Skincare On A Budget

In my early teens and twenties, I didn’t have too many issues with acne. Often times others complemented me on such great complexion and because of this I didn’t feel the need to take care of my skin. I pretty much didn’t do anything to my face except put on moisturizer with SPF. I also had a bad habit of sleeping with makeup on, which I think has all caught up to me. At times I would break out around my chin and cheeks area and couldn’t figure out why. LOL.

Eventually I got into the habit of washing my face before bedtime. And then last year I discovered makeup wipes. Well, I started using them. First a non generic brand and then I switched to the target brand. Those wipes broke me out so much I will never purchase them again.

Recently I got into skincare and my first introduction to it was the sheet mask. I was curious to try it because it’s such a popular thing to do in South Korea. Suddenly, I got into watching a lot of Youtube on Korean skincare and realized I was doing nothing to preserve my skin’s elasticity. I started looking at Sephora, Macy’s, and Nordstrom to see what skincare they offer, and let me just tell you, it is surely overwhelming if you don’t even know where to start. More importantly, price points are outrageous! I could not believe my eyes when I saw the $100 price tag for eye moisturizer. I mean I care about my skin, but I also care about my budget. With all said and done, I recently chose to purchase a lot of Korean skincare products and some western products based on affordability and quality reviews. Let’s face it, budgets are just more important.

I’m thankful to be debt-free to afford all this stuff. Back then I just didn’t have skincare in my budget. At least it wasn’t a priority for me when I was still in debt, but again, to each their own. Now that I can afford to try different products, skincare and hair care can be quite expensive. At the same time it’s also addicting and a great form of self-care.

Burt’s Bee’s BB cream, Estee Lauder face palette, Estee Lauder free samples, Micellar cleansing water, Tsubaki hair mist, Rosewater face mist, and Derma-E sunscreen moisturizer (bottom right to left)
South Korean skincare proucts: Innisfree sheet mask (free sample), Neogen bio-peel exfoliator, Cosrx moisturizer lotion, Cosrx low PH morning cleanser, Cosrx moisture pads, Innisfree green tea serum

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