It has been said that the best thing you can do to improve your skin is to make a lot of money. The sentiment is born of the fact that some modern skincare products can be prohibitively expensive. For most of us though, it is not a matter of spending on good quality products. It’s a matter of finding those products without going broke first.
Poethique, a Massachusetts company that specializes in natural skincare products, understands the dilemma. Not every moisturizer or cleansing oil works well for every consumer. People are different. So to spend $50-$100 on a new skincare product that ultimately doesn’t work is certainly not ideal.
So what is a person to do? Poethique recommends the following:
1. Talk to Others
A good place to start is to talk to other people about their skincare regimens. Look for people who have healthy looking skin and ask them what they do. Ask them about the products they use, the foods they eat, the type of skin they have, and so forth. This isn’t to say that other people are necessarily experts in skincare; it is to say that more information gives you more to work with.
When gleaning this additional information, also ask about the daily skincare routine. You may discover that some people have a regimen they follow religiously while others are content to be more casual. Again, there is no right or wrong here. Talking to others is all about gathering as much information as possible.
2. Do Some Research
Your average skincare company is not afraid to list ingredients or tell you just what those ingredients are supposed to do. Unfortunately, the marketers who write their material often use words and phrases the rest of us do not understand. So in addition to talking to other people, do some research on your own. Look up those terms and definitions, find out what they mean, and see if you can find evidence supporting manufacturer claims.
Be careful not to confuse scientific fact with marketing hype. Also accept that there are some ingredients and products out there for which the amount of available scientific information is limited. You are not going to find concrete answers for every question.
3. Spot Test New Products
Next, do your best to spot test new products before you actually buy them. Perhaps a friend will let you try her cleansing oil to see how well it works. In such a case, do not apply the oil over your entire face. Choose one small spot and give it a try.
The purpose of spot testing is to determine whether or not a new product will cause an adverse reaction. Most natural products should not, but you never know. Spot testing is just a way of protecting yourself – both physically and financially.
4. Pool Your Resources
Finally, consider pooling financial resources with a couple of close friends or family members. If you all want to try a new product from Poethique, for example, you could all contribute to the cost of a single bottle. Each of you can try it before deciding if you like it. The benefit here is that no one in your group has to assume the full cost of the new product before trying it.
It is possible to spend a lot of money on skincare products that ultimately don’t get used. That’s not good for your bottom line or your skincare regimen. As an alternative, think about trying the tips you read in this post. You can find those new skincare products you’re looking for without going broke.