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Skin-care on a budget – how to get the most out of your products

Skin-care on a budget – how to get the most out of your products
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It’s easy to spend a fortune on skincare products. Getting good products for your skin type, however, is a different story. It is known that most skincare products don’t really ‘do’ that much, so investing in just a few key good-quality products is the way to get the most out of your skincare.

But how much do you need to spend? Not that much if you do it right.

Figure out what your skin type is before you buy anything
Whatever your skin type, you need products that work with your skin. Establish if you are sensitive, normal, dry, oily, or combination – that is, some areas are dry and some are oily. You can spend loads on expensive products, only to find they don’t work very well on your skin type. It’s good practice to avoid products that contain irritants and allergens, even if you don’t have sensitive skin.

Your biggest ally is good sunscreen
A good sunscreen will save you over the short and long-term by preserving your face. Use SPF30 or higher, every day, reapplying as necessary. We’ve examined the Choice results for sunscreen, and share their recommendations. When it comes to sunscreen, the more you pay, the better product you get. Be diligent and keep your looks for longer.

Save with dual-function products
For example, moisturiser that has sunscreen in it, or cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for pimples and acne.

Cleanse your skin before you apply any products
This act means whatever products you are using will be the only thing for your skin to soak up. Oil and grime from a day in the world will partially block the action of any creams, so cleanse first, then apply your cream.

Apply moisturiser immediately after cleansing
This traps moisture in, making your moisturiser more effective. Choose oil-free or noncomedogenic face creams.

Keep it simple
Use the minimal number of products on your skin – using too many products can become irritating for your skin, which may mean you do not look your best. You don’t necessarily need the full suite of cleansers, toners, and moisturisers – try reducing the number of products you use, and save money and have better skin.

Vaseline/petroleum jelly has many uses!
This simple, inexpensive product acts in a variety of ways – it can act as a moisturiser by trapping moisture in the skin, help relieve blisters on feet, keep a wound protected, and is a lip balm. Don’t use it all over the face or body though, because it is not absorbed – it acts as a barrier, keeping moisture in. It could result in pimples.

Need help with your skin, but aren’t sure where to start?
Start at the dermatologist.
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