There’s always a particular smell in a medicine cabinet, isn’t there? Ah yes, the smell of childhood. The smell of alcohol and pills. That cabinet brings mixed emotions for us all. For some, it was the opportunity to get extra cuddles from their mothers. For others, it was another opportunity for their mother to tell them to get a grip while she sticks a band-aid on where it hurt. These were the houses where boo-boos weren’t kissed and the kids grew up to bear no grudges. I clearly have none. Really, I don’t.
But seriously, medicine cabinets come in handy when we need them most. Like those times when we need a band-aid stat before we faint at the sight of blood. Or those times when we need to pop some painkillers to numb our migraine away.
So yeah, there are many useful things in our medicine cabinets, some are even necessary. But there are also unnecessary items. Things that are there just to take up space and smell of old, unused pills. So, which are the most useless items in our cabinet? Read on to see if you have any of these pointless items in your cabinet.
It feels good to use these strips, doesn’t it? You feel like you’re master of your skin care routine and don’t need the assistance of a beauty therapist. Well, you’re wrong and you’re wasting money. Those tiny black spots on your nose are called sebaceous filaments and they will reappear a few hours after you take off the strip. It’s better if you invest your money (and the future care of your skin) in regular visits to your aesthetician.
I know that most women will switch to denial mode and refuse to cut their hair. Hell, I’ve been there. You should see me negotiate with my hairdresser during every single appointment. But that is the only way you’re going to get rid of split ends. Products that are marketed for “repair” will do nothing for you. You need to move to the acceptance stage now.
We live in a detox crazy world these days, so ionic foot baths were invented to remove "toxins" from our bodies by miraculously pulling them out through our feet. However, a professor from Rice University said that the dirty water “didn’t show any traces of heavy metals or industrial chemicals other than a few chunks of rust that may have flaked off the electrodes.”
So that filthy, brown water that you think is full of all the toxins flowing out of your body? It's just rusty water.
Shocking, I know. But before you lose faith in sunscreen, you should note that not all suntan lotions are useless. We're only talking about the ones that don’t meet the guidelines. A study on over 900 different brands revealed that three out of four of the lotions weren’t as effective as they claimed to be on the bottle. It’s important to read the back of the bottle to ensure your sunscreen meets clinical guidelines, and then you can head out and enjoy the sunshine knowing you're protected.
What woman wouldn't choose to obliterate cellulite if she could? While cellulite is perfectly naturally, those patches of puckered skin are also detested by most women, and companies know this — that’s why everyone’s coming out with the latest “revolution to remove cellulite."
The thing is, doctors have often said that the best solution for cellulite is diet and exercise. Moreover, for many women, cellulite is genetic, which means it will appear regardless of how healthy they are. So maybe it’s time you start embracing the pucker.
Anyone who has suffered from acne knows that it can be a real nightmare, which is why companies market their creams in a way that make people believe they have an effective, if not miraculous, solution. The problem, though, is that most acne creams will only remove the oil from your face without treating the real problem underneath the skin (like hormones or digestive issues). If you do have acne, don’t waste your money on over-the-counter products. Instead, visit a professional dermatologist who will treat the underlying problem.
Yes, most of us stock up on anti-aging creams like there’s no tomorrow, but that growing collection of wrinkle erasers may actually be causing more harm than good.
You see, most OTC anti-aging creams contain harsh acids, like citric, malic, glycolic, or lactic, which sloughs off the top layer of skin, leaving you with a brand new, younger-looking layer of skin. However, this newer skin is highly sensitive to UV damage.
This means that your wrinkle cream may actually leave your skin more prone to damage. So remember, prevention is always better. Keep out of the sun, use effective sunscreen, and keep your skin moisturized.
You know how there’s foot cream and hand cream? Well, you’ll also find body cream on shelves — an all-in-one formula that works on all areas of your body, which means you really only need one lotion in your cabinet. Since all of these creams do the same thing, you might want to think twice the next time you're considering “investing” in a pricey hand or foot cream.
Much like cellulite, stretch marks are considered to be major skincare woes. So we go to our local store looking for cocoa butter or shea creams to remove these bloody lines. The thing is, these ingredients haven’t been proven effective.
So what ingredients do work? Dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, MD, says, "Stretch mark creams containing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids combined with retinol (or vitamin A), cayenne pepper, tiger's herb, vitamin C -- anything that encourages collagen or elastin (elastic tissue) production and circulation -- can help."
So maybe you should start saving your pennies to treat your stretch marks with pricier products rather than just the regular old shea butter creams.
There are dandruff products that are very effective, but these are ones you can only get with a prescription. Other than that, don’t waste your money on dandruff shampoos, most of which will only dry out your scalp even more. Instead, try rubbing some coconut oil on your hair and scalp to help ease the dryness.
Some of us use lip balm and chapstick all day, every day. The funny thing (well, actually, it’s kind of a sad thing) is that most lip balms and chapsticks contain “hyaluronic acid” or “glycerin.” These two ingredients dry out the lips even more. Bastards. Your lips need ingredients like oils and beeswax to stay supple.