Episode Title: 10 Things To Do With Beauty Products That Don’t Work For You - The Korean Beauty Show Podcast
When it comes to beauty products that don't work for you it can be a little tricky to work out what exactly to do with them. Should you resell them? Bin them? Return them? On today's episode, Lauren discusses her list of top 10 things to do with beauty products that don't work for you.
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If the product is totally brand new you can actually gift it as a birthday present. Just make sure you don't regift the same thing to a person who gifted it to you:p
If it’s lightly used, you can always give it to a friend with a skin type better suited for it.
If you find that your exfoliating acids and acne treatments are too harsh for your face, try using them on other parts of your body. The skin on your back and bum is thicker than the skin on your face, so chances are that a product that doesn't work out so well on your face may still work elsewhere on your body.
Are you stuck with an exfoliating acid, toner or serum that doesn't do your face any favours? If so, try using it on ingrown hairs on your legs, armpits, and bikini line.
Even exfoliating acids in your creams and moisturisers can be used as a body lotion.
These can be a huge help for in-growns.
Acid toners and underarms might not seem like the most obvious bedfellows but not only do they work fabulously as deodorant, they also work to lighten hyperpigmentation under the arms. Just make sure that you sort out the cause of dark underarms before applying acid toners. If a blunt razor is the culprit, causing irritation, swap it over, calm the skin and then apply your acid toner.
There are so many ways to repurpose all types of products that don't work for your face on your body. Here are just a few:
Oil cleansers you don’t like can be used to shave with.
Anything with a pH level that doesn’t work for the face can be OK on the body
Concentrated products tend to work best on hands, arms and chests
Rich creams that cause breakouts on your face can be great on dry elbows, hands and even feet
Most facial sunscreens work well on the body (just check if its waterproof before using it at the beach)
I’ve reused face washes, scrubs, serums, creams, sunscreens on my body since my body skin is much less fussy than my face.
Instead of throwing out perfectly fine products, you can donate them to your local women’s shelter, homeless shelter. Donating your gently used products is a great way to ensure they go to someone in need.
Just keep in mind one good rule of thumb: If you'd be too embarrassed to give it to a friend, don't donate it. Anything that's really manky, gone off or nearly empty is not the best product to be donating.
Here are a list of organisations to donate to
If you've ended up with a few cleansers that have a pH level that's too high for your face or some cleansing oils or balms you don't like, keep them aside to clean your makeup brushes.
I recommend cleaning out your brushes once a week if you regularly wear makeup. Discarded cleansers do a good job of getting them clean without the need to buy a separate product.
Your feet need a lot of attention too, so if there are any old products you weren’t that impressed with, use them on your feet. Old face scrubs that were too rough for your face are perfect to tackle stubborn cracked heels. You can follow up with your unwanted moisturisers to keep them really soft and supple.
Another good use for feet is expired products. You don't need to be as worried about using expired sheet masks on your feet - just whack one on for 20 minutes and your feet will be hydrated, soft, smooth and refreshed.
If you have some skincare-loving friends host a skincare swap! It's a great opportunity to crack a bottle of wine and share around the products you no longer want. As a bonus, everyone gets "new" skincare, and you don’t have to worry about wasting money.
If you have any old, expired makeup lying around, you can give it to your local funeral home. Old makeup is a no-go for those of us in the land of the living, but the skin of the dearly departed doesn't have the same concerns!
If none of the ten options work for you, you can always look into the return policies of your seller. If you're trying to be more eco-conscious, this should be a last resort because they will end up straight to the landfill. Brands cannot resell returned products for hygiene reasons
If you are going to chuck your beauty products, just make sure you dispose of them properly, with liquids in the bin and bottles in the recycle. Make sure you don't pour any formulas down the drain.
Got any other recommendations for how to get rid of beauty products that don't work for you? Let us know in the comments!
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"Even though you may not be able to re-gift or re-use expired makeup on the skin of the living, the skin of the dearly departed doesn't have as many concerns. So donating your old makeup to a mortician may be one way to get rid of it!"- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show podcast
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