Jeanne
Jeanne
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Normal/Sensitive/Dry Skin
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London, UK
Question
What products do you think is a result of a "marketing"-driven skincare culture? Things that aren't necessary, but we're conditioned to want.
Question
What products do you think is a result of a "marketing"-driven skincare culture? Things that aren't necessary, but we're conditioned to want.
    Commented 11 months ago
    Tbh, most of it! People didn't use a bajillion products on their faces 100 years ago lol. We don't need most of it, but I'm not sure if I'd be happier without the products I use. 😂
    Commented 11 months ago
    lots of clean & clear and st. ives scrubs. teenage me trying to figure out acne was NOT a pretty sight.
    Commented 11 months ago
    Anything "greeen" and "100% chemical free".... No thanks!!
    Commented 11 months ago
    I think there are a lot of "gimmicky" ingredients... like I remember when Starfish was a "hot" ingredient and it's like, how?! and why?!
    Commented 11 months ago
    Whaaaat? No please...
    Commented 11 months ago
    OMG. Do I even WANT TO KNOW how starfish is incorporated in skincare? ew.
    Commented 11 months ago
    i'd watch an exposé documentary about this lol
    Commented 11 months ago
    - definitely sheet masks - definitely sleeping masks - definitely splash toners (remember when that was a thing??)
    Commented 11 months ago
    I think only three things are necessary: cleanse, moisturize, spf. Everything else is not necessary.
    Commented 11 months ago
    Ugh, I think a lot of skincare is probably marketing driven. First, the sheer number of brands out there is like 🤯. I have no idea how it's possible to have so many brands out there! I think things like "10-step skincare routine" are largely marketing driven, like show me a woman who can afford to spend an hour doing her skincare routine with resting time in between on a regular basis!
    Commented 11 months ago
    I've been told by my derm that toners aren't really necessary to achieve good skin. In fact, some toners can actually cause more irritation to the skin due to essential oils & alcohol... but it's all dependent on how your skin individually reacts to it, of course. To me, skincare isn't just a purely utilitarian thing. I really enjoy it and think of it as a hobby, so I do lean into the "marketing" aspects somewhat to guide my purchases and interests. I think it also depends on your outlook and approach!
    Commented 11 months ago
    Sheet masks! They're unnecessary and environmentally unsound. It's totally fine and better to just use serums, IMO.
    Commented 11 months ago
    Yes! I've used about 2 in my life and never got the point & felt SO wasteful.
    Commented 11 months ago
    oh, for sure. the thing is that the sheet mask serums also have a "stickier" consistency which I don't really enjoy...
    Commented 11 months ago
    thats true. The formulations feel very sticky and often does not absorb into the skin very well. Meh.
    Commented 11 months ago
    Hmm, I agree with you. Face masks? I don't think double cleansing is necessary either unless you wear make-up. Exfoliating cleansers seem a bit pointless too, considering you wash t off so soon.
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    Commented 11 months ago
    Background: I have a background in marketing, so that's why I ask. I don't think that we need 10-steps and bajillion products but we've been told we need so much go keep our skin happy! Personally, I was "skincare fatigued" when I adopted alll the products they say we need. I've since pared down significantly to 3-4 products and my skin (& wallet lol) is happier 🙂 So my answer: you don't technically need an essence or a sleeping face mask...