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Top Most Useless Beauty Products

Updated on January 25, 2012
While some cosmetics have a unique and specific purpose, others are just pointless and silly.
While some cosmetics have a unique and specific purpose, others are just pointless and silly. | Source

Have you ever taken a good look at the cosmetics aisle in your local department store and wondered, 'why on Earth would someone pay money for that?' If you have, it's awesome that you've caught onto these sly tricks of the cosmetic industry. If you haven't, I am about to open your eyes to a wonderful new world of simplicity and savings. This is a list of the top most pointless beauty products that are available today. These can all be replaced with a simpler, and cheaper method that is already available in your home.

1. Oil Absorbing Paper

Oil absorbing sheets of paper come in a handy little dispenser packet, making it easy to carry them around in your purse. When your face starts to get a little too oily, just whip one of these out. Press it to your face and it will absorb the excess oils. At nearly $5 for a packet of 50 sheets, this product is completely pointless. Why pay that much when you can simply stuff a tissue in your pocket and be on your way? The cost is almost nothing for that one tissue, and it does exactly the same thing.

2. Makeup Remover

Costing anywhere from $3 to $12, purchasing these on a regular basis can add up very quickly. The idea is that every night before you go to bed, you apply the liquid to a cotton ball or something similar (or you can purchase moist towelettes), and wipe your makeup off. There are some people, though, who change their makeup several times a day. Imagine how many moist towelettes a person can use in just one year! Instead of throwing money away on these kinds of products, just dab a bit of moisturizer on your eye lids and gently wipe it off with a tissue or washcloth. Or better yet, do it the old fashioned way and use soap and water!

3. Exfoliating Scrub

While I can see the importance of exfoliating the skin (removing dead skin cells and such), I do not understand why it's necessary to fork out extra money for a special "exfoliating facial scrub." A bottle of this stuff can cost as low as $3 and as high as $15, depending on the brand and the size of the bottle. If you exfoliate often, this product will end up costing you an obscene amount of money in the long run. Do you really want to throw away a partial retirement fund on exfoliating scrub? I didn't think so. Instead, use your normal, everyday facial and body soaps. Paired with a washcloth, it will do the same job as those pricey scrubbing beads will.


Some people choose to use these products, however unnecessary, because they are under the impression that store bought products are of better quality than a home-fashioned product. While it may be cool to own and use these products that are labeled by a name brand company, it is surely not more efficient. Kleenex, regular facial soap, and some plain old moisturizer are all you need to take care of the problems these products are made to take care of, and they do it just as well.

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    • Kristen Haynie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Haynie 

      6 years ago from Modesto, CA

      TR, I'm not saying that the actual purpose of these products is useless. I realize that removing the oil and makeup from your face, exfoliating, etc are actually very important. However, paying a fortune for the products I listed above is not necessary at all. There are plenty of DIY ways to get these things done without buying the products that the media tells us we need. That is why these products are useless.

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      TR 

      6 years ago

      You clearly know nothing about skin, do you?

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