We all want to maintain young-looking, healthy skin by using high-quality skin care products that are formulated specifically for the type of skin we have and designed to address any concerns we have about our skin. At the same time, though, in this economy, we’re all looking for ways to spend less money, and perhaps the products we once loved are now out of our reach.
You’ll be relieved to learn that you can keep your skin looking beautiful without breaking the bank. By following these four tips, you can keep your skin healthy and save money at the same time.
1. Use Products That Do Double- Or Triple-Duty
Think about this for a moment: How many different skin care products do you use every day? You probably thought of at least four or five: toner, cleanser, moisturizer, serum, sunscreen… What’s the total cost of all those products? More than you thought you were spending, isn’t it? Not only that, but applying all of them probably takes up quite a bit of your morning.
The solution: Choose skin care products that multi-task. There are many products available, such as cleanser/toner combos and tinted moisturizers that both hydrate skin and give it an even tone.
You can also make good use of staple products you probably already have. Vaseline, for instance, works well as a moisturizer on any part of the body, and also exfoliates lips and makes a good makeup remover. You can use olive oil and jojoba oil to remove makeup, moisturize skin, and even condition your hair!
2. Read Ingredient Labels To Identify Generic Equivalents
Is your favorite skin care product a little out of your price range? Find out what its active ingredients are, then take that list of ingredients to your local drugstore to find the generic equivalent. An inexpensive product with the exact same ingredients as an expensive one will work just as well.
If the first five items in the ingredient list on a generic product match the list from the expensive version, and they both contain antioxidants, retinoids, peptides, and other important ingredients, you’ve found a less-expensive substitute for the high-end product.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Use Drugstore Cleansers And Toners
As discussed in the previous tip, drugstore cleansers and toners have pretty much the same effect as their fancier cousins, provided they have the same ingredients.
A related tip: When selecting a cleanser, don’t let yourself be drawn in by product claims like “anti-aging,” “antioxidant,” or “moisturizing.” In order for the product to do any of those things, it would have to stay on your skin, but cleansers are made to be put on and then immediately rinsed off! Even if cleansers do have those benefits, they get washed away as soon as you rinse your face.
4. Waste Not, Want Not
Before you go shopping for yet another skincare product, take inventory of the ones you already have and ask yourself if any of them can do the job you want the new product to do.
Here’s an example: Do you have a facial moisturizer that just isn’t working out? Try it on the skin on your body and see how it performs. Also, you probably didn’t know that eye creams contain pretty much all the same ingredients as moisturizers do – there is absolutely no difference between them except for how they’re marketed. Unless the moisturizing lotion you usually use on your body is extremely rich, you can use it around your eyes, too.