google, TikTok has become the “search engine” that many people would go to, whether they’re looking for restaurant recommendations, relationship advice or just weird life hacks. Regardless of the many questionable hacks and misinformation on TikTok, there are plenty of skincare advice and tips that have helped many people clear up their skin. To save you the trouble of sorting through the wonderful mess that is TikTok, here are some viral skincare hacks that actually work!
#1 Lip Exfoliating Hack
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Let’s just say that this hack just saved us a lot of money. Posted by @chiutips, all you need is a towel and some hot water. Once you’ve soaked the towel in some hot water, wring it out and then rub the towel against your lips, basically exfoliating all the dry and dead skin off of your lips. Who needs lip scrubs when you can do this?!
#2 Retinoid Hack
Introducing retinol into your skincare can be tricky for beginners, but thanks to @natalie_oneillll, she gave us 5 tips on how to use retinoids correctly! The first tip is to apply retinoid on dry skin. This is because if retinoid is applied on wet or damp skin, it can increase the rate at which it is absorbed, which can increase your skin sensitivity. Hence, if you want to avoid the irritation that comes with using retinoids, but still get the most out of it, apply it on clean dry skin. Next, you should only apply retinoids at night, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not because retinoids make your skin more sensitive to the sunlight. Sunlight degrades retinoids, so when you apply retinoids during the day, it can decrease its effectiveness.
One common mistake that people make when they use retinoids is that they only use it as a spot treatment. Yes, they do help with acne, but if you want to get the most out of them, you should apply them all over your face to get the anti-aging benefits as well. The next tip is to bring the product down to your neck. Just like the skin on our face, the skin on our neck is delicate and ages just like how our face would! Lastly, don’t use it along with other acids. Our goal is to minimize as much irritation as possible while reaping all the benefits of retinol, so save the acids for another day.
#3 Body Odour Hack
Though most of us won’t admit it, we all have to deal with body odour from time to time. It can be hard to find the right deodorant that works for you, and I think we’re all familiar with the sweat + heavy fragrance smell, but we’ve found a hack that might just put all your worries to rest. TikToker @rosebaby40 posted that the secret to getting rid of underarm odour is to wash your underarms with benzoyl peroxide wash, since it kills the bacteria that’s causing the odour. Plus, if you want to get the most out of your deodorant, apply it at night, when your sweat glands are less active, so its easier to absorb into the skin compared to in the mornings.
#4 Mask Hack
There’s no one-size-fits-all face mask, despite what skincare brands are trying to advertise. There’s always some excess mask dangling on the side of our faces, leaving a bunch of yummy moisturizing serums and ingredients to waste! But thanks to @glowwithava, that problem has been eliminated. All you need to do is to make 3 cuts on your face mask. One between the eyes, one between the nose and the lips, and one on your chin. Then, you can adjust the shape and fit of the face mask depending on your face shape. It creates no waste, and you get to reap all the benefits of face masks!
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