A lot of people when they start new skin care routines, or want to upgrade their products can get sticker shock. Going from Wash-Tone-Moisturize to a 8-12 step routine can be daunting. So to throw in the cost of new skincare products can keep people from taking the plunge. Also there are some luxury products out there that are CRAZY expensive…. but are they worth it?
When I started my new skincare routine it was daunting. I am 31 year old Caucasian lady who lives on South Florida. For the longest time I didn’t wear sunscreen and I would wash my face with any ole soap. My skin got WRECKED. I wasn’t blessed with good genes either. I am a little off kilter. I am an artist, so I am constantly around paint, varnish and weird chemicals, to help me paint (not good for skin), and the closet thing I came down to to really take care of my skin was all the sunscreen I would lather on my tattoos (I am heavily Tattoed) but I always neglected my face. I am paying the price now. After awhile I am noticing a huge difference. Better texture, smaller pores, even skintone. Still a ways to go but so far its great.
So what about expensive luxury products?
I had a hard time investing at first, so the first few months I would go to the drug store and get whatever I thought would work. The only thing this was good for was to help me develop good habits and get used to the routine. Not all products are created equal, and I can’t think of ANY product that is universally good for all skin types. So most of these products obviously didn’t work for me and I had to try a new approach.
If products cost between 5-20 dollars I would usually take a chance, but anything more then that I would be wary of. I decided I wouldn’t buy anything expensive until I had to opportunity to really truly sample it for at least 1-2 weeks. I found a few stores and websites that actually sold sample sizes (or even travel sizes would work). I would make an initial investment of 3-25 dollars depending on the product and I would get enough samples for 1-2 months. This would give me a good idea of what worked for me, and what didn’t. I also took advantage of places that offered samples of skincare with purchase (like Sephora) especially when they let you choose your samples. Also deluxe samples are a life saver.
After a year or so doing this I was able to really tailor my skin care routine without making a huge investment, and able to weed out products that had a big price tag that wouldn’t work for me, with more inexpensive ones that were GREAT for me. Also I found 1 or 2 products that were pricier but WORTH the investment (they would last a long time, or their results were incomparable to anything else. Prices I am talking about are $200-$400 per product).
So I would say if you want to jump into a more extensive skin care routine look for sites that sell samples (Cosmetic-Love.com does and they have free shipping with NO minimum purchase. Beautykat.com does as welland carries SK-II sample and travel sizes, well worth the look into) and really truly discover the best products for your skin. Maybe its that drugstore brand of moisturizer, maybe that crazy toner, maybe that super expensive serum. But the end result will be a beautifully tailored routine for exquisite skin!