5 affordable skin care dupes that are just as effective as high-end products
As Singaporeans take precautions to reduce transmission of COVID-19, wearing masks has become second nature. Essential workers in particular must wear masks for long periods of time. However, due to the tight fit required, wearing a mask all day at work, especially in hot and humid weather, could lead to skin damage. Professor Karen Ousey, director of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention at the University of Huddersfield, explains that people who wear masks sweat, which results in friction which “causes pressure sores on the nose and skin. play”. To prevent skin damage, Professor Ousey suggest keep your skin clean, well hydrated and hydrated, and apply barrier creams half an hour before putting on a mask. As we aim to keep our face hydrated and pain free, we may end up wondering which products to buy. While high-end products may be seen as producing better results, they are expensive and may not be affordable for most people during this time. On the other hand, cheaper products can be less effective. To help you build your skincare routine, we’ve found some of the best high-end luxury skincare products proven to be just as effective.
1. Facial care essences
A skin care routine usually consists of several steps. An essence is usually applied after cleansing your face to soften and prepare your skin to absorb the following products like serum and moisturizer. In Asia, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has gained huge success due to an SK-II ingredient called “Pitera”. “Pitera” is actually a ferment filtrate from Galactomyces (GFF), a nutrient-rich yeast by-product of fermented sake which may decrease signs of aging, illuminates the complexion and promotes cell regeneration.
However, the SK-II product is priced at S $ 108 / 75ml. But there’s an affordable dupe on the market – COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence is just S $ 29.80 / 100ml. It contains 95% GFF, a higher concentration compared to 90% SK-II. Both products contain common secondary ingredients like butelyne glycol, pentylene glycol, water, sodium benzoate, methylparaben, and sorbic acid. However, the essence of COSRX includes other beneficial nutrients such as niacinamide (vitamin B3 which has anti-aging benefits) and panthenol (an anti-inflammatory nutrient derived from B vitamins that reduces redness and oxidative stress in the body. the environment). Not only is this dupe 80% cheaper per ml than SK-II essence, it also contains nutrients that are more beneficial for your skin.
2. Exfoliating facials
Exfoliating facials remove dead cells from the outer layer of your skin to reveal a smooth, even complexion. The exfoliating ingredients can come in a cleanser, serum, or at-home peels that typically contain Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and / or beta-hydroxy acids (BHA). While AHAs fight scars, BHAs exfoliate the top layer of skin, purge excess oil, and prevent acne breakouts. Together, these 2 ingredients help promote healthy, rejuvenated skin.
For example, the Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial (S $ 113.50 / 50ml) and The Ordinary Peeling Solution (S $ 10.60 / 30ml) are both peel solutions that contain AHA and BHA. The first contains 25% AHA and 2% BHA, while the second contains 30% AHA and 2% BHA. However, a higher percentage of AHA does not necessarily mean it is better because your skin might be more sensitive to irritation, especially if it is sensitive. But if you are looking for an affordable Drunk Elephant’s dupe, The Ordinary Peeling Solution, which is around 91% cheaper will give you the same exfoliating results. However, you should only exfoliate once or twice a week, as excessive exfoliation will leave your skin sore and itchy.
3. Night repair serums
Your skin is recovering from the damage of the day the night. The extra blood supply to your skin gives it energy to increase its natural repair. An overnight restorative serum, applied after the facial skincare essence, will help support nighttime skin renewal by providing essential hydration and activating the skin’s nighttime rhythm to reduce signs of aging.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery II Complex (S $ 102.13 / 50ml) has been a popular choice in the skin care community, and Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule (26 , S $ 80/50 ml) is presented as the dupe. The main ingredient common to both serums is Bifida Ferment Lysate, which strengthens the skin barrier, while the common secondary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the skin. However, Missha’s Overnight Repair Serum contains retinol, a form of vitamin A that stimulates collagen production, and niacinamide. These two ingredients help fight wrinkles and are not present in Estée Lauder’s Night Repair Serum. Besides the extra ingredients, Missha’s serum costs around 74% less than Estée Lauder’s serum, giving you more for your money. But more ingredients also mean a higher likelihood of skin irritation after use, so if you have sensitive skin it may be worth splurging with Estée Lauder’s Overnight Restorative Serum.
Cleansing is the first step in your skin care routine to remove excess oil, sweat, makeup, and dead skin cells so you can apply subsequent products like a moisturizer or serum. . Facial cleansers containing soy (soy) glycine are popular within the skin care community for their amino acids that promote healthy, plump skin, as well as their gentle cleansing properties.
One of the holy grail cleansers in the skin care community, the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, is a non-drying gel that comes with a hefty price tag of $ 53.90 / 150ml. For a cheaper alternative, Sana By Noevir Nameraka Honpo Soy Milk Facial Cleanser has been recommended by the beauty community as an economical dupe for its concentration and inclusion of Glycine Soy (soy) and other extracts. soybean, costing only $ 21.13 / 150 ml.
Hydration is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine. prevent your skin from drying out by retaining moisture in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of your skin. When your stratum corneum is functioning properly, it protects your skin from irritants.
While all of the moisturizers on the market can keep your skin hydrated, some are formulated to feel better on the skin or improve the moisture barrier. For example, Glow Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer ($ 55.30 / 60ml) and Bliss What a Melon Moisturizer ($ 28.40 / 50ml) both contain watermelon extract, which is rich in antioxidants and can replenish vitamins and minerals lost. Hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the skin, is a secondary ingredient common to both products. As these 2 moisturizers are so similar, Bliss What a Melon Moisturizer is a cheaper alternative to Glow Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer. However, the latter contains artificial dyes, which might be a concern for those looking for as few chemicals as possible in their skincare products.
Conclusion: which product is right for you?
When it comes to skin care products, your mileage may vary. Before committing to a product, do a patch test to see if you may be allergic to any of the ingredients. Instead of buying a full jar or bottle of skin care product up front, try to get samples from the stores and give yourself time to decide which ones to add to your routine. It’s also important to do your research, read reviews, and know which product to use at each step of a skin care routine. In addition to buying fools, also try to take advantage of sales and discounts if you see any, in order to get the most out of the products you buy. Finally, you can use a credit card that cashback and rewards on beauty shopping.