Everyone always recommends products you should buy and make a part of your skincare routine, people hardly share the products that didn’t work for them. In this age of skincare FOMO (the feeling that if you don’t buy a certain product your skin will not look a certain way) we end up filling up our carts with so many products (we too are guilty of this, blame the Black Friday sales!) only for those products to either not work for us or having them bask in the corner because we have so many products that we don’t know how to include them in our beauty routine.
As consumers, we have to start being conscious and strategic about what products we should be buying and what products we DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T.
So we asked users to share one product that they just can’t go near again and just didn’t make the cut for them because at the end of the day you have one face.
Disclaimer: Beauty really comes down to personal choices, so if a certain product mentioned below has worked for you do let us know in the comments below. We are always looking to learn.
Skincare Revolution Blemish and Pore Refining Serum 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc
Why I don’t approve of it: I used this product as an alternative to the Ordinary Serum when my skin was in its worst phase back in 2019. As a result of shaving my face, I had these scars and blemishes on the lower part of my face and especially my jawline. I then diligently used this serum every day both AM & PM on a clean and toned face. When the first two days I tried it I felt like my skin was glowing and the serum was working, but it wasn’t! It was probably me trying to make myself believe that the serum was working. 2 weeks in I still saw no difference in my skin. It’s not that it worsened my skin condition or that I broke out, it wasn’t doing anything. Absolutely, NADA!
In terms of texture, it leaves the skin feeling sticky and tacky. On days that I used this serum with another serum-like an AHA based serum, the serum would just clump and become white on my skin. Also not a great serum to be used under makeup either.
My problem with this product is it absolutely does nothing. It’s rather useless. I have pores too and evident ones but it did nothing to minimize those as well, even after I was through with an entire bottle. So I don’t think I will be buying this product again. So does this product deserve your money? nope, might as well apply water on your face.
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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
User – Srishti Tokas (glowtok)
Why I don’t approve of it: There are several reasons the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser didn’t work out for me. Marketed as a ‘Gentle Skin Cleanser’, Cetaphil comprising of 8 ingredients, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS ) a well-known skin irritant and 3 additional chemical parabens is misleading. Together, they’re known to be the most common reasons to sensitising your skin. Apart from water, there are just no skin-benefiting or barrier shielding ingredients like glycerine, ceramides, sodium hyaluronate, squalene to name a few, that you’d find in a true functional cleanser for sensitive skin.
I suffer from mild rosacea and occasional perioral dermatitis and SLS definitely makes things worse. With a risk of irritation to eyes, mouth, nose and lungs, you don’t want to take a chance to damage your skin further. SLS is a harsh surfactant because along with being a cleansing agent it also does 2 things – firstly it compromises your skin barrier functioning and secondly, it disrupts your acid mantle thereby causing an imbalance in your skin’s natural pH. Some SLS remains in the skin even after cleansing. This accumulates over time and clogged pores can lead to acne!
Thankfully we are living in a time and age when we do have the option to go green and clean with beauty and skincare, without causing any imbalance to your skins natural pH, so I say this is just not worth the drama!
There are many milder surfactants as well as plant-derived surfactants that are much gentler on the skin and don’t strip your skin off its moisture. With people waking about skincare today, I always read labels, choose safer moisture-rich formulations and save myself the hassle.
If you’ve been riding on the Gentle Cleanser train for a long time and couldn’t figure out why your skin is hating on you, now you know why.
Avon Care Banana Body Lotion
User – Sara (skincare_by_saraz)
Why I don’t approve of it: First of all, it’s a very cheap cream for a large quantity. It has an intense smell of chemical banana then the consistency is so light that wouldn’t be a problem..just that it leaves my skin even drier than before applying it. 100% would not recommend it to anybody. Sometimes after I’d use this my skin would turn red so I stopped applying it completely.
Earth Rhythm Phyto-Gel with Centella Asiatica & Horsetail Extract
User – Yashmita Hota (wine9wonder)
Why I don’t approve of it: The first thing that attracted me to this product was the Centella Asiatica, I have read so much about its benefits. Centella Asiatica aka Gotu Kola is widely known for its medicinal properties and is considered a healing agent for a variety of skin conditions. It fights blemishes and helps fade scars. So, I definitely wanted to give this a try to heal my irritated skin and treat some pesky blemishes. Next great ingredient is the Horsetail extract that is known for its anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Why I don’t approve of it: I have sensitive and dry skin, and was intrigued to try a gel product that is hydrating and healing. However, I was slightly dissatisfied with the hydration. I have very dry skin due to prolonged stay in air conditioning and this gel didn’t really provide enough hydration to soothe my skin. It definitely feels comfortable on the skin during hot and humid days, but I had to top it up with a face mist and later a moisturizer. I feel like it’s the Witch Hazel in it that’s causing my skin to feel drier. Whatever it is, I don’t like how dry and stretched my skin feels after just 20 minutes of applying it. If you have oily skin, you will probably like it better because it felt good on my oily T-zone.
I’ll continue using it as a spot treatment for blemishes as I have seen that this calms down newly formed acne spots but I wouldn’t recommend this as a hydration provider at all. It does not moisturise and instead dries up the skin. Their website claims it is hydrating but it does quite the opposite. It makes the skin feel stretched and uncomfortable. So a big no-no for me.
Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion SPF++30 UVA/UVB
User – Karishma (reviewnregimebyk)
Why I don’t approve of it: I bought it as it’s the most affordable mineral sunscreen in India. It claims that it’s for all skin types, I have a very normal sometimes combination skin to dry side and I don’t think it got along well with me.
Every time you need to shake the tube well before using else you get water out of it with separated ingredients and it’s mentioned on the tube.
Also, it contains essential oils, doesn’t blend easily and definitely leaves a white cast so I won’t recommend it to dusky or darker skin tones. Those with oily skin or combination skin (that’s more towards the oily side) with fair a skin tone may try it for themselves. I don’t recommend it to normal and dry skin either.
Overall again neither would I purchase it again nor would I recommend it to anyone. I had higher expectations from this sunscreen but was disappointed.
Have you tried these products? How has your experience been with? Also if you have any products/ hacks or remedies you wouldn’t recommend Do Share the global beauty community in the comments below.
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Tags: approved by you, Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion SPF++30 UVA/UVB, Avon Care Banana Body Lotion, Basic Beauty Routine, beauty product review, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Earth Rhythm Phyto-Gel with Centella Asiatica & Horsetail Extract, Himalaya, Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash, Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Glow-Restore Face Oils Blend