What You Should Splurge On vs. What You Should Save On in Your Skincare 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, 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 worry. “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
SPLURGE — 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.
SAVE — Cleansing Wipes
If you use even one makeup wipe per day, the cost can add up fast — that’s why pricey wipes are so not worth the commitment. Stick to affordable cleansing towelettes like the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Towelettes to save on money without sacrificing clean skin.
SPLURGE — Sonic Cleansing Tools
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. Trust us on this one.
SAVE — 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. One of our favorites is the Innisfree Apple Seed Deep Cleansing Foam that starts at less than $10.
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. And when you see just what antioxidant-packed products can do for your skin, you’ll know it’s no mistake.
SAVE — Single 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. We love these sheet masks by Soap & Glory to get the job done.
SPLURGE — Eye Cream
Take a look at your face. Chances are you’ll see the most wrinkles and fine lines surrounding your eyes because the skin around them 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.Our go-to for this is the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado — a $48 jar that is worth every
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. For less than $5, you can find lip conditioning balms that hydrate and offer a flattering tint.
SPLURGE — Anti-Aging Moisturizer
You want a moisturizer that’s packed with powerful ingredients and tons of hydration. This sometimes means a luxe moisturizer is where it’s at. We’re partial to the Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Day Cream.
SAVE — Face Mist
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 like the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water will do the trick.