Technology and modern science have enhanced so many industries, and the beauty industry is no exception. There are probably four or more aisles in your location drug store devoted to beauty products, and they all serve a different purpose. Does your bathroom sink really need to be littered with all those tubes and bottles? If you really want to simplify your life, start there. There are six products in particular that you can toss right away. Here are the beauty products you really don’t need.
If you’re buying a different type of moisturizer for your face, body, hands, feet, and so on, you’re spending way too much on lotion. The vast majority of moisturizers aren’t that much different than each other – not different enough to justify purchasing more than one for your entire body. Find one good body or face lotion that you love, and use it everywhere.
Unfortunately, everyone gets older. Our skin is going to change, wrinkle, and not look as glowing as it did when we were young. Buying anti-aging products to reverse this product is pretty much useless. Anti-aging products are usually a lot of hype, too; some will produce minimal results, but it’s up to you whether or not the results are worth the price.
Lots of women swear by toner, but it’s really an unnecessary extra step in your beauty routine. Toner doesn’t really produce the cleansing benefits we think it does, and with a lot of use it can actually dry out your skin. The only people who might want to use toner are those with very large pores, because it can help shrink them. Don’t spend a lot on toner, though; inexpensive versions work just fine.
Cellulite and Stretch Mark Creams
While lots of products claim to be effective at diminishing or removing cellulite and stretch marks, we’ve yet to find a product that really, really works. While some may ever so slightly reduce the appearance of them, none are going to make enough of a difference for you to purchase them. You’re a lot better off embracing these flaws than trying so hard to get rid of them.
You can spend a lot of money on exfoliating body wash and creams and lip exfoliater, but you shouldn’t. While exfoliating body wash can help remove dead skin, giving yourself a good scrub with a loofah is sufficient for everyday purposes. Lip exfoliater isn’t necessary, either. Lip balm should work just fine to smooth out your lips, and for an even more inexpensive option, just use Vaseline.
Using shaving cream will make your skin feel smooth and help you get a close shave, but you do not need it. While shaving any part of your body, and really good lather with your regular soap will work just fine. Put on lotion afterwards, and you won’t be able to tell a difference. You can also use conditioner or oil – yes, even olive oil from your kitchen – instead of shaving cream, too.
Cayla Crenshaw is a beauty expert and freelance writer who loves to take a hard look at today’s beauty products. She often writes about anything from relationship advice to getting great deals on cosmetic brushes.