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Kylie Skin: Skincare experts weigh in on Kylie Jenner’s ‘damaging’ new skincare line


by Grace McGettigan
16th May 2019
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This week, Kylie Jenner unveiled two products in her new skincare line. Since then, skincare experts have been debating how ‘caring’ these products actually are…


Kylie Jenner, of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame, recently became the youngest self-made billionaire in the world. While the term ‘self-made’ is debatable (given her family’s wealth and social stature), there’s no doubting the 21-year-old has a business-head screwed on her shoulders.

The California-native has an exceptionally successful make-up brand, Kylie Cosmetics; selling everything from lip kits (lipstick and lip liner duos) to highly-pigmented eyeshadow palettes.

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Now, her new venture is skincare. However, some skincare experts (and beauty lovers alike) have been debating how ‘caring’ these new products actually are.

Kylie Skin

Kylie Skin by Kylie Jenner is the mogul’s newest business. Set to launch next Wednesday, May 22, the brand is said to offer a range of cleansing products, such as facial washes and milk toners.

Two of these products, in particular, have raised concern over the past 24-hours; namely the Kylie Skin make-up removing wipes and the walnut face scrub.

Face wipes

Taking to her official company Twitter page yesterday, Kylie Jenner said her new make-up removing wipes are priced at $10; adding that they wipe away waterproof eye, lip and face make-up; as well as saying they’re safe for sensitive skin.

The problem with these, according to skincare experts, is three-fold. Firstly, wipes have been proven to be damaging to the skin. Jennifer Rock – aka The Skin Nerd – is renowned for saying, “Wipes are laced with preservatives and ingredients that destroy the natural eco-system of the skin”, while London-based skincare expert Caroline Hirons famously says, “Wipes are only for fannies and festivals”.

Not only do the majority of face wipes contain chemicals that strip your skin of its natural barrier (thus leading to premature ageing and dehydration), but they also aren’t good enough for a thorough cleanse.

Writing on her website, Jennifer Rock said, “Yes, make-up wipes remove some of your make-up but they don’t come close to removing all of it. When you leave residual make-up, oils and grime on your skin, all of the debris clogs your pores and prevents products (like toners and exfoliators) from properly penetrating the skin’s upper layers”.

This can lead to a build-up of dirt and grime, which in turn tends to lead to congested skin and breakouts.

“If you’re starting your skincare routine with a wipe, everything that comes after is essentially pointless,” Jennifer Rock says.

Secondly, as beauty expert Aisling Keenan wrote on Twitter last night, “Wipes are as bad for your skin as they are bad for the environment”.

The majority of face wipes are made from a combination of cotton and plastic resins such as polyester or polypropylene; meaning they are not biodegradable. Whether they end up in landfill, or clogging water pipes and damaging the ocean’s eco-system, face wipes are generally bad news for the environment.

Lastly, the price point is too high. For a product tailored to such a young demographic (girls in their teens without their own income, for example), $10 is too much to ask for a small pack of disposable wipes.

Aisling Keenan tweeted, “Millions of teenage girls getting the WORST possible start to their skincare”.

Walnut Scrub

Another Kylie Skin product raising concern online is the walnut scrub.

Walnuts, whether they’re included in powder form or with pieces of shell, tend to be abrasive on the skin. A licensed esthetician from Georgia in the United States said, “Walnut will cause micro-tears in your skin,” adding, “using it every day will result in couperose skin (broken capillaries)”.

What’s more, Kylie Jenner said her walnut scrub is safe to be used multiple times per week; which has been refuted by beauty fans online. They argue that, not only is walnut damaging to your skin, but using it daily will worsen its effects and increase your risk of premature ageing and sensitivity.

Photo: Kylie Jenner via Instagram


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