Girl applying face creamThere are some beauty and skincare products that do more harm than good. If a dermatologist or skin expert won't touch the following products with a ten foot pole, you should probably steer clear as well.
1. Lip gloss without SPF
According to Dr. Christine Brown, a dermatologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, "These lip glosses can make more of the light rays penetrate directly through the skin, instead of getting reflected off of the skin's surface." At worst, this can lead to "the degeneration of collagen and elastin, which leads to a loss of lip fullness, increased lines, and an increased risk of skin cancer," according to Dr. Leslie Baumann, Chief of the Department of Cosmetic Dermatology at the University of Miami and author of The Skin Type Solution.
In other words, for better lips tomorrow, stick to a lipstick or gloss with SPF today, such as Clinique Moisture Surge Lipstick SPF 15 and Neutrogena Moisture Surge Lipgloss with SPF 20 ($12 for two, Amazon.com).
2. Apricot Scrub
Apricot granules tend to have rough, almost triangular edges. When apricot scrub is applied roughly, it can actually rip or stretch the pores. That's why it's best to stick with dermatologist-administered microdermabrasion or a gentler scrub, like NIA 24 Physical Cleansing Scrub ($26.50, Amazon.com).
3. Pore StripsA pore strip contains a hairspray-like substance on one side that sticks to the material within your pores. When you rip the strip off, the gunk gets lifted out, but the pore gets stretched. Over time, this leads to permanently enlarged pores, and thus even more black heads. Best to stick with dermatologist-approved methods for making your pores look smaller!
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