We all have some skincare products that didn’t really work for us lying around. Maybe we picked them up in our never-ending search for the holy grail products that’ll give us perfect, flawless and healthy skin, maybe they were a present from a loved one that just didn’t perform as well as we hoped or maybe our skin has changed overtime and what used to work for us has now become useless. Whatever the reason, what should we do with skincare products that don’t work for us? Throwing them away would just be a waste, especially when they can still be put to good use:
1. Give them away to friends and family
Juts because a product doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean that it won’t work for someone else. If a moisturizer is too lightweight and not moisturizing enough for your dry skin, then give it to someone with combination or oily skin for example. Does a cream contain an ingredient that’s problematic for you? Donate it to a friend who can tolerate it. For instance, my combination skin breaks out horribly whenever I use a cream with Isopropyl Palmitate, but I have friends with dry skin that slather it on their faces daily and never got a pimple! What you’d gladly throw away may make someone else very happy.
2. Use them on your body
The skin of our body is different, and thicker than that of our faces and needs more moisturizing products. If you find that your moisturizer is too rich for your face, then use it on your body. The same is true for sunscreen, serums and other skincare products, even eye creams. Even if they don’t have a too rich texture but simply they don’t seem to do anything for your face, apply them on your body. It will just keep it hydrated and moisturized, which is something it needs anyway, and you won’t have wasted money by throwing away a barely-used product.
3. Return them to the store
Unfortunately this is not a feasible solution for everyone as return policies vary from country to country and in some places, beauty products can’t be returned at all. So, before spending your money on a product, especially if it expensive, make sure you know what the return policy of the store is and if they allow products to be returned, don’t hesitate to do so if something doesn’t work for you. If instead, you can’t return products, make sure you ask for a sample so you can see how a product performs before purchasing. If the shop refuses to give out samples, just leave and take your money where it is more appreciated!
What do you do with skincare products that don’t work for you?