4 Tips to Save Money on Skincare

by Gio

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.


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Trisha September 14, 2010 - 3:42 pm

Great tips! I also think it’s important to try stuff out first if you can. And if you can’t return things that don’t work to get your money back. Most stores allow returns even the product is open.

beautifulwithbrains September 14, 2010 - 5:24 pm

Trisha, thanks for the tips. I agree that it’s best to try and get samples before purchasing the full size bottle/jar so you can see how a product works for you and save money if it doesn’t deliver. And you’re so lucky that you get to return products in the USA. Here stores don’t accept returns even if the product is still sealed. 🙁

Rakhshanda September 14, 2010 - 5:41 pm

Hey great post and very useful tips! Nice blog…..Love your posts.

beautifulwithbrains September 14, 2010 - 7:09 pm

Rakhshanda, thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and love my blog. I hope to see you around often 🙂

Stavroula Plag September 14, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Good tips! 🙂 😉

beautifulwithbrains September 14, 2010 - 8:12 pm

Stavroula, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

Dee September 14, 2010 - 11:43 pm

Really nice tips. I use those tips too when I go shopping for a skin care product and it has save me some money. The only thing I really need to stop is buying products that intrigue when I still have other cleansers to use up, lol.

beautifulwithbrains September 15, 2010 - 12:45 pm

Dee, I have your same problem lol. It’s hard to resist when there are so many interesting products around. I tend to wait for sales/discounts or get samples first though so I can save some money. 🙂

Tammy September 15, 2010 - 7:34 am

Great tips! I also use a lot of multitasking products such as olive oil. I haven’t bought makeup remover in YEARS. I also make sure I can either get samples expensive products before I buy, and make sure the store has a good return policy.

beautifulwithbrains September 15, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Tammy, I love olive oil. It’s a moisturizer, conditioner, makeup remover.. It does it all and so well! 🙂

Josh September 15, 2010 - 8:57 am

A great post and I completely agree that multi-taking products are the way to go! By body wash also serves as my facial cleanser and shampoo (La Roche-Posay Lipikar Syndet).

I don’t agree with your statement that Olay Regenerist Serum is a dupe for Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+ Wrinkle Lifting Serum though. The ingredients are very different, with the Estee Lauder serum containing a lot more!

Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+ Wrinkle Lifting Serum:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Yeast Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St Pauls Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Polysorbate 40, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Pentylene Glycol, Whey Protein, Pantethine, Creatine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Glycerin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Pca, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Polyquaternium-51, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acetyl Carnitine Hcl, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine Phosphate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Peg-8, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Lecithin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Disodium Nadh, Caprylyl Glycol, Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Fragrance, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Cetyl Ricinleate, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Metabisulfite, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Benzyl Acohol, Fragrance

beautifulwithbrains September 15, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Josh, don’t worry about the typos, we all make them sometimes. I know I do. 😉 I’m a huge fan of multitasking products too as they save money and time. 🙂

It is true that the Estee Lauder serum contains a lot more ingredients but that doesn’t mean anything. The important ingredients are the first five in the list which make up most of any cosmetic and skincare products. Also some key ingredients like retinoids or Salicylic Acid for instance are proven to work at small concentrations so they can be listed towards the end and still provide some benefits. But all the other ingredients, and most of those in the Estee Lauder serum, are there to give the product a certain texture, consistency or scent, or simply because including natural ingredients in a product helps it to sell as people seem to prefer buying natural products these days. But their concentration is too small to provide any significant anti-aging benefits or reduce age spots.

If you look closely at the first few ingredients you’ll find that both products are mainly silicone blends. In addition, they both contain Peptides but in the Olay product they are higher up on the ingredient list meaning the concentration is probably higher and therefore more effective. And the same can be said for Tocopheryl Acetate, a form of Vitamin E with antioxidant properties. In the EL product it’s almost at the end so it works more in preventing the products from oxidizing (ie going bad) when exposed to oxygen that to fight premature aging.

Plus, the Olay serum contains Niacinamide which has numerous benefits: it increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent water loss keeping skin hydrated, moisturizes it, stimulates microcirculation in the dermis, improves eleasticity, help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and even reduces sallowness and discoloration. So, the two products may not be exact dupes but based on my knowledge of cosmetics ingredients and formulation (of course I’m not a scientist or anything like that), the Olay serum is much better formulated and a good substitute for the EL one.

Josh September 15, 2010 - 8:58 am

Apologies for the typos above too! I should have checked my post before submitting 🙂

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Sherri September 19, 2010 - 7:02 pm

Great post, thanks for the tips 🙂

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Sherri, you’re welcome and I’m pleased to know you enjoyed my post. 🙂

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Ningrum October 21, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Thank you for the tips! 😀 Very useful.

beautifulwithbrains October 21, 2011 - 6:31 pm

Ningrum, you’re welcome. I’m glad you find these tips useful. 🙂


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