Spend vs. Save

Spend vs. Save



Even though you can find many skincare products that are friendly on the budget, there are some types that may be worth splurging on. High quality products with natural, non-toxic ingredients are more expensive because they aren’t simply whipped up in a lab under - who knows what - conditions. Think about it…Botanicals are grown, harvested, then processed to extract the beneficial components. Having learned this, here are three items that I will happily spend that extra dollar on.


      Eye Cream: Our eyes tend to require special care since the skin in this area is much more delicate than the rest of the face. A targeted product with hardworking ingredients will keep the eyes looking fresh and more youthful over time. Look for ingredients like squalane, peptides, MSM and bakuchiol.  A high-quality eye treatment is something that you may want to spend a little more on to reap those benefits.


Facial Oil:  Luxury facial oils are becoming more and  more beloved…and for  good reason too. They help strengthen the outer layer of our skin by softening it, sealing it, and preventing water loss. All this without leaving a greasy film. They are often plant-based, and are typically derived from several parts of the plants — the flowers, the leaves and the roots. The extraction process is quite involved, which is costly, and why the higher quality oils can be a little pricey. But since they can include a range of potent ingredients, the potential benefits are endless. While they are predominantly known for their hydrating properties, facial oils can also aid our anti-aging routines and provide antibacterial and healing properties! Consider ones with rosehip (made from the seed AND flower), jojoba and neroli. These all have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as anti-bacterial and rejuvenating effects. I have also found that adding a couple drops of oil to my daily moisturizer allows me to use less product.


     Night Cream: Unlike day-time moisturizer, night cream (as the name suggests) is to be applied in the evening, ideally before going to bed. Night creams are scientifically formulated to make the most of our skin’s ‘night-time rhythm’, in which it helps regenerate and repair any daytime damage. Night creams can have a whole range of unique properties that you might not find in an ordinary multipurpose moisturizer. Although the primary aim of night creams is to instill the skin with hydration, they also work to supplement collagen, clear up dry patches, encourage skin cell turnover and more. Use a formula that is uniquely tailored to your skin. This is a great way to incorporate more preventative action into your routine without over-layering product throughout the day. Hence, in the long-run you are actually stretching your dollar!




The takeaway: Skin care is such an individual journey because not all products work the same for everyone. Most of us have experimented with various products from different brands and have found a few favorites. Just remember that always going for the bargain doesn’t always translate into saving money. Especially if the product is not effective in meeting your personal skin care needs. If I spend less on a jar of drugstore brand product that is either diluted with unhealthy fillers or simply doesn’t contain enough efficacious ingredients to do the job, then did I really save? My belief is that superior products that meet my expectations are absolutely worth the few extra dollars I spend – every time!

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