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Alternatives to Expensive Skincare Products

I want healthy, glowing, luminous skin just like everybody else. I’m not immune to the siren song of creams and cleansers that promise to wash away signs of aging and protect against the ravages of time, age, pollution, and chronic lack of sleep. My bank account, however, is not so easily impressed.

So how do you get luxurious skin without the luxury brand price? The secret is most likely sitting on the shelf at your local drug store. According to dermatologists, many drugstore beauty brands are just as good as their pricier counterparts. Popular products often have generic versions available that are virtually indistinguishable from the original brands.

Store Brands

One simple way to save money without sacrificing your beauty routine is to buy store brands. These are often found on the shelves right next to the more popular brands. The packaging may even be similar. Be sure to make sure that the active ingredients are the same and don’t be afraid to read the list of ingredients.

While some products lower their cost by using inferior ingredients, others cut out the expensive dyes, perfumes, fancy packaging, and celebrity endorsements. This option is best for everyday skin care products. Treatments, such as eye treatments or weekly masks, are worth spending a few more dollars.


This drugstore brand appears on almost every list of dermotologist recommendations. The line features cleansers and moisturizers for daily use. The entire range of products focuses on nourishing the skin to rebuild the protective outer layer.

This is especially useful for consumers suffering from inflamed or flaking skin. The product line includes items designed specifically for children but the gentle, sensitive skin formula work just as well. Their lotion is great for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions like eczema.

The thick, creamy lotion is oil-free and helps skin rebuild and maintain it’s tensile strength by including ceramides.


Cetaphil’s entire line is designed with sensitive skin in mind. You can use these products safely on most children’s skin, though they do offer specially formulated products for babies.

Like CeraVe, Cetaphil is great for dry, flaky skin. People who suffer from dry skin during the winter or who have skin conditions that cause itching, redness, and dryness might be able to find relief with this line of products. Despite it’s proven efficacy, it’s much cheaper than most name brand items.

The cleansers leave the skin feeling clean, not stripped. And the moisturizers are heavy but non-greasy.

In Summary

When it comes to skincare, remember what you are paying for. Pretty packaging and a well-known brand may stroke our ego, but don’t necessarily provide much else. Don’t be lured into thinking that more expensive brands work better. That’s often not the case.

Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Brand loyalty must be earned. If you find another, cheaper product that delivers the results you want at a price you can afford, there’s no shame in making the switch. There’s nothing better than soft, glowing skin, that doesn’t break the bank.

Amber Llorens – empowering beauty and self confidence.

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