In my last post I asked if you thought skincare was expensive and 6 reasons I disagreed some included not taking into account the cost per use, misplaced priorities and lack of knowledge you can read about it here.
That being said if you are looking for ways to reduce the cost of your skincare bill there are a few steps in your skincare routine where you can afford to tweak or go with the cheaper option without causing damage to your skin so let’s get started.
Cleansing is the most important step in your routine because it removes dirt and makeup allowing other products to penetrate your skin. The double cleansing method does the best for your skin, however, it takes slightly more effort because it requires that you use cleaning oil first and then a foaming cleanser. Cleansing oils vary in cost from the affordable to the high end, however, if you are getting started or plain just don’t want to spend the money on a cleansing oil there you can use a regular oil like olive, avocado or sesame oil for that first step.
There is a caveat here, not all oils work well for every skin type so you need to choose one that works for your skin type. For oily and acne-prone skin oils high in linoleic acid like evening primrose , sea buckhorn is great. While for Dry skin oils like avocado or olive oils which are rich in oleic acid are great.
The second caveat is that because cleansing oils are specifically formulated for that purpose they rinse of easily while regular oil require you use a towel or flannel to get them off properly
A Cleanser is one of the easiest places you can save in your routine, especially as there are so very many reputable brands that have cleansers for every skin type and every occasion. Note that I said cleansers from reputable brands I have not asked you to replace your cleanser with black soap or one which is so alkaline that it disturbs your skin PH.
The most significant point is to make sure that you choose one with a low PH or that contains a skincare acid which will do that automatically.
Toners are seen as optional in a skincare routine so if you are in a pinch you can skip using a toner altogether. A toner is supposed to rebalance your skins PH and help close your pores, so if you want to use without the price tags there are other options. You can use aloe Vera on your skin directly to hydrate your skin and rebalance it without a hefty price tag. Alternatively, you can make a rosewater toner yourself which I would not recommend because most rosewater mists or toners are relatively inexpensive.
While this is an important step you do not need to spend an arm or a leg to get a good moisturizer for your skin. The primary function of a moisturizer is to add moisture back into your skin so look for one that has humectants –hyaluronic acid, glycerine to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.
Because a moisturizer is very basic spending a lot on one if you are below 30 or don’t have any major skincare issues then any basic moisturiser will do
Don’t skimp here
This is where the magic happens. Serums target your specific skincare conditions so this is not the place to be penny wise and pound foolish. That being said there is a lot of hype with certain brands and ‘’exotic’ ingredients which sound genuine but do nothing for your skin in reality. So choose a serum or serums with ingredients that have been proven to treat skincare conditions examples include retinol, salicylic acid.
Do I really need to say why? Sunscreen is NOT a place to try to save costs not if you want to have great skin. So choose one from a good brand make sure it is broad spectrum with a t least an SPF of 30.
If you enjoyed this then you will enjoy this article on why I DONT BELIEVE SKINCARE IS NOT EXPENSIVE, another article which may be of interest is THE BATTLE OF THE OILS VS CLEANSING BALMS, also BEST OILS FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN, as well as the BEGINNERS, GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE ACID MANTLE.
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