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Skincare: What to splurge on and when to save
Sun, 28 August 2011 7:36PM
I’m always being asked what hair, skin, and makeup products are worth investing in and which ones we can afford to skimp on. And considering right now, everyone, from the President to your Nanna are tightening their purse strings, I figured there’s no time like the present to tackle this topic.
First up, the SKIMP category: My (very general) way of thinking is this: if it sinks into the skin, like your moisturiser or serum, then it’s worth spending up big, but anything that washes straight down the drain, like body wash, is something that you can afford to skimp on. Here’s why…
The SKIMP category:
Body wash: Supermarket and chemist-availabie varieties are more than effective when it comes to body wash. Look for ultra moisturising formulas that won’t dry your skin, and if you’re keen to get a little extra lather happening, try using a body brush or loofah.
Face Cleanser: Here’s the thing with face wash, above all things, you want it to be ultra gentle on your skin. Plus, you want to be able to use it liberally (think 10 or 20 cent coin-size) and I can tell you now, that if you’re coughing up 100 big ones on a cleanser, chances are you’ll be far less likely to a) use the recommended amount and b) double cleanse. The same goes for sunscreen, body wipes and makeup remover. Look for gentle formulas, that you can buy in bulk and slather all-over.
Body Lotion: Again, supermarket varieties are the bomb diggity. If it’s relatively inexpensive, you’re more likely to use it more often, and use a reasonable amount of the stuff, without feeling guilty. And, when you work out the the cost per use of a whopper-size bottle like, Nivea Rich Body Moisturising Lotion, $5.40, it’s practically free.
Body Scrub: If you’re looking for a super cheap alternative to body exfoliants, buy a body brush instead. Not only do they last near forever, but they make tackling tricky spots, like the shoulders and your back, that much easier.
The SPLURGE category:
Face moisturiser and serums: Apart from sunscreen, moisturisers and serums are your two greatest weapons against ageing. If you can’t afford to splurge on a day and night cream as well as a serum, opt for a good all-round face mosituriser that you can layer with a souped-up serum at night for added hydration.
Eye Cream: The skin around the eye area is incredibly sensitive, and a heck of a lot of time and money goes in to ensuring that the SPF included in eye cream formulations are gentle enough to use around the eye area. Note the SPF, it’s a must.
Exfoliator/Treatment products: Buffing away the dead surface layers on the skin is essential in ensuring that the moisturiser/serum/treatment that follows sinks in. When it comes to exfoliators, it’s worth paying that little bit extra for a product that is skin-specific that you know won’t irritate your skin. If you prefer scrubs over peels, make sure the formula uses spherical, man-made exfoliating beads, rather than irregular nut, food, or fruit-derived granuals that can scratch the skin.
Where do you spend your money?
What’s the max you’d pay for a skincare product?
How do you decided on what to invest in and what to skimp on?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe