When I think of Reddit, I think of two things: One, the fact that tennis superstar Serena Williams is having a child with the site’s founder, and two…some of the worst people with internet access can be found there. Yeah, Reddit has garnered a reputation for attracting some of the most vile people around and has been home to their communities. Racism is rampant, sexism is borderline systemic, and the trolling is plentiful. If you’ve ever made the mistake of stumbling into a men’s rights activism subreddit, or some awful gamer bro subreddit, or any subreddit full of Donald Trump stans, you’ll have a hard time believing that Reddit is a place for anyone other than angry, edgelord type dudes who have a collection of Pepe memes saved on their phones. Hell, that’s what I thought for ages.
But my outlook kind of changed…slowly. I noticed my boyfriend lurking a subreddit for a city building game he liked; it was so pure and drama free, that I figured, hey, maybe not everyone on this site is a monster. But what really sold me was discovering the Skincare Addiction subreddit. The entire subreddit was full of people sharing super useful information about skincare that I couldn’t find anywhere else on the internet. Wow, people actually…helping each other out on Reddit and not just posting slurs? From there, I discovered plenty of other subreddits that were actually pretty damn great, and I low key wish I knew about them earlier. Is Reddit still a cesspool for awfulness? Yes, absolutely. But there are some corners of the site that are actually really great, even for young women who perhaps aren’t Reddit’s prime demographic. Whether you’re still a skeptic or you just want to find some new subreddits to frequent, check out these nine sections of Reddit that actually don’t suck.
Skincare AddictionOkay, this is a strong statement, but I'm telling you: r/SkincareAddiction has changed my skin for the better. I've found information there about skincare there that I would have never stumbled upon otherwise. The sidebar is full of invaluable information about skin type, product ingredients, routine advice, etc. If you have acne-prone skin and need some advice on what kind of cleanser would work for you, you can find it. If you're looking for the ultimate moisturizer for your combination skin, you can find it. If you're looking for a serum on a budget, you'll find it. This subreddit has become so valuable to me that anytime I have a skincare question or concern, I add "SkincareAddiction Reddit" into my Google search. I almost always find several posts addressing my exact problem. So whether you consider yourself a skincare expert or you're just getting started, check out this forum. You won't regret it. Pinterest
The Girl Survival GuideI love r/TheGirlSurvivalGuide because it's a really positive, judgement free space for girls and young women to ask questions about everything from relationship advice to questions about tampons and bra sizes. I stumbled upon a post from a girl who asked the forum for advice about a teacher who was sexually harassing her, and the response was so caring and empowering that I low key forgot I was on Reddit of all places. Dazed And Confused
Explain Like I'm FiveFrom questions about biology to politics, r/ExplainLikeImFive is a great source for learning new things in an easy to understand package. Like, let's be real, there are all sorts of concepts and terminology that we either only half-way understand or are totally clueless about. And sometimes, that Wikipedia entry is way too dense to understand. That's why it's cool that this subreddit exists. It's a relatively judgement-free zone to gain some much needed knowledge without feeling like you're dumb. Freaks and Geeks
Asian BeautyIf you're intrigued by Korean skincare and other Asian beauty products, you need to bookmark r/AsianBeauty ASAP. Like, this forum is an absolute treasure trove of information that'll definitely make you more interested in incorporating more Asian beauty products into your daily routine. There are plenty of reviews, questions and answers, and a sidebar full of frequently asked questions about everything from brands to ingredients. One of the most exciting things I've found on this subreddit was a master list of physical brick and mortar retailers that sell Asian beauty products all over the world. So if you want some instant gratification and don't want to wait for some beauty products to ship to you, you can check out the spreadsheet and see if there's a store in your town that might sell exactly what you're looking for, without paying a pesky shipping fee. Urban Outfitters
Mildly InterestingNext to r/UpliftingNews, r/MildlyInteresting might be one of the most mellow and mostly harmless forums on Reddit. It's literally full of photos, news, and personal anecdotes that are, well, mildly interesting. For example, a cool moth someone found in their yard or a guy who found a photo at a thrift shop that looked eerily like him. Great for a midday distraction. Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Makeup AddictionIf you're really into makeup, you're going to definitely get something out of r/MakeupAddiction. There are a ton of reviews of makeup products (new and old) as well as makeup advice. So whether you're just starting to get into makeup and you want advice on how to get a routine started, or you're a novice who wants to roast some beauty guru's new highlight palette, you'll find something that'll interest you. Who Are You Polly Maggoo
No SleepIf you want a daily dose of spooky stories that mostly aren't true but are super creepy anyway because guys what if they're true...then you need to check out r/NoSleep. I mean, you have to be a bit of a masochist to get into it, because you'll have to enjoy freaking yourself out. But if that's how you roll, have fun scaring yourself silly. Michael Jackson Vevo
Personal FinanceOkay, so not everything in the r/PersonalFinance subreddit will be relevant for you, but it's a great place to learn about saving money and budgeting. Honestly, that's something that people should learn about at an early age, but they don't and have to scramble to figure it all out way too late! Whether you're worried about student loans or you want advice on how to save up enough for a computer at your summer job, you can ask questions and receive surprisingly friendly answers here. Plus, you can read other people's financial woes as a cautionary tale about how not to spend your money in the future. Nicki Minaj Vevo
Relationships...I'm not going to lie, I'm only recommending r/Relationships because the drama is so deliciously juicy that you could literally scroll through it with a bag of popcorn. Sure, some submissions are done by trolls in the hopes of riling up controversy, but for the most part...the advice that people are requesting about their awful relationships are pretty damn realistic. This subreddit will either leave you feeling happy that your current relationship is stable in comparison to others, or it'll make you never want to date someone ever again. Either way, it's entertaining and messy AF. Clueless
What other parts of Reddit would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!