Health & Beauty Products You Think You Need But You Don’t

September 30, 2016  |  
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We’re raised on certain products. That “To-buy” list on the refrigerator was never complete without a few, staple items our parents always purchased. Buying these things ourselves, as we get older, becomes second nature. We pick up our own new items along the way, usually because we’re fed the idea that we need certain things—that our body won’t heal itself, clean itself, strengthen itself, develop things and so on without these products. But do we really need these things? It’s important to know since we probably drop thousands of dollars a year on them. If you asked a doctor or nutritionist what you actually needed in your pantries, their list would probably be much shorter than yours. So here are 20 beauty and health products you don’t need.

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Body scrubs

Whether it’s gourmet coffee grounds or pieces of diamonds the product claims to contain, you don’t need store-bought body scrubs. They do nothing more than your loofah, or a scrub you’d make at home.

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Flat tummy anything

Any product that promises to give you a flat tummy is a scam. Why? Because you can’t just choose to lose fat in one place and not the others.

 

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Special juicers

Most standard blenders have a juicing setting, and they do pretty much the same thing that an expensive juicer does.

 

 

 

 

 

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Portion Plates

It’s time to learn to identify healthy portions all on your own. Out in the real world, you can’t ask your server at a restaurant or your friend who is making you dinner to determine that for you.

 

 

 

 

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Day cream

What you should be wearing during the day is sunscreen. Added points if your sunscreen doubles as a moisturizer. But you don’t need a day cream and sunscreen—then you’d just clog your pores.

 

 

 

 

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Fat burners

The jury is still very much out on whether or not fat burning products even work but one thing is for sure: people tend to eat even more fatty foods than usual, expecting the fat burners to help them out. And they end up gaining weight.

 

 

 

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The step counters/calorie counters

Those little devices you can wear, or hookup to your smartphone, that tell you how many steps you’ve walked or calories you’ve burned. All they do is A.) Either make you think you can stop exercising the second you’ve met your goal, even if you still have plenty of energy! Or B.) Force you to push your body on days you really need to rest—those gadgets aren’t in touch with all of your needs.

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Sole inserts

You could buy these—sure—or you could start looking into brands who design shoes that already provide support to your feet, legs and back.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eye cream

Okay, it’s not bad for you, but if you need it to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes, you have a bigger problem. You’re not getting enough sleep! That’s your real ticket to eliminating puffy eyes.

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Cellulite cream

This is another product on which the jury is still out. Whether cellulite cream works or not, here’s the thing: it’s totally normal and natural to have cellulite. You’re the only one who notices or cares about it.

 

 

 

 

 

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A dozen vitamins

Hello: ever heard of a multivitamin? You could consolidate those twelve jars into one.

 

 

 

 

 

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Decongestion medicine

Are you constantly congested? It could be seasonal allergies, but if you know it isn’t, then you’re likely eating something you’re slightly allergic to. Many people become congested when they eat dairy, but they don’t suffer the other symptoms of lactose intolerance so they don’t put two and two together.

 

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Dry fruit bars

Not only are these stripped of the hydrating water content of fresh fruit, they also contain far more sugar than fresh fruit and cost way too much.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lip balm

Your lips are actually capable of moisturizing themselves. Applying balm to them daily makes them dependent on the stuff, and can ultimately dry them out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thin bread

Really? What are we doing here? This stuff falls apart and cannot support a sandwich. And it saves you few calories. Ultimately, you should switch to full slices of wholesome bread made from nutritious things like rye or Durum.

 

 

 

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Bathroom wipes

These are often made with fragrances that can irritate you if they go anywhere near your vagina. But, on top of that, they can cause some serious plumbing issues. Just add water to your toilet paper if you need to feel a little cleaner.

 

 

 

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Alka Seltzer and similar products

Do you take something for an upset stomach every day? You don’t need over the counter medicine: what you need is to see a doctor. It’s not normal to just live with indigestion and upset stomach—that’s a sign that you eat something that your body doesn’t agree with.

 

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Coconut water vodka

A lot of alcohol brands are starting to infuse their booze with coconut water to give it hydrating benefits. Unfortunately, it gives people the illusion they can drink more alcohol. At the end of the day, a little bit of coconut water cannot undo the damage of four cocktails.

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Stretch mark cream

Here’s something the people behind these products don’t want you to know: stretch marks happen inside of your body. So there’s little that a topical cream can do for them.

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