chemicals: chemical exfoliants and Korean glass skin popular among young people | Bangalore News


Bengaluru: For Manisha Das, 22, skincare meant home remedies like turmeric and sandalwood masks until a few months ago. Today, she’s the go-to person for her friends on all things chemicals and a diet that promises (flawless) Korean glass skin.
“I did a lot of research and followed several Instagram influencers to understand the skincare game. I started my chemical skincare journey with Vitamin C Serum and progressed to the serums and chemical exfoliants,” says Das, a freelance interior designer.
During his journey, Das realized that not everything chemical is bad, and not all home remedies are always safe. “Like physical exfoliation with coffee, walnut shells or sugar leaves micro-tears on the skin and isn’t always good,” she explains.
Das is part of a growing tribe of young people who swear by herbal or natural solutions, don’t see “chemical” as a harmful word, and are open to experimenting with skincare trends. .
Every other day, Instagram seems to crack the code for cleansing skin, and its recent discovery is a seven-step routine for Korean glass skin and chemical exfoliators that promise flawless skin at home.
Arshiya T, a law student, started experimenting with chemical skin care during the pandemic. “I saved money by not splurging on makeup. I invested it in exfoliators, sunscreens and AHA, PHA and BHA serums. It improved my skin,” she says .
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) and PHA (Polyhydroxy Acid), the most commonly used chemical exfoliants, are believed to help slough off dead skin cells, fight skin damage sun and unclog pores.
“I grew up listening to how anything ‘chemical’ could hurt my skin and I have to stick to the basics like neem face wash and aloevera gel. But using the right ones chemicals help,” adds Arshiya.
Khadija Islam, a skin care blogger, says that specially formulated skin chemicals are good. “Some chemicals belong in the kitchen, whereas those like AHA, BHA and retinol are specifically for your skin,” she says, adding that AHA, BHA and niacinamide are chemicals that did wonders for her skin.
Islam says his audience is in their twenties and the most common question they get asked is how to layer chemicals.
Another popular trend among beauty-conscious people is intravenous infusions to deliver essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into the bloodstream, such as the Nutri Glow drip which claims to refresh the skin with an infusion of antioxidants, glutathione and vitamins to maintain its youth.
Dr. Mounica Vadlamudi, anesthesiologist, functional medicine, Happy Head, an exclusive IV clinic, explains that Nutri Glow, an “intravenous therapy for healthy skin”, helps maintain natural skin tone, fight free radical damage and helps in the synthesis of collagen. “We use high doses of glutathione, which is generally used for detoxification. So when you are healthier internally, your skin obviously shows the effect. This drip ensures healthy skin, hair and nails,” she says.
Dr. Mikki Singh, famed cosmetic dermatologist and head of the Bodycraft Clinic, claims that “not nasty”, “organic”, “all natural” are just marketing gimmicks. “Skincare routines are personalized and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution – especially with exfoliating chemicals like AHA and BHA, it’s best to consult a dermatologist. For absolute beginners, I would recommend starting with Vitamin C. Be sure to follow it up with SPF for impactful results,” she advises.
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