How many times have you read about an amazing, must-have, phenomenal product only to be turned away by the eye-popping price? For 2017, I’m trying to get my finances in good shape, and you would not believe how much money I spend at Sephora. Of course, I want to give my problem skin the very best (it feels like I’m talking about a child), but does it have to cost so much?
I spent weeks researching and testing to find replacements for five of my favorite skincare products. Because while some products have no dupe (hello, Ole), some can be replaced. So before you spend, let’s talk about how to save.
Acne Patches. These patches absorb oil and treat blemishes. When I have a bad blemish, these patches greatly accelerate the healing process. I loved the Peter Thomas Roth Invisible Dots ($30 for 72), but these CosRX Pimple Patches ($5 for 24) are good, too. In fact, they’re a bit thicker and work a bit better. Not bad for $5.
Facial Treatment Essence. SK-II is one of those lust-worthy, iconic brands that women just swoon over. Their Facial Treatment Essence ($179) is loaded with pitera, an amino acid derived from sake. It brightens, tones, and firms. I was shocked by how well the MISSHA Time Revolution Effort ($29) performed in comparison. A few of my blogger friends even like it better because it’s loaded with vitamin-B.
Detoxing Mask. When my skin is feeling out of control, oily, and just (let’s be real) dull and dirty, I reach for a mask with charcoal. I’ve tried many versions. The GlamGlow Supermud ($69) was always my favorite, but it was too expensive to buy it regularly. I bought this L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask ($13) on a lark, and liked it.
Do I like it as well as the GlamGlow? Of course not. But I liked it as well as the Origins mask it replaced, which is what replaced the GlamGlow.
Primer Spray. This Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Spray ($48) is phenomenal. The mix of botanical oils provides moisture and the perfect dewy glow. It also gives my makeup a natural finish.
This isn’t a wheelhouse product for me, so I knew it was a great opportunity to save money. HardCandy’s Sheer Primer Mist ($8) gives the same dewy finish, and works well as a primer. Not bad for one-sixth the price.
Vitamin-C Serum. I use a day serum and a night serum. For years, Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($163) was my go-to day serum. The mix of vitamins C and E fights hyper pigmentation and brightens skin. But, woof, the price. Luckily, Timeless Skincare’s CE Ferulic Acid Serum ($17) is nearly identical. Just three uses and the brown acne scars on my chin are noticeably lighter. If there is one product from this list that I would recommend without reservation, it’s this one. Vitamin-C is a must for every skin type.
Do you have a favorite skincare dupe that helps you save money? Leave your thoughts in the comments.