Every woman worthy of the name wants to look her best, and in fact most men do too. Looking good can cost a lot of money, though, and while some beauty products repay their investment several times over, others are a complete waste of money. Do not be taken in by the hype surrounding these products.
It probably will not surprise you to learn that many of the so-called 'miracle creams' are nothing of the kind. That's because there are some beauty problems that can not be solved at the moment, because the scientists have not yet figured out how to do that. Anti-cellulite creams, miracle anti-wrinkle creams and products that promise to make the hair on your head grow and minimize hair growth under your arms are going to have little or no effect on your cellulite, wrinkles and hair, or anyone else's.
Anti-cellulite creams and anti-wrinkle creams do contain intestinal moisturisers which will plump out the skin so it seems to be cellulite or wrinkle free, but this effect is temporary. Spend your hard-earned cash on a chemical free moisturiser instead. Hair serums that claim to repair split ends are also a waste of money. The only fix for split ends is to cut them off.
Only people with very oily skin need a skin toner. For most people, this once important step of the cleansing routine is now redundant. Actually, toners can have a drying effect, and that will send messages to the skin cells to produce more oil. Cleansing and moisturizing are important – toning is generally irrelevant.
Fantastic claims are made for some scar treatment creams and under eye concealers, but most of these products are not as effective as the manufacturers would have you believe. Scar tissue can never be completely eradicated, although prescription creams or laser treatment may bring about a significant improvement. The same is true of most under eye concealers. If your dermatologist can not solve the problem, it's unlikely that creams on general sale can.
In recent years, the trend has been away from chemical-based products to more natural skin care treatments, and in fact some of the new breed of natural skin care products can achieve better results. This is because the ingredients in these products are designed to work with the skin to encourage cell growth and renewal and collagen production. Often this is all that is needed to give the skin a youngger, healthy look, and natural skin care products tend to be less expensive.
In the words of the famous personal care commercials, 'You're worth it!' Of course, that goes without saying. The question you should be asking yourself before splurging your salary at the beauty counter is, 'Is that product worth it?' Sadly, the answer will often be a categorical 'No!'