Splurge Or Save? Skin Care Edition

I am a firm believer in the importance of skin care, especially at this age. I think that make up looks ten times better on a clear, well maintained canvas. The better my skin, the less money I spend on things like foundation and concealer. Here are my thoughts on what’s worth your money and what isn’t!

Make Up Remover

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When it comes to make up remover, I tend to use two different kinds: wipes and liquid. I don’t really think it is worth it to spend a lot of money on wipes, because they go quickly and can dry out if you don’t use them fast enough. I mostly use wipes to remove swatches of make up off my hands and arms, and to wipe off any quick mistakes like mascara smudges or lipstick. I love using the Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes because they usually have great deals on large packs of them, and they don’t burn my eyes or dry out my face.

On the other hand, I haven’t found any great liquid removers from the drugstore as of yet. I much prefer to spend the money on something that removes all my make up without burning my eyes or leaving an oily residue on my face. For really stuck on eye make up I like to use Philosophy Just Release Me Oil Free remover because it really gets every last bit off without stinging. For my face at night I love to use my Bioderma Micelle Water. It isn’t oily at all, but it still removes everything and leaves my skin feeling toned and hydrated. The eyes are such a delicate area, I really like a remover that doesn’t require me to have to scrub and tug at them to remove the make up.

Cleanser

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I am veryΒ  split on this section. I have used a loved many great face cleansers from the drugstore, but lately I have been obsessed with my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and Philosophy Purity. If you have pretty normal skin and barely break out, then you might not need to spend much money on a cleanser. If you have bad break outs, dry skin, or any other bigger skin problems, you might want to find a face wash with better ingredients. I am also a big believer in going to a dermatologist to find what will work best for you. It can be hard to self diagnose skin issues, and when you get looked at by a doctor, they can either prescribe you with something stronger than regular products, or point you in the right direction of a product. Personally, I go to the dermatologist when I get bad cystic acne, which happens when I am really stressed on my chin. If you haven’t been able to find the right cleanser for yourself, I suggest visiting a skin care specialist.

Mask

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I am all for spending good money on a face mask for a few reasons. For one thing, face masks are meant to be luxurious and almost a treat for your face. They tend to last a long while because they aren’t used daily, and most of the time you do not need a thick layer for your whole face. If you have dry skin, a well made hydrating face mask once a week can drastically improve your skin. Personally, I love to use the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque when my pores are feeling clogged and dull. It pulls every bit of dirt and left over make up from my face and leaves it feeling clean and tight. If you want a weekly refresh for your face, spend the extra money for a nice mask.

Tonic/Toner

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I just recently started incorporating a toner in my every day skin care routine. I always struggled to find one that didn’t dry out my skin, but was still strong enough to make a difference. No toner from the drugstore made much of a difference for me, so I decided to trade up a little. I have been using the Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol Free Toner every night and it has really helped my skin look more plump and tight the next morning. I don’t think that a toner is the most important piece of skin care, so it isn’t a must have. But if you do want to incorporate a toner, I suggest using a nice one, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Mist/Essence

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Again, this is something that I have just begun using, but I cannot recommend one enough. I have been using my Glossier Soothing Face Mist every morning after washing my face, and it really wakes my skin up. I have heard people talking non stop about the SKI-II Facial Treatment Essence, and that it changes everything for the better. I want very badly to try it, but at 99 bucks a pop, I haven’t taken the plunge yet. An essence is really important to resurfacing and refreshing the skin, and really removes the dead layer that makes your skin look dull and lifeless. I recently ordered a supposed dupe for the SKI-II essence from amazon, the Missha Time Revolution, and when it comes I will update with my thoughts on it. I haven’t really seen any good mists or essences at the drugstore, so if you are interested in one, I think it would be better to spend some money.

 

Serum

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And now, for the star of the skincare show and the destroyer of wallets; the serum! If you save up money for one skin item, let it be a serum. This is the thing that has made the biggest difference in my skin’s texture and durability. I never used anything like this until I heard everyone raving about the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, and I decided to give it a try. It is usually $90 (yikes) but I bought it during one of Sephora’s sales, and I am so happy I did. I use this 3 times a week and my skin has undergone such a change. I usually have random spots of dryness and oiliness, but this has really balanced me out. Another thing about it that I’ve noticed is how much faster my skin heals now. When I used to break out, I would have a blemish for about a week, then it would take another weak for the swelling and red spot to go away. Now I rarely break out, and when I do, it’s gone in 2 days tops. Part of me hates how much I love this because it is so pricey, but I think it is beyond worth it. If you have texture issues, I really suggest investing in a good serum.

Exfoliator

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I love to exfoliate. It feels so refreshing, I can feel all the dirt and make up from the week being stripped away. I think it is important to buy a good exfoliator, because they can easily irritate the skin and leave it dry and red. A good product should actually leave your face feeling more hydrated and smooth. If you have dry skin, I really suggest looking into a nice exfoliating product, because it can really change the texture of your skin. I try to use one about once a week, usually on Sundays to prepare my face for the week of make up.

Moisturizer (Day)

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This is one of the few skincare things I don’t mind saving my money on. I have found some really great day moisturizers at the drugstore (my favorite is the Olay one for sensitive skin). I tend to look for something light and with SPF, and something that will create a good base for my make up. If you have very dry skin, you might want to invest in something a little more pricey and heavy duty, but if you have normal skin, I really think you can save your money on this.

Moisturizer (Night)

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Contrary to the day version, I think a nice night cream is worth the investment. While we sleep, our body repairs itself, and your skin does most of it’s changing. Night creams should be a bit heavier than day ones, and much more moisturizing. It’s okay to look a little shiny when it’s time for bed! My absolute favorite night cream is the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins. It is full of minerals and not only leaves my face healthy and plump, it also keeps me from breaking out. I can see a difference the next morning if I forget to apply this the night before.

Spot Treatment

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To be honest, I have never found a spot treatment that made a noticeable difference for me. I prefer drying creams because they minimize my blemishes, but even then it is still there. My routine for a bad blemish is to try my best to leave it alone, and at night I add a bit of Neosporin to it to prevent it from scarring or getting infected. If you have any that have worked wonders for you, please let me know!

Eye Cream

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This really depends on what your eye problems are. If you want something to reduce wrinkles or dark circles, you are going to need to shell out some cash. If you just want something to moisturize your eyes before you put eye shadow on, then you can really put any eye cream on. I have a few different eye creams that I use for different reasons. At night, I put on my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream because it has made a noticeable difference in my hereditary dark circles. When I am doing a full face of make up for something important, I will use my Clinique All About Eyes because it leaves then super soft and supple. For every day use though, I will pretty much throw anything on my eyes. I have a bunch of random samples that I use, and I also like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Cream for some quick moisture.

So that’s it! Sorry if this was long, but I wanted to be as specific and informative as possible. Let me know your thoughts on skin care, your favorite products, and whatever else you can think of! Thanks for reading!!

Glowingly yours,

Jess

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