There is still a huge misconception out there that if you spend more money on skincare, you’re automatically getting a better product. That is just not accurate at all. I’ve seen beautifully packaged luxury skincare filled with irritating ingredients and they remain top sellers because often people just don’t know better. I thought I’d share some tips on where it’s best to save or splurge on skincare while still giving a variety of price ranges for each category. And if you’d like to know my personal skincare routine, let me know in the comments and I can make that another blog post!
When it comes to cleansers, I’d say definitely save your money. It doesn’t matter if a brand tells you that their cleanser is filled with anti aging and magical ingredients. The cleanser just isn’t on your skin long enough for the ingredients to make a difference. Instead, opt for a gentle yet effective cleanser with no fragrance and you’ll be more than fine. Here are three of my current favorites: 1. Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil– ($25)This is a new release and I’m so obsessed! Normally, cleansing oils are heavily fragranced but this one is is filled with sunflower and coconut oil which hydrates and nourishes the skin. I don’t find this to remove makeup as well as the other two, so I use this on days where I don’t need to remove makeup or as a second cleanser and love it! Don’t be afraid of using it on oily skin- I have combination skin and it’s amazing.
2. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($4.99) – Under $5 and one of my all time favorite cleansers! It removes makeup amazingly well, is gentle, fragrance free, and you cannot go wrong with this one.
3. Paula’s Choice Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser ($19)- Another great cleanser that I use often and love. It removes makeup really well and never leaves my skin feeling tight or uncomfortable afterwards.
Let’s talk about moisturizers. With moisturizers, I’d say that if you plan on adding a good antioxidant and eye cream into your skincare routine, you can definitely save with your moisturizer. The moisturizer I use (and that came recommended by my dermatologist) is a drugstore find that works really well. But if you’re not planning on using anything else in your skincare routine, I’d say it doesn’t hurt to splurge on a moisturizer that has added antioxidants and beneficial ingredients such as the Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer.
1. I use the Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($8.29) from the drugstore and have been using it for years. It has a great mix of glycerin, ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid to help dry skin but does not have antioxidants so I use it in addition to a great eye cream and antioxidant serum. It really helps with the dryness in my skin and it’s the one moisturizer that I’ve found is helpful in decreasing irritation when I use it with harsher acne creams. I highly recommend this one!
2. Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($60)- I’ve sung Drunk Elephant’s praises here and this is a great moisturizer for those that have really dry skin. I normally do NOT recommend moisturizers in jars as they are the worst form of packaging when it comes to keeping antioxidants stable, but this jar is airless so no issues here!
I think eye creams are a great skincare product to splurge on. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars but you can find some great midrange options ($30-$40) that I truly believe are worth the splurge because of their ingredients but I still included an affordable option.
1. Shaba Complex Eye Serum ($85) is the priciest option but it has an amazing mix of antioxidants and reparative ingredients. I find that there are more poorly formulated eye creams in jar packaging than not, but all four of these are packaged appropriately without fragrance.
2. Eye Repair Cream ($10)- This is my affordable option and it has a pretty impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients.
3. Anti-aging Eye Cream ($33) – A little goes a long way with this one and I really love how rich and emollient the formula is. My under eyes can get pretty dry and this is one of the most moisturizing eye creams I’ve ever tried. They have a lighter option which I recommend too but I’m all about this one.
4. Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream ($35)- You might not think of MAC when it comes to skincare but this eye cream is really, really nice! It has a fabulous mix of antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients and I’ve finished two of these already.
When it comes to antioxidants and skincare “toppers,” there aren’t many drugstore options that are worthy contenders so I say splurge for the most part.
1. Buffet ($16)- This is my afforable option for a great serum but I want to be clear that this is the one product I haven’t personally tried although I’ve heard great things about.There are a great mix of anti aging ingredients (glycerin, peptides, sodium hyaluronate, amino acids and more) but there aren’t antioxidants in this one so I’d still look for a product with antioxidants in them.
3. Brightening Essence ($42)- I’ve been using this as an extra boost of hydration and antioxidants because it’s filled with amazing ingredients like licorice extract, arbutin, vitamin C, and niacinamide, peptides to brighten and revitalize skin.
So these were my skincare save and splurge options- let me know if you have any questions or if you want me to follow up with my specific routine (which obviously includes a lot of these products mentioned here).