It will undoubtedly come as no surprise to you guys to hear that I have quite a large skincare collection currently weighing down my bathroom shelves. From cleansers to toners to serums (oh my!), it’s safe to say I’ve got all of the skincare bases covers – several times over.
And what I really love about my skincare collection is how varied it is – there are budget products, there are mid-range products and there are some pretty pricey high-end products. And while I care a lot about what I put on my face, and what I use to care for my face, I think there is a bit of a misconception that the pricier, posher products are automatically going to be better for you.
Because, as much as I love my high-end products – all of which are ruddy brilliant when it comes to curing certain skincare woes – I also love the cheaper, more budget products in my collection – all of which are also brilliant at sorting out certain skincare woes.
For example, I’m a huge fan of my NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly which I find does a really great job of removing all of my make up, while giving my face a really good nourishing cleanse. It makes my skin feel soft and smooth, and it doesn’t sting my eyes or irritate them when I’m taking my mascara and eyeliner off.
However, during the summer, when my skin is naturally feeling a bit oilier and I want something slightly more lightweight, I turn to the No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleaner. Much like the NUDE alternative, this cleanser works wonders when it comes to getting rid of my make-up, and it provides my skin with a really nourishing cleanse – it’s just slightly less rich than the NUDE option. And it’s about a third of the price. But in this instance, price doesn’t really matter.
Both of these cleansers are perfect at sorting out my skin in different situations, and both have a special place on my top skincare shelf, no matter what price label is attached to them.
The same goes for the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask and the Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask. When I’m after a spot solution that will really get down deep into those pores and clear out all the nasties – or sit on a spot and calm it down until all the redness and inflammation is gone – I opt for Aesop.
However, when I’m in a rush and want something quick, easy and oh-so effective, I turn to the Sanctuary option, which, again, is about a third of the price of the Aesop alternative.
Again, both products do their thang so so well, regardless of how much they cost.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, when you are out shopping for your next skincare must-have, try to see beyond the fancy packaging, luxurious appearance and high price points – and look at what the actual product inside does for your skin. In other words, look beyond the budget because really, whether it’s $1,000 or $1, it’s all about what’s good for you and your face.