I’m a dermatologist – here are three expensive skincare products you DON’T need… and their much cheaper alternatives
A DERMATOLOGIST has told how a higher price tag doesn’t always mean better product when it comes to skin care.
Dr Muneeb Shah explains how three staple skincare products we use daily actually have cheaper alternatives.
He said: “Cleansers are something you use every single day. If you have an expensive cleanser, it’s going to get costly pretty quickly.”
Dr Shah said looking for gentle cleansers which are hydrating is key.
He prefers the CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam cleanser, which retails for only £14 at Boots, and is on offer for £7 on Amazon.
Micellar water is frequently used to help remove makeup – but you don’t need to splurge to get a good clean.
Dr Shah explained: “Look for something under £15, like the La Roche Posay Micellar Water.”
When searching for a moisturiser to top off your skincare routine, opt for something that will “restore a healthy skin barrier”.
Dr Shah said: “There’s a study that shows the more expensive moisturisers are more likely to contain common allergens.
“Look for something that’s fragrance free, that has ceramides.”
Earlier this week, Dr. Shah revealed two overrated skin fads, and cheap swaps which are better for your skincare.
Dr Shah has urged people not to buy cleansing brushes.
The silicon face washing devices have been all the rage on social media over the last few years.
“The brushes can be a great addition to your routine, but are they necessary? No,” he said in a video shared on social media.
Several experts have even warned of their potentially damaging effects.
Instead of investing in a brush, Dr Muneeb suggests people simply use their fingers to clean their face – which he says is just as effective, and free.
Or get yourself a flannel – which not only works to rub off dirt and makeup but can double up as an exfoliator.
Boots are selling a pack of two cotton flannels for £1.
In a separate video, the doctor slams TikTok’s beloved pore strips.
“Pore strips are pretty harsh and don’t address the underlying problem,” Dr. Shah said.
The best way to get rid of and reduce your chances of developing blackheads is by gentle chemical exfoliation.
The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is a popular and affordable option, which costs just £5.10 on deciem.com.