Why You Should Never Use Hotel Beauty Products

If you’re like us, one of your favorite parts of staying in a hotel is the complimentary travel-sized beauty products. But, did you ever stop to consider whether those beauty minis are wreaking havoc on your body?

From irritation to breakouts to hair dryers coated in bacteria, we share the cringe-worthy reasons why you should never, ever use hotel beauty products.

The hairdryers have more germs than a public restroom

Hotel Beauty Products Conair Blow Dryer

There aren’t strict sanitizing procedures for hair dryers. | Target

According to an investigation by ABC, one of the filthiest places in your hotel room bathroom is the complimentary hair dryer. While state codes mandate obvious items, such as drinking glasses and toilets, to be sanitized, there are few regulations that explain how and when it’s time to disinfect the hair dryers (among other items).

If you must use a hotel hair dryer, we suggest carrying a small pack of disinfecting wipes in your toiletry bag. That way you can wipe it down before using.

The beauty products can be full of harmful chemicals

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They often aren’t what you’d want to use. | Natalia_Grabovskaya/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re someone who prefers natural products, you may want to reconsider reaching for the free hotel beauty products. While there are some hotels that offer all-natural bath and body products, many contain chemicals that are harmful to both your skin and the environment. To play it safe, we recommend bringing your own travel-size, all-natural beauty products.

They can irritate your skin

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Don’t risk using a product if you don’t know how you’ll react to it. | FotoDuets/iStock/Getty Images

Believe it or not, hotel beauty products are not one size fits all. If you’re someone who experiences skin irritations easily, hotel beauty products can make things much worse — especially if they have fragrance (and they usually do). Don’t risk it. Instead, toss some travel-size bottles of fragrance-free, hypoallergenic beauty products in your toiletry bag.

They can cause breakouts

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Bring your own products meant for your skin. | DragonImages/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re prone to breakouts, you should steer clear of hotel beauty products. Is the product formulated for your skin type (i.e. oil-free and non-comedogenic)? If not, it can cause more breakouts. So, put down the bar of soap that suspiciously doubles as a face wash and use your own travel-friendly products, instead.

They can cause dry skin

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Their formula might dry your skin. | Lenanet/iStock/Getty Images

Another reason to steer clear of hotel beauty products? Their formulas could strip the skin of its natural oils and, in turn, cause dry skin. Instead of risking it, be sure to pack nourishing travel-size formulas that cleanse without stripping.

They can dry your hair out

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They’re probably not formulated for your hair type. | CentralITAlliance/iStock/Getty Images

If you’ve ever noticed that your hair feels dry or brittle after using hotel shampoo and conditioner, you’re not alone. Just like your skin, your hair type requires certain ingredients to nourish your strands and cleanse your scalp. Using a shampoo and conditioner that is not formulated with your hair type in mind can cause your scalp and strands to feel dry, coarse, and uncomfortable. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you have a scalp that tends to be a bit more oily, a hotel shampoo and conditioner could contribute to your grease factor.

They’re wasteful

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Those little bottle cause more trash. | eriyalim/iStock/Getty Images

Another reason why you should skip the hotel beauty products? They’re incredible wasteful. When staying at a hotel, chances are you won’t go through an entire bottle of shampoo — no matter how small it may be. Unless you plan on bringing the toiletry home with you and using the rest of it on your next vacation, we suggest purchasing reusable toiletry bottles and filling them with your daily bath and body products. Not only is this less wasteful, it helps avoid skin irritation and unmanageable hair.