4 Products to Ditch From Your Skincare Routine

micellar water

I have a lot of skincare – like more than I could ever reasonably need in a lifetime. I’ve tried it all and while there are some products I personally don’t get on with, there’s not much I dislike enough to condemn. 

That being said there are a few types of product I don’t think are necessary, or even that good for your skin that I have removed from my skincare routine and would suggest ditching from yours!


Pore Strips

While I can’t deny that pore strips are extremely satisfying to use, they are actually awful for your skin. The strips can remove blackheads, but they don’t actually target the problem under the skin that causes the blackheads to develop. Instead of actually helping, the pore strips will more likely cause redness and irritation, and because the blackhead has been yanked out, your pores will probably be left looking bigger than before. 

Ditch the pore strips and instead use salicylic acid and clay face masks to help draw out and clear dead skin cells and oils that clog up your pores. 


soap and glory face mask

Sheet Masks

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love a sheet mask. To me they’re the very basis of a self-care routine, and if I’m having a rubbish day, popping one of these on my face will magically make it all ok. I even have a stash of them in my skincare room! “So, why are you ditching them then?!” you may ask… Well the truth is, they’re really bad for the environment, and they’re also not THAT good for your skin!

That’s not to say they’re bad for your skin, but they are essentially just a glorified wet wipe that you pop on your face for 20 minutes, and then spend the next 20 minutes trying to rub all that excess product into your face. Just wash your face, use a serum and be done with them! 

Because sheet masks are single-use products, usually aren’t biodegradable and come with lots of packaging for one item, they are pretty bad for the environment, as they will end up in landfill. Instead, use a jar-based mask and apply to your face when needed – I promise you’ll get the same satisfaction, but using a targeted mask, like a clay mask, will actually probably be better for your skin!


Harsh Physical Exfoliants

If you have any form of apricot scrub or similar in your skincare collection, then please put it in the bin right now!

While there are a few physical exfoliants I’ve got on with, for the most part, using these on your face is a really bad idea. Even if your skin seems to be ok with them, it could still be causing micro tears that damage your skin. 

Before I knew much about skincare, I would use quite harsh scrubby exfoliants to try and remove my milia, and thought that the grittier the product was and the more red and sensitive my skin got, the better it was working at smoothing out my skin. While this method did physically remove some milia, it also led to some scarring and skin damage on my face. 

Instead, chemical exfoliants are so much better, and so much more gentle on your skin, despite how scary the prospect of using ‘acid’ on your face might seem! 


micellar water

Micellar Water

I don’t know how or why micellar water became so popular as a skincare product but I wish it would stop. While it’s alright for on-the-go cleansing, when a sink and skincare products aren’t available, it just isn’t good enough for properly cleaning your skin.

This is particularly the case for those of us who wear makeup, and definitely if you’re one to wear makeup quite thick. Micellar water just cannot break the makeup down as well as a specific makeup remover or oil-based cleanser. You essentially just end up moving the makeup around your face, but not really actually taking all the dirt off.

Any time I’ve used micellar water to remove my makeup, I’ve woken up with panda eyes and patches of foundation remaining, because even if you think you’ve got it all off, you never will manage it with micellar! 

If you swear by micellar water, then be sure to add in a second cleanse with a ‘proper’ skincare product, like a dedicated gel cleanser to ensure that all dirt has been properly removed from your face.


What products have you decided to ditch from your skincare routine? Or are there any products I’ve mentioned that you still swear by? Leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts!



Hi! I’m Ellen, a Devon-based beauty and lifestly blogger who is perhaps a little too obsessed with makeup and skincare (seriously, I own over 100 lipsticks…). 💄

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  1. 26th August 2020 / 4:25 am

    I used to use pore strips and facial scrubs at least once a week when I was younger but I agree they’re not that great for your skin! You should still exfoliant your skin a few times a month. I like to use a chemical exfoliant for this because they aren’t as harsh as a scrub.

    With that said, I went years with wearing a daily sheet mask and they really improved the texture of my skin and kept if really hydrated and even prevented breakouts. However, you should only mask with quality ingredients! So many companies nowadays make sheet masks that can make your skin worse because they don’t use ingredients that are good for your skin. I also know there are biodegradable masks out there and that you can buy packs of masks that come in one packaging to reduce packaging waste. ♥


    • ellennoir
      26th August 2020 / 9:03 am

      Thank you for your comment! I use chemical exfoliants a couple times a week usually, and am trying to switch to facemasks that come in jars or have recyclable packaging! I’ll definitely have to check out the biodegradable ones!

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