Smarten Up About Skincare

When it comes to your skin, it’s good to know when to splurge and when to save, so every dollar is well spent.

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Who doesn’t want to stretch their dollar on skincare? However, a simple routine cannot always stand up to every condition. Chances are, as your skin ages or shows signs of exhaustion, you are going to have to shell out for products formulated to better deal with such effects. Here are budgetfriendly products as well as others worth investing in.

Cleanser – SAVE

All you really need is a cleanser that suits your skin’s needs. Anything that doesn’t strip it of moisture and leaves it feeling clean is sufficient. If you have problematic or sensitive skin conditions, like eczema or rosacea, you might want to opt for dermatologically tested pharmacy products that are less likely to cause a flare-up.

Toner – SAVE

A toner is nice to have but not necessarily mandatory. It has beneficial properties if your skin is congested or starving for vitamins, hydration, or nutrients. and, if you have oily skin, it can help balance the ph of your skin, which can also prevent dryness, premature wrinkles, and fine lines.


Do we really need one? Most experts say yes. a serum goes on after cleansing and before moisturiser to deliver a potent shot of ingredients directly into the deeper layers of the skin to address specific concerns, like wrinkles, brightness, acne or hydration. Save pricier ones for your night routine to harness the best results.

Day moisturiser with spf – SAVE

With our climate, as long as you can find a moisturiser– oil-free for oily skin – with a minimum SpF 15, it’s a winner.

Night cream/serum – SPLURGE

Your skin does the most of its repair work while you sleep. Night cream supports your skin through that – and can really make the difference to how you look in the morning: Refreshed and more youthful or still tired-looking. Some experts advise using a serum beforehand because they work more effectively together. night care products naturally tend to cost more, but are worth the results you stand to gain.

Lip balm – SAVE

Keeping your lips moisturised can be as simple as applying a pharmacy balm with vitamin e. Good ones for under $10 are incredibly easy to find, and some even have SpF! If your lips are very chapped, a heavyduty lip repair treatment before bedtime should do wonders.

Sheet mask – SPLURGE

You want to get as much out of a mask as possible in the 10 to 20 minutes you have it on your face. A sheet mask, especially, is drenched with an unprecedented amount of serum with potent ingredients that dive into your skin deeper than a clay, cream, or gel can to give you a gorgeous glow, make you look more youthful, and so on.

Eye cream – SAVE

This is a tricky one. If you’re in your 20s and early 30s, you don’t need heavy duty or targeted eye creams for ageing signs. In fact, an eye cream that’s too rich for you can cause milia seeds to develop. A lightweight gel type that does a good job of keeping the area hydrated to prevent fine lines from forming is enough in most cases.