Some beauty products are worth the price, but some (especially those that have equal or better natural alternatives) just aren’t worth the cost. Take a look at 4 products that you shouldn’t waste your money on, and what natural alternatives you should use instead:
- Teeth Whiteners
While teeth-bleaching kits can be effective at their job, the cost and side effects should make you want to stay away from them. They’re of course expensive, but they can also lead to discoloration, tooth and gum sensitivity and even chemical burns. Instead, try combining enough hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a watery paste, then adding 5-10 drops of essential clove oil. Use this as a brightening toothpaste that keeps your mouth fresh and clean. Or you could try any of these homemade whitening ideas.
- Expensive Body Scrubs
These are a waste of money for two reasons. Firstly, they may actually speed up the aging process (because of the dangerous additives, dyes and perfumes in them). Secondly, you can get the same exfoliation from simple ingredients you have at home. For a quick facial exfoliant, just sprinkle some baking soda onto you hands and add enough water to make a paste. Scrub your face and neck gently, then splash with cool water to close your pores.
- Shave Minimizing Lotions
The chemicals in these products can make hair finer, lighter and softer, but they will not prevent the hair from growing back any faster. Instead, try this trick:
If you want to reduce how often you shave, you can try “sugaring.”Sugaring is a natural method of hair removal that uses only sugar, water, and lemon juice. Most say it’s less painful than conventional waxing.
- Anti-Aging Creams
According to a study reported by CBS News, even the most expensive anti-aging creams on the market have little to no effect on the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles on skin. Instead, try using coconut oil on your skin. Or the dry skin brushing technique:
Check out 6 other alternatives for expensive beauty treatments over at Money Crashers’ 10 Beauty Products That Are a Waste of Money – Natural Alternatives.