We all have our skincare favourites we repurchase over and over again. Have you ever thought about how much your entire routine costs say, in a month?
Thanks to my relentlessly seeking out good budget alternatives, my skincare items tend to be quite affordable. I’m using retail prices, although I do try to grab good deals where possible. I didn’t count shipping fees, because usually when I buy Korean skincare on Qoo10, I maximize my coupons so that my shipping is basically free. I also try to overestimate my usage where possible, so it’s perfectly possible for the products to last me longer than what I have stated below.
Caveat: my face is quite small and my skin quite balanced, so I tend to use very little product.
Current routine: My current routine is a little bare-bones, because I’m waiting for my fancy shit to arrive.
Cleanser: $9.50 (CosRX Low PH Gel cleanser – no idea how long it lasts yet – say, 6 months?) Cost per month: $1.58
Vitamin C serum: $15.57 (OST C20 [reviewed]– has lasted me 4 months so far with a bit left, so I’ll count it as 5.) Cost per month: $3.11
Day moisturizer: $14.50 (CosRX Ultimate Honey mask [reviewed]– 4 months of usage and still about 1/3 left. So I’ll count it as 6 months conservatively.) Cost per month: $2.42
Sunblock: $3.50 (3W Clinic Sunblock [reviewed]– my staple!!!! I go through a tube every 3 months or so. I use it as both a body and face sunblock.) Cost per month: $1.17
Morning routine total per month: $8.28
Make up removal: $6 (a HUGE 500ml bottle of Johnson’s baby oil. Definitely at least a year or more out of this.) Cost per month: $0.50
Cleanser: $34 (Currently using the Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Cleanser in 473ml. Yes, I did buy it in 2015 (review) or earlier. And there is still a LOT left. And my sister also uses it everyday. I’m telling you, this thing is never ending. I am very conservatively pegging it at 2 years. The RTP is obtained from the stockist in Singapore. I probably paid less than that.) $1.42
BHA: $17.30 (CosRX BHA: This shit lasts a long, long LONG time. My first bottle lasted me like, 1.5 years. So I think a year at least.) Cost per month: $1.44
AHA:$14.50 ( CosRX AHA: Also lasts a long time. They come in 150ml bottles, hey. I’m counting it as a year.) Cost per month: $1.21
Serum: $17.40 (Galactomyces 95 Essence: Somehow I go through this quite fast despite it also being a 150ml bottle. I’m going to count it as 9 months.) Cost per month: $1.93 [sorry, this originally had a typo!!!]
Moisturizer: $14.50 (CoxRX rice mask [reviewed]– Conservatively, I’ll say it lasts for 6 months.) $2.42
Night routine total per month: $8.92
Combined total: $17.20
I would call this quite a simple routine as I just have a few actives and the basics, no fancy serums and such. But it shows that almost everyone can have a decent basic skincare routine if you’re willing to just spend $16-$20 a month (and not buy new products endlessly that you don’t finish, of course!) You can even cut out some of the extra fancy frills, like the Vit C serum, which will bring down your cost a lot.
How much does your skincare routine cost you? Do you also as obsessively search for cheap and effective products like I do?