I’m a skin expert – 10 popular face products starting at $2 you can find at Target, Ulta & drug stores you should avoid

A SKIN care expert weighed in on popular face products you should avoid.

Some of the items can be found at Target, Ulta and drug stores starting at $2.

SKIN care is an important part of many people’s self-care regimen, but could what you are putting on your face or body, actually be bad for you?

One TikToker, who’s a licensed esthetician, highlighted some popular skin care brands that she said could be doing more harm than good and putting your complexion in jeopardy.

Skin care pro, Hannah Howard, said to “save yourself” from some products that she claims are bad for your skin.

In a TikTok post she pointed out 10 different brands of products she advised staying clear of.

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Here are some of the items she highlighted within each brand.

1. Neutrogena

One product she said to just say "no" to was a popular face cleansing wipe from Neutrogena
One product she said to just say “no” to was a popular face cleansing wipe from NeutrogenaCredit: Neutrogena

This is a popular brand in stores like Walmart and Target, as well as in beauty specialty stores like Ulta, and even available on Amazon.

However, Hannah said not to buy the cleansing towels or wipes.

She didn’t provide an explanation, except to post “DO NOT use on your face from a licensed esthetician.”

They are an inexpensive item, starting as low as about $2 depending on the size or variety purchased.

On Amazon, the product detail for the wipes states the following:

“Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are ophthalmologist, dermatologist, and allergy-tested with an alcohol free formula that won’t leave any residue behind.”

2. Kylie Skin

The skin care pro then highlighted a range of products from Kylie Jenner’s skin care line to avoid.

They include a coconut body lotion, a three-step clarifying bundle and a complete skin care set, containing a daily skincare regimen recommended by Jenner.

The complete set has six products: foaming face wash, walnut face scrub, vanilla milk toner, vitamin C serum, face moisturizer and an eye cream.

The range of products isn’t cheap.

On her website, the Kylie Skin set is available for $125 – but that’s including a $15 off coupon from the original price tag of $140.

A single product, like the walnut face scrub retails for $22.

3. Mario BadescuSome Mario Badescu products, including their popular face mists also failed to make the cut for Hannah

Some Mario Badescu products, including their popular face mists also failed to make the cut for HannahCredit: Mario Badescu

She then panned Mario Badescu skin care products.

They include the range of facial mists, which come in various scents: rosewater, green tea, lavender and orange blossom.

The set retails for about $20 on Amazon and individually retail for $5 at Sephora.

4. Pacifica

Another no-no, according to Hannah, was the Pacifica brand.

Products she said to stay away from included the sea foam face wash, and the glow baby booster serum.

The sea foam face wash starts as low as $5 on the brand’s website.

5. Biore

Biore deep cleansing pore strips also failed to make Hannah's list of beauty go-tos.
Biore deep cleansing pore strips also failed to make Hannah’s list of beauty go-tos.Credit: TikTok/hannah.howard02

This is another highly popular brand that’s readily available in drug and beauty stores.

She said to stay away from the well-known deep cleansing pore strips, as well as the charcoal version and the face and nose strips.

Again she provided no reason why to avoid the products, which retail for as low as $5.99 at Target.

Other brands and products

Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion was also on her list to avoid
Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion was also on her list to avoidCredit: TikTok/hannah.howard02
St Ives scrub also didn't make Hannah's list
St Ives scrub also didn’t make Hannah’s listCredit: TikTok/hannah.howard02

Hannah also singled out five other brands and specific products to stay away from. They include:

  • Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion. It retails for about $17 at Walmart
  • GlamGlow, including its moisturizer and mud mask, as well as its Berryglow recovery treatment
  • St Ives skin care creams for moisturizing, and scrubs for blemishes and acne treatment. These retail for as low as $2. The company said: “We use 100 percent natural moisturizers, exfoliants, and extracts” and the products are “cruelty free.”
  • Shills purifying black masks for men and women, which retail for as low as $6 on Amazon
  • Clean & Clear facial moisturizers and skin brightener. These sell for as low as about $4 at Target.

Hannah got 1.2million likes on her post and received more than 25,000 comments.

However, not all were full of praise for her picks to steer clear of.

One poster said: “Nah the Clinique dramatically different lotion is amazing I’m good.”

Another said: “WAIT WHY NOT THE PACIFICA I love them.”

And yet another stood firmly with her brand of choice. “St Ives is the only thing that helps my skin I’ve been trying different brands forever.”

Another beauty pro also weighed in saying: “As a esthetician myself I think Pacifica is actually a great brand especially for people who are on a budget.”

Many others asked for clarification and said instead of just saying which brands not to use, to help by suggesting what would be a better alternative.

Hannah has another post on TikTok, which DID reveal some of her personal recommendations. They include CereVe moisturizer and cleanser and La Roche-Posay cleanser for dry skin.

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