3 Viral Skin Care Products to Never Put on Your Face

3 Viral Skin Care Products to Never Put on Your Face

The World Wide Web is a vast and wondrous place, equally full of opinions you never asked for and advice you never knew you needed. Stradling that line? The millions upon hundreds of millions of Google search results for “products to never put on your face.”

As we are talking about the internet here, conflicting opinions are to be expected. One person swears by a certain exfoliator, while another swears it ruined their skin. However, almost everyone on the internet seems to agree that these seven products are the ones to avoid.

1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub

What’s missing from the fine print:

Has there ever been a fall from grace as far and as forceful as that of the iconic St. Ives Apricot Scrub? We think not.

The grainy exfoliator was a cult-favorite for years back in the day… until consumers caught onto the fact that it was hurting their skin more than helping it.

In 2016, a lawsuit was filed against St. Ives and its parent company, Unilever, claiming that the crushed walnut particles the product relied on for exfoliation actually caused microtears in the skin, leading to infection and overall irritation.

(Studies have shownTrusted Source that fruit pits, which are structurally similar to walnuts, are too abrasive for delicate facial skin — particularly when it comes to acne treatments.)

2. Clarisonic Face Brush

What’s missing from the fine print:

The dangers of over-exfoliating are real, and dermatologists say that at most, you should be exfoliating one to two times per week.

Any more than that could cause major irritation… which is precisely what happened to more than a few former fans of the Clarisonic Face Brush.

First thing’s first: The Clarisonic Face Brush is considered a “sonic cleanser” and not an exfoliator. However, since it’s equipped with fairly firm bristles that vibrate to cleanse the skin, some exfoliation is indeed happening there.

If you bust out the Clarisonic morning and night, as many users do for that “deep clean” feeling, it’s possible it can lead to irritation. In 2012, one YouTube vlogger went so far as to call his Clarisonic experience “six weeks from hell.” Not long after, the internet banded together to cancel Clarisonic.

3. Face wipes

What’s missing from the fine print:

Face wipes have long been hailed as the ultimate lazy-girl hack. Magazines love to tell you to keep a pack by the side of your bed for easy makeup removal, or store them in the center console of your car for on-the-go emergencies. But unfortunately, getting a good cleanse isn’t that easy.

Used daily, makeup remover wipes can actually cause friction and even tear the skin. Plus, since they’re dampened, a lot of alcohol and preservatives are required to keep the wipes from molding (gross, but true) — neither of which are great for sensitive skin.

On top of that, wet wipes — from face to bum — are said to be a huge pollution to the planet. They’re mostly made from polyester, polypropylene, cotton, rayonTrusted Source, and more, which won’t decompose quickly.

If you’re using a wipe every night (and more), that’s a lot of non-biodegradable blockage happening.


1. Sodium lauryl sulfate

Found in: shampoo, body wash, foundation, face wash, mouthwash and toothpaste

SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin. Opt for a natural shampoo and try making your own chemical-free bodywash and toothpaste

2. BHA

Found in: exfoliants, perfume

The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. Opt for a BHA and phthalate-free perfume.

3. Triclosan and triclocarban

Found in: toothpaste, deodorant, antibacterial soap

Triclosan was all the rage as antibacterial products became ubiquitous in the 1990s. Even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 ruled that manufacturers using it had to demonstrate that there were no long-term detrimental effects. Triclosan (in liquid products) and triclocarban (in bar soaps) have been linked to hormonal disruptions, bacterial resistance, impaired muscle function, impaired immune function and increased allergies. Instead, use naturally antibacterial and antiseptic agents like tea tree oil.

4. Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar)

Found in: hair dye, shampoo

Coal tar, a byproduct of coal processing, is a known human carcinogen, according to the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Hair stylists and other professionals are exposed to these chemicals in hair dye almost daily. Europe has banned many of these ingredients in hair dyes. While FDA sanctions coal tar in specialty products such as dandruff and psoriasis shampoos, the long-term safety of these products has not been demonstrated.

Worst Fashion Trends

Worst Fashion Trends

If you follow fashion, you know one thing for certain: The stuff that comes straight off the runway can look kooky on the average Joe and Jane. Now, that’s not to say you shouldn’t ever try anything new—especially if you’re a bit adventurous on the sartorial front—but the fact remains that not all looks that are popular in the fashion world are winners. And no year has that ever been more true than 2018.

From ostentatious patterns and colors to ill-advised past-decade throwbacks (mostly from the ’90s), 2018 was loaded with fashion pitfalls. Here are all the styles from the past year that need to go the way of the dodo—like, yesterday.

1. Chunky Dad Sneakers

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The world’s ugliest sneakers became fashion’s hottest footwear this year. But like a lot of other eye-catching fashion trends, this one is already on its way out. Opt for cleaner, more classic sneaker silhouettes for an athleisure look that will never go out of style.

2.Tiny Sunglasses

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“Tiny Matrix-inspired sunglasses are a nostalgic trend that came back strong in 2018,” says Colleen Babul, stylist operations manager for Snap+Style Business. “This is a trend that I am happy to leave behind. This trend only looks good on a small percentage of people, so unless you have the bone structure of Bella Hadid, I would stick to a shape that complements your face.”

3. Tracksuits

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To go along with your bulbous sneakers, why not pick up a lounge-friendly tracksuit? If you want to look like an out-of-touch suburban dad, this is your look. Otherwise, skip it.

4 Logo Overload

woman wearing all gucci at milan fashion week

Graphic tees, handbags, sweatshirts, and more with designer logos are back in a big way, but not all fashion experts are fans of this flashy look. Take the logo handbag, for example: “If you are carrying it, don’t you own it?” asks Helena Apothaker, store director at Decades.

5. Cold Shoulder Sleeves

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File this under: Trends that won’t die. Cold shoulders felt fresh and modern when they were brought back into the popular fold a couple of years ago. But now? They’re just outstaying their welcome.

6. Clear Shoes and Handbags

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This trend found its origins on the runway, but outside fashion editorials and celebrity Instagram posts, it just looks, well, cheap.

7. Majorly Oversized Clothes

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The Death of Clothing

The apparel industry has a big problem. At a time when the economy is growing, unemployment is low, wages are rebounding and consumers are eager to buy, Americans are spending less and less on clothing.

The woes of retailers are often blamed on Amazon.com Inc. and its vise grip on e-commerce shoppers. Consumers glued to their phones would rather browse online instead of venturing out to their local malls, and that’s crushed sales and hastened the bankruptcies of brick-and-mortar stalwarts from American Apparel to Wet Seal.

But that’s not the whole story. The apparel industry seems to have no solution to the dwindling dollars Americans devote to their closets. Many upstarts promising to revolutionize the industry drift away with barely a whimper. Who needs fashion these days when you can express yourself through social media? Why buy that pricey new dress when you could fund a weekend getaway instead?

Apparel has simply lost its appeal. And there doesn’t seem to be a savior in sight. As a result, more and more apparel companies—from big-name department stores to trendy online startups—are folding.

Sources: 2016 Consumer Expenditures Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The ingredients for this demise have been brewing for decades. In 1977, clothing accounted for 6.2 percent of U.S. household spending, according to government statistics. Four decades later, it’s plummeted to half that.

Apparel is being displaced by travel, eating out and activities—what’s routinely lumped together as “experiences”—which have grown to 18 percent of purchases. Technology alone, including data charges and media content, accounts for 3.4 percent of spending. That now tops all clothing and footwear expenditures.

Several reasons are behind this shift. Some are beyond the control of apparel companies, as societal changes drove different shopping behavior. But missteps by these companies along the way have hastened the death of clothing.

No one needs to buy a separate work wardrobe anymore.

It used to be that office workers needed suits and ties or pleated pants, long skirts and heels to get through the week. By the early 1990s, that seemed to change. The genesis is debatable, but many chalk it up to tech firms in Silicon Valley pushing a business-casual look dominated by khakis. That trickled into other industries, as casual Fridays became common. Now, office apparel is just as casual on Monday as on Friday for many workers.

Over the past five years, there has been a 10 percentage point spike in employers that permit casual dress any day of the week. The upshot of this is that Americans increasingly need just one wardrobe, because there is so little differentiation between what people wear to work and on the weekends.