My Product + Money Saving Secret

Clickbait much? But seriously. One of the skincare questions a few people have asked me in the last months couple is, “Don’t you have to constantly replace all these products you’re using?!” And, it’s true, I do burn through the products I currently use at a more rapid clip than before. But isn’t that really a good thing? Why spend the money on products you’re not going to use? The key is to not waste products you’re spending money on.

In the past I think I’ve generally used more product per application than is probably necessary. Now, I’m more conservative: most of the products I use that have a pump dispenser need only one pump per application. Start there and build if you need more. For products in a tube like lotions and creams, start with a dime size amount.

Toners and essences that have a watery consistency are where it gets tricky. I’ve read many bloggers who say that they don’t use cotton pads/balls because they feel it wastes too much product. I get where they’re coming from: it takes a lot more product to keep a cotton pad/ball damp enough to adequately cover the skin. But applying with my fingertips has always felt clumsy and equally wasteful.

Selena Multilayer Cotton Sheets

That’s where these Selena Multi-layer Cotton Puffs come in. They are ultra thin cotton sheets that comes in “booklets” of 5 sheets (see below). I fold one sheet in half to use with my Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence and MUN Anarose Toner. These are definitely not as sturdy as an old-school pad/ball, but they work well with much less product on them. And this is your face we’re talking about, so you should be gentle anyway, right?

Selena Multi-Layer Cotton Puffs

Each box comes with 80 booklets and 400 individual sheets per box. I use two in the morning and two at night, so each box lasts about 3 months. They are $7.44 per box on Amazon, which is about half as much as it costs for the same number of cotton pads. And another bonus worth noting: they take up SO much less space than 6 sleeves of cotton pads!

Selena Multi-Layer Cotton Pads

One last reason to love these: you can use them to make your own at-home sheet mask with your favorite essence, serum, or treatment! As you can see below, you can soak a booklet of these sheets with your favorite treatment and apply sheets across your skin to create a leave-on mask. These are Japanese puffs and are commonly used in combo with Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion (a hydrating toner and cult favorite in the Asian beauty world – I’ve tried it but jury’s still out on if I love it or not). So fun, right?

Selena Multi-Layer Sheet Puffs

So! Save product, save money, and save space in your beauty drawer.

What are your tricks to save product or save money on your beauty routine?

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