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11 Beauty Products You Shouldn’t Be Wasting Your Money On… Be Natural

Did you know you are probably spending much more money on beauty products than you need to?

It goes without saying that we all want to look and feel our very best. Unfortunately, these desires sometimes drive us so strongly that the latest diet fad or skincare trend can have us whipping out our wallets and plunking down obscene amounts of money, solely in the hopes of dropping a few pounds or looking a few years younger.

Here are 11 such beauty products you shouldn’t be spending on because you don’t really need them in your life.

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1. Lip Balms

Have you been told that the only way to hydrate and moisturize your lips is to use a lip balm? That’s not true. Since the skin on the lips is dry and doesn’t produce oil, it needs a bit of protection and care. Most lip balms contain alcohol and you know what alcohol does, right? It dries your skin out!

Try This Natural Alternative:

Make use of natural ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil or beeswax as they’re super effective and will make your lips smooth, supple and baby soft!

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2. Skin Lotion

That fancy bottle of high-priced skincare lotion may make promises of healthier, younger-looking skin – but what’s really in the bottle? Most commercial cosmetic and skincare products contain a host of irritating chemicals such as parabens, lanolin, and cosmetic-grade talc that may not only dry out skin, but cause allergic skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Try This Natural Alternative:

Coconut oil is chock full of antioxidants and skin-soothing vitamins. It absorbs quickly into your skin and leaves it feeling smooth, supple, and moisturized.

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3. Cellulite Creams

Cellulite is just fat deposits concentrated in one place, and whether you’re a size 2 or a size 20, you can develop it.

Cellulite creams are expensive beauty treatments that are frequently hit or miss. These creams usually “work” to reduce the appearance of cellulite by either filling it in with collagen or using caffeine to dry out the skin, making it temporarily firmer. They do nothing to actually eliminate cellulite – they just mask it temporarily.

Try This Natural Alternative:

Two things that worked to help reduce cellulite are a coffee-cellophane wrap and dry skin brushing. Dry skin brushing works to improve circulation and remove toxins from your body, resulting in smoother, clearer skin.

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4. Eye Cream

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You have to understand that dark circles and puffy eyes are caused due to three common factors – diet deficiency, genetics and sleep deprivation. An eye cream can serve as a temporary solution, but if you ask us, it’s expensive and you could do much better by going natural.

Try This Natural Alternative:

The key is to moisturize regularly and drink lots of water so that your skin stays hydrated and glows throughout the day. Get enough of sleep and eat healthy, leafy veggies as they are abundant in vitamins and minerals!

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5. Shower Gel

Shower gels may seem hygienic and smell divine, but they’re not good for your skin in the long run. Most of them contain lauryl sulphate, parabens and diethanolamine – harsh chemicals that can dry out skin and penetrate into your bloodstream in extreme cases.

Try This Natural Alternative:

Choose an organic bar of soap rather than shower gel because it’s milder and much gentler on the skin. Instead of damaging your skin, it will nourish and soften it.

6. A Toner

Even though toners help cleanse your skin of makeup residue, dust, grime and bacteria, they’re still an unnecessary splurge. The alcohol content and astringents in them can strip skin of its natural oils and dry it out.

Try This Natural Alternative:

A face wash or rosewater do a fab job at removing dirt from the skin. If you have combination skin and don’t want to experiment with products, you can use cucumber slices. They absorb oil and hydrate your skin at the same time! For dry and sensitive skin, you could boil a cup of water on slow fire and add a few mint leaves to it. After a couple of minutes, turn off the gas and dip a ball of cotton into the liquid. Apply it to your skin and give it a gentle rub. Works like a charm all the time.

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7. Body Scrubs

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Some women believe the more products they use, the better their skin will look. Expensive body scrubs are a waste of money because they may actually speed up the aging process. This is because most commercial skincare products, ranging from lotions, to makeup, to body scrubs, contain dangerous additives, dyes, and perfumes.

Try This Natural Alternative:

For a quick, gentle facial exfoliation, sprinkle some baking soda onto your hands and add enough water to make a paste. Scrub your face and neck gently, and then splash with cool water to close pores. You can do the exact same with Epsom salt, though it’s better as a body scrub because it can be a bit harsher than baking soda.

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8. Lip Exfoliator

A lip exfoliator sounds exciting and tempting, but do you really need one? That’s the real question! A lip exfoliator is basically like a lip balm that’s packed with scrubby bits with the goal to remove dry, chapped skin from your lips. If you ask us, it’s kind of overpriced. Go natural instead!

Try This Natural Alternative:

Make a mix using olive oil and sugar crystals. Apply it to your lips, and use the bristles of a toothbrush to scrub the dead skin off. Once your done, wash your lips and pat dry. You can apply a bit of good old Vaseline afterwards so that your lips become soft, supple and smooth.

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9. Teeth Whiteners

Among the most common beauty product money-wasters are over-the-counter teeth whiteners. I’m a big tea drinker, and my teeth have always had a bit of a yellow tinge to them. I’ve tried using whitening toothpastes, but have never noticed any benefits. Since whitening toothpaste costs more money than regular toothpaste, I’ve come to see such products as a waste of money.

Try This Natural Alternative:

There is a better way to obtain a bright smile on the cheap with no harsh side effects. In a small jar, combine enough hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a watery paste, and then add 5 to 10 drops of essential clove oil. Voila! You have an instant brightening toothpaste that keeps your mouth fresh and bacteria-free. Peroxide and baking soda are both natural bleaching ingredients that offer a bright, even smile with no side effects. You can also use an electric toothbrush to naturally polish teeth.

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10. Hand, Neck & Foot Cream

Trust us, you really don’t need different creams to cater to different parts of your body, you needn’t fall for such marketing stunts. In reality, you require just ONE good cream for your body to do the needful.

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Invest in just one good body moisturizer or a plain body lotion to nourish, moisturize and hydrate dry and flaky skin.

11. Makeup Remover

You should always take your makeup off before you go to bed – but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money on makeup remover. Having those little makeup remover pads might be more convenient and they do work, so it’s fine to buy them.

Try This Natural Alternative:

You can just as easily use stuff you have at home. I’ve heard that coconut oil works miracles. You can also use olive oil, baby oil, baby lotion or Vaseline.

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What are you going to spend your extra money on now that you aren’t wasting it on overpriced beauty products? Leave a comment below.

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