Cheap skin care regimen

  • Sparkycat

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    Dec 06, 2008 7:24 AM GMT
    Someone posted a question a week or so ago about their skin care regimen, and a number of the responders wrote about the expensive spa products they use. I have spa tastes on a Walmart budget, so I would like to have opinions on off the shelf products I can buy at Walmart to start an affordable skin care regimen. They have mens products lines with facial moisturizers, toners, under-eye cream, etc. Is any of it worth the money. You have to pay five or six bucks for a tiny bottle. My current regimen is Dove body wash and Lubriderm lotion. Not exactly a spa treatment.

    Cameron

  • Dec 06, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    well I use suave body lotion, but for my face I use the neutrogena foaming face wash, the neutrogena oil free anti-acne moisturizer, and the Nivea Men eye cream. Sure it's a tiny bottle, but you only use a single pump to do both eyes, so it lasts for months. during the summer I also use the neutrogena build-a-tan face lotion and body lotions a couple times a week so that I have a little bit of color but not enough that I turn orange...
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:04 PM GMT
    two words: cocoa butter.
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:08 PM GMT
    Gotta say, I'm a Kiehl's guy. In fact the new Aloe Body wash was codesigned by Brad Pitt and is not harsh, organic, and part of the money of the purchase goes to New Orleans Katrina relief. A bottle is only around $20. And leaves your skin feeling and smelling great. Apart from that, they have a bunch of eye creams and moisturizers. But if you're looking for cheaper, I sometimes use Purpose facial moisturizer with SPF 30 and a redness reducer. That one works well, but can be a little greasy, so don't use too much.


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    Dec 06, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    I say investment.
    We invest money in things like a car when you know it won't last the rest of your life. We invest in a computer when you'll be throwing it out in a couple of years for a new one.

    You can't buy a new set of skin. It's yours for life. You can take care of it the best you can and the rewards will pay off. Invest in a brand new Steinway now and in thirty years it's still worth the same if not more.

    Sure it might take a bit of money at first but think of how long skin care products last. I say start with basic and simple. Nivea, Neutrogena, Cetaphil. All simple products and effective. Then ease your way into more effective products later.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 06, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    I've become addicted to PHILOSOPHY's "Cinnamon Buns" Shampoo and body wash --- yummmmm!
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    Dec 06, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    Fable saidtwo words: cocoa butter.


    cocoa butter is such a great moisturizer. It doesn't have petroleum in it and it is relatively inexpensive compared to other non-petroleum moisturizers.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Dec 06, 2008 4:40 PM GMT
    I tend to have mild rosacea. Eucerin has a line of products that have worked well for me - and Walgreen's has their own cheaper versions of some of them.
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    Dec 06, 2008 4:44 PM GMT
    If you shop at Wal-Mart, go with L'Oreal for Men, Neutrogena for Men, or Nivea for Men. It's decent and will help your skin.

    If you can afford something a little more pricey at department stores, go with Clinique (but it's industrial strength), Kiehl's, Origins, or Anthony Logistics for Men.

    But I do agree that it is your skin and you should spend the money for it. I'm a Lancome man myself.
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    Dec 06, 2008 4:48 PM GMT
    cowboyathlete saidI tend to have mild rosacea. Eucerin has a line of products that have worked well for me - and Walgreen's has their own cheaper versions of some of them.


    cobyathlete's recommendation of Eucerin products is a sound one. Their Aquaphor brand is the best thing if you tend to have dry skin on your face. For body moisturizing I recommend Cetaphil. It's not quite at the Suave or Vaseline price, but it's not the designer moisturizer price either. And it really works.
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    Dec 06, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    My mom's a dermatologist, and her dermatology journals and newsletters will sometimes have articles about how drug store products are just as effective - or even more effective - than expensive spa or department-store products. So you're fine going to Walmart, Sparkycat, but which product you should get depends on what your skin care goals are, and what your skin type is.
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    Dec 06, 2008 7:07 PM GMT
    I have to agree, I am a Kiehl's guy too. I actually go back and forth between Kiehl's (a Loreal company) and Nickel (the facial moisturizer -is awesome. they even have one for darker complexions). When I am in NYC I also go to Nickel -which is a true spa for men (hair-cuts - not applicable for me ...massages, facials, manucures/pedicures. I used to buy more reasonable products - but found that I can buy a huge botttle of Creme de Corps (Kiehl's) body lotion and it lasts forever. I shower at least twice a day - in the am and after the gym. I also swim in the pool and ocean year round. This is the absolute best overall body lotion I have experienced. Go to www.kiehls.com and find your nearest department store that sells it (usually Saks, Nordstrom) - go in and ask for samples. Kieh'ls is known for its' try before you buy policy. Once you try it - you will pinch pennies elsewhere to indulge in this luxury.
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    Dec 06, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
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    cowboyathlete saidI tend to have mild rosacea. Eucerin has a line of products that have worked well for me - and Walgreen's has their own cheaper versions of some of them.


    cobyathlete's recommendation of Eucerin products is a sound one. Their Aquaphor brand is the best thing if you tend to have dry skin on your face. For body moisturizing I recommend Cetaphil. It's not quite at the Suave or Vaseline price, but it's not the designer moisturizer price either. And it really works.


    I'll third the call for Eucerin. I use their Redness Relief products, as I also tend to turn the color of a strawberry when exposed to sun, rain, cute guys icon_redface.gif, etc. I was also recommended to use this new lotion called CeraVe. I got it at Walgreens. It's expensive, but my dermatologist recommended it, and it feels good. I have very dry skin in the winter, so I'm using it a lot.

    I'd like to try some of the more designer products, but tend to find that they are too perfume-y, and I can't breathe around them well.
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    Dec 06, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    It has been shown a millions times over...and just look at old rich women, that expensive products are placebo's. Skin grows from within so topical products aren't much more than makeup.

    Aloe does cause mitosis and peanut oil is the closet chemically to the skin our body oil. Castor oil is the base of many creamy products. Brad Pitt who spends millions on this shit in real life looks every bit his age. (but he is also trying to fight back the affects of smoking)

    Nutrition determines the resources your body has for use to rebuild. Your skin is also a organ of elimination so if your digestion and elimination system
    ( colon) is sluggish you will see that in your skin.

    Finally blood circulation feeds the skin so massage and exercise is final aspect of healthy skin.

  • GQjock

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    Dec 06, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    I knew a cosmetologist who worked for Liz Claiborn ...
    almost all that stuff is just repackaged and not better than things half that price

    I use Baby Lotion on my body
    It works great ... not oily
    or heavy and Zirh Platinum for the face
    http://www.zirh.com/product.aspx?f=28
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    Dec 06, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    "Cheap skin care regimen"

    My skin is so cheap, I don't have any regimen at all. [rim shot]

    Actually I really don't. And I've abused my skin horribly, over 40 years of riding motorcycles with the wind & sun on my face, and I haven't turned into leather yet, actually very few wrinkles. My main problem is I'm just getting fat & jowly.

    I suppose some things can help, but I'm sure it's as much genetics as anything. Either you're gonna be a wrinkled old leather face, or you're not.
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    Dec 06, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    I've been using Walgreen's Men's Zone products for nearly three years and have determined the cost vs. quality quotient to be ideal. Please be aware though, that I drive a kick-ass Pontiac and am not a card-carrying member of the urban haute bourgeois homo elite if that tells you anything. icon_cool.gificon_lol.gif

    I have no idea why the following links keep defaulting to include AARP prices but anyway check these out:

    Via: http://www.walgreens.com/store/featuredlist.jsp?CATID=305314&ban=vslt3_menszone_skincare_mengrm

    and also Via:http://www.walgreens.com/search/search_results.jsp?_dyncharset=ASCII&term=men's+zone+shaving+cream
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    Dec 06, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    For a while, someone wrote a column in the "Journal of Irreproducible Results," trying to spoof all of the pseudo-scientific claims made in cosmetic advertisements. The point is that there are more astonishing scientific breakthroughs reported in cosmetic ads than in research journals. It's hard to believe that all of the nobel prizes don't go to the formulators of skin care products! (And, I might add, bodybuilding supplements.)

    It was never very funny though, because no matter how hard they tried to spoof, it just looked like typical ad copy.
  • josephmovie

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    Dec 06, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    I wouldn't worry too much about using a men's line - it's a all marketing anyway. I'd recommend the following:

    - Neutrogena Foaming Facewash
    - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum Fragrance Free
    - Olay Total Effects plus SPF 15 Fragrance Free
    - Organic Rose hip Oil
    - If you like a mask, just get the clay mask from Bonne Bell

    The rose hip oil is my latest discovery. Use it at night. It's greasy, but you pnly need a little and the effect on my 40 something skin has been amazing. You might want to consider using the Olay TE SPF 15 during the day. Google Robert Redford 2008 to see why.
  • UStriathlete

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    Dec 06, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    www.revivalabs.com $
    www.evanhealy.com $$

    two of the best natural skincare lines on the market. no paraban or petroleum.
    kieh's has both.

    stop using the 'junk' out there. the skin breathes, don't clog your pores with crap.

    drink your water, half your weight in oz. and eat plenty of veggies and fruits. no sodas.
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    Dec 06, 2008 8:17 PM GMT
    Sparkycat saidSomeone posted a question a week or so ago about their skin care regimen, and a number of the responders wrote about the expensive spa products they use. I have spa tastes on a Walmart budget, so I would like to have opinions on off the shelf products I can buy at Walmart to start an affordable skin care regimen. They have mens products lines with facial moisturizers, toners, under-eye cream, etc. Is any of it worth the money. You have to pay five or six bucks for a tiny bottle. My current regimen is Dove body wash and Lubriderm lotion. Not exactly a spa treatment.

    Cameron


    What prey tell is this walmart of which you speak? and why would you permit anything from there to actually touch your face. I mean ewwwww icon_lol.gif



    I'm the department store where I worked back home there was an $1800 la prairie face cream, $1300 Dior lotion and this $1450 la prairie eye caviar.

    It was insane! No person who was completely in their mind would spend that much on skincare. I just used to think every time one of the girls who worked up in cosmetics told me what they sold that week how disconcerting they were that they had just sold someone half a years college tuition/ a new car/a couple of months rents of moisturizer
  • UStriathlete

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    Dec 06, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
    josephmovie,
    rosehip oil shouldn't be greasy if it is natural. also, use a hydrosol tonic to drawn the oil into the skin.

    evan healy has the best rosehip oil, and the pomagrante serum is awesome. especially for mature skin or sun damaged sin.