Turning to social media for skincare

Syazwani Hj Rosli

As many Bruneians are spending time at home due to the global pandemic of coronavirus, there is an ongoing trend on skincare routine tips emerging on social media especially among women who are in search of a new hobby or interest.

Dayangku Siti Nuraziemah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yussop, also known as CJ, recently shared several videos on social media of her skincare routine.

“I was not aware of it being a trend until a few days ago. Apparently it is a trend on TikTok! Personally, I think with the restrictions due to the pandemic right now, people have more time at home and don’t really wear make-up. It is a good time to take care of your skin,” she said. The reason why she shared her routine on Instagram was because she wanted to inspire and influence other people to take better care of their skin.

“Other than that, I share my personal experience on what works on my skin, how the products work and in which step each product goes. There are a lot of skincare products on the market and I find that one can get influenced by what people are buying but these products don’t necessarily work for every person,” she explained.

As a person who wears make-up on a daily basis, she said that she is guilty of not deep cleansing her skin and admitted that the last time she went for a facial was about two years ago. She said that there was just “never the right time for me to go between work and family”.

“I do believe that looking after your skin is more important than make-up. The dream is ‘I woke up like this’ look. It is an investment as well. Make-up can cover up imperfections but preventing any skin damage is essential,” she added.

She also emphasised for women to embrace their skin as it is.

“A lot of us want that ‘no make up make-up look’, but I say why not work on getting that smooth complexion rather than hide the imperfections. It gives a sense of confidence to embrace your skin.”

Her advice for women who have been wanting to practise self-care is to just ease into it.

“You don’t necessarily need to have the ‘10 step Korean skincare routine’, just start with the basics. Products need some time to work into the skin but you’ll learn to enjoy the process.

“I now make sure I have extra time to fit in my skincare. Other than that, there are a lot of products out there and what works on someone else’s skin might not work on yours. Learn more about your own skin and focus on what your current skin concern is. There are also a lot of helpful videos on skincare if you have no clue where to start,” she added.

Mozi, known as Mozeeya on social media, often shares her fashion, travel as well as beauty tips and lifestyle. She believes that skincare is a self-love act and that majority of women finally have the time to properly pamper themselves, especially for those who are living in a fast-paced lifestyle.

“The sharing on social media helps motivate people to take good care of yourself, eat better and exercise as well. It all adds up to a happier, healthier you,” she said.

“Not a lot of people know the importance of taking good care of your skin. When it comes to skincare there is no question that prevention is easier than fixing a problem. Therefore, I chose my social media platform to share information and remind everyone that having a skincare routine is absolutely worth the time and energy.

“If you follow regularly you can achieve healthy and supple skin,” she explained.

Asked whether skincare is more important than make-up, she responded that she would rather have a glowing, even and clear complexion than full coverage make-up. “Honestly nothing compares to how make-up sits on supple and hydrated skin. No amount of make-up will be able to mask it up. Therefore, I am for skincare all the way,” she said.

She highlighted that it is important for someone to embrace her skin because a lot of women are struggling with some kind of skin condition. “I struggled with a lot of hormonal acne. I shared online about it to remind people that we are nowhere near the society’s definition of ‘perfect’.

“I am pretty sure a lot of people are struggling with some kind of skin conditions and opening up about it reminds people that they are not alone and that they can embrace their skin with absolute confidence,” she added.

She also shared some of the basic products for a skincare routine which include cleanser, serum, moisturiser and a sunscreen. She also underlined that a simple tip in practising good skin care at home is to never skip cleansing skin before sleeping – that is important.

Nadia, known on social media as Nancheeze also has recently been sharing her skincare routine for her followers online. She said that she started getting breakouts because of the stress for not being able to carry out her workout gym routines. “Now I pretty much fill my time doing extra self-care at home and when I see progress I love to share it because it might just be helpful for someone out there!” said Nadia.

She said she receives a lot of messages on how she manages to take care of her skin. “I honestly don’t do much but really I don’t mind sharing my daily skin regiment for those who are interested. However, I’m more of a look-after-your-diet type of girl. I believe more on consuming the right food than applying products on my skin. I usually consume apple cider vinegar every morning, wash my face, use toner, put on some moisturiser and spray a tad of rose water onto my face,” she shared.

The 29-year-old also shared that she has only done one facial session in her whole life but still believes on the importance of taking care of her skin.

“Hydrating yourself, drinking lots of water is one of the basic ways to take care of your skin. Wash your face and also get enough sleep. If you think being basic is boring, consume apple cider vinegar on a daily basis because it has a lot of benefits, thank me later!” she added.