Drug stores are great for getting a lot of essential items easily. With a plethora of stores and pharmacy companies, they can be a safe haven for nearby, necessary household products.
But you shouldn’t get everything at the drugstore. For example, many common skincare products that you’ll find at your local drug store will do more harm than good.
In this article, we’ll review common products you should avoid, and why.
Just Don’t Do It
Nose Strips: Your pores will thank you if you skip this one. Most people think nasal strips will help with the removal of blackheads, but in reality, they just rip the top layer of your skin, otherwise known as your epidermis. The irritation and damage that these pore strips can do to your skin are not worth the trouble. If you’re concerned about blackheads, you’re better off exfoliating two or three times a week to ensure that dirt doesn’t get trapped underneath your skin.
Face Scrubs: Anything face wash that has plastic beads is an absolute no-go. There was a time when face scrubs were all the rage. But face scrubs that are not made with all-natural ingredients are far too abrasive for the face. Yes, gentle exfoliants are important for removing dead skin cells, but the drugstore face scrubs that have small plastic beads meant to “soften” or “smooth” your skin are misleading. The result of these products can often lead to skin inflammation, and/or damage.
Any retinol-related products: Retinol is a strong ingredient for keeping your face clear and your skin tone even. Retinol products are typically recommended for nighttime use because it inherently makes your skin susceptible to sun damage. So, what does that have to do with a drug store? Well, many people either begin using retinol at the prescription of a dermatologist or as a method for anti-aging. For those reasons, it’s important to turn to more niche brands that will target your specific needs, rather than reaching for something on the drugstore shelf.
Charcoal Face masks: Similar to the nose strips, charcoal face masks are built for extracting dirt and excess from your pores, but in reality, they mostly just rip the epidermis of your skin when you peel the dried mask off. Sure, it might clear some of your pores, but the harshness of the removal is not worth it for the purpose it’s supposed to serve.
What Ingredients To Look For
When trying any new skincare product, it’s important to make sure the brand you’re buying from is all-natural. To Fièra Cosmetics, that means paraben-free, fragrance-free, BHT & BHA free, and cruelty-free. If you’re concerned about your skincare products working as an anti-aging method, check additionally for the product’s active ingredients.
For example, Fièra’s Anti-Aging Apple Cream is packed with vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, and apple stem cells designed to restore your skin and give you the glow you’ve been searching for. Like our tips about skincare and aging? Visit our blog for more.