Budgeting For Your Skin Care

Hello all!

My apologies for a rather long absence. I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful holiday season. Now that the dust has settled a bit on 2018, I hope to resume regular blogging. I'll also be catching you up on some of the best content from my Heart Your Skin Challenge, which brings us to today's topic!

Today I want to talk about budgeting for your skin care. I know that this is an obstacle for many and there is a misconception that good skin care is expensive. The truth is it doesn't have to be. It's true that skin care is an investment but there are ways to make it affordable. In general, I think you will find that being educated and investing in a few good products will pay off. Once you know your skin and figure out what products really work for you, you will waste less money on products that you don't need and that don't work. And you will get better results. Here are a few of my best to keep you from breaking the bank on your skin care:

Go one piece at a time

When you want to change up your skin care, it's understandable to want to start from scratch with a whole new routine, but I actually rarely recommend this approach as it can be way too much for your skin to process at once. Swapping out one item at a time on a weekly, monthly or even quarterly basis will help you save money AND will make it easier to evaluate what's working in your routine, vs. what's not.

Sample it first

Have you ever purchased a product, hated it and then ended up throwing it out, feeling like you wasted your money? It happens to the best of us, but there's an easy fix. Ask for a sample before you buy. At i {heart} skin! I am the sample queen, and will happily give my clients a couple of options to try before selling them something. I want to make sure you get the right fit and get something you love. If a sample isn't available, inquire about travel sizes. This is a great way to try something new without investing heavily.

A little goes a long way

This might seem like a no brainer, but if you want to get your money's worth out of a product, use only as much as you need. Sometimes we tend to slather on things like serums and moisturizers and use more than we need. Particularly if you are using a pro-strength product with potent ingredients, you will only need a little bit and can make your investment last longer. You can always add more product if you don't have enough, but you can't always put excess product back in the container.

Splurge strategically

If you can't go top shelf for all the steps in your skin care routine, it's okay to skimp on some things. While there are always exceptions, this is my general rule of thumb: I would say you can worry less about spending a lot on things that are only on your face temporarily. Save your money for targeted products like serums and moisturizers that you want to really penetrate and work within your skin.

Expensive isn't always better While I do advocate for investing in your skin by investing in good products, I want to point out that just because a product is more expensive doesn't mean that it works better. Sometimes you really are just paying for the name or the hype or the super cute packaging. Once again, I recommend doing your research. Make sure you are getting a good quantity of quality ingredients before investing in a pricey product.

Shop with a purpose

True story: today I went into a shop that sells skin and body products to pick up a small last-minute stocking stuffer for my husband. I walked out with that and six other things for myself that I probably didn't need. Sometimes it's not really the skin care that's expensive. It's the Sephora benders that will get you. Impulse buys happen. It's easy when shopping, to get wrapped up in the excitement and convince ourselves that we NEED ALL OF THE THINGS to be beautiful when in reality, we probably don't. In reality, what we probably need is five solid products that work really well. Not ten that work kind of okay and an eleventh one that doesn't work at all, but was on a promotion. If this is you, I recommend doing your research before you shop. Use the information from this challenge or other skin care blogs to compile a list of must-haves. Get in. Get out. Or even better, just order it online.

Reward yourself! If you are new to skin care or have trouble sticking to a routine, consider implementing a reward system. Start with an inexpensive product and reward yourself with something nicer, once you've used it up. Not only do you have an incentive to stick to your routine, but by incorporating incremental upgrades, you'll have added incentive to keep going and taking your skin to the next level.

Got a skin care budgeting tip? I'd love to hear it! Email me at jenny@iheartskindenver.com <3 Jenny

About the blog:

This is a blog about everyday skin health. As an esthetician I strive to provide comprehensive skin care advice and knowledge to anyone who wants to know more.

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