TikTok Skincare Trends

From slugging face masks, face taping to DIY cleansers, Tiktok has influenced one too many skincare trends in 2022. While some viral videos educate users to try out new methods for healthy skin, it is important to recognize that they aren’t all professionally-backed. 


Many skincare trends that go viral on TikTok aren't necessarily effective nor recommended by professionals, and can even damage the skin. Not to mention the unnecessary plastic waste some of these trends also create!


We decided to break down a few of these trends and weigh in on whether or not they have any professional value. Read on below to find out!




“Glass skin” is a Korean skin ideal that originated within the K-beauty scene. It depicts a complexion that's smooth, clear, flawless and resembles, well…glass. 


While healthy, dewy, clean and baby-soft does exist, we aren’t all about unrealistic ideals. It’s important to remember that pores exist, wrinkles exist, blemishes can appear and these are all normal parts of having human skin! And most importantly, doesn’t make anyone less or more beautiful, smart, creative, or kind.


Let’s not forget, achieving glass skin will also take more than a three-step rapid skincare routine. It’s more than a few trendy steps; implies a healthy lifestyle, professional products, knowledge, and patience!




This trend isn’t entirely crazy as it's based on color theory. Pink and red tones cancel out the purplish-black pigment under the eye, therefore concealing dark circles. So if you've run out of colour corrector, a lipstick can technically do the trick.


We would still advise the use of professional-grade makeup and concealers—such as the Jane Irendale Enlighten Plus™ Under-Eye Concealer—to avoid any skin damage or bacteria spreading from the lipstick to your eye area.




Pore vacuums are small, handheld devices that can be used at home. They “suck” oil and dirt out of the skin, claiming to deep-clean the skin. 


While they may seem like a satisfying purchase (just like OTC pore strips), most skin professionals won't recommend the device. Pore vacuums won't prevent sebum or acne, and their force can cause skin damage or broken capillaries. Nothing can match the extractions of a professional facial!




Hydrocolloid patches (AKA pimple patches) were all the rage this year after people online started using blister bandages as a way to reduce the appearance of whiteheads. 


Brands then started to sell pimple patches, which create a protective barrier around the blemish in order to reduce bacterial contamination and prevent scratching. The patches also create a moist environment to promote healing and suck up fluid.


Though the patches can stop people from picking at their pimples (which is great), they don't really prevent nor treat acne the same way professional products do. Also, the bandages themselves aren’t really reusable, so they create extra waste. Not worth it!




Ice rolling implies applying ice (a frozen ice roller) over the face. This practice boosts circulation by bringing blood to the skin’s surface as well as helping to reduce puffiness and redness, much like an ice-pack can reduce swelling and bruising.


Are we here for it? Sure! In most cases, icing your face is safe. We would only caution against it if you have super sensitive or highly reactive skin or an existing condition, such as rosacea. Is it essential to healthy skin? Not really…


On that note, make sure to always do your research or check with a skincare professional before adopting a Tiktok skincare practice. We’re always here to help!


Until next time,


The BSE Team


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