Luxury Skincare: 5 Tips for Navigating Pricey Products

Let’s chat about luxury skincare!

I have found that a decent amount of the skincare in my collection is pricey. Some of what I own goes beyond pricey and straight into absurd – for example, the $150+ Creme Ancienne mask from Fresh, or the $145 Amorepacific Essence. These products are ones I thoroughly enjoy having in my routine. For example, I love Fresh Beauty, and so many of their products and leave my skin feeling well cared for.

Absolutely, 100% not. Price is not always correlated to quality, and while expensive products often (not always) work well, there are many less expensive options that lead to similar effects. Sure, the Creme Ancienne Honey Mask is a real treat for my skin, but the $15 Tony Moly Honey Mask feels nice (not as nice, but decently similar for the huge price difference) as well. I’ve tried cleansers that cost $72 and cleansers that cost $28 and the differences are not significant enough to justify the massive markup. It is not necessary to have the most expensive products to have glowing, healthy skin.


But sometimes, you want to treat yourself. And if it’s within your budget, there is nothing wrong with that. I’m not a fan of shaming, whether it’s shaming people for not being able to afford luxury skincare, or shaming people who can afford it. Here are my five tricks for navigating the world of luxury skincare.

#1: Luxury skincare should never come before actual necessities.

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There are many budget drugstore options that do wonders for your skin! I am fortunate to be in a position where I can afford some high end skincare (as well as being super fortunate to be gifted some), but if I wasn’t in the same position I also trust that there are less expensive options that can work for my skin. Don’t prioritize luxury products over rent, groceries, or other necessary bills.

For example, Inkey List and The Ordinary both offer great formulations at sub-$20 prices.

#2: Research luxury products before purchasing.

When spending upwards of $100 on a product, I’m definitely going to do my due diligence to make sure it lives up to its claims! I also try to ensure that the people whose reviews I am reading have similar skin types to mine.

#3: Splurge on products that stay on your skin.

I usually (not always) splurge on products that stay on my skin, so I get the most bang for my buck. These can be your serums, moisturizers, and overnight masks. Some wash off masks are worth splurging on too. I personally would not spend lots of money on cleansers, since they’re being washed off quite quickly.

#4: Shop sales!

I purchase the more expensive products when they’re on sale; either the annual sephora sale, or brand-specific sales. I will never pay full price for products like a $150 mask, when I can get it at other times for maximum $120.

Black Friday is another good time of year to

#5: Remember luxury skincare isn’t the be-all and end-all.


Your ability to purchase or not purchase luxury skincare doesn’t define you. In order to have a proper skincare routine, all you really need is a cleanser, a moisturizer and a sunscreen. Expensive does not mean better – all that matters is your effort to care for your face.

I hope these five tips help you decide if you should splurge on a luxury skincare item.

Before I wrap up, I wanted to share some brands that I trust to spend my money on – both luxury and budget options!

My splurge-worthy brands include Fresh Beauty, Deviant Skincare, and Eminence Organics, among others. These brands make high quality products that I have found to be very effective for my skin.

Budget-friendly brands I have enjoyed are First Aid Beauty, The Inkey List, and the Ordinary.

Let me know in the comments what you think about luxury skincare!

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