Be an ‘Economical Beauty’ Pt. 2 – Skincare
Being beautiful and economical can apply to all aspects of a beauty regimen, that includes skincare. If you thought you had to give up on a skin care regimen just because you couldn’t afford to spend several hundred dollars every three months, you are mistaken. I know it can be difficult to switch using the products that you have been using for years, but trust me, its worth it, and your wallet with thank you.
Brand loyalty is something that majorly needs to be reconsidered, brands are not loyal to you, why should you be loyal to them? Its time to reconsider the term ‘open relationship.’ Read the labels. Did you know that many drugstore skincare brands are made by the same companies that make department store products? The big difference is packaging. Take Estee Lauder for example, they own 15 of the most popular skin care brands! So if what’s important to you is what goes on your skin, then learn how to read labels and pay attention to ingredients.
These days, you can find many of the same ingredients in both budget and luxury brands. For example, drugstore acne products with salicylic acid are just as effective as more expensive acne lines. Same goes for drugstore sunscreens. There are wonderful, affordable sunscreens with the same ingredients as department store brands. When reading labels, keep in mind that the active ingredient should be close to the beginning of the list, this means it’s in greater concentration. With all of this knowledge wouldn’t you feel silly paying $45 for a cleanser when you can get one for $7? Another rule to consider is mixing and matching. Just as you can pair a cute Forever 21 top with designer jeans, you can mix and match skincare, go with the cheaper drugstore cleanser and the more expensive moisturizer.
Best Cleanser for All Skin Types:
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($9.99)- This cleanser is made for all skin types, its hypoalergenic, it doesn’t have a hard to pronounce French name, and its under $10. What’s not to love?
Best Cleanser for Dry Skin:
Ponds Cold Creme ($7.49)- You probably thought this was just for your grandma, but like all the other advice she has given you, this is still a tried and true awesome cleanser.
Best Cleanser for Oily Skin:
L’Oreal Go 360 Clean ($6.99)– This gel cleanser helps dry up excess oil, and the scrublet makes sure you are able to get deep inside the pore.
Best Cleanser for Sensitive Skin:
Eucerin Sensitive Skin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($7.23)- This is soap-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, sensitive skin can rejoice, there is a cleanser for you!
Best Cleanser for Acneic Skin:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($6.49)– This cream cleanser isn’t going to be overly drying, and the salicylic acid is going to kill the acne forming bacteria. Clear skin is on the way!
Best Exfoliator for All Skin Types:
St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3)- This is gentle enough for all skin types, when used 3 times a week it helps to reveal more youthful looking skin.
Best Toner for All Skin Types:
Olay Refreshing Toner ($3.50)- This has witch hazel and aloe to balance and calm the skin. It’s effective and priced to sell.
Best Toner for Oily Skin:
Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent ($5.99)- Witch hazel and salicylic acid combine in this toner to make it an oil busting masterpiece.
Best Facial Mask for Aging Skin:
Olay Regenerist Thermal Contour and Lift ($27.99)- Want to firm, moisturize, and strengthen your skin all while in the shower? Slather some of this on your face, and BAM! Beautifully toned skin!
Best Facial Mask for Acneic Skin:
Freeman Superfruits Detoxifying Clay Facial Mask ($3.99)- Clay is clay. Why pay more for it?
Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin:
L’Oreal Nutrissime Reactivating Dry Skin Cream ($8)- This is THICK, your skin is going to stay hydrated all day.
Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin:
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion– This has such a light consistency, it feels so good on the skin, and the ingredients are mild enough for everyone, even those with sensitive skin.
Best Moisturizer for Aging Skin:
Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer ($29.99)- Olay really hit the mark with this one, it helps fight all 7 signs of aging, with a souffle like consistency that feels amazing.
Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin:
Almay Daily Moisturizer for Oily Skin ($5.99)- It’s oil-free, has an SPF, and its fast absorbing, definitely a winner.
Best Eye Creme:
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Creme ($18.99)- This particular creme is enhanced with Retinol, a huge power player in the fight against wrinkles, and it keeps the delicate eye area moisturized.
Best Facial Sunscreen:
Neutrogena Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100 ($10.99)- The skin has a natural barrier of 2 minutes, to determine the amount of time your sunscreen is going to protect you for you multiply the SPF by 2. This particular sunscreen gives you continual protection for over 3 hours. It also blocks both UVA and UVB rays, which makes it one of the most effective choices on the market.