I'm saving about $400 a year (probably more) by shedding my skin care routine and my skin looks better because I've jumped off a self-defeating so-called beauty product merry-go-round.
It was a cycle: Applications of heavy makeup, required various cleansing products, which dried out my skin, which demanded an army of moisturizers, which led to periodic acne, requiring more makeup as a cover-up and so on....
And the constant concern about my looks created additional worry lines and creases. So I stocked up on anti-aging products. What's more, I was shrinking my pores and my wallet. But I had a wake-up call when I realized that my mom (age 70) has great wrinkle-free skin and she uses only water and very few products.
Older and wiser, I use only a few, effective but cheap products on my skin with great results.
Here's the overview of my previous personal care spending. The estimates are conservative:
Step One: Application of undereye concealers, foundation, eye makeup and powder.
Estimated cost: $100 annually
Step Two: Evening cleansers (makeup removal, soaps, foams, clays and toners).
Estimated cost: $90 annually
Step Three: Dry skin treatments day/night moisturizers for eyes, neck and face.
Estimated cost: $120
Misc. products: Anti-aging potions, pore-shrinkers, pimple and blackhead treatment products. Estimated cost: $80
That total represents a low-ball figure because my estimates are based on drugstore products. The numbers could easily double or triple if expensive department or boutique personal care products are factored into the mix.
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