Beauty can be expensive–it’s sad, but true.
I can’t tell you how often I go a little overboard with the beauty products. It doesn’t even have to be in places like Ulta or Sephora; I go into a CVS or Walgreens and all of a sudden need everything in the skin care aisle. Everything just seems necessary!
Although it can be expensive, one of the best parts, next to picking all of my new stuff out of course, is coming home and putting it all neatly away (that might just be me). And even better? The feeling of waking up after using that face wash you weren’t too sure about, and your skin actually looks better.
Or, on the other hand, that facewash you were excited about turned out to be a bust (you broke out, your skin feels dried up)- then you might just end up throwing away the whole bottle. Luckily if you went to CVS, then it wasn’t too expensive. Hopefully that second scenario doesn’t happen to you, but with face products, you never really know. Here’s a few things I tend to do that make those choices a bit less of a gamble.
- Use social media! I feel like a lot of people look past how useful social media and the internet can be. I scroll through Facebook or Instagram and videos pop up on my feed from Vogue and other fashion magazines or organizations with celebrities sharing their secret beauty favorites.
- Test it Out! Sometimes the best way to do something is doing it yourself. If you have a skin care product in mind, try it out during a time when it wouldn’t be too big a deal if you had breakout or bad result. No harm done.
- Ask! Your friends or family can be a great way to find out what works. I’ve found so many good, inexpensive products from seeing what my friends are using. Make sure when asking about skin products that the person has a similar skin type!
Here’s several products that I’ve found extremely effective:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($19.99)
This is my favorite moisturizer right now. It comes in a cylindrical container that may seem a little small, but a little goes a long way. It’s super light and has a soft, clean smell. I have oily skin, and I’ve found that water-based moisturizers are much better for me than oil based. When it comes to oily skin, “oil-free” is your best friend! Look for this in any product you’re going to apply to your face. In the past, I did use oil-based products and would typically wake up with already greasy skin. Not a great way to start off the day…
This goes for literally every skin product. Makeup wipes, eye makeup remover, foundations, and concealers can all be found oil-free. I promise you that using water based products will leave your skin noticeably less oily. Purchasing oil wipes is also useful; keep them in your purse or your backpack for a quick fix if you’re having any trouble. You may also find that keeping your powder handy will keep your makeup looking mat and fresh.
Saint Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub ($3.64)
This is definitely on the list of favorite face scrubs. Not only is it super inexpensive, but very effective as well. This exfoliate contains salicylic acid which provides your pores with a deeper cleanse, efficiently removing oils and dirt compiled throughout the day. When buying any cleanser, check and see if it contains the acid because often times those cleaners are going to give you a better result. After my first use of this product, I could actually see a difference. My skin felt so clean and light.
I tend to use mine three to four times a week. This keeps my skin soft and glowy without drying it out or being too harsh. Exfoliation is great for removing the dirt in your pores that’s harder to eliminate when using regular face washes, but it can also be harmful with overuse. Find a happy medium, your skin will thank you, I promise.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion ($8.99)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost works great with the use of the gel. Like the gel, this wash gives your face that clean, glowy feeling. By leaving your face hydrated and not oily, this cleanser sets the tone for your skin before you even apply your makeup.
Let me point out that all of these products are oil free! It’s so important to purchase products that are good for YOUR skin. What works for your mom or best friend might not be what’s best for you.
I hope these tips and tricks gave you some ideas to add to your skin care regimen. My next blog will be a little different; I’ll be demonstrating my everyday getting ready routine. Happy Cleansing!