Sunday, August 16, 2009

Save or splurge - Beauty products

Knowing which beauty products to save or splurge on is a great help to your budget and your skin. Saving money in certain areas mean that you can invest in good quality products in other areas where quality is a must.

This is an area where you really need to invest. Your skin is so very important and and lays the foundation for make up. You would not believe the difference it makes when you apply good quality products to your skin. So what should you splurge on and where can you save?

Face Wash - save
This is an area where you can save. expensive facial cleansers are not necessary unless you have highly sensitive skin or a particular skin condition but for the most part a simple basic face wash is all you need.

Toner - save
Toner is not always necessary and unless you are a die hard fan it can be skipped altogether. You can save a bundle in this department by buy an inexpensive bottle of rose water from your local pharmacy which works great for sensitive skin. My personal use for toner is at night, for any occasion that I don't get a chance to wash my face before going to bed I use toner to cleanse before bed.

Moisturizer - SPLURGE
This is one of the most important beauty products you will ever own. This is where you will improve your skin and solve your problem. SPLURGE, SPLURGE, SPLURGE!!! I cannot say this enough. The very best thing to do is to go to a salon and speak to one of the professionals there, even better, have a facial. This is a great opportunity for the beauty therapist to assess you skin type and to discuss any particular problems you may have. They will be able to suggest products and tell you more about your particular skin type and the direct you to the type of product you should be buying.

Night Cream - save
Whilst moisturizing at night is a very important step and should not be skipped there are alternatives to buying an expensive pot of cream. Firstly, if your daily moisturizer does not have a built in SPF then it can double as a night cream and you can save money. Alternatively, aqueous cream is a great product which is reasonably priced and will provide that extra bit of moisture that is need in a night cream.

Sunscreen - splurge
Sunscreen is an absolute must where ever you live, whatever the season. Its your first defense against sunburn and more importantly wrinkles. A good quality facial sunscreen is extremely important. Neutrogena makes a fabulous sunscreen that is ultra sheer and creates a lovely matte finish instead of a shiny finish like some products. An SPF of 15 is the minimum and even though your daily facial cream may contain an SPF of 15 it is highly recommended that you also make use of a daily sunscreen on top of that.

Makeup remover - save
Make up remover is a must, especially eye make up remover. Its very important to remove all eye make up especially before you go to bed as it can cause all sorts of nasty eye problems and more horrifyingly - WRINKLES! This is a product that does not neccessarily need to be a specified makeup remover as such but anything that works for you. Some people swear by certain creams like acqueous, other baby oil or facial wipes that work as make up removers aswell.

Lip balm - save/splurge
Lip balm for me is an essential. I'm not talking tinted or glossy I'm talking a tub of plain lip balm to moisturize your lips and create a soft not chapped base for lipstics and glosses. Now whether you save or splurge on this is up to you. For those of you who are luck enough not to have problems with dry and chapped lips its not necessary or you can use any product thus you can save however, if you are like me and have a problem with dry chapped red lips its definately an area to splurge. Its very important to try different types and find the one that works for you. Labello has a good range and even has moisturizing lip balm in colours so if you do want it all in one they have some great products.

Other products - Extras
Other products that most women purchase as part of their beauty regimine are masks, eye creams, neck creams and moisture serums. In my opinion theses are fabulous itens to have if you have the cash or if you have a really problem area that needs extra attention. However, the average young 20 something college student or graduate can get away with the basics.

Hope this was helpful and insightful,
Don't hesitate to leave any of your own beauty save/splurge tips or beauty brands that work wonders in the comment section.

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