There is a big possibility that you pick up a few of these items once every month. It’s important to emphasize that you’re better off saving your cash you spend on these products because they never do what they claim to do.
1. Pore strips
Even if you do not obsess over your skin, people consider these products as a “must buy.” Except for the self-satisfaction you gain from peeling a strip off your nose, they don’t really do much to benefit your skin.
they are mostly harmless. These filaments will be back in a few hours after you strip them off, hence, you might want to flush these pore strips you’re your toilet.
2. Anything that promises to “repair” split ends
A common marketing ploy by shampoo companies is the claim of fixing your split hair ends. Most of these products end up damaging your hair all the more, only a trip to your hairdresser can fix the problem with your hair.
3. Ionic foot baths
I’m sure you must’ve seen these products ads on TV and wondered if they really work, well, NO, they don’t. The marketers claim they remove toxins from your feet, and you’d know this because the water turns murky.
The experts came to the rescue and debunked their false claim, and added that the dirty water is probably due to rust flaking off the electrodes.
The Chemistry professor from Rice University explained that these people are paid to say things that sound good to the public but they have no validation that it even works.
4. (Most kinds of) suntan lotion
The Environmental Working Group carried out a massive study on over 900 sunscreen products and found out some really shocking results. They discovered that 75% of them do not protect at a level close to what they claimed on their bottles.
Another research by the Consumer Reports discovered that almost 40% suntan lotions do less than half of what they claim. You can check on their site if your brand is on the list, and also check for brands they say meet the requirements.
5. Cellulite Creams
Many factors influence the presence of cellulite, which mostly affects up to 85-98% women. Some of these factors include diet, exercise, hormones and genetic factors. Cellulite is something that either happens to you or doesn’t happen at all. Still, hundreds of products still claim to treat it!
Doctors have recommended dieting and exercise are the surest ways to treat cellulite, but it’s mostly also true that it could be almost impossible to get rid of it, avoid wasting your money on different products.
6. Acne treatments
Acne treatment creams are mostly targeted at teenagers, but a few adults also have some problems with tough acne cases. The main component of these products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which just dries up the skin surface by wiping off the oil.
Drying the upper skin surface can worsen your acne case, so, visiting your dermatologist will prove to be a wiser choice.
7. Anti-aging creams
Wrinkle erasers are the adult form of acne treatments, and as you’ve guessed already, they do not remove wrinkles from your face but damage your skin even more. Most contain some form of acid or the other, like the citric acid, lactic acid, etc.
They wipe off the old skin leaving the shiny new UV susceptible layer. The new skin gets damage as fast again by the UV radiation. You only need to keep your skin moisturized and apply sunscreen to avoid wrinkles.
8. Immunity boosters and cold cures
You must’ve bought one of these immune boosters and cold cures before a long flight. They vow it gives your immunity a boost and prevent you from falling sick, or to help your body fight the cold virus. The truth is you’re just paying for an expensive vitamin supplement.
Airborne had to succumb to a $23 million settlement for a lawsuit in 2008. Many customers were dissatisfied with underhanded marketing campaigns of the company about their products.
These products claim they “help your immune system,” while adding a disclaimer that “the products are not made to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
9. Foot cream
Foot creams say they keep the feet moisturized around the clock, and they really do. But what’s the problem? Companies are found of marketing separate products for hand, foot, and body, while in fact, they all do exactly the same thing. All they do is charge more for the same product in your cheaper body creams.
10. Stretch mark treatments
People patronize shea and cocoa butter cream companies because they claim these products clear up stretch marks. But they’ve been proven not to have any effect on stretch marks, as lotions or oils. Laser therapy and strong topical creams are proven for this purpose and they aren’t sold at the corner store.
They are so popular because your stretch marks disappear over time, and if you happen to use any of them for an extended period, you’ll think they’re working.
11. Chapstick and lip balm
Some products do relieve chapped lips, but most just worsen your situation Products with “hyaluronic acid” or “glycerin” listed as ingredients just dry out the lips. Instead, look for beeswax and certain oils that give a protective seal for your lips.
12. Dandruff shampoo
Except you have your doctor’s prescription for a serious scalp treatment, the shampoo you’re applying won’t ease dandruff. Most shampoos just dry up your scalp, but brushing your hair frequently will help move your natural scalp oil around.
13. Color enhancing shampoo
These products will work for your hair but you probably don’t have the right hair color to get the effect you desire. It makes blonde hairs bolder with a faint blue to the base of your hair. But other hair colors are bound to look worse than their present state.
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