3 Reasons Why Cheap Skincare Costs You More
When it comes to moisturisers, sushi platters, and colonoscopies, cheaper isn’t always best. $2.99 for a sushi platter? Smells fishy! We love a bargain just as much as the next person (we have the coupons to prove it), but if it’s going ON or IN our bodies, quality comes first.
We’re here to answer the age-old question, can’t I just use a cheap moisturiser? The short answer is yes, you can do whatever you want, and should always do whatever makes you happy. But let us let you in on a few things first, because we’re pretty confident it won’t make you all that happy… and here are the 3 reasons why.
1. Filler Ingredients
We don’t like being Bad News Beatrice (trademark pending), but very budget-friendly moisturisers can contain filler ingredients. What are filler ingredients? Filler ingredients are inexpensive ingredients put in cosmetics to…‘fill...it...out’ *dots connect, light bulb moment*.
Things such as petroleum jelly, paraffin or mineral oils are put into skincare to make your skin feel soft on the surface. However, these ingredients don’t sink in deep enough to make significant progress in the condition of your skin over time. You’re essentially paying for nothing. Not to mention that these ingredients are often derived from petroleum, not something we're keen on slathering ourselves in.
Think of filler ingredients as fake friends. Sure, they’ll sit with you at lunch, but they’ll give you back your clothes unwashed, not tell you when you've got food stuck in your teeth and talk behind your back.
We like to take a friendlier approach. We don't want to toot our own horn here, but all of our products, including our moisturisers, are made with well-researched, skin-friendly, natural oils. Take our Full Cream Moisturiser, for example; a great, hydrating all-rounder made with a base of Sweet Almond, Coconut and Olive Oil, as well as a good dash of Milk Protein to help improve elasticity within the skin.
We also skip on the questionable preservatives like Phenoxyethanol that often sneak into 'natural' products and hide at the bottom of ingredients lists hoping not to be noticed. Instead, we use a natural Hops Extract, so we know our products are healthy and safe.
Our moisturisers have got your back… legs, arms, and face, and we’ve been saving you a seat since first period. Real friends.
2. Concentration of Ingredients
Call us demanding (please don’t though, it's not just our skin that’s sensitive) but we like to see results with our skincare. If the label promises hydration, plumpness, and glowy skin, we expect to see it, crazy! When products list wonder ingredients like Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E or Squalene, to name a few, it’s important to consider the concentration. If these ingredients aren’t concentrated enough in the formula, then the product won’t be effective.
Many lower-end budget-friendly moisturisers will have watered-down active ingredients or be obtained from a lower quality source to save themselves some MOO-lah. Imagine the first cup of tea from a green tea bag, tastes good right? Lots of antioxidants. Now imagine if you reused that green tea bag for 3 more cups of tea. It’s still Green Tea, still tastes like Green Tea, but it’s just not the same.
We skip on the skimp and make sure to only use effective amounts for any of our ingredients, especially our oils like Sweet Almond Oil and Olive Squalene, and our more pharmaceuticals ingredients like Bakuchiol and Vitamin C that promise results.
Whether it’s our Soothing MSM Moisturiser for extra sensitive and irritated skin or our Shea Sorbet Vanilla Butter Balm, there's a reason that ‘Effective Amounts’ is one of the points in our aforementioned Ingredient Philosophy.
3. Irritants on sensitive problem skin
We’re into farm-aceuticals (natural solutions to clinical skin issues) and we know a thing or two about helping sucky skin conditions. There isn’t an eczema arm we haven’t soothed, or a scratchy, sensitivity flare-up we haven’t calmed. Our Skin Milk Udder Cream is used in Oncology hospitals and clinics across Australia.
When it comes to clinical skin issues, what's not in the product is even more important than what is. To keep our formulas gentle as well as effective, we steer clear of anything known to cause skin reactions, including but not limited to essential oils, paraffins, parabens, sulfates, petroleum, synthetic fragrances, benzoyl peroxide, alcohol and parallel parking. We know the painful sting all too well...
Take our original Irritable Skin Balm, who has never even met those ingredients at all and would cross the street if they ever saw them. This is made on a base of natural oils like Sweet Almond and Olive Oil, then we added concentrated Aloe Vera and Centella Asiatica for their healing and soothing properties. Did you know? The Centella Asiatica plant is an African plant that tigers rub their wounds against to help heal their abrasions. Seriously cool cats.
We’re still shocked to know that there are ‘therapeutic’ brands out there (we won’t name names) that still use cheap, harsh, outdated, and low quality ingredients in all their formulas when there are so many better ingredient options out there to care for skin in a better way.
The (soft) bottom line
Moisturisers are meant to protect, hydrate and nurture your skin to be in its healthiest state. We bet that’s why you buy them in the first place, right? But marketing is a funny thing (can’t live with it, can’t live without it) and a ‘science-y’ looking bottle covered in dermatological words doesn’t guarantee that what’s inside is the friendliest formula for your skin. Don’t be fooled; always read ingredient labels! If the ingredients are full of fake friend filler ingredients, preservatives and synthetic fragrances, or the actives aren’t concentrated enough to be effective, your skin won’t be thriving like it should and your hard-earned MOO-lah won’t get you the results you’re looking for. Yes, skincare is a lot more complicated than you think. As always, if you have any questions (limited to skincare please), don’t be a shy cow, get in touch with us! We’re always up for a good yarn.