Overrated Skincare Products

So many skin care products across the nation are not exactly safe for skin, yet, men and women regularly use these products anyway. Popular products like Apricot Scrubs, blackhead strips, crystal facial rollers, and facial toners are all overrated and are proven to be ineffective and damaging to your skin. 

St. Ives Apricot Scrubs

St. Ives Apricot Scrubs have a reputation for creating micro-tears and inflammation in the skin. These scrubs also adversely affect the skin in the long term, which tremendously outweigh the short-term benefits. There was even a lawsuit involving the company.

“St. Ives as a facial exfoliant leads to long-term skin damage that greatly outweighs any potential benefits the product may provide,” according to the lawsuit

If you want to clean and exfoliate your skin, try a coffee or sugar scrub. These scrubs are supposed to work very well if prepared correctly. But always test out a scrub on your arm to make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Here’s a great list of things to look for and avoid in scrubs: https://www.bellaallnatural.com/blogs/learn/healthiest-scrubs-for-skin. However, be careful with physical exfoliants because you never know when you could be over-scrubbing your face. Also, be aware that there may be a potential sharp point on one of the exfoliant molecules that could damage your skin.


Blackhead Strips

Blackhead Strips can be very tempting to use when you feel like your skin is completely ridden with blackheads. However, dermatologists claim that these strips merely make the pores larger and the dirt smaller instead of solving the problem. Not only are they ineffective, but it is also hard for them to adhere to hard-to-reach places such as the curvature beside the nostrils. 

Overall, though you might want to look like a young Anne Hathaway playing her character “Mia Thermopolis” in The Princess Diaries, these blackhead strips are a waste of money and overrated.

Crystal Facial Rollers

While these facial rollers are believed to make more youthful skin and reduce puffiness, no evidence proves these claims. Even though it may allow you to use less product if you decide to use it to spread your serum or moisturizer around, it is only a crystal that is unlikely to reduce aging skin. Aside from being overly expensive for the lack of usefulness, it is a great tool to massage your face and help with tension.

Facial Toners

Many believe that facial toners are a staple in their skincare regimen, but they were only used many years ago when people used bars of soap to cleanse their face. Soap bars are too basic on the skin and messed with the pH balance, and facial toners were made and used to help restore it. However, with newer breakthroughs in the skincare industry, the toners are no longer needed.

Even though these products may be too expensive and overrated, they are still usable and have their benefits. Consumers only need to do their research to see the ingredients so they can predict the lasting effects of the products they are looking to buy.