Sometimes investing in skin care can really be worth it—and you’ll see the payoff looking right back at you in your mirror. But as happens with stocks, there are lots of bad skincare investments, money spent on stuff that is either minimally useful or completely useless. Here’s a look at 4 cosmetics products that don’t really help much with beauty concerns.
HAND CREAM. We all like it, it feels good and smells good, no doubt. But you don’t need a specific cream just for your hands. Any body lotion will be just as good—and smell just as nice, point out the skin care scientists at Adore Cosmetics.
ARGAN OIL. While it has vitamin E in it, lots of products out there also have vitamin E and cost a lot less. In addition, the heavy amounts of oleic acid can block your skin’s pores and cause blackheads.
FACIAL MISTS. Celebrities use Evian or some other fancy-schmancy water brand and supposed antioxidants in the water for some extra magic. If they want to overpay for plain old water and a couple of substances that won’t even reach your skin, that’s their concern. But you can get the same exact effect as them with $1.50 spray bottle and tap water with a drop or two of essential oils, claim Adore Cosmetics researchers.
LIP SCRUBS. You can give yourself a lip scrub with a toothbrush or wet washcloth—you don’t need a $100 cream to do this.
SNAKE VENOM. Ok, take some time to read the name of the substance again: snake venom. Since when have you ever heard “venom” of any kind as being good for the skin…or anything else? And no, we could not find studies in dermatology journals showing that the ingredients in snake venom creams actually reduce wrinkles or help skin in any verifiable way.