- Most beauty products offer false promises, such as reducing cellulite or shrinking your pores.
- According to dermatologists, some beauty products are not worth using, and are only a waste of money.
- There are certain products that can help you improve your complexion but there are a lot that don’t, so it’s better to use a few essential ones.
Everyone wants to get the real value of what they purchase, especially when it comes to beauty care. There are a lot of beauty products that claim and promise the best results.
According to dermatologists, expensive beauty products do not always guarantee good results. There are less expensive and better alternative beauty care products that can also deliver a better result. Also, you do not need all beauty products; a few essential ones will be enough.
Here are the dermatologist-recommended beauty essentials and better alternatives for the commonly used beauty products.
1. Hair Products from Salons
After getting your hair done at the salon, your hairstylist might persuade you to buy products from their store, claiming it is the best in the market. While it might be tempting, former senior director of Alberto Culver hair and skincare research and development, Randy Schueller, reminds customers not to be swayed by such claims because all products, whether from the salon or drugstore contain the same ingredients.
These stylists can also get commissions from salon products purchased through them. So they will try to say positive things for the products and even put down other brands. Drugstore brands can also work as salon brands but at a lesser price.
2. Expensive cleansers
Cleansers work to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your face and beyond that nothing more essential. Rather than using an expensive cleanser that stays on the skin for a short time, dermatologist Christine Choi Kim recommends investing in a cleansing brush instead. Choose a cleansing brush that uses ultrasonic vibration that can clean the skin deeply and gently.
3. Products that can shrink pores
In reality, there are no such products. According to Dr. Kim, nothing can change the size of your pores; its size is dictated by genetics. Products claiming to minimize pores only minimize the appearance of pores by filling it with silicone.
Mona Gohara, a dermatology clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine, explains that when it comes to enlarged pores due to acne or sun damage, retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) works best.
4. Sunscreens with high SPFs
You might think that the higher the SPFs of sunscreens, the greater its power to block the sun rays. This thinking is a misconception.
According to Dr. Gohara, sunscreens with higher SPFs provide only slightly more protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is sufficient as long as you have to use it correctly. Reapplication is needed after two hours or after perspiring, swimming, and drying off.
5. Cellulite and Stretch Mark Creams
Cellulite is a result of a complicated biologic process, and there is still no medication to correct it. According to David Bank, a dermatologist in New York, what is available are creams that can temporarily smoothen the appearance of cellulite. These creams work by improving the drainage system of the lymphatic system to remove the dark appearance. Dr. Bank recommends using a self-tanner instead to hide better the shadowing of the skin that appears as cellulite.
Dr. Gohara explained that while stretch marks will not work prescription retinoids can improve the appearance of stretch marks.
6. Anti-aging products
While some anti-aging products promise a younger skin, only products containing retinoids and AHAs have been proven effective.
Source: The Healthy