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People Are Sharing Skincare And Beauty Trends That Should Basically Be Outlawed And I Really Want To Know If You Agree

"In the community and in marketing we definitely need to change the way we speak about aging and our obsession with preventing it at all costs."

When Reddit user u/FundamentalTruths asked beauty lovers what "2021 skincare trends to leave behind?" the comments about skincare, beauty standards, and aging drove some really great, thought-provoking conversations.

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From the sounds of it, the skincare trends listed in this Reddit thread are ones that people think should be completely banished, and I'd love to hear if you agree, disagree, or fall somewhere in between.

Here are some of the responses from the thread — feel free to vote in the poll what your thoughts are on each one.

1. Photoshopped or retouched skincare photos and videos.

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"I think when you’re older, you’re perhaps a bit more aware of the intricacies of the industry and how they’ll edit photos, videos, and ads to make a product look better than it is, or to sell a product.

But there’s a lot of people that don’t understand that and those who would genuinely think that the product in itself is doing that. And nowadays it’s not even just companies. Influencers and celebrities do the same thing, and it’s irritating."

—u/Aqsaaa99

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2. The obsession with aging.

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"In the community and in marketing we definitely need to change the way we speak about aging and our obsession with preventing it at all costs.

Aging is inevitable, but losing your beauty is not. We need to change the way we think about older women's appearances and celebrate them in the same way many men are praised for getting better and better as they age."

—u/silverplume

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3. Multi-step skincare routines.

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"Leave behind people saying, 'I've just bought these 30 products; can anybody tell me how to use them?'"

—u/heels_on_pebbles

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4. Cosmetic procedures.

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"Things like PDO threads, different laser procedures, fillers and injectables, body sculpting procedures (non-invasive things), peels, cellulite procedures, booty sculpting, etc."

—u/gymmama

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5. The obsession with clean beauty.

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"And the constant fear-mongering and false claims behind it. Let's embrace a more balanced approach."

—u/ClaraMayhem

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6. Overhyped ingredients being in every skincare product.

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"Leave behind the obsession with mediocre, overhyped ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Does it really need to be in every product?"

—u/Juleslovescats

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7. Preventative Botox and filler.

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8. Beauty subscription boxes.

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"We need to quit them. The plastic waste generation is unacceptable." 

—u/bareLUXE

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9. Face massages that are supposed to sculpt the face.

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"Didn't suit me. I expected more results."

—u/LenaBeauty18·

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10. An occasional breakout being classified as acne.

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"You don't 'get acne occasionally.' You either have it or you are simply having a breakout. It's really frustrating when you have experienced severe acne to see people use the word so flippantly."

—u/gainsbourgisgod

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