An (almost) foolproof way to save money on skin care
It can't only be Kenya and Uganda where economies aren't at their best. The way our economies are currently set up, you're likely to get half the usual groceries for twice your budget.
So spending wisely is important. To spend wisely on skincare, you need to understand your skin type. Then it will be easier to source the products/ingredients to best address your skin care concerns.
This is called being ingredient aware. It saves you a lot of panic and frustration.
Becoming ingredient aware in skin care is amazing. Cosmetics marketing hype wouldn't get past you. You will know which ingredients address your needs and save money on skin care. For me the experience was akin to wearing glasses for the first time. Everything was so. Dang. Clear. For example...
7 benefits of being aware of the ingredients in your skin care
1. You will realize that high prices don't necessarily mean high quality
When it comes to skin care, high prices have nothing to do with how effective a product would be. The amount that is charged for a beauty product has little to do with the amount of money it takes to produce the product. Usually, you're paying for the brand name and packaging.
When you know what ingredients work for you, you soon realize that a well-formulated product does not have to be hundreds of dollars.You can spend as little or as much as you would like on skin care as long as it works.
For example, in the #SkincerelyCloset, I have chemical exfoliants like Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial and Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner. They may not have anything in common price-wise, but both work great for my skin. They both earned a well-deserved spot in the closet.
2. You will see the same products with different names
Sometimes, you will read an ingredient list and discover that the manufacturer has packaged the same formulation under a different name...for a different (higher) price.
The color, fragrance and packaging may be different but the active ingredients (the ingredients that actually matter), are the same. To see what I'm talking about, just compare the ingredient labels of Nivea and Labello lip balms or male and female deodorant.
3. You will begin to scrutinize sales pitches
Without naming anything, beauty companies using multi-level marketing have made their way to Kenya and Uganda. Now as friendly as some salespeople are, it should take more than a smile to make a beauty purchase. Especially coz the products being sold can be more expensive than online.
For example, I recently saw a premium priced chemical exfoliant being marketed on Instagram. When I asked for the pH and percentage of the acid the salesperson refused to say. How am I, daughter of Oparo, going to fork over more than KES 5000 if you don't show me receipts?
Needless to say, my money stayed right where it was.
4. You will dismiss dermatologist approved labels
According to The Beauty Brains, "while dermatologists know how to treat skin diseases and their advice in this area need not be questioned, they don’t necessarily know the best skin care products to use." Just because a product is proudly labeled "dermatologist approved" does not mean much. First of all, you don't know which dermatologist approved said product and how great their qualifications are. For all we know, he could have graduated bottom of his class from the University of Oompa Avolatte.
Secondly, if a dermatologist's name is on the product, keep in mind that dermatologists often sell their names to a product and don’t actually have much involvement in the development.
5. You will realize that pseudoscience is the devil...and the devil is a liar
Pseudoscience is defined as "a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method."
Pseudoscience and the rise of technology do not a great combination make. It's easier than ever to share misconceptions about great ingredients like talc, parabens, petrolatum, silicones and glycols which are perfectly safe and effective.
A lot of the quacks out there will quote sources without any legitimate scientific evidence. If you're ingredient aware, you will not be easily fooled by any natural or "unnatural" (sounds sinful) claims.
6. You will (sadly) learn that some skin care issues have no solutions
Some beauty problems don't have permanent solutions, yet. These include getting rid of cellulite and stretch marks, making hair grow, slowing hair growth or getting rid of split ends (only a haircut will do that).
Until scientists have come up with solutions to these, don't waste your money.
7. You will begin to side-eye Nutricosmetics
Nutricosmetics are health supplements you take to boost your skin and hair health. Exciting? Yes. Efficient? Nah. I blame YouTube for this hair supplement and collagen drinking craze.
As cool and Judy Jetson as it may sound, I searched high and low and couldn't find enough scientific evidence that nutricosmetics like collagen drinks have any positive effect on your skin or hair. The studies I have come across point out the efficiency in using topicals as opposed to ingesting the supplements to get the skin care benefits.
In conclusion, being ingredient aware will save money on skin care
Have you ever thought about the effect of common skin care ingredients on you? Has this helped you save money on skin care? Let me know in the comments below.