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Monday 9 September 2013

The Cost of my Skin

So now my skin & I are living in a post Caroline Hirons era I have been thinking about the cost of my skincare. Of course skincare is not cheap; anyone who tells you it is probably still thinks wipes & a bar of soap constitute a skincare routine. The question is how much is too much?
What sparked off this question off for me is the new Chanel skincare with the 3 different serums for day, night & weekend which I instantly fell into lust with. However at between £60 (the day serum & the night serum) & £72 (the weekend serum) these serums seem like a significant investment, more than I would spend on anything that won't last me at least a year. So what am I willing to spend? That's the point of this post. I am going to work out the cost of everything in my routine & work out the average cost of each item & the total cost. I guess you'll have to read on to find out what the outcome is...

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So my morning routine: I wash my face, acid tone, spray tone, eye cream, serum, spot treatment, moisturises & then sometimes I suncream (not unless I'm leaving the house). Possibly excessive for a 20 year old but let me tell you my skin thanks me for it.
                        or Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner: £3.99
Spray toner = Le Roche-Posay Serozinc: not available in the UK (lets say £10)
Spot Treatment = La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: £13
Moisturiser = Nuxe Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Cream: £19.60

      Total: £140.13

      Average:  £15.57

Sounds super expensive but I didn't buy it all at once & you don't have to have both acid toners & you can get cheaper moisturisers & serums. What's important is knowing what you want the products to do & the ingredients that will mean that they work.
Okay so my evening routine is very similar, a few more steps but then it is my evening cleanse. Cream cleanse, micellar water, acid tone, spray tone, eye cream, hydraluon, oil serum, night cream & lipbalm.
Acid Toner = Alpha-H Liquid Gold: £31.50
Spray Toner = Therapie Restore Aura Spray: £25
Eye Cream = Nuxe Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream: £17.60
Hyluronic Acid Serum = Hydraluron: £24.99
Lip Balm = Nuxe Reve de Miel Lipbalm: £9.50

          Total: £208.58

          Average Cost: £23.18

Sounds totally insane but it really works. You could probably replace the oil serum with any oil, it could literally be olive oil. I'm going to replace it with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair when it runs out (I'm currently using a sample). The hydraluron is new & I don't know that it's entirely necessary but it is lovely on those days when you are exhausted & your skin feels tight with exhaustion.

Overall Total: £348.71

Overall Average Cost: £19.37

So here is the cost of my everyday skin. There are a few extras, a clay mask or two & my facial scrub but this is the basics.
You may have noticed that I haven't really got anything that costs more than about £30 (apart from the night serum but that's one item & it averages out) but I decided a while ago that I just couldn't justify more than £50 (£45 ideally) for a serum & £40 (£35 ideally) for everything else. That may change as I age or as my money situation changes bu that's how it is for me right now.

Remember you don't start off with nothing & buy all of it, you acquire it in dribs & drabs. In this case, over the course of at least a year.

Do you know the cost of your skin? Or would you rather not work it out? Do you think this is extravagant or is it nothing compared to your skincare?

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