Let’s face it -- hitting up your favorite beauty store can seem daunting, especially if you’re looking to purchase new skincare products. With so many products to choose from, which one is right for you? If you need help deciding, here are seven skincare products that are a total waste of money:
1. Expensive C
Most dermatologists agree that you shouldn’t waste your money on expensive cleansers. Why? Because they’re only effective when it comes to removing dirt, oil, and makeup from the surface of your skin. Instead, you should use an inexpensive cleanser that’s designed for sensitive skin so your skin won’t dry out or become irritated.
2. Trendy Anti-Aging Products
When it comes to skincare products, there’s always some sort of weird trend from stem cells to snake venom. But the only anti-aging skincare ingredients that have a proven track record are retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids. Both ingredients increase collagen production while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Costly Sunscreens
There’s no need to spend a ton of money on facial sunscreen. Less expensive sunscreens are just as effective as more expensive ones. What’s important is that the sunscreen you’re using contains an SPF of 30 or higher and that it’s designed for sensitive skin. As long as you’re wearing sunscreen every day, rain or shine, you’ll help protect your skin against premature aging.
4. Cellulite Creams
Cellulite creams are a colossal waste of money because they don’t work. Cellulite is a super complex condition that has no easy cure. While some cellulite creams might temporarily smooth the appearance of cellulite by hydrating skin, they won’t make a huge difference. If you want to hide cellulite effectively, then you should use self-tanner.
5. Stretch Mark Creams
Stretch mark creams don’t diminish the appearance of stretch marks, except for prescription retinoid creams that are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks over the course of six months with daily use. If you want to reduce the appearance of stretch marks significantly, then laser treatments might be right for you. Some lasers can stimulate collagen growth and reduce redness in new stretch marks. But if you’re looking to camouflage stretch marks temporarily, you should use Dermablend.
6. Pore Shrinking P
No skincare product can permanently shrink pore size. But some can temporarily minimize the appearance of large pores by filling them in with silicone-based products. Unfortunately, the size of your pores is mostly determined by genetics, but pores can become enlarged due to acne and sun damage. You can increase cell turnover and unclog pores by using retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids.
7. Makeup R
Instead of spending money on expensive makeup removers, you should invest in a cleanser that acts as one. Or you can reach for affordable micellar water that removes even the most stubborn makeup. After using it, you’ll notice ultra-clean skin that doesn’t have a trace of makeup.