Skincare Spending: Self-care or self-destruction?

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A skincare forum user recently made a great observation… At what point does our skincare spending become a form of self-destruction rather than self-preservation?


A reddit user shared their experience with other redditors:

“After going over my credit card and checking account histories this spring during tax season, I realized I was spending more on skin care than I was saving in my retirement fund. I’ve always been a bad saver. At 30, I had nothing put aside for retirement. I missed out on 10 years of compound interest for really, no good reason… …I was spending $140/month, which really surprised me. If you had asked me back in April what I thought I spent, I would have said $40. My skin is better now, I think because I switch products less and I’m sticking to what works for me.”

When was the last time you checked on your skincare budget?

Sticking to the same products that work for you can be the key to a great epidermal appearance, and sufficient savings. Trying out new products can be fun and helpful, but it can also take a huge toll on the condition of our skin. We should all find a routine that works best for our self-health and our personal finances. The two go hand-in-hand. It would be no surprise to learn that a majority of us are spending greater than $140/month on skincare alone. Take a tip from this Reddit user, and do a quick investigation of your finances.


Luckily, Solscense can be a great alternative to all of those overpriced, unnatural anti-aging products that only help in the short-term. By now, we’ve all learned that it’s never too early to protect your skin from sun damage, so this product is great for all ages. Aside from sun protection or sun damage reversal, we can easily maintain a healthy complexion with just a few key skincare products. Solscense isn’t a replacement for a good moisturizer, and works best in combination with an effective sunscreen. Below is a list of simple skincare items that will keep your skin looking it’s best, on a budget!…


All of us need a good cleanser in their skincare routine. Micellar water is remaining a trend among skincare companies after being found to gently draw out impurities, while keeping skin hydrated after cleansing. What a great discovery for sensitive skin! No cleanser should leave your skin feeling dry or uncomfortable.



Exfoliants can be great for removing dead skin cells that are left behind day-after-day. They are not to be overused, since they can leave us with less than the desired amount of protective oils our skin naturally provides. We suggest you exfoliate no more than 1-2 times per week.


Moisturizer (Eye Cream)

Moisturizer can prevent dryness and act as a barrier from external irritants. Heavier moisturizers can be useful during the winter months, especially when it comes to chapped lips and skin. Keeping the sensitive area around our eyes moisturized is just as important, so we recommend a moisturizer that is safe and effective for face and eyes to those who don’t want to spend additional money on eye creams.


Serum or Toner

If you’re concerned with skintone or pigmentation, be sure to include a serum or toner in your skin regimen. Serums can also be effective for enlarged pores or fine lines. Apply morning and night after your cleanser and before your moisturizer.



If you plan on being in the sun for more than 20 minutes, it’s best to apply sunscreen beforehand. Applying a daily facial sunscreen can be a great prevention technique if you never know when the sun is going to grace your face with its harmful UV rays.

Now get out there and defend your epidermis… and your wallet! Good luck managing your skincare spending, skin warriors!

inspired by u/helpwitheating
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