Eight Products You Think You Need—But Don’t

Here’s a secret the $50 billion cosmetics industry doesn’t want you to know: You don’t need almost any of what they’re peddling. Truth is, that our bodies are smart, and long before the advent of $200 eye creams—or even basic shaving cream—we were all doing just fine. Of course, some of the products we use have appeal beyond their utility: They smell good, they feel good, they make us look good. Others—and especially some of the ones sold to us as things we need—are nothing more than marketing ploys that create more problems than they solve.

Don’t buy it? This story from the annals of cosmetics history might convince you: When a certain shampoo maker discovered their hairwash was causing dandruff, they didn’t reformulate the product—they marketed a dandruff shampoo. It’s a pretty good metaphor for how much of the industry still operates, which is why there are things like neck cream, lotions that remove our protective cuticles, and so forth.

But when it comes to personal care, less really is more—and that goes for the bare necessities as well. To wit, here is a list of things you think you need, but really, really don’t: CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST! (and some really cute drawings to go with it)