Save vs. Splurge: Which Skin-Care Products are Worth the Big Bucks
The skin-care world is not what it used to be. The industry is booming and there are new products, formulas and ingredients to know about and try almost every single week. It can be hard to decipher which products are worth the big bucks and which ones can allow you to save a bit. That’s why we spoke to board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dendy Engelman M.D., to get her professional 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 not to. “There are some great, affordable drugstore products that can produce good results. Plus, purchasing cheaper products over years of skin-care use can really cut costs in the long term.”
To find out when to make a skin-care splurge and when to save, keep reading.
Skin-Care Products Worth the Splurge
Using a daily broad-spectrum SPF can help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and in turn, help prevent visible signs of premature aging, painful sunburn and even certain kinds of skin cancer. Keeping that knowledge in mind, sunscreen isn’t an area where you want to skimp — both in the application and in price. Look for a broad-spectrum formula with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it on all areas of exposed skin. We recommend trying the SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 for its weightless, matte-finish formula that offers ultimate protection.
Splurge: Sonic Cleansing Tools
While prices can run a little steep, sonic cleansing tools are a great investment because they offer a deep clean as they effectively remove dirt, impurities and makeup off of your skin’s surface way better than your hands alone. Try the Clarisonic Mia Smart Cleansing Skin-Care Device to help gently exfoliate the skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and helping fight the signs of aging.
Splurge: 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. Case in point: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. This serum, infused with a combination of antioxidants, will offer your skin visible anti-aging benefits, advanced environmental protection against free radicals and will remain effective for a minimum of 72 hours once it is absorbed into the skin.
Splurge: Eye Cream
Our under-eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of our body and one of the first areas to show signs of aging, which means it’s only right to treat them with utmost care — even if it means paying a high price tag. Our go-to splurge-worthy eye cream is the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for its super moisturizing formula. Trust us when we say, it’s worth every penny.
Splurge: Anti-Aging Moisturizer
To help keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay, you are going to want a moisturizer that’s packed with powerful ingredients that give tons of hydration. Don’t be afraid to indulge in a luxe moisturizer like the Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Face Cream With SPF 30. This new day cream will help lift, tighten and brighten dark spots on your face offering a soft and refined appearance.
Skin-Care Products to Save On
Save: Cleansing Wipes
If you use even one makeup wipe per day, the cost can add up fast — that’s why pricey wipes are not worth the commitment. Stick to affordable cleansing towelettes like the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes to save money without sacrificing clean skin.
Even if you’ve indulged in an expensive cleansing tool, you can pair it with a more affordable cleanser for the best of both worlds. Sometimes a basic, gentle cleanser is all your skin needs, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it won’t make a dent in your monthly budget. One of our favorites is the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser that is available at any local drugstore for less than $15.
Save: Sheet Masks
We can justify spending a lot of money on a skin-care product that will last you a long time. But when it comes to sheet masks, we say it’s best not to spend a fortune because they’re usually one and done. With so many affordable and effective sheet masks out there, we promise you won’t miss out. For instance, we love the Petite Amie Skincare Botanical Brightening Masque because it gives your skin a boost of hydration and glow, and it’s only $10.
Save: Face Mists
While we’re huge fans of face mists, they’re a perfect place to spend a little less in your routine. If your goal is dewy, radiant-looking skin, a few spritzes of a wallet-friendly option like the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Face Mist will do the trick.
Save: Lip Balm
Taking care of your lips is a must, especially in 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, like the Glossier Balm DotCom. For just $12, this lip balm moisturizes your lips for long-lasting hydration and comes in different shades to offer a variety of flattering tints.