Where You Should Splurge & Save In Your Beauty Routine
It’s an age-old question, should you splurge or should you save? When it comes to beauty, you don’t have to stock your collection with all splurges or all saves—you can curate the perfect collection with a mix of both. The trick is, you need to find out where to spend a little more, and where to save your money. We spoke to board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dendy Engelman, who offered her ever-helpful perspective.
“Usually a higher price tag does mean better quality ingredients or a higher concentration of an ingredient,” she says. But if you’re worried that drugstore products won’t cut it, Dr. Engelman says don’t fret. “There are some great, affordable drugstore products that can produce good results,” she says. “Plus, purchasing cheaper products over years of skin care use can really cut costs in the long term.” See? You don’t need to spend your paycheck on your skin care arsenal. To find out when to make a skin care splurge and when to save, keep reading.
Skin Care Splurge #1: Sunscreen
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, daily broad spectrum SPF use can help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, helping to prevent visible signs of premature aging, painful sunburn, and even certain kinds of skin cancer. With that knowledge on hand, it should be obvious that sunscreen isn’t an area where you want to skimp—both in application and in price. Look for a water-resistant, broad spectrum formula with an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it liberally on all areas of exposed skin. Be sure to reapply at least every two hours, and take additional sun protection measures like seeking shade and wearing protective clothing.
Skin Care Save #1: Cleansing Wipes
If you use even one makeup wipe per day, the cost can add up fast. Just imagine if you have to restock pricy wipes on a monthly basis. Stick to affordable cleansing towelettes to save on money without sacrificing clean skin.
Skin Care Splurge #2: Sonic Cleansing Tools
Let’s talk about tech. Sonic cleansing tools are a reasonable place to invest, as they can help remove dirt, impurities and makeup off the surface of your skin often better than hands alone. Instead of using cheap, poorly-constructed tools that are more likely to break down after a few uses, go with one you know you can rely on—even if it’s double the price.
Skin Care Save #2: Cleanser
Even if you’ve indulged in an expensive cleansing tool, you can pair it with a more affordable cleanser—it’s the best of both worlds. Sometimes a basic, gentle cleanser is really all your skin needs, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it won’t make a dent in your monthly budget.
Skin Care Splurge #3: Anything with Antioxidants
Antioxidants may be increasingly popular in skin care, but that doesn’t mean they’re readily available within every product out there. Sometimes to get the goods, you have to be willing to splurge. And when you see just what antioxidant-packed products can do for your skin, you’ll know it’s no mistake.
Skin Care Save #3: Single Use Face Masks
When you’re deciding whether or not to drop some serious cash on a purchase, don’t put all your focus on how well it works. We agree, that’s important, but how often you can use a product matters too. An expensive purchase you’ll enjoy for months on end is one thing, and a pricy product you can only use once is another. For single use face masks, don’t spend a fortune. That way, you can afford to pop one on multiple days a week.
Skin Care Splurge #4: Eye Cream
Take a look at your face. Chances are you’ll see the most wrinkles and fine lines surrounding your eyes since the skin around our peepers is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. For that reason, we recommend splurging on a well-formulated eye cream that can help keep crow’s feet at bay.
Skin Care Save #4: Lip Balm
Taking care of your lips is a must, especially in the winter, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money to do so. Hydrating lip conditioners are available at all price points, and there’s no reason to ignore those on the less expensive side. For less than five dollars, you can find lip conditioning balms that hydrate and offer a flattering tint.
Skin Care Splurge #5: Anti-Aging Moisturizer
You may be noticing a theme. If a product can help prevent visible signs of aging—like sunscreen and eye cream—it can be a good idea to splurge. And your moisturizer is no exception to that rule. The best anti-aging moisturizers are packed with powerful ingredients, ones that you’ll want to be of the very best quality, which often requires spending more money.
Skin Care Save #5: Face Mist
Wouldn’t you feel a little silly spending lots of your hard-earned money on mineral-rich water? That’s what we thought. Nothing against face mists (in fact, we’re huge fans of them), but they’re a perfect place to spend a little less on your routine. If your goal is dewy, radiant-looking skin, a few spritzes of a wallet-friendly option will do the trick.