5 "Meh" Beauty Products You Really Don't Need in Your Routine


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As a beauty editor, I spend a lot of time telling you about the stuff you need. You know, the game-changing lotions and potions that will smooth your skin, give you shiny hair, make your hands hella soft, and a whole host of other beauty wish list items. But today, I'm coming at you with a cold, hard fact you might not be ready to hear. Here's the truth: Mediocrity abounds in the beauty industry. That's right. So much of the stuff out there marketed as miracle workers actually don't do much at all. 

As you can imagine, I get an up close, firsthand look at the ploys and truth-stretching that takes place, but as a consumer, I'm sure you've also had your suspicions. If I'm being totally honest, there are too many products that fall short of their trumped-up claims to even count. I suppose that's not the most terrible thing—it offers choices and opportunities to indulge in the extras in the name of self-care—but if you're anything like me, pointless products take up valuable vanity real estate I'd much rather reserve for products that will actually help me look and feel my best. 

Of course, it's true that carrying out prolonged skin, hair, and makeup regimens can be super relaxing and, on the whole, can make us look and feel fab, even if only temporarily. I'm not disputing that at all. But when it comes down to it, there are some beauty products that, on their own, are just mediocre. I sure hope this is a safe space because I'm about to put it all on the line to share five beauty products you can absolutely skip and still be a Megan Thee Stallion-level hot girl. (Okay, maybe not Megan level—she's in a league of her own.) Without further ado, scroll on for the five mediocre beauty products you can skip and five great ones to hold onto.

Skip: Essence

Keep: Chemical Exfoliator

Skip: Two-in-One Shampoo and Conditioner

Keep: Hydrating Shampoo


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Skip: Sheet Mask

Keep: Serum

Skip: Foot Cream

Keep: Body Butter

Skip: Shaving Cream

Keep: Inexpensive Hair Conditioner

Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.