“Cleanse, tone, and moisturize.” “Don’t forget to buy a cream for your neck as well.” “And have you tried this facial mask as well?”
Every day we are bombarded by magazine articles and ads from skincare companies encouraging us to buy all sorts of products for our skin. But while some of them are very useful, others are just gimmicks that don’t work and only make us waste money. Here are 5 totally unnecessary skincare products you don’t need to invest in:
Toner is one of the most used, and yet most useless, skincare products. Did you know it was invented to remove the residue soap left behind? Well, these days we don’t use soap to wash our faces anymore. Most facial cleansers don’t leave neither a residue nor any dirt behind. If yours does, then it doesn’t work that well, so change it.
If you have oily skin and use astringents to keep it under control, don’t. This type of toner is full of alcohol, which irritates and dries out skin, causing it to produce even more oil. What about toners with antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients? These ingredients definitely benefit skin, but they are already included in well-formulated moisturizers so I personally don’t see the need to buy these toners as well.
2. Neck Cream
Your neck needs some TLC too, or it will show your age sooner than your face. But you don’t need any special products for it. Your neck needs what the rest of your face needs: moisturizing ingredients, antioxidants, retinoids, AHAs, and protection from the sun. So, choose well-formulated moisturizers, sunscreens, and exfoliants for your face and use them on your neck as well.
3. Face mists
I don’t really get face mists. Sure, the refreshing sensation they provide is very pleasant in the summer, but these products are little more than water in a fancy bottle. I’d rather stick to plain old tap water. But if you really feel the need to buy a face mist, choose an inexpensive one.
4. Anti-cellulite products
How I wish these worked! But they don’t. No topical cream can get rid of cellulite. What they can do, if they contain retinol, is smooth out the surface of the skin a bit so that your cellulite looks less obvious. But it is still there. Of course, improvement is minimal. Unless the cream contains too little retinol or is packaged in a jar that makes this ingredient useless. Then, it will not work at all. So eat healthy, exercise, and forget about your cellulite. We all have it. It’s normal, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it.
5. Facial Masks
I wouldn’t say facial masks are useless, but they aren’t as useful as most people think either. The moisturizing and antioxidant goodies they contain work best when left on the skin for hours, not removed after 20 minutes or so. They can be useful as a pick-me-up before a special occasion (that’s when I use them), but there’s no need to use them regularly.
What skincare products do you think are useless?