When it comes to beauty and skincare products, it’s all about finding that perfect balance. Sometimes you can get away with a less expensive product but other times it’s worth it to spend a little more. In this article, we’re going to tell you where to spend money on skincare and answer the coveted question “Is it worth spending money on skincare?” so that you can feel prepared the next time you need to restock your skincare supply.
Sunscreen: Splurge or Save?
If you’re not wearing sunscreen every day already, please start! If you want to know why wearing sunscreen is so important, check out our blog post on the topic - after reading it, you’ll definitely want to start wearing sunscreen ASAP.
There is lots of research that points to the benefits of wearing sunscreen every day and the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying sunscreen every single day for those aged 6 months or older. Since sunscreen is a product most of us will go through pretty quickly, we recommend saving on it - no fancy sunscreens necessary. According to Dr. David Colbert, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist, “it doesn’t have to be expensive to be good,” when referring to which sunscreen to buy. He also notes that if you’re more prone to skincare concerns, such as breakouts, look for sunscreens with the label “non-comedogenic” which means it won’t clog up your pores.
So if you’re asking yourself the question “is it worth spending money on skincare?,” when it comes to sunscreen the answer is no. Just look for a sunscreen that doesn’t have any ingredients that will harm your skin or clog your pores. If you’re curious as to what ingredients to avoid, check out our article on clean beauty which lists some of these ingredients.
The Product You Should Always Splurge On
When it comes to splurging on skincare products, we’re big fans of spending a little extra on serums and oils rather than being frugal. We aren’t saying you need to spend hundreds of dollars on these types of products, but it might be worth it to go the extra mile and spend a little more than you’re used to. Most of the time, serums and other facial oils contain highly concentrated ingredients “so they’re able to penetrate the skin better and deeper,” according to celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas.
When it comes to the ingredients you use on your face, you want to make sure that they’re non-toxic, non-comedogenic, sustainable, and overall good for your skin. Most of the time when you buy a slightly more expensive facial oil or serum, you’re getting what you pay for in terms of what’s in the bottle. According to Cosmopolitan, “if you splurge on a serum, your skin will be able to absorb so many good nutrients that will show the best result.” When shopping for a high-quality facial oil or serum, make sure to look for skin-loving ingredients such as:
- Argan oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Rosehip oil
- Vitamin E
- Hyaluronic acid
- Green tea
So if you find yourself asking what skincare products that are worth the splurge, facial oils and serums are definitely on that list.
Cleanser: It Depends
Sometimes the lines are a little blurred when it comes to where to spend money on skincare, and cleansers are one of those products that can be in that gray area. On one hand, if your skin typically doesn’t have any issues and you don’t need it to do anything special, you can probably get away with getting a cheaper cleanser.
On the other hand, if your skin is on the more sensitive side or if you’re battling specific skincare concerns, you might want to spend a little more on your chosen cleanser. According to Joanna Vargas, “if you have trickier skin that breaks out easily or gets irritated, it’s a good idea to invest in a formula that has ingredients that will benefit your specific skin type.” There are many different ingredients out there that can help improve the overall look and feel of your skin, so when choosing a cleanser to splurge on consider your skin type and what ingredients might work best for you. Some ingredients to look out for include:
- RETINOL: According to Carol Cheng, M.D., dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, retinol is great for skin turnover, which basically means getting “rid of old dead skin cells and [encouraging] generation of new healthy skin cells.” Using retinol may help improve skin texture, unclog pores, prevent acne breakouts, and increase collagen production among many other benefits.
- SALICYLIC ACID: If you struggle with acne breakouts, look out for this ingredient when purchasing a new cleanser. Salicylic acid helps with getting rid of old, dead skin cells as well as decreasing oil production in the skin. According to Susan Massick, M.D., salicylic acid is oil-soluble which allows it to penetrate deep into the pores.
- CERAMIDES: These are natural fats or lipids found in our skin, mainly in the top layer, and they help form a barrier between our skin and the outside environment. If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for a cleanser with ceramides as they are able to hydrate the skin and lock in moisture without clogging pores and causing breakouts.
Creams and Masks: Are They Worth It?
If you find that you’re asking yourself “Is that night cream really worth the amount of money they’re charging for it?,” most of the time, the answer is yes. Ensuring that your skin is well hydrated is one of the best things you can do for it, so you definitely want to make sure you’re using a moisturizer that has the proper ingredients. When looking for the right cream for your skin, Dr. Colbert recommends you use a product that has at least one of these ingredients:
- Vitamins E and C, as these ingredients help with hydration and brightening of the skin
- Silk peptides, which helps to build collagen in the skin
- Retinoids, which help with exfoliation to ensure your skin and pores stay clear
When it comes to masks, it really depends on your skin type and what you want the mask to achieve. When looking for face masks, really pay attention to its ingredients, as they correlate with what the mask is intended to do. For example, if you want to decrease inflammation and redness on your skin, look for a mask that contains arnica or yogurt, which are both anti-inflammatory agents. You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to purchasing a face mask or cream, but paying a little more will ensure that you’re getting something with ingredients that are good for your skin, not something that will harm the overall appearance and feel of your skin.
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