How Learning About Skincare Can Save You Money

I think it’s safe to assume that if you’re a reader of Pur Opulence you are as much of a skincare lover as I am, and let’s be honest—skincare doesn’t always come cheap. Thinking about your last Sephora or Space NK splurge is enough to make anyone cringe, but we all know that when you find a product you love, it’s totally worth every penny. I often find myself buying products that I either read about on blogs or see in YouTube videos without giving too much thought about my skin. That’s the thing about skincare. It’s completely personal, yet marketing campaigns are constantly trying to sell us all the next big thing. Being all too gullible, I bought into the hype time and time again only to find real favorites less than half of the time. That is until I learned more about the products I was buying before I bought them.

The idea of saving money can sound like a chore because it’s often portrayed as someone cutting coupons or missing out on fun activities, but in reality it can be extremely empowering. Knowing what you like and why you like it is a huge step towards cutting the clutter out of your shopping cart. A good place to start is understanding your skin type. Obviously different products work better for dry skin than oily skin and vice versa. Knowing your skin type will help you start to understand which products are targeted for you. As someone with dry skin, I’ve been doing this for years, but it wasn’t until recently that I started thinking more about the actual ingredients in skincare products.

I made this realization when I discovered a common ingredient between two of my favorite products. Both my Cera Ve Moisturizing Cream and Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream contained ceramides. After I realized this and did a little research into ceramides it made total sense why my dry, dehydrated skin would love an ingredient known to help restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Understanding how ceramides benefit my skin means that now when I’m shopping I can check for more products that contain ceramides. Chances are I won’t be disappointed or regret purchasing products that contain ceramides, and I can seek those out. Similarly, if your skin reacts badly to a 5% retinol for example, you’ll know to choose a 2% retinol the next time. As an informed consumer you’ll start saving by not wasting your money on products you already know won’t work for you.

This process may seem like total common sense, but I surprised even myself when I realized how little I actually knew about what was in my skincare products. It does take some trial and error, but it’s definitely worth it once you discover what your skin responds well to. Nobody likes that feeling of spending $100 on a new serum just to realize that it’s a total dud for your skin. You can avoid buyer’s remorse by doing a little research upfront, and I promise it will pay off in the long run.