Does the skin care routine work?

aAs anyone who’s ever dealt with acne, dark circles, or fine lines knows, a skincare routine can literally transform your face. That’s why so many of us rely on the products and routines of our friends and strangers, especially when they promise to revolutionize our beauty routine. So it’s no surprise that something called the “morning shed” is now going viral on social media. With 77 million views on TikTok, #morningbarn is the latest trend where you load up on skin care products and treatments before going to bed and remove them in the morning (hence the morning 'shed').

The trend has captivated beauty lovers who will try anything for that morning glow. Some creators keep it simple with face and lip masks allowing these products to work their magic overnight. However, some take it a step further by taking a more-is-more approach, such as wearing chin straps, eye masks, night creams or even mouth tape. The idea is to wake up looking fresher and more refreshed than the day before, and #morningshed fanatics swear by the results.

But despite all the beauty trends out there, “morning hair” Actually a handy hack? To find out, I tapped Nava GroenveldMD, a board certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City for her expert opinion on the latest TikTok craze.

What is the morning hair trend?

As the name suggests, “morning shed” is the very long process of removing all the beauty products you wore at night. “I think I spend too much time on this app,” creator Kayla Lee Mills (@morningshed)kaylalee mills) says in a TikTok clip as she removes her mouth tape, eye masks, and jaw tape. In Mills' video, it's unclear if she's done a full morning skincare routine, but she does prep using red light therapy on an LED tool, only to reveal clear skin and a bouncy blowout.

@kaylaleemills

Morning shed. Honestly the jaw strap was an elite addition & idgaf how silly it looks #morning routine

♬ original sound – kayla lee

Creator Maur (@maurslives) took the morning shed trend to the next level by ditching mouth tape, a nose mask, eye masks, a silk beanie, and a jaw band. As with every TikTok video and social media trend, reviews have been mixed, and the comment sections on #morningshed videos are full of skeptics. “Overconsumption is killing my people,” one commenter wrote, while another noted, “I think I have sleep apnea because I almost died from taping my mouth shut.”

@maurslives

the chin strap + mouth tape combo is deadly…#morningbarn #skincareroutine

♬ Carrie Bradshaw – Gal Matza

Is it safe and necessary to molt in the morning?

While you can certainly do whatever you want to your face, Dr. Greenfield says the morning hair loss trend popping up on TikTok has a lot of shock value, but doesn’t really hold any weight from a professional standpoint. “Not only is the theory behind its effectiveness unconvincing, but there’s also a lack of data to support its use, and the trend may actually be harmful,” Dr. Greenfield says.

Take, for example, the mouth-tape trend you typically see in morning-shed videos. “Taping your mouth shut at night prevents normal physiological changes in breathing patterns,” says Dr. Greenfield. “Our bodies normalize and regulate during sleep, and it’s important to allow that process to occur uninterrupted.” The same goes for using a chin strap or sleeping with an eye mask: None of these things have been proven to make a significant difference in the quality of your skin—or your sleep—at night. In fact, some users have reported worse sleep when they’re preparing for their morning shed.

If your goal is to wake up with glowing skin, try investing in a fine lines serum or an editor-recommended moisturizer. If you have a stubborn concern, it’s best to talk to a board-certified dermatologist who can help you find a routine that works for you.

Last takeaway

Listen, if your nightly skin-care routine already includes mouth tape and a chin strap, by all means, stick with it. But if you’re hoping that adding a layer of tape, straps, and patches will give you tighter, smoother skin when you “shove them off” in the morning, you’re probably going to be disappointed. “I suspect that makers use these techniques for shock appeal and rarely use them as a dedicated routine,” says Dr. Greenfield. In general, do things that will make you feel good in the long run. Yes, you can sleep with your heatless curling iron and wear an overnight mask if you want. But definitely be mindful not to invest time and energy in trends that could be harmful (or at the very least unproductive) in the long run.

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