Hey everyone, if you read my blog regularly you’ll know I have a series called save, spend, splurge where I compare products from the same category at different price points. The purpose of this series is to tell you that you can have good products on a budget but highlight the potential benefits of spending a little more if you can afford to. What this series doesn’t tell you is where in your skincare routine your money will be best spent.
Some people may only be able to afford the save option each time, some can afford the splurge. The reality is that most people will fall somewhere in the middle, have some budget products but are willing to spend a bit more on a product or two. That’s where this post comes in, today I’m going to be highlighting the products worth spending a little more on to get the most out of your skincare routine.
I’m going to structure this one from most expensive to cheapest, so the products you should be investing the most in are at the top of the list. Obviously, this is general advice and some people with specific skin issues or conditions will need to prioritise things in a different order. However, if you have generally healthy skin with everyday concerns such as dehydration or oiliness, this should be about right for you.
I cannot stress this enough. Your serum is the most important part of your routine. It’s likely to be the product which contains the most active ingredients. Out of all of your products, this one works the hardest and will usually be the one that ‘transforms’ your skin. If you can only afford one premium product in your routine, invest in a good serum. You can get serums for hydration, redness, exfoliation and just about everything else you can think of. Your serum will usually be the product most tailored to your skin’s needs at any one time, so choose carefully.
This is cheating a little because your exfoliator could actually be your serum. But it’s worth spending money on, especially if you have more sensitive skin. You’re literally peeling off your skin with an acid. It’s worth a little extra to make sure you have a formula with no nasty ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, a formula containing calming ingredients like aloe or oatmeal is a good idea too. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good one, but it’s a product you should choose carefully.
I’m putting this one in the middle because I don’t actually believe there’s an ideal amount to spend on cleanser. When I did my save, spend, splurge for cleansing balms, I couldn’t choose a winner. It’s going in the middle because you need to pick a formula that works well for your skin. You can get great budget ones. Although, I will say most of the good quality budget ones are not oily skin friendly. You can also spend a fortune. My most used cleanser is from the ‘spend‘ category, but I have others I love from save and splurge too.
Controversial, I know a lot of people don’t believe in eye cream, but if you do, you want a good one. The undereye after all is a very sensitive area so you want something that doesn’t contain any irritants and will be gentle. Especially if you’re looking at something containing retinol for anti-ageing purposes, it’s worth spending a little more. However, if you’re really young you may want to skip the eye cream and just bring your serum/ moisturiser under your eyes (depending on the formula).
You can get some cheaper oils which are absolutely amazing, but a lot of the cheaper options contain mineral oil which is doing absolutely nothing beneficial for your skin. Oils are going in the spend category purely as a way of filtering out some of the products that use cheaper filler ingredients.
This might shock a few people, but moisturiser usually isn’t that big of a deal. We’re told to invest in our moisturisers because of the ancient advice of ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’. Realistically, a good routine contains more steps than that. And those extra steps are the ones that do most of the work, like the serums and oils. If you don’t use oils or serums, splash out on your moisturiser. If you have a good serum, you only need basic moisturisers for a little boost of hydration most of the time. French pharmacy brands have some phenomenal budget moisturisers that don’t contain bad ingredients.
Products I’m Not Mentioning
A notable mention for the products I’m not mentioning.
You need to be wearing SPF, and it needs to be a good quality one. I did a whole post on the importance of SPF last month which I’ll leave here. You can get good cheaper ones and more expensive options but how much you need to spend on it varies massively. Some people are very sensitive to SPF (myself included) and others can wear just about anything. Make sure it’s broad spectrum and make sure it’s at least SPF30 (and read that post if you want to know why).
I’m a big believer in investing more in your daily routine than something you’ll use once a week at most, but it’s another area where prices fluctuate massively and how much you spend will depend on the kind of results you’re wanting. But please don’t spend a fortune on clay masks, they cost next to nothing to produce.
Like I said, this is general advice, not rules to live by. Where do you like to spend money in your routine?
Until next time,