Musings

Guide to upcycling disappointing beauty products: How to find a second life for stuff you didn't like

If a product isn't worth repurchasing, you don't always need to stop using it altogether. Here's how I found new uses for a disappointing toner, shampoo, and face wash.

I write about a good number of products that have disappointed me—either because they irritated my skin, led to breakouts, or just didn’t seem to be doing much for me at all. But because I was raised by immigrant parents who know what it’s like to go without such luxuries, I try not to automatically dispose of products before trying to think of a way to upcycle it. Without further ado, I’d like to share a few of my most recent attempts to give disappointing products a new lease…

What does 'clinically proven' mean when you see it on a skincare product label?

Let's dissect what these two words actually mean when it comes to skincare—is it marketing or is it science?

What makes a skincare product label effective? I think we’ve all come to expect that skincare products will try to sway us with pretty pictures and uplifting words like “brightening” and “soothing.” But it was only recently that I thought to question what it actually means for a skincare product to be “clinically proven.” I see this from time to time on certain labels, and I always thought that it referred to actual clinical trials. But it turns out that…

O'Keeffe's Working Hands vs. O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet

What's the difference between hand lotion and foot cream? Can you use foot cream on your hands, and vice versa?

Have you ever heard the expression, “Kick up your heels?” It’s meant to signify something positive, but when you have dry, cracked heels, that’s probably the last thing you’d want to do. You don’t want to kick those dry heels up for everyone to see—you want to hide them and wallow in shame (or at least I do). My feet are always a bit dry, but lately, the dryness has escalated into a huge crack in my right heel. So when Cyber Monday rolled around yesterday, I…