One of my pet peeves are fashion layouts that show you how to use the same pair of shoes in three different outfits– but each outfit then requires more than $1000 in additional clothing and accessories. Money is money and if you are trying to cut fashion or beauty costs, the choices need to be genuinely affordable AND effective. To bottomline it, I’m not going to use supermarket bar soap to buy a $300 moisturizer.
With the steady stream of bad economic news and at least one friend laid off every week, I decided to get serious about cutting skin care costs but without compromising results. So here is the first section of my anti-aging budget beauty guide. My goal: to deliver cleansing, exfoliation renewal and protection at less than one dollar a day.
I believe that great skin care starts with great cleansing. A product is on the skin for such a short period of time that fancy ingredients will not have time to act. You want a product that cuts through dirt and make-up but does not irritate or dry out the skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser– ( $12.99)
This simple yet effective daily wash is on every doctors must use list. Fragrance free, soap-free, it throughly washes the skin without stripping off to much oil or moisture.
Removing the top layer of dead skin cells, stale oil and just plain dirt is a fundamental way of stimulating healthy skin growth. I’m a huge fan of the cleaning dynamics of Clarisonic. The price, about $200, not so much. I’ve been looking for less expensive alternatives and discovered a real gem.
CVS Facial Cleansing Power Brush ( $18.99)–
I was really surprised how well this modest cleanser compared to Clarisonic. The soft brush head did a wonderful job of clarifying the skin and can be used successfully to deal with both acne and anti-aging skin issues. Battery operated, it can be used everywhere and its now the tool I toss into my suitcase. You will need to manually change the direction of the brushes with a button and there is no timer, but for 1/10 the price of a Clarisonic, it really stretches my beauty dollar.
Next week: The best buys in rejuvenation. This is where prices can become frightening. I went back to the basic science of skin aging and came up with options that are truely effective at less than $20.