Let's talk about budgeting for your skincare. This can be an obstacle for many and there is a misconception that good skincare is expensive. The truth is, it doesn't have to be. It's true that skin care is an investment but there are plenty of ways to make it affordable.
In general, you will find that being educated about your skin and investing in just a few of the right products will pay off. Once you know your skin type and figure out what products really work for you, you will waste less money on products that you don't need and that don't produce results. Here are a few of our favorite tips for shopping for skincare without breaking the bank.
ONE PIECE AT A TIME
When you want to change up your skin care, it's understandable to want to start from scratch with a whole new routine, but we actually rarely recommend this approach as it can be way too much for your skin to process at once. Swapping out one item at a time on a weekly, monthly or even quarterly basis will help you save money AND will make it easier to evaluate what's working in your routine, vs. what's not.
If you can't go top shelf for all the steps in your skin care routine, it's okay to skimp on some things. While there are always exceptions, this is our general rule of thumb: you can worry less about spending a lot on things that are only on your face temporarily - such as cleanser or scrub. Save your money for targeted products like serums and moisturizers that you want to really penetrate and work within your skin.
A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY
This might seem like a no brainer, but if you want to get your money's worth out of a product, use only as much as you need. Sometimes we tend to slather on things like serums and moisturizers and use more than we need. Particularly if you are using a professional-strength product with potent ingredients, you will only need a little bit and can make your investment last longer. You can always add more product if you don't have enough, but you can't always put excess product back in the container.
EXPENSIVE DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN BETTER
While we do advocate for investing in your skin by investing in good products, it's important to point out that just because a product is more expensive doesn't mean that it works better. Sometimes, you really are just paying for the name or the hype or the super cute packaging. Once again, we recommend doing your research. Make sure you are getting a good quantity of quality ingredients before investing in a pricey product.
SHOP WITH A PURPOSE
Have you ever gone to the drugstore or the big box beauty store for one thing and then walked out with that and six other things for that you probably didn't need? Sometimes it's not really the skin care that's expensive. It's the retail therapy that will get you.
Impulse buys happen. It's easy when shopping, to get wrapped up in the excitement and convince ourselves that we everything, when in reality, we probably don't. In reality, what we probably need is five solid products that work really well. Not ten that work kind of okay and an eleventh one that doesn't work at all, but was on a promotion. If this is you, we recommend doing your research before you shop. Use the information from this site or other skin care blogs to compile a list of must-haves. Get in. Get out. Or even better, just order it online.
If you are new to skin care or have trouble sticking to a routine, consider implementing a reward system. Start with an inexpensive product and reward yourself with something nicer, once you've used it up. Not only do you have an incentive to stick to your routine, but by incorporating incremental upgrades, you'll have added incentive to keep going and taking your skin to the next level.
Image by @gagewoodphoto courtesy of Sorella Apothecary