Why You Should Take Caution When Trying Weird Beauty Trends | Clozette


As beauty enthusiasts, it's normal to be interested with peculiar beauty trends. They inspire so many questions, but their charm never cease to entertain us. While some prove to be simple and fun like weird rainbow brows or nail art with hair, some border on being a safety hazard. And yes, we've got the receipts to prove them. 


Two people in New Mexico were diagnosed with HIV after getting "Vampire Facials" (also known as a platelet-rich plasma facial), a procedure where the person's own plasma is applied topically onto the face after micro-needling. The procedure made it into mainstream media after Kim Kardashian-West tried it on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in 2013. Now, we're not blaming Kimmy for the incident, but at 136 million followers, it was definitely inevitable that someone followed suit after seeing her try it.


Following the report of the incident, the New Mexico Health Department found that the needles used in the procedure done by VIP Spa (where both cases were traced back to) were the cause of the virus contamination. The spa has now been closed after the investigations were concluded. 


Medical procedures using syringe


If you think this is scary, many other trends today also follow the 'beauty is pain' maxim quite literally. We're talking about 'zombie injections' using cadaver fat for breast and butt implants, and even tanning salons that are the major cause of melanoma still thrive in today's beauty industry. 


With this, we can't help but look back at some of these trends that, at some point, also caught our fancy. If you're one who's thought of trying out a weird beauty trend that's causing some stir online, we've laid down some notes on taking caution. 


Think: how weird of a trend is it really? 


Women at the spa


Just like many other things, a person's concept of 'weirdness' is also subjective. However, we can set our baseline when it comes to beauty trends by simply asking some basic questions like: "is it invasive?", "does it make me question my safety?", and most especially, "is it backed up by actual science or is it just a fad?" If even a single question out of these three make you feel uncomfortable or unsure, best to think twice before getting a procedure done. 


Read the fine print


Fine print in contracts


Most procedures that require delicate methods often have documentation for legal purposes. And while most ensure their customers' safety, we can't help but also look at how the brand providing the service handles accountability and liability. This is where your keen eye comes in. Most of us tend to not read terms and conditions, as well as the fine print when jumping into things. But this isn't just something as simple as creating an email account or signing up for a newsletter — your health is potentially on the line.


This is why you should be warier in getting a procedure outside of hospitals and certified clinics. Read the waivers they ask you to sign or completely opt out if they don't hand you any document that explains the implications of your decision to get a procedure done. 



The internet is your friend


Girl researching on laptop


Cliché, we know. But you may as well use your moolah on something safe yet effective than expensive and totally dangerous so getting the right info on procedures is of utmost importance. A simple Google search may not suffice in today's age of fake news but what you can do is dissect the elements described by the procedure you're trying to get and research them separately. Taking vampire facials as an example, you can separately look up 'injected procedures', 'platelet/blood transfusion on skin rejuvenation', and 'health risks of blood transfusion' on the internet and come up with a conclusion from there. 'Better safe than sorry' may not be the most fun saying but it's definitely true. 


If it doesn't grow back, it's not worth risking


Girl with boldly dyed hair


Speaking of being safe than sorry, one thing to note when trying out these weird beauty trends is its restorative factor. Your brows, hair, and nails are great subjects for experimenting on as they grow back and can easily be remedied when dyed, cut or treated (not saying you should go 'daredevil' on them but you get the idea).


But when it comes to your skin, your face, and anything that messes with your body's natural system and contours, it's best to keep your weird trend curiosity at bay. Always remember: weird beauty trends are supposed to be fun, amusing, and refreshing. Risks such as cancer, HIV, and long-term organ damage are neither of those things. 


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Everyone loves a spa day. Part of self-care entails taking the time to step back from the flurry of daily life and using that time to unwind. But regular spa sessions can be a luxury we can't splurge on. And so we settle for the next best thing: spa skincare lines. No longer do we have to book a trip to that hotel or exotic location in order to avail of the stress-relieving services of the spa. Having some (or all) of these products in your arsenal will bring some of that calm-inducing quality into the comfort of your own home. Light a few candles, play some soft music, and indulge your senses in these spa skincare brands.


Bliss



Whoever said you can’t buy happiness needs to check out Bliss, which is used in various Bliss Spas in the US such as Bliss Soho and Bliss Hollywood, with brances in Barcelona, Doha, and Hong Kong. Their motto: to achieve a higher state of happy. And achieve it, indeed. One of their bestsellers, the Mint Chip Mania mask, is like an ice cream treat for your face with soothing aloe vera, purifying bentonite clay, moisturising shea butter "chips", and cooling peppermint extract. 


Caudalie



Caudalie is famous for its star ingredient: the humble grape. Having founded the first Vinotherapy spa right in the heart of the French wine region, Bordeaux, Caudalie harnesses the power of grape seed polyphenols, resveratrol, and viniferine to create youth-bringing products that stand the test of time. Their Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is a cult favourite for its powerful spot-lightening action using viniferine which is said to be 62 times more effective than vitamin C. 


Elemis



Combining skincare science with the chemistry of nature, Elemis is a leading luxury spa skincare brand founded and used at The House of Elemis in Mayfair, London. The brand uses biological actives to provide transformative results. Their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is a firming day cream which contains SPF and gives the skin a healthy lit-from-within glow. Queen of IG’s glowing skin makeup trends, Katie Jane Hughes, considers herself a fan.



Juice Beauty



This California-born skincare line was born out of a desire to create luxurious, organic formulations that perform well as your typical go-to beauty products. They're offered in various spas in the California area, particularly the Rancho La Puerta in Baja, but you can definitely get them and enjoy their benefits at home. Their bases are made of an antioxidant, vitamin-rich botanical juice making them potent workers in improving skin condition. Juice Beauty has since garnered multiple awards. 


Natura Bisse



“World’s Best Spa Brand” is quite a big claim but Natura Bisse is more than up for the challenge. Approved and recommended by the Forbes Travel Guide, this Barcelona brand that's present in so many locations, including The Village in the UK, is a pioneer in cosmetic research and innovation with its high-performing products. Its Diamond Glyco Extreme Peel is a home version of a diamond peel that instantly lifts and brightens skin in 15 minutes.



Omorovicza



Founded in the spa capital, Budapest, Omorovicza's products are created in a Nobel Prize-winning lab. Its formulas are infused with the capital’s renowned thermal spring water, known for its restorative properties and mineral-rich black mud that deeply cleanses and purifies. Can't visit the main Omorovicza Boutique & Spa branch in Hungary? Take home its award-winning Queen of Hungary Mist. It's a purifying and hydrating neroli and rose-scented facial mist inspired by the world’s first perfume for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary to indulge in.


(Cover photo from: @bliss)

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Stuck in a beauty rut? Be bold and switch up your makeup by playing with vivid colours. Take it from these ladies from the Clozette Community to show you how you can put together a brand new look with the untouched shades from your palette.

 


Smokey Shimmer


Woman with shimmery smokey eye look

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