Skin care can be simple or complex, painful or exhilarating, and downright expensive. With the many products and services out there it’s hard to draw the line between what is acceptable and useful and what is excessive and ineffective. Skin is something we must deal with for the duration of our lives so I understand the need to spend a certain amount of money to maintain it, but exactly how much is too much?
The Cost of Skin Care Procedures:
Laser Skin Resurfacing: This procedure reduces the effects of aging, sun exposure, and some skin disorders. This procedure is popular because it treats wrinkles, acne marks, and sun damage, which are three of the most common issues women have with their skin. When determining the cost you must consider the cost of the surgeon, the facility, anesthesia, pre-op care, and post-op care. All those things seem to add up to a bundle.
Average cost of $2,443.00
Chemical Peel: This is one of the oldest and most common skin procedures in the world. They leave the patient with immediate results in reducing wrinkles, acne scars uneven pigmentation, or just to make your skin look healthier. There are light peels, medium peels, deep peels, and acne peels. Several of the effects of a chemical peel can be very painful, such as: redness, stinging, and extreme drying of the skin.
Cost range of $300-$600 per application.
Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX):This is a quick way to get rid of wrinkles that occur. This works by skin injections of the product in either the forehead, base of the nose, between the eyes, or almost any place the consumer requests. It provides a more useful look but there are a few side effects. You cannot lie down for several hours, try not to touch the area or use it for 24 hours, and facial expressions must be limited so the BOTOX works the way it should. The treatment usually lasts six months.
Average cost of $475.00 per visit.
I personally do not want to get surgery procedures or injections to leave my skin clean and youthful. I drink plenty of water, limit my sun exposure, and always wear sun screen when going outside on bright days. My skin is far from perfect so I use skin products to keep my skin looking clear and beautiful.
Skin Care Products:
ProActiv: This is the product I swear by. I’ve tried everything under the sun before I tried this set. Acne Free, Clearasil, Neutrogena, Noxzema, Clean and Clear, and nothing worked, some even made things much worse. I’ve tried the scrubs, the cleansers, the lotions, the face masks, and never had any luck. ProActiv is the only product in my opinion to do what it said it would. Although my skin is not perfect, I immediately noticed results. It has a cleanser, a toner, and a lotion so my skin is clean, treated, and moisturized afterwards. It costs $45.00 a kit, which lasts me approximately too much. $20 a month is not too much to ask for clearer skin in my opinion.
Other Skin Care Products:They come in a variety of prices, brands, and uses, but the cost is minimal when compared to laser treatments and BOTOX injections. In my opinion, that is just too much to spend on your skin. The products you can buy in the store are an acceptable price in my mind. The most expensive product I’ve seen were the wrinkle reducing creams at approximately $40 a small container. It’s safe enough to be purchased in the store and not require a prescription, and cheap enough to try things out and keep with a budget if necessary.
In the end, you need to determine what your skin is worth to you. I could look younger with BOTOX, rejuvenated with laser surgery, but I just settle for clear skin with ProActiv. My skin is worth about $100 a month to me if I had to put a price tag on it. So I’m glad I get to save a little and only spend about $20.
Price and procedure information found on docshop.com