The real deal on skincare products

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The Real Deal on Skin Products

We all need to take care of our skin, but as you know, those creams and lotions can get pretty expensive. So what about all of those fancy anti aging, hydrating and firming ingredients? Are they really worth paying extra for? -- Lets peel back the layers and take a look.

First, never judge a lotion by its price tag. A higher price doesn't always mean higher quality. What's most important are the active ingredients in the product, which can generally be found equally in both fancy and inexpensive creams.

Some of the key ingredients you should look for are, Alpha- hydroxyl acids like; Lactic, Glycolic and Citric acids. Retinol is another, and is most commonly known as Vitamin A. Some people are sensitive to Retinol, so if you fall into that category, look for other antioxidants, like Vitamin C, Tea and Grape seed extracts.

Next, watch out for the exaggerated claims you'll often see advertised. Companies can promise a lot of things, but the truth is, the FDA doesn't require them to prove the safety or effectiveness of their products. What that really means is that there are no industry standards for phrases like, clinically tested and proven. So be sure to take those claims with a grain of salt.

Lastly, don't be fooled by trendy ingredients. Some companies will add various scents and oils only to make the product more appealing so they can boost up the price. Sure, ingredients like rose oil, lavender or even yogurt can make you're skin look and smell nice, but do they really make the lotion more effective? – Not really.

So before you start your next beauty regimen, keep these tips in mind. With a little extra knowledge, you can find some savings that are a little more than skin deep.

Click through the pictures below to see the 10 beauty products all women should own.

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The real deal on skincare products

Anastasia Brow Pencil

By this time we’ve all seen this quote floating around Instagram or Pinterest, ” Don’t let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you shit about life.” And just like any random Insta quote, truer words have never been spoken. If you want to keep handing out unsolicited advice to every friend, coworker, and hot dog vendor that comes your way, you best get those brows in check.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

Bare Minerals Well Rested CC Eye Primer

I’ve been a long time user of this Kiehls’ Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer but always wished it came in a tinted version. The patron saint of puffy eyes must have been listening because this miracle stick is everything I’ve always wanted. I dab it in the corners of my eyes then cover my under eye area all the way down to my cheekbone. Hello, bright eyes! Wear it alone for a casual weekend day with just mascara or layer it underneath your concealer for extra coverage.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

Bare Minerals Well Rested CC Eye Primer

I’ve been a long time user of this Kiehls’ Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer but always wished it came in a tinted version. The patron saint of puffy eyes must have been listening because this miracle stick is everything I’ve always wanted. I dab it in the corners of my eyes then cover my under eye area all the way down to my cheekbone. Hello, bright eyes! Wear it alone for a casual weekend day with just mascara or layer it underneath your concealer for extra coverage.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

Tarte Eyelash Curler

If you don’t have to curl your eyelashes then don’t worry about this little tool, and also I hate you. But, seriously. I’ve been curling my eyelashes since high school and this is the best wand I’ve found to date. The curler is super cushiony and the padding on the handle is divine.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

No, you can’t get this at a local store but like… I’m sure you know at least 72 women that sell this stuff and it’s totally worth it. Lush, full, voluminous – I know all these words mean the same thing but this mascara does everything I’ve ever wanted a mascara to do. It’s ah-mah-zing. I get it in the blackest of black and load it on till I’m bordering on spider lashes JUST KIDDING impossible to do with this wand. Long story short, I die for this mascara. Go get 17 tubes.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

The Lib Scrub in Clementine

My lips are always chapped. So gross right? A little swipe of this stuff in the morning and at night and I no longer want to rip my lips off when I wear a dark lipstick. DS tip: Use this scrub to help take off every last bit of your lipstick!

(Photo: District Sparkle)

M-61 Hydraboost Eye

Best eye gel I’ve ever used and I’ll never use anything else. Period. Morning and night. Invest in this now.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder

I originally purchased this little bottle to create additional volume on Day 2 hair days but soon learned it’s actually a dry shampoo. SCORE. It’s advertised as “equal parts dry shampoo, style extender, and volume in a pinch” and it absolutely does every one of those things. Day 2 and 3 hair products now consist of this happy pink bottle and a quick spray of Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

M-61 Hydraboost Eye

Best eye gel I’ve ever used and I’ll never use anything else. Period. Morning and night. Invest in this now.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

Clarisonic

After about a year of exfoliating with one of those knock off versions I invested in the classic white Clarisonic brush and could. not. be. more. pleased. This is one of those tools you want to invest in. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, this sucker magically makes everything better. Think about all those concealers and creams you’ve used trying to get beautiful, glowing, even toned skin. I’m telling you – start with this puppy and you can toss all those jars out the window.

(Photo: District Sparkle)

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