9 Skincare products we don’t need | COPD

9 unnecessary skincare products according to Total Beauty

by on April 13, 2012 · 18 comments | in Minimalist living,Skincare

In the interest of my new beauty blogger pledge about not hoarding, I’m researching where I can cut back. I thought I’d tackle a list that Total Beauty came up with of 9 skincare products that we apparently don’t need….

TB says:  We don’t need separate face creams for face, neck, and chest

COPD says: I agree, the stuff I put on my face goes on my neck and chest as well.

TB says: We don’t need super expensive skincare products

COPD says: The most expensive skincare product I own at the moment is a face scrub from Fresh and while it’s good I don’t think its worth the $55 I paid for it!

TB says: We don’t need toner

COPD says: Depending on what skincare brand you use, will you get told it’s unnecessary and others will tell you that you can’t live without it – I’m looking at you Clinique! I like using toner, maybe not all the time but I find it useful for removing face mask residue and freshening up my face.

TB says: We don’t need hydrating serum

COPD says: I totally agree, I hate serums and they make my skin feel horrid and slimy.

TB says: We don’t need creams designed for specific body parts

COPD says:  I agree somewhat, general body lotion is fine but I think heavier creams for hands and feet are necessary, they get more exposure and work harder. And for the very same reason I wouldn’t use heavier creams on other parts of my body as they aren’t needed.

TB says: We don’t need age-reversing products

COPD says: They say prevention is better than a cure so I kind of agree with this one. But I also think there is nothing wrong with products that can make your skin look better as long as you don’t have un-realistic expectations. Cough Cough ahem Nanoblur!

TB says: We don’t need body firming products

COPD says: I’ve never used body firming products, I like to think all my scrubbing away will keep my skin taught and smooth.

TB says: We don’t need sunscreen over an SPF 30

COPD says: Most of my moisturisers have always had some kind of SPF in them. I’ve seen ones with very high SPF’s like 75/80 but as I don’t holiday on the Sun I’ve never needed them.

TB says: We don’t need face masks

COPD says: Whatever! I love face masks and they always make my skin look better with regular use. If you’ve got oily skin you know using a clay-based mask a few times a week can work wonders.

Well there you have it, and notice that scrubs are not on the list which means that we should Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

So what you ladies & gents think – do you agree with the list? Is there anything you could ditch from your routine?

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PinktyApril 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

There are things I agree and other not: I use a serum everyday and I could not live without it ! I use heavier cream on my hands and especially my feet (there are so dry…) and I love face masks !!
I believe some of the things we use aren’t necessary but if it makes me feel better I will still use them :-)


April 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Heck yeah! I think there are a lot of beauty things we could live without but who wants to wash their face with soap right? :D


AysheApril 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

What? No facemasks? Don’t think so, I love them too much! As for the others I do agree with some (I do love my serum too), but sunfactor is such a sensitive topic for me, there are so many factors to consider like where in the world you live, your skintype etc so blanket statements like that are always a bit concerning, plus if you don’t apply sunscreen correctly you won’t get the full protection it can offer, so slap it on I say!


April 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Yeah this list doesn’t really take into consideration different skin types either – you like serums too? I’d rather eat broken glass than use them but if they work for you hunny bun that’s great! xoxo


AndyApril 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

Controversial! Lol
I agree with some of the points. I don’t think I could like without toner or masks though?


April 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I know right where’s the fun in skincare if you don’t have extra little bits to play with – I can’t live without face masks and neither can my skin! Nice to see you here Andy! :D


HaniApril 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

I love to use serums as my skins looks better after using them. I’ve tried not using them but found that my skin is not as radiant.. As for masks, I can’t live without them! Especially clarifying or detoxing masks.


April 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

OMG Hani you too? I must be missing a trick with the serums………. I guess I just don’t feel the need for extra moisturiser on my face? Tell me what brand you use – curious now!


HaniApril 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

the serum that works for me is Estee Lauder’s advanced night repair and Idealist even skintone illuminator..both are fab products!


April 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Advanced Night Repair is a classic! Thanks hun x


KellyApril 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

haha I agree with most of these too! There’s a lot of unnecessary things trying to be sold over counters. I think I’m still going to use face masks too – mental happiness is worth the price of a Lush face mask every once in a while!


April 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Damn straight Kelly! Life is always a little better with a Cupcake face mask! :D


gioApril 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I agree with most of these as well. I don’t think face masks are a must have, but they are nice to use and can help skin look good if used regularly. I like to use them ever now and then to pamper myself. Also, I think anti-aging serums are very beneficial for the skin, but I don’t see the point of using a hydrating serum. I mean, if I need more hydration, I’d get a richer moisturizer.


April 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Ah Gio I knew I could rely on you to see the serums are evil! And another one for face masks too, I think they are winning! :D


samApril 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I think we should use what we feel gets the best out of our skin. Personally I love using a toner whether it is just the ritual of it or the feeling it gives my skin. Face masks have helped my skin a lot even just making spots appear less angry means they are worth 5 minutes of my time. Anti-Ageing skincare depends on expectations… giving older skin extra moisture or light diffusing particles that make skin appear more even, to me are realistic results however expecting a cream to turn back time or damage , not so much. The prime example is a company selling a high price Anti Ageing product with a tag line that says wrinkles ‘appear’ reduced not that they are.


April 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Hey Sam – I used to get suckered into the hype over anti-ageing creams when I was in my late 20′s. I used loads of expensive ones thinking that they will do something but in reality they nothing because my skin didn’t look old. I also think the problem with just worrying about your face is that the rest of you won’t match up which is why I also pay attention to my hands too! xoxo


G A B YApril 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I don’t think we really need anything. We should use what we feel like using. I have dry skin, so I won’t skip serum, but of course, I can totally understant why someone with oily skin won’t want to use some! I agreed with most of your statement, that was an interesting post x


April 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Thanks Gaby – I’m really trying to cut back with all the stuff I use but that list made me realise I don’t use as many other people could. :D


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