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Smart Skincare Shopping: Get the most out of your products

Our guide to how to save money when shopping for skincare

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Smart Skincare Shopping: Get the most out of your products
Written byAmelia CranstounContent Editor
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When the skincare market is flooded with an endless array of products promising radiant, flawless skin, it's easy to get lost in the beauty aisles and be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. Many of us invest a significant portion of our budgets in skincare, but are we getting the best value for our money? The key to achieving great skincare results isn't just about buying expensive products but also about using them efficiently. We'll guide you through the process of making the most out of your skincare budget. We'll cover how to shop wisely, care for your skincare products, store them properly, and apply them correctly to achieve the best results.

Shopping Smart for Skincare

Let Renude do the Research

Before heading to the store or making an online purchase, it's essential to research the specific skincare products that suit your needs - it’s easily the most stressful part of starting your skincare journey; which is why so many of us get it wrong first time, avoid skincare altogether or shop based off of influencer recommendations. 

At Renude our aestheticians are qualified professionals with over 10 years of experience treating skin. They’ve seen it all and as skincare fanatics themselves, they know how to weed out the good from the bad when it comes to choosing the right products. 

Our top tips would include: 

  1. Determine your skin type and concerns (e.g., oily, dry, acne-prone, ageing) and look for products tailored to those issues. 

  2. Prioritise the essentials – cleanser, moisturiser, sunscreen, and any specialised treatments – and allocate your budget accordingly.

Read Labels

Don't be swayed by flashy packaging or marketing claims. Take the time to read the ingredient list on the product. Look for active ingredients, and make sure the product doesn't contain potentially harmful substances like parabens, sulphates, or fragrances. Understanding the ingredients will help you make an informed decision about the product's effectiveness.

Consider Product Size and Packaging

Larger containers or higher price tags don't always equate to better value. Consider the concentration of active ingredients and the product's shelf life. 

Top Tip: Smaller, airless pump containers may be a better choice for preserving the product and ensuring it lasts longer.

Caring for Your Skincare Products

a. Use Clean Hands: 

Always wash your hands before touching your skincare products. Bacteria on your hands can contaminate your products, reducing their effectiveness and shelf life.

b. Close Lids Tightly:

Make sure to seal the product containers tightly after each use. Oxygen and exposure to light can degrade active ingredients, making your products less effective.

c. Be Gentle: 

Avoid harsh shaking or banging of the product containers, especially if they contain fragile ingredients. Gentle handling can help preserve the product's integrity.

Proper Storage

a. Store in a Cool, Dark Place: 

Most skincare products are best stored in a cool, dark place. Sunlight and heat can deteriorate active ingredients. A bathroom cabinet or drawer is often a good option for storing your products.

b. Refrigerate When Necessary

Some products, like natural serums and eye creams, may benefit from refrigeration to extend their shelf life and reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.

Applying Skincare Products Correctly

a. Layer Products Wisely:

Layering your skincare products correctly can optimise their benefits. As a general rule, apply products from thinnest to thickest consistency. For example, cleanse, tone, apply serums, moisturise, and then finish with sunscreen during the day.

b. Give It Time: 

Allow each product to absorb into your skin before applying the next. This ensures that each product can work effectively without interference from the previous one.

c. Use the Right Amount:

Using too much product can lead to wastage and may even irritate. A small, pea-sized amount of most products is usually sufficient.

d. Be Consistent:

Consistency is key when it comes to skincare. Stick to your routine, and don't expect instant results. Many products take time to show their full effects.

Ready to start your skin journey? Speak to a Renude aesthetician today to find out what routine would be best for you. Start our quiz today. 

Amelia CranstounContent Editor
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