In today's date, anyone can be an influencer. All one would need--a loyal fan following on social media, ample time, and, of course, mad editing skills. What about talent? Haha, that's a good one! And ever since TikTok, the Internet took a wild turn because, literally, anyone and everyone's doing anything and everything to go viral.
As much as I hate to admit, TikTok has changed the way we perceive information online. Whether it's a beauty or a fashion hack, things we were probably doing wrong or new makeup trends, TikTok has it all. Even though the Chinese app is banned in India for good, our explore feed on Instagram is filled with TikTok videos! And I can't stop watching, especially the beauty trends! Weird, oddly satisfying, all the kinds. And I mean ALL!
The thing with TikTok is that anything can get viral within hours of posting it. And the users waste no time trying out the hack for themselves and posting it on their feeds...and so on. Remember the mugshot challenge? Argh, cringe! But it's 2020 and we say here are some of the worst viral beauty trends that people should stop trying for the sake of their skin!
Using shampoo on the face? WTF! Who even comes up with such bizarre things? This hack became viral on TikTok when a lot of users shared that their go-to anti-dandruff shampoo successfully treated fungal acne. It's good to see that this cheap hack is working out for so many people but let's face it, there are so many other (read legit) things you can do! Besides, anti-dandruff shampoo can strip away the natural oils from your face and make your skin really dry. But hey, as long as you're okay with it! We are not judging.
As much as I love seeing the famous The Ordinary Peeling Solution going viral and helping so many people with their skin woes, you gotta know that it is a strong exfoliant. It will not suit everybody and can do more harm than good if you have super-sensitive skin. Avoid keeping it on for more than prescribed time or using it every other day. Remember, it's a chemical that peels off your skin. If you really like them, you can perhaps use them once every 7-10 days, depending on your skin type. Consult a doctor before experimenting with any kind of chemical peels, read about the pros and cons, and definitely do a patch test on your face before going all out.
#SunscreenContouring is getting super-viral online and we have so many questions. All you need to do is apply sunscreen on the high points of your face and body (specifically your midriff) so it appears you have a natural contour when sitting under the sun. First of all, no, second of all, hell no! This is not only dangerous but you're also exposing yourself to the risks of skin cancer and sunburns. Not to mention accelerating the appearance of signs of ageing. Now, do you really want that or would you rather exercise for them abs?
Don't get us wrong, we love using facial scrubs but not the one's that contain big granules. Using any product, whether a scrub or a mask, that contains harsh granules can cause micro-tears in our skin. The TikTok fam-jam is currently obsessed with DIY coffee scrubs that sound delicious and cost-effective but do more harm than good. The coffee will not only cause micro-tears but can also stain your face, disrupt the pH levels of your skin, cause inflammations, and even result in allergies. Better to stick to your mild scrubs and let your skin breathe, no?
This is more of a "fun" challenge that's actually quite cringe-worthy if you ask me. Imagine spoiling something as simple as applying lipstick via a challenge, just to go viral. So dumb! To participate in the #LipstickChallenge, you need to apply your fave lipstick with either your arm twisted behind your head or even with your foot! This challenge is about finding how flexible you are. What the actual F? Also, why!
We hope these viral trends die...for good!
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