12 Popular Commercial Skincare Products You Should Not Waste Your Money On

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

The moment you step into a skincare store, or a salon, you will be reminded of everything your skin and hair lack, and which products you need to purchase to transform into a diva. However, even if you have fallen into the trap and purchased numerous products, you will realize that your skin actually doesn’t need expensive extracts and gels to glow. The secret lies in maintaining a nutritious diet and a healthy skincare routine with minimal products like face wash, scrub, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. And some of these can be easily prepared by you at home! Here are some beauty products you should refrain from buying. Read on to know them all.

1. Black Head Strips

Black Head Strips
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It turns out that pore strips for blackheads are not quite as helpful as we would have thought. They don’t do much more than scrape off the upper layer of dead skin and blackheads. Furthermore, they might be toxic and might cause skin irritation. Using them once a month is fine, but this won’t address the underlying issue. You should switch to retinoids and salicylic acid-based exfoliants instead to get the blackheads out.

2. Jade Rollers

Jade Rollers
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Most dermatologists have stated that jade rollers are not absolutely necessary to keep your skin’s pores closed. They are usually not as efficient as they promise. The only benefit is that they may aid in eliminating excess fluid, but one can do the same thing with a simple facial massage. We are not saying that they will harm your skin, but you might as well get the same results by massaging your face with a clean spoon kept in a fridge.

3. Vitamin-E-containing Products

Vitamin-E-containing Products
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Vitamin E itself is safe and good for your skin, however, it makes no sense to buy an expensive cream that has vitamin E in it. You can simply break a Vitamin E capsule in your moisturizer and use it.

4. Expensive Toners

Expensive Toners
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Toners were once widely used to remove excess oil from the skin after a shave. Using a toner after washing your face with a high-quality cleanser doesn’t help much. You can go for rose water to close your pores after you are done washing your face.

5. Rotting Blending Brushes

Rotting Blending Brushes
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These days a wide variety of revolving brushes and other skin-cleansing gadgets are available in stores. However, they are a breeding ground for germs. These brushes also generate additional vibrations, which can be harmful to the skin. To keep skin issues at bay, gentle scrubbing and chemical exfoliation are recommended.

6. Sparkling Lotions

Sparkling Lotions
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Since there is not much of a noticeable difference between high-end creams and drugstore moisturizers, even a basic one should do. However, a tried-and-true brand should be used. Moisturizers can come with or without fragrance, but either way, they serve the same purpose.

7. Pore Vacuum

Pore Vacuum
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A pore vacuum can remove oils and dead cells from your pores, but it certainly won’t address the underlying issue. The downside is real, too. After that, oil builds up even more rapidly, perhaps making your skin worse. To get the best results, it’s best to consult a dermatologist who can recommend a treatment plan tailored to your unique skin. Retinoids, salicylic, and niacinamide are all ingredients that may be found in skin cleansers and are ideal for removing the trapped oils.

8. Eyebrow Setting Gel

Eyebrow Setting Gel
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All your eyebrows need is trim and perhaps some castor oil massage. For dressing up, you can fill in any sparse areas with a pencil or powder.

9. Expensive Face Mask

Expensive Face Mask
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An expensive face mask is perhaps the quintessential example of a luxurious yet pointless self-care ritual. You can easily make a face mask on your own with things already present in your kitchen, and it will give you a better glow.

10. Lip Scrub

Lip Scrub
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A lip scrub is just lip gloss that contains scrubbing particles. Nevertheless, some people feel compelled to shell out their hard-earned money for it, but it really isn’t necessary.

11. Stretch Marks Remover

Stretch Marks Remover
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Due to the internal nature of stretch mark formation, there is currently no cosmetic solution for their removal. Over-the-counter remedies that claim to “lessen” their appearance but are actually just moisturizers are a waste of money.

12. Cuticle Cream

Cuticle Cream
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Examine the list of components on the bottle of cuticle oil or cream you now use. Beeswax, ellagic Acid, and/or plant oils are presumably present in sufficient quantities. The beneficial elements in cuticle cream can also be found in either salve or lip balm. Simply said, the price increase is due to the packaging’s adorableness.

So now that you know about all the products that you buy but you don’t really need, you can save a lot of money on things that are actually good for your skin. So which of these products are you guilty of buying? Let us know in the comments section!

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