5 Ways to Save Money on Skincare (and still look amazing)

Skincare is one of those things that women feel the need to spend exorbitant amounts of money on. Do you think that $140 Creme de la Mere will make you look 19 again? That’s cute, but you’re living in crazy land. I get it, this is your face we’re talking about, but here are some great ways to save money on skincare and but look like you’re using overpriced imported lotion from exotic countries.

1. Use a good night cream (but don’t spend too much)

A good night cream has active ingredients that are of higher quality and concentration, which is important to use before bed since your skin does all of its maintenance and regeneration during the night (cells turnover 8 times faster!). Plus, UV rays that you expose your face to during the day can decrease the effectiveness of these ingredients, and could also make your skin more sensitive to sunburn.

If you think that drugstore brands aren’t as good as department stores, think again. Huge companies like Proctor&Gamble own brands like Oil of Olay, and they have plenty of money and resources to do the research and development to produce high quality products.

Look for night creams with:

  • Collagen and elastin: proteins that help regenerate our skin and keep us looking young. You’ll see faster results when you use these at night in reducing fine lines and puffiness.
  • Rentinal: This is great if you have problem skin and for wrinkles
  • Peptides: Rev up the production of collagen, boosting firmness and smoothing wrinkles.
  • Vitamin C: Has been identified as an essential factor needed by the skin to make collagen.

Some of my favorite night creams:

2. Skip the fancy face wash

save money on face washThere really isn’t a need to spend a lot of money on face wash, since the active ingredients get washed down the drain pretty quickly. Plus, fragrances and acids can strip oil from your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation from whatever products you slather on afterwards. A fragrance-free, mild wash is what’s best for most people – I’ve used Cetaphil ($11.99) and Neutrogena Deep Clean (5.29) face wash for years. For those experiencing breakouts, look for a face wash with salicylic acid that will help to dry out blemishes.

3. Use 2 for 1 products

4. Change your diet

  • Eating plenty of fruits and veggies rich in antioxidants will do more for helping your skin glow than anything you could put on top of it. Snacking on blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, kale, spinach, and different kinds of colorful foods will help get you the vitamins you need to fight wrinkles from the inside out.
  • Avoid junk food and sweets – dermatologists say that high-glycemic foods increase insulin levels, which could cause the same inflammatory and hormonal reaction as PMS (no bueno), plus it dehydrates the skin which could lead to wrinkles.
  • Drink more water – water flushes out toxins and keeps your skin hydrated and youthful.

5. Check out natural skincare remedies

  • Obviously staying out of the sun is the number one way to prevent wrinkles, and some say that sleeping on your back instead of your side can help you from smooshing your face all night.
  • Tea Tree Oil : A natural antiseptic that works wonders to dry up and get rid of blemishes.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil: Use it on a cotton ball to wipe away eye makeup while hydrating the skin and smelling like a beach.
  • Honey: Use it as a mask to purify your skin and remove pollutants. Mix 1 tablespoon with 1 tablespoon of water and run into your face. Let it sit for about 5 min and rinse it clean. 


  1. Excellent tips, Ashley, particularly Number 4!!

  2. Great tips, for natural skincare remedies, I also use extra virgin olive oil to cleanse face at night (once in awhile). Rinse off after 5 mins, the next morning face is so soft.

  3. These are great tips! I recently found that price of a cream doesn’t matter, if you know what to look for in the cheaper ones.
    recently I’ve turned to making my own beauty products whenever it’s fast, cheap, easy and mostly mess free. Lot’s of olive oil and apple cider vinegar

  4. I really didn’t know about cetaphil!!! Thanks

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