There are plenty of social media hacks on social media, some of which work and others that don’t. Here are the ones to try and avoid doing the rounds on TikTok.

Beauty and skincare trends have always come and gone. But now, with the advancements in technology and social media, they have more reach than ever before. And this doesn’t just go for the useful tips, but for the questionable, and even dangerous, ones too. TikTok is a platform that has boomed in popularity over the last few years and has an established skincare community. But not all of the advice that is shared is sound or professionally endorsed.

Curious about these viral skincare trends and want to give some a go? Here are three to try and three to avoid that have been taking TikTok by storm.

Try these

Using ice for glowing skin. It might seem too simple and cost-effective but, surprisingly, ice can give your skin a gorgeous glow. This is because it increases blood flow and circulation while also tightening your pores for a flawless, rosy-cheeked complexion.

Hydrocolloid bandages. They have been gaining popularity in acne-busting circles to cover up and remove liquid from pimples. If not used too frequently, applying one of these patches onto clean skin can help to keep germs away from healing blemishes.

@kennnamanley Would definitely recommend!! #fyp #foryoupage #hydrocolloidbandages #hydrocolloid #skincare ♬ Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins

Teabags to target puffy eyes. While they might not be quite as Instagrammable as cucumber splices, this hack actually works! Apply cooled-down caffeinated teabags to your eyes for 15 to 30 minutes to constrict blood vessels and extra add hydration.

Avoid these

Sunscreen contouring. Some people on TikTok are applying sunscreen only to certain parts of their faces to create a natural contour by tanning. This is incredibly dangerous, as sunscreen needs to be applied, and reapplied, to the face and exposed parts of the body to prevent skin cancer.

Shaving with sandpaper. Yes, there are some people on social media who claim that switching their razors for sandpaper makes for an easier, smoother shave. This, however, can do incredible damage to your skin and severely compromise your skin’s protective barrier.


@jules49of New way to shave my legs! Thanks #accountantsoftiktok #lifehack #shaving #softskin #hairremoval #tryingnewthings #saywhat #noway ♬ original sound – Jules

Peel-off face masks. They might seem really satisfying. But even though they look good online, they are damaging to your skin and can be painful to remove. Instead, use ingredients known for their pore-clearing abilities, such as salicylic acid and retinoids.