Have you ever looked at your bathroom counter and seen a cluttered mess of skincare products that you don’t use? Or maybe you use them, but you aren’t seeing any results! Whatever the case, it is so frustrating when you find yourself wasting time and money on skincare products that you don’t need. 

The truth is, having clutter around your skincare routine makes it harder for you to develop consistent skincare practices. If something isn’t necessary, it’s just creating clutter and overwhelm, and it may prevent you from actually using the products that are correct for your skin!

If you’re on social media, then you know just how many skincare trends are out there. Different people will swear by different products left and right. But it’s important to remember that just because something is “trendy” doesn’t mean that it’s good for you! 

There are so many products out there that sometimes, it’s difficult to separate the ones that are legitimately helping you from the stuff that just needs to be tossed in the garbage can. That’s why today on the Millennial Doc podcast, I am going to be sharing the three 2020 skincare trends that you don’t need to bring into 2021.

These products are Jade rollers (facial massagers), pore vacuums, and products that use “clean beauty” or “non-toxic” terminology. Today, I am going to share the truth behind each of these products with you and hopefully help you save some money in the process!

I hope this will help empower you to love your skin in an informed and economically friendly way. So let’s dive into it! 

#1: The Jade Roller


The first product that I want to talk about is the Jade roller, which is used for facial massages. Tribe, this is not something that you need to add to your morning skincare routine. There are so many morning routines that you need to do before getting out the door, and the addition of a Jade roller will just consume unnecessary time and space!

Sure, if you wake up in the morning and feel a little puffy, a Jade roller will possibly help stimulate faster lymphatic drainage than would normally occur biologically. But your body naturally has the ability to drain this lymph fluid all the time! 

Your face has numerous lymph node basins that collect your lymph and carry your white blood cells and the fluid away from your tissues and back to the central circulation of your body. So your body already naturally does what a Jade roller is supposed to do!

There’s no need to wake up and put a cold Jade roller on your face — a cold spoon would do the trick if you really want to do that. You don’t need to be spending money on a product that is attempting to do a task your body already performs very well. 

Additionally, there are some claims about Jade rollers that you should know are absolutely false. First of all is the claim that Jade rollers eliminate wrinkles — that’s just not true. Secondly, Jade rollers will not make your lips bigger, define your jawline, or increase collagen! And although you might see the temporary effect of your skin becoming a little pinker, this is just because of increased circulation. 

If you really want to stimulate collagen, the key is to have a consistent routine and use the correct products, while being careful not to use too many products. This includes wearing sunscreen daily on your face and sun-exposed areas to protect the collagen that you already have. Also, it’s important to use some type of retinoid at night. (I’ll do a future podcast episode about retinoids!) And if you want other ways to stimulate your collagen, you can always go to your dermatologist for other in-office laser treatments and micro-needling. 

To sum it up, if using a Jade roller feels like self-care to you, then go ahead and use it! But it’s important to be aware that it’s a temporary fix to a problem that your body already takes care of. And the last thing you need is to become so overwhelmed with unnecessary routines and products that you forget to do the things your skin really needs! 

So throw the Jade roller to the side because it doesn’t need to be a part of your 2021! The second thing that you should remove from your bathroom is the pore vacuum. 


#2: The Pore Vacuum 


Please trust me on this one — you really don’t need to bring the pore vacuum into your future skincare routine. These things are trending hard on social media, but what in the world are they? Are they really blackhead removers? Do they actually shrink your pores? These are the questions everyone is asking. 

The pore vacuum is a beauty tool that started in Korea. Its advertising claims that it sucks out dirt, debris, and oil, removing blackheads and shrinking pores. But does it really work? Not necessarily. 

Most of the time, this product cannot actually target blackheads, or what we dermatologists call “open comedones.” Instead, it’s going to remove the oily sebaceous filaments within the dilated pores on the nose. Traditional blackheads, like the open comedones seen in acne, actually need treatment such as manual extraction performed by a dermatologist or qualified esthetician or prescription medication like topical retinoids. 

In addition to not actually targeting blackheads, pore vacuums only provide temporary results. They have no proven long-term benefits. And sometimes, using them can have serious drawbacks! Although they are readily available at stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls, certain people definitely should not be using pore vacuums.

If you have sensitive skin, eczema, dry skin,  rosacea, or skin that is prone to bruising, you should definitely not use a pore vacuum. And if your skin is open or damaged, do not use this device on your face! Additionally, if you’re using products such as retinoids or beta or alpha hydroxy acids that might lead to skin sensitivities, you should definitely not be using a pore vacuum on your skin. 

If you still want to use this product, please make sure you adhere to the things I mentioned about who can use it and what products to avoid when you’re using it. Also, be careful to use it on the lowest setting and be very gentle when applying pressure. Finally, make sure to use it very infrequently — once every one or two weeks should be enough! 

Overall, the pore vacuum is not something that you need to bring into 2021. It does not prevent acne or even target blackheads, and it can be harmful to use under certain conditions! If you want to prevent acne, it is much better to focus on ingredients that actually fight acne such as retinoids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and others. 

So you can take the Jade roller and the pore vacuum and throw them in the side pile! There’s no need to bring them with you into the next year of mindful skincare. The final thing that you should get rid of in 2020 is any product that uses “clean beauty” or “non-toxic” terminology. 

#3: “Clean Beauty” Products


It seems like everywhere you look, skincare and makeup products are being labeled as “clean beauty” products. All of these products say “safe” or “non-toxic,” followed by a long list of ingredients that they are avoiding. 

I remember it was about two years ago when branding skincare products as “natural” became extremely popular. But what does this actually mean? And is there any evidence to support this “clean beauty” movement? 

The truth is, the terms “clean” and “natural” are not technically defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This means that these labels are completely open to interpretation by non-dermatologists, retailers, bloggers, and celebrities! The label of “clean skincare” is definitely not approved by board-certified dermatologists, and it can be interpreted differently depending on the seller of the product. 

So, it’s incredibly important to be careful and avoid buying a product simply because it is labeled as a “clean beauty” product. After all, just because something is natural does not necessarily entail that it is good for you! I’m all about eating whole, plant-based, clean food. But it’s not the same with skincare products. When it comes to a product that you put on your face, its identity as “clean and natural” does not necessarily make it okay! For example, think about poison ivy. It’s technically “natural,” but it’s not a bright idea to rub it all over your skin!

Tribe, it’s essential to understand that just because something is natural does not make it safe. And just because something has chemicals in it does not make it inherently unsafe. If you need to know what is safe, just ask your dermatologist! It’s much better to ask an informed provider than to trust an alluring word on a label. 

Personally, I keep things very simple when it comes to my skincare routine. In a later episode, I’m going to share my preparation, practices, products, and the process of how I maintain my results. But to keep it simple — I never buy a product simply because it is labeled “clean beauty.” My advice to you is to do the same, leaving the deceptive world of “clean beauty” behind in 2020. 


Take Charge of Your Skincare to Achieve Your Goals


Tribe, I hope it was helpful to hear about why you don’t need to bring these top three skincare trends into 2021! If you are here, I know you care about your skincare regimen and want to do what it takes to have healthy, glowing skin! So take the Jade roller, pore vacuum, and myths of clean beauty, and toss them in the trash bin! 

As you step into 2021, I want to empower you to reach your skin goals by getting rid of unnecessary products and finding the right skin essentials that work for you! So leave it to me to give you the skin tips that you need for 2021. I’m here for you, cheering you on to love your skin one day at a time. 

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