Skincare Digits: A Collection Of Calculations
Today, we are back with more of the same (sort of), with a skincare spin.
I'll kick us off...
Okay, this little experiment has made me realize just how much I have spent on anti-aging products. For the thousandth time, I'm not afraid of wrinkles or of aging—because my worth as a person isn't tied to what I look like—but maybe I am deep down, because DAMN, I guess all that fear-monger-type marketing worked on me?
Okay, I oil cleanse every night with a giant bottle of grapeseed oil and tea tree oil, so that only adds up to ten bucks of so. I use the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen, which ended up costing way more than it should have because I had to have it shipped here.
Then, I have my beloved CVS' Charcoal & Black Sugar Dual-Action Scrub Facial Mask (the price varies by retailer, but I believe I ended up paying around $6 or so) and my precious Laino Green Clay Paste, which was less than ten euros, if memory serves. I was also gifted a natural, home-made "cold cream" green mask, as well as an argon oil scrub, which I cannot praise enough.
I have been smearing on Palmer's Moisturizing Body Oil because stretch marks are popping up out of nowhere for no reason; it costs about six dollars, but lasts ages. I also use my TECHEF Korean Exfoliating Bath Washcloth on a weekly basis, so that is another $5 or so to add to the tally. Ummm...I also recently started doing a DIY body scrub each Sunday, but the ingredient total is tricky to sort out, so let's just say $7. And...the Olay Regenerist Instant Fix Exfoliate & Renew System, which I highly, highly recommend. It's $26.99, but a little goes a long way.
Now onto the night creams! RoC® Skincare's RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream (cannot remember what I paid, but this is supposed to retail around $22.99), CIEN Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream (less than 10 euros) and a prescription bottle of retinol, which my mother-in-law gave me. Do I have to factor that in?
Okay, so I shamefully must admit that the total is quite a bit more than $100. Don't tell anyone! To be fair, most of these have lasted me for almost a year though? Plus, most were given to me.
Skincare is an element of beauty that I’m just starting to get the hang of, but I’m slowly gathering my perfect skin arsenal piece by piece. Among my favorite products are the Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream (basic, but works great for me!) and Urban Outfitters' Valjean Labs Facial Serum in Hydrate. I was pleasantly surprised that my total for skin care was about $70. (Plus the cost of an occasional face mask or two...)
I’d always had trouble with finding the right skin products. But I have accumulated a decent collection.