Reacting To Your Unpopular Skincare Opinions….That I Agree With?! 🤔
Hello everybody, welcome back to my channel, where skincare is all about progression over perfection. Because, perfection doesn’t exist. I’m feeling a bit lazy this week, and my week didn’t really go to plan.
A few like real-life hiccups got in the way so, I wanted to do a video that’s kind of just easy to film, yet still hopefully entertaining, and I know this is like an old thing but I wanted to do an unpopular opinions video, because I don’t think I’ve done one.
.. I don’t think I’ve done one. Whilst also doing my evening skincare routine with all new products. Well, bar two. And I feel like now’s a good time to do this, because I feel like the skincare influencer side of things has really blown up in the last year, and really, in my comments, and in my Dm’s, you know.
I see your requests, I see a lot of opinions, and I get asked a lot of questions about how I feel about certain things. There’s a few things I feel like I kind of want to get my opinion out there of, and also I think kind of clear up a bit of like, I don’t know, stuff I don’t really like and agree with.
So over on Instagram I asked for your unpopular opinions, and I’m gonna react to them now, well, answer them now. No… react to them, yeah. Okay, this is one I kind of want to start with, and this is that Dermatologists are a bit self-righteous on the internet.
Before we get into this, I’m going to be using, for the first time this 7-Ingredient Cleansing Oil from Typology, this was gifted to me. I’m not going to go into great detail about all them but if you want me to review them in the future let me know.
Okay, here’s the thing, I think… so I’m going to kind of tie this into a few comments I’ve seen about Dermatologists being influencers, as far as, you can’t trust Dermatologists who take sponsored jobs.
I’ve also had other Dermatologists in my comments calling other Dermatologists who are also classed as influencers, saying that they’re not professional. Here’s my very personal opinion on this, as far as the self-righteous comment goes, I think when it comes to professionals, industry professionals online, there’s definitely a different air about them.
Because they aren’t, they weren’t introduced online in the same way that influences are. And in my honest opinion, you know, being on the platform for a long time, and in my previous jobs working with a lot of influencers, there’s a difference between being a professional, and being likeable.
I think what’s really difficult is a lot of experts I’ve seen online, especially on Twitter, complain about the the lack of following they’re getting, or the fact that certain creators who aren’t professionals, their content is more popular.
And to put it very bluntly, you could be the the best expert in the world but if you’re not likeable, people don’t care, and I think, you know, I don’t think that’s a good thing. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing either but I think there are very few experts online, that are great at kind of like merging the two together.
So I don’t necessarily think… it sounds so rude, I don’t think they’re self-righteous or stuck up, I just don’t think you like them. So it’s not just Dermatologists but I feel when you do watch other industry experts, they have this air of professionalism around them.
I do feel that kind of comes across, can come across from what I’ve seen other people say about Dermatologists online… I’m trying to tread so carefully, that can’t, that can come across as a bit, what’s the word? People think they are self-righteous, or a little bit stuck up, or patronizing.
I’ve seen as well, when I don’t think, personally, I don’t think that’s the case at all. What I will say, and this isn’t from the Dermatologist standpoint at all but more comments that I see, is that the Dermatologist’s opinion isn’t the be-all and end-all of skincare, there are more industry experts other than just Dermatologists, who may know more or you know, the same kind of thing or a different section of Derm.
. Dermatology is one section of the skin care industry that we, we can respect. And I honestly think Dermatologists, well, the ones that I follow and the ones that I really like, will be the first people to say, hey look, these are other resources, you know.
Not everything is so black and white. You know, we don’t have all the answers. I think they’re the first, they’re the first people to say that. So I always think varying your sources is so important. As always I have some like industry experts that I absolutely love, who I will link their Instagram handles down below but you definitely do get the professionals who are very, it’s my opinion and no one else’s is correct.
Especially on TikTok. You see a lot of Dermatologists, and Estheticians and, you know, Chemists, all these kind of people being like, well so and so is wrong, this is wrong. And then you do see them kind of like arguing amongst themselves, which is fine, because I think if I found an expert who I really trusted who was so set in their own opinion, I don’t think I would trust them.
I think I kind of trust people more who are like, this is one side of the argument, this is the other side of the argument, this is what the science says and the evidence says, this is a conclusion. Rather than, this is my opinion, this is what I think, you know.
Here’s my conclusion. I do also think, maybe like one or two years ago, your like, the general public kind of found out what a Dermatologist was, and like, especially me as just like a product reviewer, I get a lot of comments from people being like, well you’re not a Dermatologist, you can’t talk about skin care.
I absolutely can talk about skincare, consumer opinion is so important when it comes to skin care. I think what’s important to do is, if you do have any kind of like skincare, skin qualms, you know, on your skin or you want to know why your skin’s reacting a certain way, then Dermatologist are the people to go to, they can also offer some really good product advice.
Dr. Shah, DermAngelo, Dr. Shereene Idriss, three of my favorite Dermatologists on this platform to go to. Just not for skin care advice in general but also really good product recommendations. But I also think it’s important to take this professional opinions, then come over to people like me and be like, right well what BHA’s has he tried, you know.
A Dermatologist recommend I use a BHA for my blackheads, so what products are then available for me to use, because I reviewed hundreds, not hundreds at all, I reviewed you know quite a few BHA’s, and I don’t think Dermatologists, I think Dermatologists are too sensible to be reviewing the sheer amount of product that I do.
There is an eyelash that won’t go. But yes, like all, like in every industry you get your self-righteous and bad people, you know. So I do not think it’s just limited to Dermatology but I mean, overall I’m glad they’re on the platform.
I’m glad we kind of like have these expert and professional opinions, and they’re sharing their knowledge with us for free. I think another comment that a lot of people get is that, you know, people in the comments always be like, if you have a problem go and see a Dermatologist, don’t come to Skinfluencres for advice.
Which, whilst I agree with, not everyone can just pop out and see a Dermatologist, that’s not how it works. So I think it’s amazing that these Dermatologists and Estheticians are online giving out this free advice, and I see them in the comments doing consultations as well, for free.
Are there some self-righteous ones? Yes, there are a lot of people who use their titles to spread misinformation. And that’s the thing, we don’t have to be Dermatologists or Estheticians, or industry experts to be able to do our research on people, or what these particular titles mean.
It’s really important for you to look at what they, the who they claim they are, find out what that actually entails. Then kind of think, right well who should I be listening to. Right, I need to go emulsify this and then I’ll wash it off, and then I’ll do the cleanser.
That was nice, I quite like that, it’s left my skin feeling very dewy. Oh, I got some product in my eye, that’s fine. Okay, the next cleanser we’re going to be using, so this is my second cleanse, I just took off all my sunscreen.
We’re going to be using the Bliss Clear Genius Clarifying Cleanser with BHA, and Brazilian Sea Water. I know nothing about this product, I’ve not looked it up. I picked it because it’s new. So, the next unpopular opinion is Skinfluencers rarely show their skin in natural light, or up very close, less studio lighting for skincare.
So, I agree that we don’t actually get to see, it’s just clear, a lot of like up close skin but as far as the studio lighting goes, I actually swapped from natural lighting to studio lighting, because you can see the details on the skin better.
Natural lighting was actually very flattering for me. I’m a photography graduate so I kind of understand lighting quite well, so I know that if I wanted to show you my rosacea, I wanted to show you the texture of my skin, the, you know, different colors in my skin.
I had to be under studio lighting, a certain type of studio lighting. Oh, it’s not foaming up much, that’s nice. Yeah, I agree. I started to shoot in 4K which I hope kind of like shows you a bit more details but I do think it’s important to show your skin, if you’re talking about how products work for your skin, I do think it’s important to show that, and I don’t think that necessarily means you need to buy, you know, expensive camera that can shoot in 4K, it just means going a bit closer to the cameram and showing texture, and where the light hits, and you know, what, what products can actually do for your skin.
I think it’s important. Okay, the next one is actually from one of my favorite industry professionals as well I’ll say. A lot of misinformation comes from those who should know better. I do agree. I think one, one thing I see a lot of in my comments section is people battling professionals advice, and professionals amongst themselves kind of having to make posts about what another professional person said, to kind of like squash the misinformation that they’re spreading, and that’s when it’s dangerous.
We have people with these titles spreading awful misinformation. I know there’s one particular guy who’s blocked Chemists and Scientists, because they’re having to correct him on everything he says, and all the lies he spreads.
I’m sorry, I’ve got like put clip on nails because my nails are actually really damaged from gels, and this was just falling off so I’m giving up with that one. And this is why it’s so important to vary your sources, because how do I know who’s spreading misinformation.
I go by the majority opinion basically, and the people that I trust, and people who I know whose research I trust and who, again, who are very clear and transparent about the research they do. I’m gonna go wash this off, it’s like drying on my skin.
But this is also as well, why I as an influencer kind of cut down on trying to be, trying to be too, you know when I, when I was getting all the comments like you’re not a Dermatologist, you can’t talk about this, I was trying to like research papers and do my research, and I actually kind of worked out that’s kind of more dangerous than just being like, I like this product, because, do you know what I mean? Because, if you don’t know how to read research papers, don’t quote them, you know.
Don’t just skim them, and think you know what the outcome was. And you know, there’s so many skincare myths now about what people of color can and can’t use, for example. The fear-mongering around things like fragrance, parabens, silicones, that are still, even though we know better, are still being perpetuated over and over and over.
But then also, when myself and other skinfluencers change our mind on something, you see, because we’ve learned, because we’ve learned better. You see people in the comments being like, but you change your mind and you’re a hypocrite and all this kind of stuff, it’s like, if we’re not changing our opinions, then we’re not learning.
But yes, I do feel like it’s very easy nowadays for someone to come online and have a title in front of their name, like a doctor, doctorant? Is that the word? And then just spew whatever they want but people believe them because they’re a doctor, you know.
The next… that’s, that’s no, you know, not anyone I personally know. The people I follow I really, really trust. Next, I’m gonna go in with an essence, this is the SK2 Facial Treatment Lotion. Literally just because I have to use it up.
I’m going in with the essence because it’s super light, and the toner I’m about to use is a little bit thicker. The next unpopular opinion is that flannels are a great form of exfoliating, you don’t always need acids.
You know what, I agree, I actually agree. I am using a flannel every evening with my routine, it’s soft, it’s gentle, I’m not scrubbing, I’m patting. This is actually, after I got Caroline Hiron’s skincare book, which is in the other room, and she recommended using flannels, I’ve really, really honestly seen a difference as far as like my pores, and like filaments go, and I always see the difference first of all on my nose.
I’m literally just using a really soft flannel to gently wipe away my cleansing balm, and oils, is when I do it. So I’ll emulsify them, wipe away. It’s not made my skin bad, it’s not hurting it, it’s not making it irritating but this is a perfect example of just do whatever the f*ck works for you.
The next unpopular opinion is, why is skincare controversial, is their controversial opinion? It depends what kind of consumer you are. I know a lot of people say there’s no, what’s the term? There’s no good purchases in capitalism, I believe, if we’re putting, if we’re including it in this.
It’s very hard to buy from a brand that isn’t involved in some kind of controversy. A brand that hasn’t in their past had, you know, done something wrong in another country, or their adverts have been a bit distasteful or.
.. for example I watched a great documentary the other day called the racist history of retinol, which was so interesting. Now, I won’t go into it because I think you should watch it. I think ultimately what people are after when it comes to anything, and not just skincare, their purchasing choices, is transparency.
I think that’s all that people want, they want to know where their products are made, how, who with, who by. So I do get it. I do get it. Some people don’t care, and honestly that’s absolutely fine as well.
But also, not every skinfluencer or influencer has to have an opinion on something either. I’m going to leave it there. The next unpopular opinion, skincare is turning into fast fashion but people won’t admit it, because it’s because buying it is fun.
Yes, and yes. Right, I don’t have a new toner either, or a new essence because I have to, I promised myself I would use up all the ones I had. So, just the COSRX Propolis Synergy toner. Super hydrating, and soothing.
Yes, I agree. Especially in the last two years. We have seen skincare kind of become like makeup, in the sense that, you know, there are some brands who… why is everything foaming on my face today? This is so odd.
There are some brands who feel like they have a release every week, you know. You know like in makeup, there’s like a new palette, a new brand is doing this new collaboration, and it does seem to be skincare is going that fast fashion direction and I think it’s just the lines of the peak of interest.
Is buying it fun? Absolutely. I mean, obviously I over-consume skincare, I don’t buy the majority, majority of it, it gets sent to me, so I hope that my channel in some way helps you kind of not consume as much.
Because obviously, all skin types are different. What my skin might like and dislike your skin might love or also dislike. But I hope in some way, myself and other influencers who review so much skincare can kind of help you whittle out what you really feel you don’t really need, in this fast fashion skincare-eque world.
I completely, completely agree. And we’re going to see more of it like, we know we’re going to see like celebrities releasing skincare, brands, I’m pretty sure some influencers are going to come out with more skincare lines soon.
So, this is the thing like, people always ask me if I’m going to release a brand and I’m like, only if I can truly bring something new, or unique, or something that I feel is missing, will I add to the chaos that is the constant release of skincare products.
Oh, lots of skinfluences promote overuse of products, simple routines work best. Here’s the thing, simple routines are ideal. Does more equal worse? Not necessarily. I guess it really depends on the products you are using, rather than how much but this is a reminder that you do not have to shop like an influencer.
You shouldn’t shop like an influencer. As I always say, this is our job to consume product and review produc,t so if I have a skin, a 10-step skincare routine, it’s because I’ve got to be reviewing some of those products.
You know I might be trying them out for a potential sponsorship or you know, people might be asking about them so I need to fit them into my routine. But yeah, we, I think we all kind of know that, like simple routines work best for the majority of people.
Does that mean you shouldn’t enjoy skincare, and do as many steps as you want? Absolutely not. Use, I think use whatever you want, and if your skin starts to react badly cut down, you know. Just make sure you’re using the right stuff.
Oh, oh, okay, okay. Next up, fully agree with Dr Idriss’s views on Hyaluronic Acid, I remember people giving you sh*t when he spoke about it. So, ages ago, like nearly maybe two years ago, I made a video about why I stopped using Hyaluronic Acid, and it’s because I felt it was irritating my skin.
I actually found this out from Mary Schook who said, you know it might be a Hyaluronic Acid consumption. Basically overuse of. So I cut it out of my routine, stuck with my core routine that I always use when I need to cut things back, and the moment I cut out Hyaluronic Acid, my skin calmed down so much.
And the more I talked about this, the more people were like, you know what, it’s been six months without Hyaluronic Acid, my skin’s never been better. Then Dr. Shereene Idriss, one of my favorite Dermatologists and content creators actually here, fully agreed.
She’s like it’s over rated basically, it’s like a temporary plumping agent. I will link that down below. I’m using hyaluronic acid again, I’m just not over using it. I, I’ve calmed down. A lot of brands were on the hype of Hyaluronic Acid, and putting like every molecular weight of Hyaluronic Acid in every product, so it did get a little bit intense.
You don’t have to do your skincare every day. If I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t. There are days when I wake up, do nothing, sometimes I’ve walked the dogs, not put sunscreen on, come back, do nothing, walk the dogs again.
Still no sunscreen. Then go to bed completely unwashed. You don’t have to do it every day. I mean, I would advise doing the basics of just like washing and moisturizing but really, you, you don’t have to.
Like your skin’s not gonna die if you go one day without doing stuff. It’s the same with sunscreen, obviously we love pushing sunscreen as like skinfluencres, because it’s important to us, I guess. But not everyone can afford to reapply sunscreen every two hours, and wear it every single day.
If you pop out for 15 minutes your skin’s not going to crust off, you know. Dermatologists are foremost experts of skin diseases, not cosmetic skincare. Yes, I think I agree. Actually, Lab Muffin has something on her stories.
So this post from Lab Muffin Beauty Science, Michelle, who’s one of my favorite people to follow in general, when it comes to myth busting the science behind skincare. She says, “Dermatologists deal with skin, hair, and nail conditions, the training is very long and complicated, and difficult.
They don’t spend years learning about the ins and out’s of skincare products, because they have a million other more important things they need to learn, like working out what the hell that random red rash is.
” Very true. “I’m sure if a Dermatologist wanted to learn everything about skin care they could but it’s not part of their training, because it’s not an essential part of what they do. That’s why, when you see, that’s why you see a Dermatologist saying that mineral sunscreens work by scattering and reflecting UV, Chlorophyll will oxygenate your skin, lip balm makes your lips lazy.
..” et cetera et cetera. All, none of those are true. She goes on to say, she’s “…not saying that Chemists know everything either, or Estheticians. There is no single specialty that covers everything about skincare, that’s why asking for source is important.
See, something sus?Consider whether they’re an expert in that aspect of skincare, ask for sources, cross-check the info with a wide range of experts in different specialties.” And I completely agree. Although, I must say, as I mentioned there are certain Dermatologists I will look to for discovering new, mainly drugstore, drugstore skincare that I never try because, you know, I feel like they’ve maybe recommended it a lot to their clients, or maybe their clients have said, oh you know what, actually my skin reacts really well to this product, so they’ve gone on to recommend it.
You know what, I do still think they can make good recommendations, because they do have that extra knowledge that us as consumers don’t have. But no, I kind of agree, kind of don’t, because a lot of my favorite Dermatologist creators recommend some amazing products, and they have a lot of knowledge behind those products.
Here’s an… actually, going on from this one, Dermatologists who take sponsorships are not to be trusted. I completely disagree. I completely disagree. I don’t think any Dermatologist is gonna risk their career just for a couple of hundred or thousand dollars, you know, worth of sponsorships.
And that’s why I think you see so many Dermatologists doing sponsorships for brands like CeraVe, Cetaphil, these are all brands that they’ve used for years and years, and recommend. So, I don’t agree with that.
I think, yeah, I just don’t think a Derma… see this, I don’t blame people for thinking that, because it stems back from people just not trusting influences in general. So when Dermatologists cross that fine line between expert and derma.
.. influencer, sorry, I get where the mistrust comes in. But you also have to remember they are working another full-time job. They should 100% get paid and compensated for all the free advice they’re giving us online.
And if that’s in the form of, I don’t know, Neutrogena moisturizer then so it, so be it. There’s a lot of Dermatologists and Esthetician-related stuff. See here’s my problem, is that certain people do not know what they want from the skincare world.
You have people commenting on people like my videos, like skinfluencer’s video’s saying, you’re not a Dermatologist you can’t talk about skincare. And when a Dermatologist talks about skincare they’re like, well you’re obviously sponsored, who are you, you’re a bad Dermatologist.
You just can’t win online. So f*ck off. Right, so let’s go in with a serum, this is the Hydra Enriched Ampoule from Wishtrend. First time trying it. Literally all my, all my press-on nails are falling off.
Literally by the looks of it, just a hydrating serum, nice. Then I’m gonna go in with Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule, because my skin’s a little bit irritated, and mugwort tends to calm my skin pretty, pretty quickly.
The next unpopular opinion, which I think might actually be a pretty popular opinion is, certain skincare should be covered by insurance, as some people literally cannot afford products. I agree. And this kind of goes back to what I was saying about sunscreen, is whilst we as influ.
.. skinfluencers, I don’t know if I like that word or not, pretty much get gifted all this free skincare, and sunscreen. We can afford to be reapplying this stuff every couple of hours, and not bat an eyelid because we have a drawer full of the stuff, you know.
But there are people who literally can’t afford even the most affordable of sunscreens. There are going to be people who struggle to pay for that. And I think the most important thing is like a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen, I think you should be able to not get it on prescription, because they’re not prescription products but I think some people should be allowed those within benefits.
I think if you receive benefits here in the UK, you should be able to get, oh I don’t know, maybe like a gift basket once a month, I don’t know what it’s called, like a a package of body wash, cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, toothpaste, you know.
All the all the essentials. That might already be a thing, excuse my naivety, I don’t, I’m not sure. The moisturizer I’m going to use now is Keys Soulcare Skin Transform, Skin Transformation Cream. This is the unfragranced version.
On that note, let’s end with this one, fragrance does serve a purpose in skincare. I completely agree, I think this is like the main argument of fragrance in skincare is that… oh, this is nice. Oh. I love the cleanser, the Soulcare cleanser I’ve been using is so nice, this is like nicely thick, and hydrating and sinking in pretty well.
Oh! Right, look, here’s the thing, whether you like fragrance or not, fragrance does serve a purpose in skincare. Is it a purpose you enjoy? Maybe not but it’s there for a reason. If fragrance didn’t serve a purpose in skincare manufacturers wouldn’t be paying to put fragrance in their skincare.
Brands know that putting fragrance in products makes people use their products. Can people have allergies to it? Yes. Does that mean that fragrance shouldn’t be in anything? No, absolutely not. My dad is a celiac but when I eat bread he doesn’t tut at me and tell me I shouldn’t be eating bread, you know.
I’m not a celiac, so I’m gonna eat bread. If I become a celiac I will stop eating bread. If you like using fragrance keep using it, if you start reacting to it stop using it. It’s really that simple. I think the discourse and the anger that comes from a lot of people regarding fragrance, and there’ll be people in the comments now being like well I disagree, it doesn’t serve any benefit for my skin, why should it be in there.
Again, the purpose is to make the product enjoyable. If that’s not your skincare ethos, if that’s not what you enjoy about skincare and you strictly prefer functionality over enjoyment, great, knock yourself out with all the fragrance free stuff.
But just because it’s not your preference, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad thing. I, like this whole thing needs to stop, this whole… it’s verging on the point, for me, of fear-mongering and EWG style Fear-mongering, as far as fragrance goes.
Of course Dermatologists are going to recommend against using fragrance, they see the most sensitive, troubled of skin conditions. So of course they’re going to recommend fragrance-free stuff. There’s always that one, one fact isn’t there, that fragrance ranks amongst like the very, the very top allergy from Dermatologists, from people that they’ve seen, right.
Against the most sensitive, not in the whole world not amongst everyone that use skincare but amongst who those Dermatologists had seen in their clinics. And again, they are usually the most sensitive of skin conditions.
So, of course something like that is going to irritate their skin but that’s, you know, in that group. You know, as you know Hyaluronic Acid in certain doses doesn’t agree with my skin. Am I on a, you know, a witch hunt to get rid of it? Absolutely not.
Am I in people’s comments section telling them to stop using Hyaluronic Acid? No, because not everyone has, in fact very rarely, do people have the same reaction that I do to it. Yes, fragrance allergies are more, more popular, everyone wants them, they’re more common.
But again, in still such a small percentage. So this, it needs to stop. I’m going to link you to some amazing panels from industry experts who talk, who debate about fragrance, and skin care. The truth behind it, what the real issues are, who it really affects, again, all in the description down below, down below.
Please take some time, if you’re one of these people who are like wagging their finger at fragrance, and shaming people for using it, and telling people, like myself, we don’t know what we’re talking about because we use Glow Recipe, please take some time to educate yourself further, with the links from actual industry experts in the description box down below.
I, I beg you. Because this this whole thing needs to stop, now. But there we go, that’s my routine. I’m feeling plump, I’m feeling nice. My cheeks are a little bit red because I’ve just come off from a dog walk.
All my fake nails are gone, don’t look at my nails. But yeah, I hope that kind of like was interesting, I don’t know, it felt like a bit of an attack on experts there. I didn’t expect that kind of feedback but a lot of the, a lot of the comments were like that.
I think when any industry blows up, or any kind of genre blows up like skincare has, I think people have a lot of questions, a lot of concerns, a lot of like trust issues. As people do with influences of any kind, whether they’re experts or not.
Anyway, I hope that was entertaining. If you do want to know more about these products, let me know which ones I should carry on experimenting with. I’m, I’m really liking the cleanser, the oil cleanser, and the serum, I really like as well.
Oh, and Alicia Key’s stuff. I’ve been really impressed with this brand so far. So let me know if you want to see a whole brand review on that. But yes, you can watch some more skincare routines here, and some general light entertainment here, and I will see you over there.