An effective skincare regimen is comprised of active ingredients that make up for the shortcomings of your particular skin type and address your main concerns. But if you were to take the advice of every magazine and beauty blog, your bathroom would be overflowing with bottles that do this, tubes that do that and jars that do nothing!
Even if you are following a doctor-recommended skincare regimen tailored for your specific skin type, I understand you may be tempted to veer off course from time to time, but when you eliminate these six unnecessary products from your routine, you just might find you’re saving time and money.
1. Toner. Did you know toner was invented decades ago to remove the residue left behind by soap? Well, most of today’s facial cleansers are no longer “soap”-based. Cleansers don’t leave residue on the skin like they used to, thus rendering toner useless.
2. Daily scrubs. Your specific skin type dictates how often you should exfoliate, but NO ONE needs an exfoliating product every day. If your skin can tolerate a little extra smoothing every day, you’re better off using a skincare brush.
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3. A daily SPF of over 30. The FDA recently changed the sunscreen labeling rules because an SPF of, let’s say, 100, gives consumers a false sense of security. The fact is, any SPF over 30 only provides minimal extra protection, and no matter what level of SPF you use, you need to apply at least half a teaspoon to your face. The caveat: If you’re spending more than 30 minutes outdoors, opt for an SPF of 60.
4. Certain vitamin-based creams. Those vitamins in your serums or creams lose their potency once they’re exposed to light, air and heat. Properly formulated vitamin C serums (I like iS Clinical’s Super Serum Advance +) are an exception. But if you’re not willing to splurge on one of these, you may get more benefits from taking a vitamin C supplement orally.
5. Face mists. If you must have a mist, save your money and stick to inexpensive ones. In the case of these products, you probably like the refreshing sensation, and you can get that with plain old H2O. But if you want to feel fancy, pick up a can of Vichy, Evian or La Roche Posay water.
6. Bubble baths. If you associate relaxation with a bubble bath, it’s time to change your thinking. The bubbles actually strip essential fats from your skin. Enjoy a bath oil instead!
Dr. Leslie Baumann is a board-certified dermatologist, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami.