In today’s post, I want to share my thoughts about spending money on skincare. Where you can save some money, and where you should spend more? If you are interested in my opinions on this topic then keep reading.
Let me start with a little disclaimer:
The point of this post is not to convince you that you have to spend a huge amount of money on skincare. But in case that you are willing to spend a bit more money on skincare and you are thinking whether you should buy everything high-end or whether there are things on which you can save some money, I want to share some of my thoughts and tips on this topic.
All thoughts in this post are based on my best knowledge on the topic and on my honest opinions. However, you do not have to agree with me. For each of us, things have different priorities and also everyone can afford or want to spend different amount of money for things like skincare, makeup etc. And it is completely OK! Do not feel offended if you cannot spend money for beauty bits. Those are definitely not the most important things in our life.
Also please keep in mind that if you have special skin conditions (extremely sensitive skin, cystic acne, allergies, eczema, etc.) following tips may not work for you because most likely you need special treatments.
Last but not least, all mentioned brands and price ranges apply to the Czech Republic and may vary for other countries.
And now finally let’s start with today’s post and my tips where to save and where to spend the money on skincare! For the purpose of this post, I will split skincare into four categories:
- cleansing products + lip balms
- hydrating and caring products
- sun protection
- special treatments
Cleansing Products + Lip Balms = SAVE
Face cleansers, makeup removers, makeup wipes, micellar waters, cotton pads, etc. and lip balms – on those items you can definitely save some money. In the drugstore, you can find the wide range of products for makeup removing and face cleansing which will suit to most skin types. Cleansing products do not stay on your skin for a long time and you wash them off completely. For this reason, I think that you do not have to spend a fortune on them (unless your skin requires very specific products, in that case, I do recommend to check out pharmacies which usually offer mid price range products for all skin types). My favourite brands in drugstores are Garnier and L’oreal, if you have sensitive skin, check out brand Mixa. And last but not least, great lip balms are available in all drugstores so you don’t have to spend money on them. My faves are Labello (in some countries sold as Nivea), Blistex and Carmex.
Hydrating and Caring Products = SPEND
Moisturizers, eye creams, serums, oils, etc. – the products which stay on your skin for the entire day or night. For these, I do suggest to spend a bit more money. Although there are exceptions, usually more expensive products contain better and more concentrated ingredients which help to protect your skin and prevent signs of ageing. If you cannot afford to spend money on all of these products, I do recommend to spend a bit more on eye creams and serums and save some money on moisturizers. It is because especially a good eye cream and serum can help you to fight with wrinkles and signs of age. A good serum can also improve skin conditions like dehydration or discoloration. My favourite mid-range brand is Kiehl’s and from high-end brands, I like Clarins, Clinique and Estee Lauder.
Sun Protection = IN BETWEEN
Sun blocks and other face products with SPF are in my opinion somewhere in between the “Save” and “Spend” category. As you all know, it is very important to protect you skin from the sun to prevent skin damages, ageing and maybe even worse problems. In the drugstore, you can usually find sun creams which are suitable for using on your body and work perfectly for this purpose. However, they may contain various ingredients that are too harsh for face and that can cause issues like higher skin sensitivity, clogging pores or acne. From this perspective, I do recommend to choose sun creams which are meant to be used specifically on the face and which are usually intended for the specific skin condition/type (dry skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, etc.). I have the best experience with brands which you can find in local pharmacies (in some countries also in drugstores) like Bioderma, Eucerin, or La Roche Posay. Products from these brands usually belong to mid price range. If you are interested in my favourite sun creams, check the blog post The Best Sun Creams for Oily Skin.
Special Treatment = SPEND
Special treatments like face scrubs (peeling), face masks etc. are definitely products which are very personal and difficult to judge whether they work or not. In general, I have a better experience with mid-range (e.g. Kiehl’s, Dermalogica) and high-range brands (e.g. Peter Thomas Roth, Glam Glow). These products usually contain better and more concentrated ingredients and you can see visible results. In my opinion, you should spend a bit more money on them.
And this is the end for today. I hope you like this post and find it helpful. Do you spend extra money on skincare or are you happy with drugstore products? Any recommendations? Please let me know in comments below.
I am preparing two more posts of this kind – Where to Save & Where to Spend – Makeup Edition and Hair&Body Edition. If you are interested, then stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe!
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