These days, it seems as though there are more skin care products on store shelves than you can shake a stick at. Just looking at cleansers, there are a ton of choices to me made. For example, do you need a cream cleanser or a gel one with microbeads? What are microbeads, anyway? Not to mention the brand names...you can be in the facial cleanser aisle all day looking through them all before you make a decision. After that, once your face is clean you should probably exfoliate a few times a week. But which one is a girl to choose? Do you want a product that features a natural exfoliant (like apricot) or do you want one that science has created?
Those are just the skin care products you use on your face in the shower...what about once you've dried off? Well, according to the beauty magazines I've read you should then put on an anti pimple concoction to keep your skin clear. After that has been on for twenty minutes it's time for a moisturizer. The general consensus on facial moisturizers is that you should wear one that has at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. Make sure you apply it before you're exposed to sunlight, though. Otherwise, you'll be paying for it later with wrinkles and sun spots galore.
After your face has been prepped with at least four skin care products so far, if you so choose you can now apply your makeup. From the foundation and concealer (to hide the sun spots and dark circles under your eyes from before you wore SPF lotion) to blush and eyeshadow, skin care products can get really expensive. If a normal American woman did a tally and totaled up all of the money she spent on the skin care products she uses every day, I bet it would come to well over $100!