It’s no secret that skincare can be expensive, even more so if it’s natural or organic. So if you find yourself spending more than you like for the promise of a youthful glow read on. These simple money saving tips will show you how to tweak your skin care routine and keep to your budget while keeping your skin looking great.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #1: MAKE A LIST OF MUST-HAVES
Simplify your routine and make a list of must-haves. While options are great, we sometimes end up over-buying for our needs. Making a list of must-haves will help stop you from getting distracted by new products and help you let go of beauty products in your routine that you don’t really need.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #2: USE A NO FRILLS FACIAL CLEANSER
Your cleanser just needs to remove dirt and makeup without stripping skin. Save the expensive fancy ingredients for your moisturizers and serums that stay on your skin all day. And, if you cleanse your face at night, it shouldn’t need re-cleansing in the morning so skip the morning cleansing unless your skin really needs it.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #3: LOOK FOR MULTI-PURPOSE PRODUCTS
Skin care products that pull double-duty not only simplify your skin care routine, they can also save you money. Try a moisturizer with SPF, or a dual-action face serum or moisturizer that hydrates while also targeting your specific concerns (like dull skin or fine lines and wrinkles). Switching to a dual action cleanser & exfoliator, means you will never need to buy a separate exfoliator again.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #4: PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU USE ON A REGULAR BASIS
While it’s always good to be prepared, pay attention to what you use on day-to-day basis and replace those beauty products first. If that expensive organic face mask expired before you finished it, there is no point in hoarding backups.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #5: BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR SCHEDULE
Sure that 10 step Korean sounded great when you bought it, but if you don’t have time for 10 steps every night you’ll likely waste a lot of product (and your money). Instead, build a skin care routine that fits easily into your schedule.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #6: LOOK FOR CONCENTRATED PRODUCTS
Don’t just go by price! Concentrated, water-free moisturizers can last up to 5 times longer than a water-based one of the same volume. Water-based products need preservatives and are often filled with cheap fillers. While they might seem cheaper at first, you often end up using more and need to replace them more often costing you more in the long run.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #7: APPLY PRODUCTS TO DAMP SKIN
If you’re applying your skin care products to dry skin, you might be using a lot more product than you need. For example, face oils contain such concentrated amounts of nutrients you truly only need a few drops. Try applying them to slightly damp skin (use your favorite toner or mist or even a touch of water). This lets you to spread your face oils thinly and evenly without overloading your skin. The exceptions are products like sunscreen and medications, which you don’t want to dilute. If in doubt, follow the directions on the label.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #8: GIVE YOUR PRODUCTS TIME TO WORK
Before you toss that new moisturizer, make sure you have given it enough time to work. Skin-care pros say you’ve got to use it for at least 28 days to see a difference. If your skin is balanced and happy finish the jar before buying something new.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #9: DO YOU REALLY NEED AN EYE CREAM?
While it’s true the delicate skin around your eyes can be thinner and drier than the rest of your face, you might not need a special eye cream. If you are already using a well-formulated light moisturizer or face oil, you can use it under your eyes too. The exception is if you’re tackling dark circles, fine lines or puffiness, where a specialized eye cream really shines.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #10: TRY A LESSER-KNOWN BRAND
An easy way to save money is to try a lesser-known brand. While many popular brands have their loyalists, if you are looking to cut costs you can often find similar products from lesser known brands that cost far less—and they work just as well too.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #11: PUT A PAUSE ON BEAUTY BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS
While beauty subscriptions might make you feel like your saving money, chances are you are buying products you don’t need, always like or even use. And if they don’t include the basics (like a cleanser and moisturizer) you’re likely purchasing extra things elsewhere. Consider putting them on pause — you can always subscribe again later.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #12: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REWARDS PROGRAMS
Businesses value your loyalty and are often prepared to reward you for it. Take advantage of the free Beauty Rewards programs, which can lead to big savings over time. And, don’t forget to check online for discount codes.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET TIP #13: BE WARY OF AFTERPAY
While breaking up your bill into smaller chunks that you pay over time might seem like a good deal, if you miss even one of those payments you’ll get hit with a late fees, which can end up costing your more. Be sure to stick to your budget (regardless of how you pay) and make those payments on time.
Hopefully these tips can help you keep your skincare bill from getting out of hand.
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