Hands up ladies, don’t be shy! Do you have a skincare graveyard?
When I was whisked away by Olay during their whirlwind blogger event in Sydney 2 weeks ago, during the evening presentation, we were told about this thing called a “skincare graveyard”. Basically, what this is, is that far dark corner of your room or your house, where you toss all the skincare products that don’t work for you, for whatever reason. Perhaps you aren’t seeing the results that are promised, or perhaps it’s giving you an adverse reaction.
It is that place where skincare products go to die, to put it morbidly. According to a Facebook poll run by Olay, 63 million claimed to have this skincare graveyard and it made me morbidly curious. Do you have one too? After all, we know that not every product works for us and I know that many of us are skincare junkies! :D
I maybe in a slightly different position, seeing as to how I do try different products from time to time in the name of blogging. Up to 2 years ago, I’d be the one at the back of the room, waving my hand high in the air when asked if I might have a graveyard of skincare items that don’t work for me.
In the past year, this graveyard has been significantly reduced. I don’t consign too many products to this graveyard any longer, because I am now more in tune with my skin and its needs, so I pick and choose my products accordingly. What this means of course, is that I waste less and what I also learned is that while my skin tolerates and enjoys using prestige or luxury skincare, some just do not work, and sometimes an affordable option works out better. 2 luxury brands in particular are SK-II anything, and La Mer creams which will explain why you don’t see me talk about them. My skin doesn’t take well to La Prairie either so that is a large chunk of prestige brands out of my trial zone – whew! ;)
Olay’s research says that many women are spending more on prestige brands and products (to the tune of US$16 million! 8O ) in the hope of better quality products and better results and then being disappointed hence the expensive skincare graveyard. While I agree to an extent (I too have had spectactular failures in the prestige skincare department, some of which are found here) I also disagree because I have also found some prestige skincare that work very well for my skin (depending on how “prestige” is defined, my fave skincare aren’t always budget). Of course, if there is an affordable alternative, it’s preferable, but it isn’t always the case.
Back in the day before I’d even started blogging, I used to spend quite a lot on skincare. I was the one who believed that using a whole range of products from one brand will serve my skin well, and I was that one who also believed that skin needs to “purge” before it gets better. Bah, all that’s false! I actually found solace in Olay Total Effects cream for years before I started experimenting again. I wasn’t asked to say that BTW, I do really like Olay Total Effects moisturiser and said so back in 2008! :D
For myself, the reason I send products off to die in the skincare graveyard is because:-
- they break me out
- they don’t show any promised results
- they give my skin an adverse result
- I don’t like the textures or smell
- they aren’t as efficient as other products I use
What do I do with these products then? Ah, what I have also learned through the years is that we are all individuals and therefore what fails to work for me can work for someone else. So, every few months, I drag out my bag of discarded items and let friends, family or family friends pick out what they want. A lot of money is in there (a lot of them mine, because I do buy a lot of stuff too) but I’d rather it goes to someone who’d use it rather than be tossed out in the trash.
Do you have a skincare product graveyard and why do they end up there? Do prestige/expensive skincare disappoint you?
For me I don’t deny having very high hopes for expensive skincare. After all, when we pay for a product, we expect to see results and in the case of a pricey product, better results. But the fact is also, that it isn’t always the case. So come on, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this ;)