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Cutting Back on the Costs of Skin Care

 
  • 18
  • Jul 2012

The skin care industry is big business, with billions spent every year on the latest products that are heavily promoted to provide perfect skin, at a very expensive price tag. Anyone can have great skin without spending a lot of money on pricey lotions, potions, and creams.

Prioritise Your Skin Care Needs

The first step in cutting the cost of skin care is to prioritize your individual skin care needs. Do you live in a dry climate and need a heavier moisturizing lotion to combat the effects of dry air and low humidity? Or do you live in a more humid area, and have oilier skin that requires a lighter moisturizer? Determining exactly what you need will allow you to budget accordingly.

Take Care of Skin From Within

Good skin care starts from within, and the largest organ in your body (your skin) will reflect on your overall state of health. With proper nutrition and hydration, you can nourish your body and your skin, and prevent unnecessary spending in the future on products to try to undo the damage caused by poor eating habits or bad lifestyle habits such as smoking. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day to keep your body and skin properly hydrated. Smoking will cause poor circulation and premature wrinkling of the skin, and there are many stop smoking products and programs to help you quit for good.

Simplify Your Skin Care Regimen

The skin care industry would like us to believe that we need separate face creams, under-eye creams, neck creams, and body lotions. Most of the time, separate products are a waste of money. A good, all-purpose lotion or cream can serve the purpose of several different products, and can save a bundle on expensively priced specialty products for different areas of your skin. Many daily lotions contain sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher, and can be used as a substitute for separate and costlier facial lotions and sunscreens.

Save Money by Making Your Own Skin Care Products

Many health conscious consumers have economized on skin care products by making their own lotions and skin care treatments designed to exfoliate, moisturize, or cleanse. This allows complete control over the type and quality of the ingredients used in the preparations. Effective skin care products can be made from natural botanicals, fruits, and vegetables, and can be a safer alternative to chemicals and potentially irritating or harmful ingredients found in some over-the-counter skin products.

Be a Smart Skin Care Product Consumer

Don’t fall for wild skin care claims in advertisements or infomercials that promise unrealistic results at a hefty price tag. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not something you want to waste your hard-earned money on.

Take advantage of small sample sized products to try out a product line before investing a lot of money in a bigger product size for something that you might not like and will end up throwing away.

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