November 15, 2013

Budgeting for Expensive Skincare: Is it Worth It?

You've heard or seen the alluring ads for high-end skincare, but is budgeting for the extra cost worth it? Two major things to consider before answering that question are your budget and your skincare needs.


Is this face cream worth paying more? It depends on what you value most.
First, is it true that expensive skin products provide better results than products that cost less? Jen Adkins of About.com answered that question in one of her articles by comparing various products and their ingredients. While some expensive skin products had more ingredients, they also shared some with their less expensive counterparts. In the end, it's not the name that counts; instead, it's the quality and necessity of what's inside the container.

Next, although you might tuck away funds every paycheck so you can indulge in more luxurious skincare brands, be sure to budget smarter by selecting the best product for your needs. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers tips to reduce your cost and stretch your budget further, including limiting the number of product lines you're using in order to save money.

In addition, the AAD suggests you find products that can do double duty, such as purchasing a moisturizer that also has sunscreen in it or using petroleum jelly as an alternative moisturizer, especially for body parts that are most affected in winter, such as heels.


Want a glowing, healthier complexion? You might have to pay more to get it.

Finally, advertising is a powerful motivator, so be sure your decision about how to budget and what products to budget for is driven by an as-needed basis and not trigger words or images in ads.
Be practical and make a list of options regarding your skincare to keep yourself on track. In one column, note products that must be used daily to maintain optimal skin condition. In another column, list products you will need on occasion (such as tanning products in the warmer months). Finally, develop a third column that lists products you want to have, but don't need right away. When you break skincare products down to needs, wants, and wishes, it can pare down your beauty budget significantly.

Often, the deciding factor comes down to whether you're willing to part with more money to use better quality ingredients. If you spend less money, your skin might eventually suffer from cost-cutting. If you opt for higher-end ingredients, your skin will look fantastic, but your wallet will be lighter. In the end, only you can make the decision that works for you and your specific lifestyle.

Bev Sninchak is a veteran freelance writer with 16 years of experience producing content for various publications. She writes about many subjects, from choosing personal finance software to tips for eco-friendly living.



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