These are the most searched beauty questions in 2023 on Google

The interest in skincare and self-care has never been as widespread as it was last year. According to the most searched beauty questions on Google, as compiled by Stylist UK, 2023 was the year beauty enthusiasts truly embraced the art of caring for their skin.

From inquiries about the latest trending active ingredients to queries about oils promising clearer skin, skincare aficionados were eager to delve into the latest skincare trends. Here are five questions that captured our attention, along with our expert answers.

What is the purpose of a retinol serum?

Retinol holds a coveted spot as an active ingredient in anti-aging skincare. Derived from vitamin A, it’s renowned for its effectiveness in combating signs of ageing. Embraced particularly in serums, retinol stimulates collagen synthesis, thereby reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

However, its potency necessitates careful use. Experts advise starting with once or twice-weekly application, gradually incorporating it into the skincare routine, strictly at night. Because of its potential to sensitise the skin to sunlight, it’s highly recommended to apply sunscreen the following morning.

Can we permanently get rid of stretch marks?

Despite being a natural occurrence affecting approximately 90% of women, stretch marks remain a concern for many. To understand them better, stretch marks result from the abrupt or rapid stretching of the skin, leading to the rupture of elastic fibres. While newer marks appear red or purple, untreated older ones turn white.

The red and purple marks, being more responsive, can be treated with laser therapy administered by a professional. However, eliminating the white marks proves more challenging. Treatments such as laser or radiofrequency exist, yet complete and permanent removal isn’t guaranteed. Prioritising prevention by daily application of moisturising cream to the body is advisable.

How does tea tree essential oil work on the skin?

Renowned for its blemish-fighting prowess, tea tree essential oil serves as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent, making it a trusted ally for acne-prone skin.

It also alleviates itching, and discomfort associated with acne, psoriasis, herpes, or eczema. Application is recommended either directly with a cotton swab or diluted in a moisturiser. Caution is advised, as it may cause irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals. Performing a sensitivity test on a small patch of skin beforehand is advisable.

When should a facial cleanser be used?

Regardless of makeup application, regular facial cleansing is vital for maintaining healthy skin. Typically, following makeup removal, cleansing ensures the removal of all impurities not addressed by makeup remover alone. Recommendations vary, with some specialists advocating for once-daily cleansing, preferably in the evening. Others suggest twice-daily cleansing, especially for oily skin types. For dry and sensitive skin, opting for plain water or floral water in the morning is ideal.

The key is to respect the skin’s natural balance by selecting a suitable cleanser tailored to its needs. Contrary to popular belief, harsh cleansers do not effectively cleanse acne-prone or oily skin. Instead, they may lead to redness, dryness, or breakouts. Visible pores not only detract from aesthetics but also signal underlying skin issues.

How to reduce pore size?

Fortunately, effective solutions exist to address this concern. Daily facial cleansing, weekly exfoliation with fruit acids, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle all contribute to minimising pores. Additionally, scheduling monthly deep skin treatments like the HydraFacial or an annual peel can aid in reducing pore visibility.

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire France
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Writer


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