unnecessary skincare products

“Cleanse, tone, and moisturize.”

“Don’t forget to buy a cream for your turkey neck, as well!”

“Have you tried this mask? It’s a facial in a sheet!”

Geez, if you bought every skincare product out there, you’d need a separate room just to house your lotions and potions. And your skincare routine would take you one hour and a half!

Good news. A lot of skincare products out there are gimmicks. They may come in handy once in a while but they are by no means staples to splurge on a daily basis.

But, what deserves the boot? Here are 5 unnecessary skincare products you don’t need to invest in:

NOTE: Unnecessary means you don’t need them on a daily basis to achieve clear, younger-looking skin. But if you want to splurge on a mask as a pampering treat or something like that, go ahead.

eucerin dermopurifyer oil control toner

Unnecessary Skincare Product #1: Toner

This is one product that refuses to go away. Did you know it was invented to remove the residue soaps left behind? Very handy when soap was all you had to wash your face. Thank goodness, those days are gone!

So why are you still using toners?

Some women use them to remove the traces of makeup their cleansers leave behind. But why not buy a better cleanser that takes off everything instead?

Other women use them to restore their skin’s ph after cleansing. But, your skin already does that on its own. It’s smarter than toner.

Some use them to shrink their pores but it doesn’t work. Nothing can shrink them.

So, why are you still using toners? I have no idea. I gave them the boot years ago and my skin hasn’t missed them one bit. 

Ok, if your skin is dry and could do with the extra moisture, a hydrating toner could help. And if the rest of your skincare routine lacks antioxidants, you may want to add an antioxidants-rich toner.

Even so, why not get your hydrating or antioxidant fix from a serum? They contain higher concentrations of active ingredients so they’ll work better and faster.

By the way, most toners aren’t like that. Most are just a mixture of alcohol sprinkled with alcohol infused in even more alcohol. They’re terribly drying and irritating. Stay away!

Related: Is Toner Really Necessary?


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emma hardie lift & sculpt firming neck treatment 02

Unnecessary Skincare Product #2: Neck Cream

Your neck needs some TLC, too.

Just like your face, it’s exposed to the harsh winter winds and the unrelenting summer sun every day. Forget to take care of it and it’ll betray your real age sooner than you think.

But you don’t need any special products for that.

Your neck needs what the rest of your face needs: a gentle cleanser, a bit of exfoliation (preferably with glycolic acid), an antioxidant-rich serum, a rich moisturizer and a mineral sunscreen.

So, as you apply your facial skincare routine as usual, take a few seconds to slather each product on your neck. You’ll see an amazing difference without shelling out any extra bucks.

Related: What Are The Best Antioxidant Rich Serums?

mavala skin vitality mist

Unnecessary Skincare Product #3: Face mists

Face mists baffle me. I just don’t get the point of them.

Ok, in summer, they’re so refreshing. When you’re sweating buckets, that feels good.

But, that’s SO not good enough to splurge on a few drops of water in a fancy bottle. Cos that’s what they are.

If you’re really addicted to these money suckers, go with the cheapest one you can find. You SO don’t want to splurge on this nonsense.

Unnecessary Skincare Product #4: Anti-cellulite products

If these worked, I’d be the first to tell you to stock up, ladies.

But, you already know the sad truth. Like me, you’ve tried your fair share. Like me, you saw ZERO results.

Anti-cellulite products don’t work. Period.

Ok, if retinol is in there, they’ll smooth out the surface of the skin a bit. That’ll make your cellulite look less obvious. But, guess what? That bumpy skin’s still there.

And it’s totally normal. Cellulite isn’t a disease or a blemish to get rid of at all costs. It’s something all women have. And that’s ok.

Related: Get Over It, Cellulite Is Normal!

magicstripes hyaluronic intensive treatment mask 01

Unnecessary Skincare Product #5: Facial Masks

I wouldn’t call facial masks useless. There’s nothing like them to perk up your skin before a special occasion.

I’m just saying, they’re not a necessity. Most of them don’t contain as many antioxidants as they say they do. Most of them are just hydrating or oil-absorbing treatments, not anti-aging ones, like they claim.

If that’s what your skin needs, go for them. Just be aware there’s only so much they can do.

Related: What’s The Right Type Of Mask For Your Skin Type?