You work hard for that money, and you deserve something that works hard to keep your skin youthful and glowing. But surprisingly, that’s not what you get all the time. Here, we enumerate seven expensive beauty products that you do not need, and some alternatives for better results—minus the expensive price tag.
1. Expensive Facial Cleansers
Cleaners are only on the skin for a very short time, so they rarely provide much effect apart from removing make-up, dirt and oil—something that any cleanser can do. Instead of spending so much on a cleansing foam or oil, invest on a Clarisonic facial cleansing device.
2. Trendy Anti-Aging Creams
Stem cells and bee venom may sound alluring, and may offer some skin benefits. However, nothing has the same impressive scientific records as apha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinoids. Both of these elements has the power to gradually improve your skin’s collagen level, minimize appearance of hyper-pigmentation and fine lines. These, combined with a good sunscreen, are the best foundation effective skincare regimen.
3. Anti-Cellulite Creams
Now that summer is just around the corner, everyone is looking for a miracle potion that can diminish the look of cellulites. However, according to experts, cellulites are complex biologic processes than no product can correct as of the moment. At most, some creams can temporarily smooth out the appearance of cellulite by rehydrating the skin. A more surefire way, is to disguise the dimpling by using self-tanner. The darker you skin color, the more it diminishes the shadowing effect created by the cellulites.
4. Stretch Mark Creams
Just skip them, according to a dermatologist. If they really work, there should be no woman on earth with stretch marks. The only exception is retinoids, which according to studies can lighten the appearance of stretch marks after six month of continuous use. However, do bear in mind that retinoids are not advisable to be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding due to health reasons.
5. Pore Shrinking Serums
Although many manufacturers are honest about their effect on your pores—that is to temporarily minimizes their appearance by filling them up with silicone, some just sound too good to be true and claim to actually shrink them over time. When you hear the latter, do not but it. The size of your pores is due to genetics, and nothing can change that permanently.
6. High-SPF Sunscreens
If you think SPF 100 has double the ability to block UV rays, know that you are not alone. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about sunblocks. The reality, SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of harmful UV rays, SPF30 blocks 95 percent, SPF 50 blocks 97 and SPF 100 blocks 99 percent. As you can see with these incremental differences, higher SPFs do not double its blocking abilities.
Spend your money wisely and make sure that the products you buy are suitable and effective for your skin.