Firming creams, tightening serums, dark spot correctors—these days, drugstore shelves are packed to the brim with anti-aging products. But how many of them can really help turn back the clock? Turns out, not every single one. Here, 6 products you can definitely leave off your shopping list.
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1. Growth-enhancing eyelash serums
If you’re looking for some magic in that mascara wand, you won’t find any. Most of those lash enhancing products are actually just conditioners, which provide moisture, and they often make growth claims beyond what can do.
2. Targeted neck creams
Using separate creams for your face and neck is a luxury, not a necessity. The cream you use to firm and moisturize your face can do the same for the skin on your neck. Just be sure to choose one that has either retinol or glycolic acid, not both. When combined, the pH levels of each active ingredient interact, which can result in the product becoming ineffective.
3. Anti-aging cleansers
Cleansers are another product you can keep simple; since the product is on your skin for only a few seconds, there’s not even time for anti-aging products to work. Unless you have specific skin concerns, there’s no point in over-spending on them. But that doesn’t mean any cleanser will do. Take into account your skin type before making a purchase: Foaming cleansers are better for oily skin and non-foaming cleansers are better for dry skin.
4. Anti-aging hair care
Unlike your skin, hair isn’t actually a living organ. So it’s just a marketing technique when products claim to slow the aging process. As you age, your hair does become drier, more brittle, and more vulnerable to damage. So while you can’t reverse your hair’s age, you should be caring for it carefully. Opt for hair products that protect your hair from the abuse of dyes, chemicals, and styling tools. A good everyday conditioner, like Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner will help prevent some wear and tear.
5. Novelty anti-aging makeup
Color cosmetics used to be just for looks, but now you can find ones made with bona fide anti-aging ingredients like wrinkle-reducing peptides and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. But if the area you’re using the product on is small, you may be better off leaving it on the shelf. When you use topical anti-aging products, you apply them thoroughly to the entire face. With something like an anti-aging eye or lip liner, only a small portion of your skin is exposed to the product—which means you’re not getting much bang for your buck. Total-coverage cosmetics like foundation, however, are worth springing for in anti-aging form.
6. Anti-wrinkle patches
Many companies are introducing adhesive strips aimed at smoothing areas like your forehead or eyes by exposing your skin to ingredients like hyaluronic acid or peptides, or by simply physically preventing you from wrinkling your skin. While they’re good at de-puffing under-eye bags and making skin look instantly dewy, you won’t see wrinkle-erasing results. At best, the adhesive patches may temporarily smooth fine lines, but once the tape comes off and the skin relaxes, wrinkles will return.
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