How much money is too much money when it comes to skincare? Would you pay $1000 just for a facial? As insane as that sounds, there are women that spend that much money on just a facial alone. I am almost 21 and I have never had a facial in my life and unless someone gave me a gift certificate to get a facial, I am most likely never going to spend my own money on getting one.
Up until last summer, I used the proactive solutions skin care system. For just the three step system alone, I would pay 30 dollars a month, plus shipping and handling which was 18 dollars. Then I would have to pay another 10 dollars for the refining mask, $20 for the green tea moisturizer, $15 for the blemish treatment and then another $60 dollars for vitamins that were “supposed to” help clear up my skin plus separate shipping and handling for that which was another $20. So I used to pay about $180 a month (every 30 days) for my skin care routine. Then on occasion I would go to the proactive kiosk at the mall and buy an item that I had run out of prior to my monthly shipment, so in reality I was spending well over $180 a month.
Now I am paying less than $45 about every 2 months (every 60 days). I am spending less than a quarter of what I used to for even better results than I was having with proactive towards the end. My point is that you do not have to spend an insane amount of money to get good quality products that are just as effective, if not better.
It took me about six months for me to realize that inexpensive products can be just as good. From June 2009 till about the beginning of January 2010, I tried several products and combinations of products from Lush Cosmetics. Lush does not have the cheapest products out there, but it was considerably cheaper than proactive but none of Lush’s skin care products worked for me, despite thinking that the more expensive a product the better.
Now, I am finally settling down on something (though it is not set it stone yet) that is currently working for me right now and I do not have to break the bank like so many woman are willing to do just to get the “perfect” skin. You can say I have two sets of skin care products that I use depending on how much I am currently breaking, how dry my skin is or how oily my skin. How I mix and match what I have really depends on what is going on with my skin. Like I said previously, I have spent less than $45 ($43.34 to be exact) on everything and you can buy it all at your local drugstore or on www.drugstore.com
Basis: All clear bar soap, cleans and fights breakouts
PanOxyl Acne Cleansing bar 10% Benzoyl Perozide
Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil- Controlling Astringent
8 fl. Oz.
Store Brand Witch Hazel
16. Fl. Oz.
Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer
4 Fl. Oz.
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
0.75 fl. Oz.