Spending and Saving on Skincare
Spend vs. Save — Where to Invest in Your Skincare
Hi Everyone, Tina here (+1 662 830 8246, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Today I’d like to share some knowledge I’ve gained through the money lost, unfortunate for me but beneficial for you! Skincare can be outrageously expensive, with some ‘designer’ brands costing several hundred dollars. I often get asked if the price is justified, like how much better can one of these designer brands really be? The truth, most of the time you are paying for a name, the packaging, a middleman, or foreign-sourced ingredients that are not sustainable or do not live up to the hype.
While you can easily spend a lot of money on all the skincare bells and whistles, you definitely don’t have to. Throughout a typical skincare routine, there are plenty of steps that can and should be budget-friendly and many tips that will ensure your beautiful skin won’t break the bank! Wondering what these are? Well, read on for beautiful skin and full wallets!
Tip Number 1: Save on products you wash off your face while spend on products you leave on your face
This intuitively makes sense to most people, products like makeup removers, cleansers, face masks, Sunscreen, etc. are areas where you can save while moisturizers, oils, serums, eye creams, treatments, etc. are areas you can spend. Although all these products are vital for skincare this is a good tactic when choosing between products and deciding where to invest, bear in mind it is not a foolproof system! The rationale is this while using makeup removers, for example, are important they perform one task.. that is to remove makeup. The question is how much better would a ‘premium’ brand be at this relatively simple task? The answer, not enough to justify the price. Where you will see a difference is products like eye creams and moisturizers, but this doesn’t mean grab the most expensive ones you can find! It is all about ingredients and finding what works best for your skin. More on this below
Tip Number 2: Read and understand the ingredients
Understanding skincare ingredients won’t happen overnight but I promise it will make a huge difference with results and determining where to spend and where to save. Once you can identify ingredients and know what they do and how they are made, you’ll be able to compare and contrast product options much more effectively! Understanding ingredients means you can justify prices yourself and not depend on various biases. To help get you started I will tell you the ingredients I look for in products:
- Retinyl Acetate: This form of retinol is an excellent antioxidant. This means it can stop the negative effects of harmful free radicals that make the skin look and behave as if it were older. Retinol also helps combat wrinkles and encourages the production of collagen. Generally, it is less irritating to the skin than Retinol Acid.
- Niacinamide: A form of Vitamin B3, it occurs in the body when it absorbs more niacin than it needs to. The vitamin can be found in various foods like beans, fish, eggs, and meat. Niacinamide is used to improve skin tone and texture. Some studies suggest that niacinamide can improve skin elasticity, reduce acne, and possibly rosacea by the reduction of inflammation. Niacinamide may even increase the effectiveness of sunscreens boosting protection against free radicals.
- Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid): Sodium hyaluronate is smaller than hyaluronic acid and can move more freely into the deeper layers of the skin. This is an advantage since sodium hyaluronate is a powerful humectant that attracts and holds on to water, making it the ultimate skin moisturizer.
- Squalane (Olive Extract) Oil: This is a highly effective emollient and natural antioxidant. Over time, using squalane in skincare can reduce wrinkles, eliminate scars, reverse UV damage, and lighten freckles, all while fighting free radicals.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP): Is a form of vitamin C that is considered stable and is an effective antioxidant for the skin. This form of vitamin C is also known to increase skin's hydration and is noted for its calming factors.
For more information on these ingredients and many more read our past blog publications!
Tip 3: Use an appropriate amount of product
Similar to our eating habits, our beauty product portion sizes can get out of hand, causing us to waste product and more importantly – money. Always refer to the packaging for usage and frequency instructions to be sure you are using the optimal amount. If you cannot find this information here is a general rule-of-thumb, for cleansers and moisturizers use a nickel-size dollop, serums a dime-size, and use a quarter-size of sunscreen (for both your face and neck).