How to maintain a healthy skincare routine on a budget

Skincare isn’t for the rich and affluent – skincare is for everyone. When shopping to build your skincare routine, remember to be skin-smart in order to achieve smart savings. You may ask: “How do I do this?”

No need to pile on the pressure! Fundamentals Skincare is a local skincare brand that is trusted for its formulations and affordable pricing. 

Natasha Davel from Fundamentals explains that: “When building a skin care routine, it’s important to remember that products don’t need to be expensive to be effective. Adopting a simple, three-step approach that includes cleansing, moisturising and protecting your skin can help reduce skincare costs while keeping your skin healthy.” 

In addition to simplifying your approach, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists to be skin- and savings smart:

  1. Know your skin type and skin concerns. This is the first and most vital step in your shopping experience. Knowing your skin type will guide you in terms of product ranges you need to be looking for, and knowing your concerns will guide you in terms of actives and formulations. Read the label and look for products for your skin type that say “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores”. Fundamentals offers free online skincare consultations to assist you in your skincare journey.  
  2. Shop for products that are multifunctional and offer your skin multiple benefits. Look for ingredients such as alpha arbutin, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, kojic acid, baobab and ceramides. All these active ingredients offer your skin more for less. 
  3. Quality over quantity. Having an airtight skincare routine does not mean 10 products, day and night. A good and solid routine means minimal products with maximum benefit. Use products with effective ingredients for a more targeted approach. Limiting the number of products you use can also help, as using several different products can be costly. It can also irritate your skin and make signs of ageing more noticeable.
  4. Shop bundles. Find your favourites and shop skincare bundles. These work out cheaper and are normally targeted to your specific skin type and concerns. (Fundamentals bargain bundles are made to target your skin type and concerns simultaneously.)

“The more consistent you are with your skincare, the less you will need to spend on skincare. The trick is being consistent, being educated about your skin and its changes, and consulting with professionals before purchasing,” concludes Davel.

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