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being frightened off the cost of skincare

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MrsKravitz Fri 01-Jul-11 09:41:50

Even when standing in front of regular brands in the supermarket? The cost of the "whole set" freaks me out. Is it false economy to buy any old cheap crap and will my face pay for it at the end?

kreecherlivesupstairs Fri 01-Jul-11 09:43:16

WTF is the whole set? I get a bar of glycerine soap for a couple of euros. That's how much I am prepared to spend on skin care.

MollysChamber Fri 01-Jul-11 09:45:03

The cheaper option would be a budget cleanser, splash of cold water instead of toner and a decent moisturiser. The moisturiser is the most important product unless you have very oily skin in which case a good cleanser is probably the priority.

MrsKravitz Fri 01-Jul-11 09:46:03

Cleanser, any extra serums etc and moisturiser. Of course, then you have day and night ones . Bloody hell. And then there are ones that I no longer qualify for because I am too old. Apparently.

dreamingbohemian Fri 01-Jul-11 09:46:08

What kind of skin do you have?

I have very sensitive skin and have to shell out a fair bit, unfortunately. My best friend can wash her face with bar soap with no problems.

Generally you don't need that much though, a gentle cleanser, a good moisturiser.

WorzselMummage Fri 01-Jul-11 09:46:17

What scares me about skincare is that people who spend a load of money on it usually have worse skin than people who don't.


worraliberty Fri 01-Jul-11 09:46:21

I wash my face with water..cleanse it with a baby wipe and if it's a bit dry, I pop some vaseline on it before bed.

Job done.

MrsKravitz Fri 01-Jul-11 09:46:42

Never found a decent moisturiser. Grizzle.

dreamingbohemian Fri 01-Jul-11 09:47:03

Oh don't bother with day and night, that's marketing

OrangeHat Fri 01-Jul-11 09:47:07

My skin is a lot better since I laid off the products. (I have combination sensitive skin - very pale).

I use "simple" stuff for the bits I do use - moisturiser and cleanser. They aren't too pricey.

MrsKravitz Fri 01-Jul-11 09:47:25

dreaming I have regular 46 year old skin, with make up.

MrsKravitz Fri 01-Jul-11 09:48:01

Bit dry these days tbh

OrangeHat Fri 01-Jul-11 09:49:24

It's all the same stuff really. I am using DDs body lotion for ezcema on my face at the moment (as it's just there) and it's fine. Vaseline is also good as worra says if you have dry skin.

I fannied around with clinique etc for years but really it's all much of a muchness.

sparkle12mar08 Fri 01-Jul-11 09:50:02

The key to skincare is doing it regularly. A £2.99 moisturiser from Tesco will do the same job as a £200 Creme de la Mer, as long as you use it regularly. And if you learn a decent basic facial massage technique you can gicv yourself a mini facelift everyday in under ten minutes.

ifancyashandy Fri 01-Jul-11 09:50:09

A dermatologist told me the Simple range was fine. Not pricey at all. But aged 46, I would probably buy their most expensive moisturiser.

tinker316 Fri 01-Jul-11 09:50:22

I use simple wipes at bedtime & every other night johnsons facial scrub.
In the morning a splash of cold water-then e45 cream as I get very dry skin.
I get asked 4 I.d all the time & people can't believe how I don't look my age! Which is 31 (in 10 days!!)

MrsKravitz Fri 01-Jul-11 09:52:02

I have noticed that since using the cheap stuff, my makeup doesnt sit on my skin very well

Scholes34 Fri 01-Jul-11 09:52:09

I use soap and water (Dove is particularly lovely a creamy), plus Simple moisturiser, which is absolutely fine. What I am prepared to pay money for is a decent handcream - currently pay through the nose for Clarins, but is well worth it.

dreamingbohemian Fri 01-Jul-11 09:52:47

Ah, if you don't have really sensitive skin, or super dry or oily skin, then you can probably use fewer and cheaper products with no worries.

I don't think there's a lot of difference in creams, they all moisturise, it's more about how they feel to you (are they too greasy, too perfumed, etc.)

I love the Avene moisturisers, they sell them in Boots (at least in London) they are a bit more expensive (£10) but they are very soothing, not greasy, absorb well under makeup.

dreamingbohemian Fri 01-Jul-11 09:56:40


If your skin feels a bit dry you could also use a tinted moisturiser instead of regular foundation, will feel lighter on your face as well.

MerylStrop Fri 01-Jul-11 09:56:47

IMO you only need one decent moisturiser (and Simple was recommended to me by a dermatologist too, though I am currently using Wish Upon a Jar by Soap and Glory, which is fab), sunscreen, possibly some kind of exfoliator (scrub or flannelly thing) and possibly a cleanser if you wear a load of makeup. I hate cleansers myself and only use water.

I luurrrve products though, but it is an expensive habit that I am trying to kick.

MerylStrop Fri 01-Jul-11 09:57:28

Also agree Avene is v good.

ScrambledSmegs Fri 01-Jul-11 09:58:12

You don't need 'the whole set'. I saw a dermatologist about 5 years ago with problem skin (dry patches, greasy bits, sensitive and acne?! I was blessed) who basically stripped my skincare list back to the bare minimum. She was very scathing about toner in particular, said that a splash of cold water was far more effective.

Re: moisturisers. I know they are all basically the same thing, just dressed up with fancy packaging and ridiculous claims. However, my mum has recently started using an expensive cream by (by L'Occitane I think) and her skin does look visibly more plump and fresh, so I'm going to have to sit on the fence on that one!

MrsKravitz Fri 01-Jul-11 10:00:04

Honestly Ive tried loads of cheap moisturisers and they are awful. I bought one yesterday and my skin just feels odd. Lucky it was less than a pound.

porpoisefull Fri 01-Jul-11 10:00:09

I wash my face with soap in the shower, stick a bit of moisturiser (DS's eczema lotion) on it occasionally if it feels dry and that's it. No one's ever been able to explain to me why toner is anything but a clever scam to make money.

Start the cheapest simplest way you can and only add any faffy stuff if you find you need to. The only things that will damage your skin in the long run are sun exposure and smoking.

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