Can you afford to make the skincare changes you want to make?

One of the biggest myths about transitioning into a more natural skincare routine is that it will cost a fortune. Whether it’s a celebrity-endorsed, organic skincare line or all-natural, handmade products, the prospects can be daunting.

First of all, here’s the truth part of the Truth & Troubleshooting – something I’ve said before and will say again:

Your skin is an investment and it deserves the best you can give it. {Tweet it!}

Think about it. We all have our indulgences. You might spend $500 on a pair of shoes. Or perhaps you drop $100 a month on your daily coffees or kombuchas. We all make choices about what is valuable to us and those choices dictate how we spend our money.

That doesn’t mean you’ll absolutely have to spend more money on natural products but if you do, take a look at your monthly spending and see if you can pinch a bit here or there to make a little more room for your new products. Isn’t your skin worth it?

But again, going natural doesn’t mean you have to spend more.

Here are some tips for going natural for less:

1. Do it yourself! If you are into the DIY scene, try making some of your own products (i.e. oils, lotions, lip balms, etc.). It’s actually much easier than you might think, is inexpensive and best of all, you can customize your products to your particular needs. Check out my book, Glowing, for step-by-step directions for making your own beauty products.

2. Shop around. Who doesn’t love to internet browse? Admit it – it’s fun! Do some Googling on natural products. Price check. Read testimonials. Look on Pinterest for other people’s ideas and favorites. I can guarantee you that in this market, you can find what you want and need for a price that fits your budget.

3. Don’t make judgments based on price. Now, I’m the last person who would say to always opt for the cheap stuff, but I think it’s important to remember not to make assumptions about products that are expensive. For that matter, don’t make assumptions about cheap products, either. Expensive products are not necessarily better quality, just like cheap products are not necessarily low in quality. In order to make an informed judgment about the quality of a product, check the ingredient list, read testimonials and check on the reputation of shop/seller. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either!

4. Don’t make judgments based on sellers and/or retail platforms. Just like #3, you can’t always make correct assumptions about products based solely on who makes/sells them. Finding something on Etsy doesn’t make it of lesser quality than something sold via a major internet shop. In fact, I’ve often found that the opposite is true! You just never know for sure until you get the product. Make the best choice you can with the information you have.

5. Ask around. We women have tried so many skincare products. And we love to share what works and what doesn’t. Ask your friends for recommendations and ask them to ask their friends. You’ll likely get some very good ideas from this!

What do you think about beauty and budgets? Are you a penny pincher or have you ventured out and tried some natural products outside of your budget “comfort zone?” Share your comment below!