To keep our skin looking young and in good condition it is important to use well-formulated products designed for our skin type that can target any concern we may have. But with the economy in such a bad state at the moment, we are all becoming more careful on how we spend our hard earned money and find that we can’t always afford expensive products. Well, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have great-looking skin. Here are 4 tips that will keep both your skin and wallet happy:
1. Multi-tasking products save you money (and time)
There are lots of products we use in our everyday beauty routine: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen, serum etc.. Even though a product can seem cheap when bought alone, when you start thinking how much all the products you use regularly cost altogether, the result can be quite shocking and usually higher than we expected. Not to mention that applying all these products in the morning can also be time consuming.
So what’s a girl to do? Choose multi-tasking products of course. There are lots of them on the market like 2 in 1 cleansers and toners or tinted moisturizers that even out your skin tone while keeping skin soft and hydrated. And then there are the cheap staples we all have at home. Vaseline can be used to moisturize your entire body, remove makeup and exfoliate lips. Olive oil and Jojoba Oil are also good moisturizers that double up as makeup removers. And they are great for conditioning hair too!
2. Don’t splurge on cleansers and toners
High-end, expensive cleansers and toners aren’t different from drugstore ones. The ingredients used are pretty much the same and so is their effectiveness. Cleansers, in particular, are products designed to be rinsed off so don’t be tricked into buying one that promises to have moisturizing, antioxidants, anti-aging or whatever properties cos they won’t deliver. In order to do all that, cleansers should stay on the skin, but once you rinse them off, all their supposed benefits will go down the drain as well. And with the money you saved by buying drugstore products, you can splurge on moisturizers with retinoids or serums chock full of antioxidants, which are all effective ingredients proved to improve the appearance of skin, its texture and prevent premature aging.
3. Look for cheap dupes of your favourite skincare products
Is there an expensive skincare product you love but can’t afford? Look for dupes at the drugstore. There are lots of cheap products that contain the same active and key ingredients, and therefore work just as well, as high-end ones. For example, Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum is a dupe of Estée Lauder’s Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum and will set you back a lot less.
To find a dupe of a product, look at its ingredient list. Compare the first five ingredients of the formula plus other key ingredients like antioxidants, retinoids and peptides for examples to those of drugstore products and see if you notice any close similarities. If you don’t know where to start, check out Beautypedia and Makeup Alley for products suggestions.
4. Some of the products in your stash may have more than one use
Before buying a new product, consider if you already have one in your stash that can do the same job. For instance, a facial moisturizer that doesn’t seem to work well on your face may do wonders on your body skin. And did you know that moisturizers and eye creams contain the same ingredients? They are just sold separately so that the company can make more money. So, unless you’re using a very rich lotion, apply your usual moisturizer on your eye area too.
How do you save up on skincare? Share your tips in the comments.