Tuesday, June 28, 2011

5 Totally Unnecessary (but Common) Beauty Products

    The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents 5 Totally Unnecessary (but Common) Beauty Products.

    While we love what the multibillion-dollar-a-year cosmetics industry has to offer, there are some products that aren’t very effective or worth the investment. Steer clear of the following five beauty product categories to keep your makeup regime and cosmetics budget looking good.

    1. Foundation Primers
    Foundation primers are said to smooth out the skin and prepare it for the application of foundation. However, most primers are made from silicone-based formulas, which can clog pores, and the results are negligible. Investing in quality cleansers and moisturizers will do more than any foundation primer.

    2. Toners
    Toners are alcohol-based products that are intended to get rid of any additional traces of oil or makeup from your face after you wash it. However, alcohol is harsh on the skin. A good cleanser, often in conjunction with makeup remover, can easily eliminate all the makeup and dirt from your face, making a toner pretty much pointless.

    3. Cellulite Creams
    The appearance of cellulite is caused by the connective tissue that separates the fat in our bodies from the dermis. Holes in the tissue cause fat to protrude through the tissue, creating a dimply appearance to the skin. While 80 to 90 percent of adult women have cellulite and wish they didn’t, no topical treatment can reduce body fat or change the structure of our connective tissue. Which means cellulite creams are about as effective as snake oil—regardless of what the price or promise.

    4. Lip Plumpers
    Lip plumpers work one of two ways. They either boost collagen and maximize lip hydration through proprietary formulas or make blood vessels temporarily dilate by employing irritating agents like camphor or menthol. However, the results are minimal and temporary. A better bet is to keep lips moisturized with a lip balm and add a shimmery gloss to the center of your lips to create the appearance of enhanced fullness.

    5. Eye Creams
    Unless you have very sensitive skin that’s prone to developing millia (small, hard keratin-filled cysts that are sometimes confused with whiteheads) or you want a targeted eye cream with different active ingredients than your moisturizer, there’s really no need for a separate eye product. Also, many eye creams do not contain sunscreen the way most moisturizers do, so if you do opt for a separate cream, make sure you’re taking precautions against sun damage around your eyes.

    by Kaboodle.com

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