Have you ever wondered what skincare products to avoid?
Some skincare products aren’t necessary. (Yes, toner, I’m looking at you).
But are there any that are harmful?
No, I’m not talking about dangerous ingredients. You can’t put toxic stuff in cosmetics. That’s the law.
I’m talking about whole categories of skincare products that do more harm than good to your skin. Like scrubs. (Yes, scrubs are more dangerous than mineral oil for your skin).
They’re not the only culprits. Here are 3 skincare products to avoid like the plague if you want beautiful, healthy skin (and what to use instead):
Skincare Product To Avoid #1: Alcohol-Based Toners
Most toners are useless. But alcohol-based toners are useless AND evil.
Alcohol drinks up all the sebum on your skin, tricking you into thinking you won’t have to put up with shiny patches, blackheads and pimples anymore.
Until a few hours later when that sebum comes back with a vengeance! What the heck happened?
Alcohol dries out your skin. Sebum is your skin’s natural moisturizer. When you remove too much, your skin sends a signal to sebaceous glands to produce more to compensate.
FYI, not all alcohol in skincare is bad. The culprit is usually alcohol denat when used in basic formulas with no moisturizing ingredients or antioxidants that can neutralise its drying effects. Basically 90% of drugstore toners for oily skin. 🙁
Related: Do You Really Need A Toner?
WHAT TO USE INSTEAD
Salicylic acid. This gentle exfoliant keeps oil production under control, unclogS pores from within and reduces redness.
- Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion ($27.00): available at Feel Unique and Paula’s Choice
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid ($29.00): available at Dermstore and Paula’s Choice
- The Inkey List BHA (£9.99): Available at Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, and Sephora
Want to know the most irritating ingredients lurking in your skincare products? Download your FREE “Skincare Ingredients To Avoid” cheatsheet to find out what to avoid:
Skincare Product To Avoid #2: Apricot Scrubs
Did you ever end up with red, irritated skin after using an apricot scrub?
Some people got it so bad, they’re suing St. Ives for selling a dangerous product!
Seriously, I’ll never guess why their scrub (or any other apricot scrub, for that matter) is so popular. Apricot granules are one of the harshest thing you can rub on your skin.
I don’t care if they’re natural. Apricot granules have rough, irregular edges that scratch and tear skin. They stretch pores, too.
For the love of your skin, stay away!
WHAT TO USE INSTEAD
A chemical exfoliant. Don’t let the chemical part fool you. These exfoliants are way gentler on your skin (unless you go overboard, that is).
The right chemical exfoliant for you depends on your skin type:
- If you have oily skin: Salicylic acid. It exfoliates both the surface of the skin and the inside of your pores, keeping breakouts at bay.
- If you have dry skin: Glycolic acid. It exfoliates and hydrates your skin at the same time.
- If you have sensitive skin: Lactic acid. It’s the gentlest of all the exfoliating acids.
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (29.00): available at Dermstore and Paula’s Choice
- The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£6.80): available at Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty
- The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% (£5.50): available at Cult Beauty and Feel Unique
Related: Which Exfoliant Is Right For Your Skin Type?
Skincare Product To Avoid #3: Serums And Moisturizers With Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is like the bad guy you can’t help dating for a while.
When you have acne, it comes to your rescue and kills the bacteria that cause it.
Problem is, it does the job by generating free radicals. You know, the nasty molecules that give you wrinkles. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to trade your acne for wrinkles, right?
The solution? Use Benzoyl Peroxide only as a spot treatment. Even if it’s in a moisturizer, put it only on your zits. Don’t slather it all over your face. Ever.
WHAT TO USE INSTEAD
Azelaic acid. This little multi-tasker treats acne, soothes rosacea and fades dark spots.
- The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (£5.50): available at Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique
- Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster ($36.00): available at Paula’s Choice