“Costlier is not essentially higher”: The right way to construct an efficient skincare routine Australian life-style
NNavigating beauty stores and even online beauty retailers can be difficult. Trust me, I make it a point to visit beauty dealers in every country I travel to, so I’ve seen a lot. And I was faced with a lot of marketing gossip in the process.
The first thing to remember when shopping for skin care products is that you need to be armed with knowledge. Knowledge empowers you when it comes to your skin health. It’s also good to remember that not all salespeople actually know what they’re talking about — they’re often just great at leading the conversation.
By understanding your skin type and the condition you’re trying to correct, you (and the assistants) have a better chance of finding products that have the right fit.
When it comes to spending your money, new beauty brands are popping up every day, each with a new claim. Always remember that stores recommend their own brands first to switch products, and influencers and celebrities may promote specific products to further their own agenda. Try not to listen to the noise – what works for one person may not work for another.
A real expert who knows his stuff will advise you openly and honestly and will never force a product on you.
If you are feeling pressured into a shopping situation and are concerned about investing so much money into a product or unsure if it is suitable, thank the seller for their time, do your own research and come later again if you decide that it is right for you.
Once you’ve found a product that works for your skin, it can make life easier to buy that product online again to avoid impulse buying. I prefer to stick with brands I have previously used and loved as brands always create ranges that complement each other. If you find that a particular product works really well for you, it might be worth checking out the other products in the same range as the ingredients are likely designed to work in harmony with the product you already love.
It is also important to understand that more expensive products are not necessarily better. I’ve tried almost every product under the sun, and some of the best I’ve found have been bought at the local pharmacy.
Understanding the ingredients is key to identifying the best products. For example, knowing that you are looking for a product with hyaluronic acid because you want a product to moisturize your skin is a good first step as you go into the buying process armed with information. When buying online, compare products, read reviews and look at the ingredients list. How will this product actually serve you?
My philosophy is to have a few products that really work hard instead of 15 that dilute each other. Cleansing and moisturizing creams can be found at really affordable prices so you don’t have to afford them. Sunscreen is another must-have that doesn’t have to cost the bomb. Any sunscreen will do. There are many great recipes in the pharmacy.
If you do spend money, it’s on your serum or corrective treatments.
The ingredients in these products tend to work best when they are high quality, which generally means a higher price tag. It is possible to find very hardworking serums for a low price, but just make sure you do your research. And if you only have four products in your kit, make them a cleanser, moisturizer, serum and sunscreen.
There are also many home remedies that can be made for just a few dollars! I love using honey as a mask for its antibacterial properties, while sugar makes for a sweet lip scrub.
And if you’re ever unsure which pharmacy brands are best, check out French pharmacy brands that are now available in many drugstores or online. The French really did pioneer affordable, accessible skincare, and there are plenty of great French brands that strike the perfect balance between innovation and low prices.