Can you trust the advice of online beauty experts and ‘skinfluencers' who offer tips and tutorials ... and push skincare products?

Asia's Tech News Daily

“skinfluencers”, fragrances

Whether you have dry, scaly skin or a spot that’s festering, you can find an answer for every skin concern online.

A host of “skinfluencers” are offering to help – and may suggest a product, too. Millions of people, unhappy with their skin, watch tutorials and advice videos online – even though very few of the influencers have any specialist training.

American actress Madelaine Petsch, 27, revealed her morning skin routine in a video for Vogue watched 8.6 million times on YouTube by July. It includes 38 steps.

“I like to take my time. If that means I have to take two extra hours in the morning, I’m gonna do it,” she says.

Skinfluencers’ work online goes beyond how-to videos. Stars and celebrities tell their fans about “good” and “bad” ingredients, how environmentally friendly they are, and which companies are involved in testing on animals.

Their popularity suggests they are meeting a need. US YouTube channel skincarebyhyram had 4.6 million subscribers in early July.

Berlin-based dermatologist and author Yael Adler is critical, however. “It is good and important to deal with ingredients. People should become more mature about that,” she says, but “skinfluencers” often lack medical training, an understanding of skin physiology and “real professional expertise”.

Adler says anyone who recommends a skincare routine often wants to persuade people to buy something. “There is often a commercial interest.”

In her private practice in the German capital, Adler – who also has her own Instagram channel – gives patients individual advice, but she draws the line at making general product recommendations in public.

“As a doctor, I’m not allowed to do that. And you can’t give blanket product recommendations,” Adler says. In general, her advice is to avoid fragrances and alkaline soaps but not sunscreen.

Many influencers are eager to point out that while they may lack medical training, their knowledge is based on scientific insights.

And they advise anyone with a serious skin problem to head to a dermatologist, they say.

Shenja Cerzo is a trained chemist and the influencer who runs the inci.pedia channel. But she sees herself more as an adviser. “What we really need is more transparency and education, and for education to get more reach,” she says.

People are “literally drowning in the mass of products that are on the market”, she says. “But if you get the tools and understand what’s behind the ingredients, you’re more likely to know what you need.”

For Shenja, skincare started out as a hobby. Struggling with some skin problems herself, she bought lots of books and studied the ingredients in different products, and kept up with the latest science.

“skinfluencers”, fragrances

Skinfluencer Shenja Cerzo is a trained chemist and the influencer who runs the inci.pedia channel.

She is now self-employed and has her own line of skincare products. “I haven’t become rich with it yet,” Shenja says. She doesn’t promise her customers a panacea in a jar, so people’s expectations are not so high. “I don’t promote my products intensively, but I have a lot of regular customers.”

Consumer experts see positive and negative aspects in the slew of skinfluencers around. According to Daniela Hubloher, a medical expert at a consumer advice centre, it is also good news that consumers test products and then recommend them to others based on their experience, making shoppers less dependent on conventional advertising.

That’s exactly where Shenja sees her role. She says people should be sceptical about what they read on the front of any product’s packaging. “It’s only advertising for the product – what’s really interesting is the back.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

UN agency pushes global AI ethics norm that bans use of the technology for social scoring, mass surveillance purposes

The world’s first international ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence, which ban the technology’s use for “social scoring or mass surveillance purposes”, have been adopted by a United Nations specialised agency ... Read more »

US-China tech war: Beijing draws up three-year plan to revamp state technology system

China’s top leadership has approved a three-year plan to revamp its state science and technology system amid intensifying rivalry with the United States, zeroing in on technology as the key ... Read more »

China tech crackdown: Tencent's app update suspension seen as a shot across the bows of other app developers

China’s move to suspend internet giant Tencent Holdings from upgrading apps or launching new ones is a warning to all tech firms in the country that Beijing means business when ... Read more »

As Gucci arrives at ASDA, how it became one of the world's most recognised fashion brands

Gucci items will be sold for as little as £25 – Getty Images There will be something of a fashion treasure hunt to play around the UK this Friday 26 ... Read more »

SFC boss does not see strict quarantine rules hurting Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre

The head of Hong Kong’s securities watchdog categorically defended the government’s restrictive quarantine policy, saying that it will not affect the city’s status as a global finance hub. “There will ... Read more »

Alessandro Michele named Trailblazer at this year's Fashion Awards

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison – Getty Images Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele will take home the Trailblazer Award at the 2021 Fashion Awards, which takes place on Monday night. The ... Read more »

Food Made Good awards celebrate trailblazers for sustainability in the Hong Kong restaurant industry

Hong Kong chefs, restaurant owners and suppliers came together this week to dish out the city’s only food and beverage awards dedicated to sustainability. The awards, which are in their ... Read more »

Zenith's New Double Tourbillon Is a Thing of Rare Beauty

Photo credit: Courtesy While we are big fans, at Esquire, of the affordable daily beater, sometimes, at the other end of the watch market, pie-in-the-sky, what-if notions of splendour can’t ... Read more »

When K-pop gets sexy and sheds its cute image: from Monsta X to Taemin and NCT 127, 11 songs and videos that don't hold back

In early November a K-pop fan account posted video of K-pop quartet Brown Eyed Girls performing their song Warm Hole in 2015. The song, which is overtly sexual, went viral ... Read more »

Metaverse and NFT gain traction in China despite Beijing's wariness, as media firm 36kr issues ‘digital collectibles'

Chinese media firm 36kr Holdings gave away 1,124 metaverse-themed digital collectibles at a conference in Shenzhen on Wednesday, in the latest sign of growing interest in digital assets in China ... Read more »

Park Shin-hye and Choi Tae-joon are getting married and having a baby! Everything you need to know about the K-drama couple's famously private relationship

Guess what, K-drama fans – another A-list Korean couple, Choi Tae-joon and Park Shin-hye, will soon tie the knot! The duo’s respective agencies announced on November 23 that the couple ... Read more »

TikTok's Frozen Beauty Blender Hack Made My Pores Disappear

Welcome to Beauty In A Tik, where each week we put TikTok’s viral beauty hacks and innovative trends to the test. As we head into party season, TikTok’s makeup hacks ... Read more »

Baidu, Pony AI granted China's first licences to charge passengers for self-driving taxis in Beijing

Two operators including Chinese internet search giant Baidu have been given the green light to start charging passengers to use their autonomous taxis in Beijing. Baidu and Pony AI became ... Read more »

Evolutionary biologist says having children in Korea today is a 'stupid' choice

A screenshot from the YouTube channel of Choi Jae-chun, a professor of animal behavior and ecology in the College of Natural Sciences at Ewha Womans University, shows him talking about ... Read more »

How a little Texas town snagged a US$17 billion Samsung chip factory deal

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell is the first to admit few people had heard of his small town of Taylor in Central Texas before South Korean conglomerate Samsung announced it ... Read more »

Hong Kong benchmark trades near seven-week low as regulatory jitters resurface following Tencent action

Hong Kong stocks fell on Thursday morning with the benchmark hovering around a seven-week low, as concerns lingered about China’s regulatory crackdown that has crippled industries ranging from technology and ... Read more »

Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda says not getting ‘into the business of making cars' even as it deepens automobiles sector foray with new joint venture

Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is expanding its foray into the automobiles sector with the formation of a joint venture that will offer car services such as sales and parking. ... Read more »

Vogue editor says thin fashion models do, in fact, eat

British “Vogue” editor-in-chief Edward Enninful explained size inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images The fashion industry may be changing its ways, but there’s still a ... Read more »

Qupital wants to finance more Chinese cross-border e-commerce merchants by tapping Hong Kong's capital market

China’s cross-border e-commerce merchants are largely underfunded despite Beijing’s push to boost the industry, according to Hong Kong-based lending start-up Qupital, which is hoping that its access to the city’s ... Read more »

12 more Chinese companies are placed on US export blacklist

The US government added a dozen more Chinese firms to its export blacklist on Wednesday, the latest move from Washington to crack down on American business ties to China’s hi-tech ... Read more »

Did Adele lose weight by doing the Sirtfood diet and does it work? British singer has shed 45kg

Singing sensation Adele released her album 30 on November 19, her first in six years, winning over critics and fans alike. In it, she tackles her divorce and discusses motherhood ... Read more »

Chinese developer Kaisa lurches closer to default after missing loan repayments, mulls debt exchange

Kaisa Group Holdings is preparing investors for another round of stock and junk bond sell-offs as the distressed Chinese developer signals a debt exchange plan to fend off creditors. The ... Read more »

Cult Perth swimwear brand Loleia channels 80s and 90s supermodel vibes

When Kanye West infamously tweeted back in 2018 that he’d split from his team because he “can’t be managed”, Leia Perini was one of the young creatives taking note. “I’ve ... Read more »

Best Black Friday clothing deals 2021: Top offers on fashion, jewellery and shoes

(Black Friday) The return to our BC (before Covid) “normal” social calendars have been somewhat of a shock to the system. From almost excessive inactivity constrained to the virtual realms ... Read more »

Olaf Scholz has copied Angela Merkel down to her 'finger-diamond' pose - but can he fill her shoes?

Olaf Scholz Olaf Scholz took the idea of selling himself to Germany as the new Angela Merkel so seriously he had himself photographed in her trademark pose, both hands together ... Read more »

US-China tech war: Beijing calls on Washington to stop further dialogue with Taipei on supply chain resilience, semiconductors

China has urged the United States to stop further official contacts with Taiwanese officials, after representatives from Washington and Taipei held their second annual economic dialogue earlier this week. The ... Read more »

China's video gaming control to get as strict as censorship of films and TV shows, game publisher founder says

China’s tightened regulation of video gaming content is going to be as harsh as its control of films and television shows, according to an executive at a major Chinese game ... Read more »

Huawei, banned from the US, teases consumers with Black Friday 100 per cent discount offer

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co has teased American consumers with a “100 per cent off” Black Friday discount on its phones in the US, a market it is banned ... Read more »

K-pop group Purple Kiss' label says sorry for Nazi symbol one member wore in a promotional photo

South Korean music label RBW, to which K-pop girl group Purple Kiss belong, has issued an apology after a member of the group was seen wearing a Nazi symbol in ... Read more »

London's best beauty and wellness pop-ups for Christmas shopping

(House of Eldridge) It’s beginning to look a lot like…OK we’ll spare you the cheesy opening line but December is creeping up, meaning we can now officially get away with ... Read more »

Morgan Stanley to reimburse Hong Kong staff up to US$5,100 for quarantine stays

Morgan Stanley plans to reimburse its staff in Hong Kong up to HK$40,000 (US$5,100) for quarantine stays when returning to the city, the latest financial services firm to try to ... Read more »

China's tech crackdown: live-streaming e-commerce stars get a reality check from the taxman

The recent move by authorities in Hangzhou, China’s eastern e-commerce hub, to name and shame two popular online influencers for tax evasion and then slap both with hefty fines sent ... Read more »

China suspends Tencent from updating existing apps or launching new apps -report

China has suspended Tencent Holdings from updating its existing apps or launching any new apps as part of a “temporary administrative guidance” against the tech giant, Chinese media outlets including ... Read more »

K-drama Now, We Are Breaking Up: Song Hye-kyo returns in tawdry romantic melodrama

This article contains spoilers. Descendants of the Sun star Song Hye-kyo returns to our screens in Now, We Are Breaking Up, a classic K-drama set-up. She portrays a career-driven designer ... Read more »

How cosmetic skin doctor to Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and other Hollywood stars makes his clients look perfect

Every so often, Simon Ourian braces himself for an onslaught of super-wealthy people in search of aesthetic perfection – like the private jet-load of patients from China who flew into ... Read more »

Tesla raises the prices of its China-made Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles, reversing course on two years of discounts amid shortage of automotive chips and parts

Tesla raised the price of its entry-model electric car for the second time in five days, and marked up its sports-utility vehicle, as a global shortage of automotive chips forced ... Read more »

Beijing lectures Alibaba, Baidu cloud units over fraudulent websites amid internet clean-up campaigns

Chinese authorities have summoned and criticised the cloud computing units of technology giants Alibaba Group Holding and Baidu for allowing access to fraudulent websites amid Beijing’s campaign to clean up ... Read more »

Hong Kong prices first yuan-denominated green bonds, raising US$783 million, in boost for sustainable finance credentials

Hong Kong has priced its first yuan-denominated green bonds, raising 5 billion yuan (US$783 million) just days after selling its first euro-denominated green offering as the city seeks to position ... Read more »

Architect designs shared spaces to grow concept of 'village'

Architect Lee Jun-hyung, leader of The Project HUAM, which creates expansive shared spaces in Huam-dong, an area in Seoul’s Yongsan District, poses in front of a townhouse space, which houses ... Read more »

K-drama stars' most epic wedding dresses: Song Hye-kyo looked stunning in custom Christian Dior, Ko So-young donned Oscar de la Renta and Jun Ji-hyun picked two luxury gowns

For many brides, one of the most exciting aspects of their big day – besides saying “I do”, of course – is getting to don a gorgeous wedding gown. And ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic