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How Much Does It Cost to Have Good Skin?

By December 1, 2011

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Way back in the gold rush days, I spent a lot of money on my skin. I would tell you how much, but it's a little embarrassing, especially when you consider that I was all of about 25 years old at the time. Prevention is great and all, and obviously we should all be using products with sunscreen and taking off our makeup at night, but really, no 25-year-old on earth needs to be spending a car payment on her skin each month.

Now, I'm fully committed to the new frugality. Instead of the pricier stuff I used to use, I'm all about the drugstore brands. And I'll tell you the truth: I've noticed absolutely no difference in my skin at all.

It's not wrinklier. It's not saggier. My pores remain stubbornly the same size. I am neither more nor less zitty than I was when I spent my lunch money on products. There's just ... no difference. At all. Maybe if you're Jennifer Lopez and can afford to sleep in a hyperbaric chamber infused with Creme de la Mer, your skin looks way more amazing than that of mere mortals. I couldn't say. But for normal folks on normal budgets, you can almost always find what you're looking for at the drugstore or online.

Here are ten of my favorite way-cheap beauty products. All are under ten dollars. All are currently under my bathroom sink, waiting for me to decide I need a spa day for less than I'd spend taking public transportation for a week.

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December 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(1) Rain says:

One thing I use instead of the Kiss My Face Tinted Moisturizer is the Neutrogena sunscreen/moisturizer (it’s about $13). Oil free, light, and the SPF’s go up to 100! Front-line soldier in my campaign to stay 29 forever. I’m looking into the Rose balm. Pretty sure it’s comparable to Grandma’s magical brown salve.

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