Do you ever find yourself looking at all the products on your bathroom vanity and wonder how you became a skincare product hoarder? Where did these three cleansers, five eye creams and seven serums even come from? The dollar signs make you dizzy. But the honest truth is with a proper skincare regimen, you can stop spending on trendy products and focus on those that are best for you.
If you’re looking to build a skincare routine but don’t have the budget to go luxury all the way, we’re here to tell you where you splurge and where you can save. Here, we break down common and powerful ingredients you want in your skincare, what makes a product have a higher price tag, and which skincare products are worth the price.
Building a Routine
To start, it’s important to know which products you need every day for a perfect regimen for healthy skin. Board-certified dermatologists like Dr. Ashley Magovern say it is as simple as cleansing, treating, moisturizing, and protecting. Break it down like this:
- Eye cream
- Sunscreen (day)/heavier moisturizer or night cream (PM)
You’re probably already aware of the basics like cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreen, but if you’re interested in upping your skincare game to battle hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and other features that come with aging, you need the added benefits of serums, retinols, or boosted treatments.
What Skincare Products are Worth the Price
In general, products with active ingredients geared toward anti-aging are going to have higher price tags. Want big changes and visible results? That may cost more, but at the benefit of revolutionizing your skin.
When to save:
Cleanser: With one job to do, a good cleanser sets the groundwork for the other products to do their magic. If you’re looking to save on a daily cleanser that does the basics, many drugstore brands get the job done, B You just want to make sure you choose one that’s right for your skin type so as to minimize adverse reactions. If you’re looking for a cleanser that does more than wipe away dirt, makeup and excess oil, such as an exfoliating cleanser, consider a more specialized product to use a few times a week (and stay away from microbeads).
Daily Moisturizer: The purpose of a daily moisturizer is to lock in those expensive serums, protect and hydrate. If you are looking for a product primarily to hydrate the skin, you can find many affordable options. However, if you’re looking for more specialized treatments to support your skin type and skin concerns, make sure you’re supplementing with a targeted serum or look for more advanced formulations.
Sunscreen: While it’s one of the most important products in your routine, there are plenty of affordable versions that give a solid amount of UV protection. We aren’t so much looking for anti-aging or brightening properties in our sunscreens. We want them to do their primary job. When looking for sunscreen for your face, make sure it is broad spectrum, meaning it protects from both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays, and ideally SPF 30 or higher. Also, look for a lightweight formula that won’t clog pores.
When to splurge:
Serums: With higher concentrations of active ingredients than most other products, serums target a range of skin concerns such as antioxidant protection, combating fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening. Biopelle Tensage serums are worthy of the splurge.
Retinol: Dermatologists love to recommend retinol for their skin-clearing, anti-aging effects. Because retinol can be irritating, it’s worth really paying attention to formulations and strengths. Biopelle Retriderm products combine retinol delivered in a protein-rich base along with Vitamin E to reduce irritation while still delivering results.
Eye cream: Only the best for such a delicate area of the face. Look for an eye cream with key ingredients to combat fine lines and wrinkles such as caffeine, retinol, or CellPro™ Technology which promotes new healthy skin cells and improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles.
Boosted treatments: These add-ons tend to be even more concentrated than serums to address the root cause of your skin issue and deliver results faster than daily use products. Tensage Intensive Serum 40 is a best-selling booster and a 2019 New Beauty award winner that has SCA, vitamin C and E, and is clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin with results in as little as 24 hours.
Your Budget, Your Skin
Ultimately, when to save and when to splurge on skincare depends entirely on what your goals are and what fits your budget. While some may balk at the price tag, often professional-grade products can deliver results. Try to focus on expert recommendations and clinical studies.
Biopelle uses clinically-proven ingredients like Tensage Growth Factor and SCA Biorepair Technology to deliver visible results for a variety of concerns. Biopelle is dermatologist-recommended and backed by many happy reviews. Find your best products by shopping by skin concern.