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Why I Don't Use Luxury Skincare

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You may have noticed that I don't review luxury skincare brands. To be fair, I use more expensive products like those from Herbivore Botanicals or Leaves of Trees. And those are definitley luxury skincare, with masks and oils at a sixty dollar price tag. But when I saw I don't review luxury skincare, I'm talking about the handful of brands with price tags in the hundreds and even two hundreds of dollars. And here's why. 

Disclaimer: I am not shitting on any specific brands. I understand that a lot goes into their products, and their prices are a true reflection of the cost of ingredients, labour, ect. I also understand and acknowledge that to pay a fair wage to employees, products need to be more expensive, and I'm actually all for that. If you use luxury skincare, this isn't me shitting on you either. I just want to share why I don't use or review luxury skincare on my blog. 

1) There are Affordable Options that Work Well.

To get right down to it, there are affordable options that work well. There's no need to spend hundreds of dollars to find good skin care products. 

One of my long time favourite skincare brands is Andalou Naturals, a brand that prices all of their products at less than $25 USD. There's also Acure Organics, Wildcraft, Meow Meow Tweet, and the ingredients in your kitchen. Olive oil is a great all over moisturizer, apple cider vinegar makes for a great conditioner, and salt and sugar are effective body exfoliants. 

2) There are Affordable Options that are Organic, Fair Trade, Cruelty Free and Vegan, and Ethically Sourced.

I'm always willing to pay more for something that is organic, fair trade, and ethically sourced. But there's no need. Actually, the most expensive brands aren't very transparent about what's fair trade or ethically sourced. And for me, that's just not worth the higher price tag. 

3) There are More Innovative Brands. 

I get paying more for 'cool' products, with unique formulations, innovative packaging, or rare ingredients. But there are affordable brands that are doing all of that. And to be honest, the more expensive products aren't all that innovative in the first place. Their products are easily copied, and they already have been by smaller brands looking to produce quality products at a lower price point. 

4) Long Ingredient Lists. 

The ingredient lists are so long, and for my sensitive skin, that just ain't gonna work. (Yes I said ain't. I was born in the south after all). But seriously, the ingredient lists are so incredibly long, and why on earth would I want that? My skin responds to products with simple ingredients and short ingredient lists. otherwise it becomes overwhelmed, irritated, red, and dull.

5) Skincare (and Self Care) Should Be Accessible. 

I don't think good products need to break the bank. I don't think beauty or self care should ever be unattainable. I understand luxury is a separate market, but I hate that some people feel as if they can't have the skin they want because they can't afford luxury skincare. Personal care products and self care should always be accessible, which means luxury skincare just isn't my jam. 

6) Skincare Shouldn't be Stressful.

Skincare should be something you enjoy, or at the very least, don't hate. It shouldn't stress you out, or make you feel frustrated or helpless. But looking at those price tags makes me stressed out af. Nothing about that price tag is sustainable, at least not for me, nor for the everyday human. And that's okay. 

Like I said in the beginning, I don't want to make people feel bad for using luxury products. But I wanted to write this because far too often I see that people are frustrated because they can't afford luxury beauty, and they feel as if that's the only way they can be happy with their skin. And it breaks my heart because that's not at all true. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. If you use luxury skincare, do you think it's worth the price? If you don't, would you like to? 

With love,