When you want to save the pennies and get ready for a big family Christmas or a summer holiday to remember it’s hard to know where to find the savings. A lot of people will tell you that skincare is a luxury you can easily go without, but if you are like me then you’ll beg to differ.
Cutting back is always an option, but in truth who actually wants to do that? One area where you should never compromise is your skincare. With too much at steak if you cut corners and don’t give your skin what it needs, we’re going to take a quick look at how you can look after your skin on a budget.
There’s a whole host of tips on here, so rather than get overwhelmed by trying to do them all at once why not start with the first one and see how you get on? You’ll be amazed at how different your skin looks and feels in just 7 days!
Want to Know More?
Of course you do! This is the only way to save money so that your household budget goes further, without making your skin pay for it in the long run. Here’s the key points we’re going to cover:
- Why cleansing matters
- What toning really does
- How to apply treatment serums
- What to look for in a moisturizer
Why Cleansing Matters
When you turn on the TV or fancy watching a bit of YouTube you’ll probably be inundated with ads that tell you this and that about cleansing. But they don’t tell you the real story which is the one that your skin really needs to hear.
You’ll see pictures of beautiful women throwing crystal clear water over their faces without a care in the world. When they look up and catch your eye in the mirror they’ll no doubt be beaming from ear to ear, but there’s one thing wrong with this picture. The expensive cleanser they’re using just won’t work. Well, not if they apply it like that it won’t!
The secret to cleansing your skin lies in knowing what it is actually supposed to do. You’re trying to gently clean your skin the natural way so that it can breathe and feel the full benefits of the rest of your skincare routine. This means you need to know a few new things to go about it the right way. Firstly you need an all-natural potent cleanser. Next you should only use the minimum amount of warm water otherwise you’ll damage your skin and over-dilute your cleanser at the same time. Lastly you want to cleanse gently in the morning, and with a little more vigor just before bed. This will allow your skin’s natural defensive barriers to remain strong whilst you’re out at work.
What Toning Really Does
You’ll see all manner of fancy and overpriced products designed to tone and enhance the quality of your skin. What any discerning student needs to know however is that you can achieve just the same effect by using a budget toner and cotton pads – rather than the balls of cotton wool you’ll see in virtually every ad or product placement.
Not only does a cotton pad do a much better job of minimizing the amount of toner you use, it’ll also ensure a softer and gentler application which in turn is better for your skin. Because all toners are largely the same you’ll find that applying a budget toner in a more economical and skin-friendly way will keep a few more bucks in your back pocket.
Ideal if you want to remove oil, grease, and flaky dead skin without paying a penny more than you need to!
How To Apply Treatment Serums
The mistake most people make is that they apply the wrong serum at the wrong time, and in the wrong way. This then causes them to spend more and more money on different products as they try in vain to see the results they think should be forthcoming.
There are a couple of secrets I can let you in on. Firstly, for optimal uptake by your skin you’ll need to apply the thinnest serums first, and the thickest ones last otherwise the thicker serum will block everything else from being absorbed. The other thing you’ll need to bear in mind is that the morning is all about applying your anti-oxidant serum, whereas the evening is the time for an exfoliating serum. Keep these two secret rules in mind and you’ll find you cut your treatment serum budget spend in half overnight.
What To Look For in a Moisturizer
I’ll be the first to say that you may want to stay clear of the very cheapest moisturizers on the market as they probably won’t have the best balance of artificial and natural ingredients. What you can do to save money however is change the way you apply your moisturizer to avoid wastage. Smooth upward motions that gently lift the skin are what you’re looking for. For maximum impact you’ll also want to leave it to settle on the skin for 5 minutes before you apply your makeup in the morning.
What Are You Waiting For?
Now that you’ve heard everything I have to say regarding how you can save a few pennies without sacrificing your skin, all you need to do is get started.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to jump in headfirst and try and do everything at once, but you do need to make a change sooner rather than later. If you do just one thing when you get home from work today why not make it changing how you cleanse your skin? Resist the urge to throw warm water everywhere, instead focus on getting the most out of the product you have by using it the right way. Then perhaps tomorrow you can shop for an alternative that will work in perfect harmony with the rest of your skincare routine.
The only question now is: what are you waiting for?