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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Save or Splurge? Skincare Edition

There are SO many skin care items out there at so many price points that it can be hard to justify spending a ton of money on your skincare routine. It is important to take care of your skin, especially if you have specific skin concerns and as you get older, but you don't have to buy all expensive items. So what should you save on and what should you splurge on? Lets get started.
(Just to clarify, a SPLURGE is anything over $20, which is usually what the most expensive non-anti aging items in a drugstore costs.)

Face Cleanser: SAVE
A face cleanser is a good item to save money on. Cleanser only stays on your face for about a minute, then you wash it down the drain. Spending a ton of money on a cleanser just equals to washing your money down the drain. There are some really good basic drugstore cleansers like Cetaphil or the Clean and Clear Fruit Infusions cleansers.

Toner: SAVE
A facial toner is important since it removes excess dirt and debris from your face. Some even target specific skin issues like acne. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a toner, but I would steer clear of drugstore toners. Most contain alcohol, which is very drying and irritating. A good toner is Cliniques Clarifying Lotion Mild (review here) which is $12.50 for 6.7oz.

A facial serum is designed to absorb into your skin quickly and usually contains vitamins and nutrients to help your skin. A good serum can be costly but worth it because of the benefits to the skin. I haven't used serums very much so I don't have any good recommendations, but the sales people at Ulta and Sephora are very helpful and knowledgeable and will be able to help you find a serum that will benefit your skin best.

Moisturizer: SAVE OR SPLURGE
Moisturizer is kind of a wild card. Some people like really high end moisturizers and some are fine with drugstore moisturizers. I myself usually lean towards drugstore moisturizers. My current daytime moisturizer is Neutrogenas Tone Correcting SPF 30 (if you want a review, leave a comment!). Just make sure that whatever moisturizer you choose, it is suited for your skin type and has an SPF of at least 15 (I prefer 30).

Night Cream: SPLURGE
A night cream, or night moisturizer, is an item you want to splurge on. While you sleep, your body is renewing itself and repairing damage so you want a good night cream with beneficial vitamins to help aid your skin. Talk about beauty sleep!

This category depends on where you are in life. If you are relatively young and don't have to many eye problems like dark circles or puffiness, you may not need an eye cream yet. If you are just starting out using one for aging prevention, one of the cheaper options from the drugstore will do fine. Once you start noticing more lines and crows feet, you may want to splurge on a more heavy duty cream to help. Always remember to use your ring finger (the weakest finger) to apply eye cream and dab DON'T rub it into your eye area.

So there you go! A skin care guide on what to save and splurge on. Now, you may not use all these products in your everyday routine but that's ok. As long as your skin care routine is working for you, that's all that matters.

What do you splurge on? Leave me a comment and let me know!


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