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Hey, coupon queens! Are you really getting good results with that bargain basement skincare routine? Would your skin look better if you swapped your routine for a celebrity favorite? It’s an age-old question. In fact, one of the most frequently asked questions to dermatologists is about the effectiveness of pricey skincare products. Are expensive products really better? Let’s dive in to the science of it. You can also read more in our Skincare blog.

Before we can talk about the value of expensive skincare products, however, it’s important to establish what we are talking about here. While we would all agree that $2 facial bar soaps are cheap, it’s harder to define expensive. Some people might consider a $20 facial cleanser expensive while other ladies are happy to throw down $200 on a gorgeous bottle of face wash. This is one reason why it’s tricky to say definitively whether expensive skincare products are more effective. One thing that we know all too well is that there are some $50 moisturizers that have the same ingredients as $300 moisturizers.

If you’re looking for an anti-aging moisturizer, you’ll want to be on the lookout for retinol and hyaluronic acid. While the sky is the limit for how much you can pay for a moisturizing cream with quality ingredients, there definitely is a limit on the lowest price. Skincare companies need to pay a certain amount for ingredients like retinol. It is simply too expensive to buy retinol for companies to sell retinol creams for $10. If you want top quality products, you will have to pay for them.

Think of it like shopping for clothes or accessories. If you wanted a nice leather handbag, you’d know that you aren’t going to be able to nab one for $15. The leather itself has a premium and there’s a minimum price you will be able to pay. Generally speaking, you’ll want to pay at least $50 to get a leather bag that is going to last. Want a bag that you saw a celebrity toting around? You can probably expect to pay more than $500.

Skincare products are similar. That $40 moisturizer can have quality ingredients and actually even be exactly the same as the $200 moisturizer. While there’s a minimum to what you’ll pay for ingredients, the sky is the limit for prices. The fancy packaging and glossy advertisements can cost a fortune for companies and they pass that price along to you.

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So, what’s a lady to do? If you want good quality skincare products but don’t want to pay for advertising, it’s all about learning how to read labels. Every ingredient that makes up more than 2% of the product is listed on the label. The majority of skincare products have just a few active ingredients.

Let’s say you want an anti-aging cream. A product like Ageless Derma Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream has Retinol Palmitate, Aquaxyl, Stay-C, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl, and Synthe-6. While there are other ingredients, these are the stars. If you opt of a high fashion brand that sells anti-aging cream for $400, there is no guarantee that they have better ingredients. More often than not, what you are paying for is advertising, packaging, and space in a pricey department store.

Cle de Peau Beaute Synactif Intensive Cream sells for an astronomical $1,000 per 1.4 oz. tube. Although it is incredibly expensive, it works extremely well. That is because it has retinol, green tea, and vitamin E. You can get these same ingredients for a fraction of the price. Read more in our skincare blog.






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