Where to spend and save on skincare
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, how do you know which to avoid? If you need help deciding, here are seven skincare products that are a total waste of money:
1. Expensive cleansers
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 ingredient trend. 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 is broad spectrum with 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 just 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 can try 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.
6. Pore shrinking products
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.
Professional treatments are your best bet in reducing the appearance of pores. Clear + Brilliant treatments are clinically proven to reduce the look of enlarged pores and use fractional laser technology to make it happen, resulting in a smoother, brighter and more youthful complexion overall.
7. Makeup removers
Instead of spending money on expensive makeup removers and single-use wipes, reach for an affordable micellar water that removes even the most stubborn makeup or stick to your gentle cleanser.
Invest in your skin…wisely
While there are a ton of skincare products on the market that are a complete waste of money, there are some worth investing in. For optimal skin health, you should invest in a high-quality moisturizer or serum containing either retinol or alpha-hydroxy acids that’ll protect against premature aging. What’s more, choose an eye cream that is formulated with antioxidants, and a chemical exfoliator that is lactic acid or glycolic acid based to help renew skin cells. Remember to keep your skincare regimen simple and stick with products that actually work.
Investing in the right skincare doesn’t stop at products. Professional treatments can be a worthwhile supplement to even the most efficient skincare routine. To discuss what’s right for you, book a free consultation with LaserAway today. We offer the most diverse treatment range to fit your unique aesthetic goals.
- “9 Beauty Products Dermatologists Wish You’d Stop Wasting Money On,” Reader’s Digest, February 1, 2021.
- “These Beauty Products are a Complete Waste of Your Money,” Cheat Sheet, June 16, 2018.
- “These Skincare Products are a Waste of Money, According to a Dermatologist,” Business Insider, January 8, 2017.