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Sassé Saturday - tips on skincare to avoid

While Halloween may be over, Spa Sassé has some tips to share on the spookiest skincare to avoid. These products listed are fairly popular due to marketing, trends, and claimed “benefits”, but are actually doing more harm than good to your skin. Stick around to save your skin!


Makeup Wipes - Due to the harsh chemicals contained in makeup wipes, you are more prone to irritation and breakouts due to stripping the skin of its natural oils. Makeup wipes are also not very good for the environment! It takes about 100 years to fully break down a makeup wipe.

Harsh Face Scrubs - Most scrubs can be too harsh and abrasive to the skin because of ingredients like fruit pits, ground-up shells, and volcanic rock. These ingredients cause microtears in the skin, leading to long-term damage, irritation, and dryness.

Synthetic Fragrances - These ingredients are also known to cause irritation and sensitivities to the skin, leading to further breakouts and rashes. Studies have shown that some ingredients in synthetic fragrances can be potentially hazardous and even toxic!

Pore Strips - These are usually advertised as useful blackhead removal, however that’s not necessarily what’s really happening. Pore strips temporarily remove sebaceous filaments from the pores, but those pores will quickly fill up with sebum again shortly after. If pore strips contain any alcohol in the ingredients, they can lead to irritation and dryness of the skin.

Cleansing Brushes - While cleansing brushes may be great for some people, they could be damaging to others. Overuse of these exfoliating cleansing brushes can disrupt the pH of the skin, causing dryness, chronic inflammation, and even skin discoloration. It’s advised that if you do use these kinds of brushes, use them sparingly! You will still be able to reap the benefits of reduced wrinkles, and soft healthier skin.

Coconut Oil - Many of these products listed are known to cause dryness in the skin, however, coconut oil does just the opposite. Coconut oil is highly comedogenic, which means that it is known to clog pores, and cause blackheads. It may be good for cooking oil or ingredient, but please avoid using it on your face, especially if you are prone to breaking out easily.

We advise speaking to your esthetician or dermatologist about the recommended products for your own skin and personal goals, and we can bet that these products would not be on their list!

Remember to be kind to your mind and body, and have a wonderful weekend.

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