Is High-End Skin Care Worth It?

I received the Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, the Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub, and the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator in previous GoodieBoxes, and I wanted to share my experience with using them for a month.

I have oily acne-prone skin, and the cleanser, moisturizer, and scrub are part of the Balance collection that is meant for oily skin. Before I share my experience with using these products, I want to share how I used them. For a reference, my previous skin care routine included using the Lush Herbalism Cleanser, theย Lush Tea Tree Water Toner, the and Lush Enzymion Moisturizer in the morning and instead of the Herbalism Cleanser, I used the First Aid Beauty Cleanser in the evening. For my new skin care routine in the morning and evening after removing my makeup I used the Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser. I followed the directions by wetting my face with warm water, applying the cleanser in circular motions, and rinsing it off with lukewarm water. The cleanser lathered a bit, and it did leave my face feeling clean. After I used the cleanser, I followed with the Lush Tea Tree Toner since I did not have the Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner. Then I applied the Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. The hydrator was easy to apply, absorbed quickly, and it did make my face feel moisturized. Three times a week after using the cleanser, I used the Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub. The scrub was really thick so it took some effort getting it out of the tube, but it was self-heating and warmed up briefly when I applied it to my wet skin. The scrub was also exfoliating without being too harsh on my face, and my skin felt like it got a deeper clean.After the first week of using these products, my skin looked the same and I did not notice any difference from my previous skin care routine. Around two weeks after staring this skin care routine I had a hormonal breakout and my skin looked worse than it has ever been in a long time, and I had lots of blemishes around my chin. I continued using the same four products because I hoped they would help clear up my skin, but after another week of having the same problem skin, I used the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and the Australian Bodycare Spot Stick. Finally after using the Drying Lotion and Spot Stick my skin was clearing up. After a month of using the cleanser, moisturizer, and scrub, I ran out of the moisturizer and went back to using the Lush Enzymion Moisturizer. After a month did I notice any changes in the oiliness of my skin? Not really because the products I was using in my previous skin care routine were already helping keep my face oil-free but also moisturized. The previous products also helped keep my hormonal breakouts in check, which the Ole Henriksen products failed to do.

Overall, I would say high-end skin care products are not worth it because I have used more affordable products that work better for my skin.


Have you used any high-end skin care products before? Did you find them better than more affordable products?

55 thoughts on “Is High-End Skin Care Worth It?

  1. Lovely post! I also think high-end skin care products don’t always work, it’s more about the quality, Lush has really good products, I still have to try the Mario Badescu’s drying lotion, I heard good stuff about it!

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    1. Thank you! I wish Lush would stop raising their prices b/c they do have a lot of good quality products!
      The drying lotion is great for blemishes & it dries them out during the night & in the morning it’s practically gone!

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  2. I agree, the price of a product doesn’t make it “better” or more effective. What’s most effective is choosing the products that are best for your skin type and skin needs! That took me a lot of trial and error to realize. I will admit, I am a big fan of the Mario Badescu skincare line, but I do think it is expensive for what you get and I’m sure there are cheaper products out there that work just as well, if not better than Mario Badescu. Great post!

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    1. Thanks! I agree it’s best to choose products for your skin type & needs. I’ve only bought Mario Badescu products when they were on sale, so I don’t think the price is too bad, but I feel like their facial sprays don’t do much, but the drying lotion is great for blemishes!

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  3. It seems a bit unfair to rule out all high end products based on three product from one brand? Personally, I think the best way to go is to mix and match. Know what type product is worth while spending more on, and which aren’t (and if you don’t know, Caroline Hirons has a nifty guide: https://www.carolinehirons.com/2015/02/cheat-sheetfaqs-where-should-i-spend.html, divided according to age too!). Also, high end tends to have fun products like acid toners and lovely serums that you just can’t find budget options of.

    Affordable options are obviously preferable, and there are some good ones, but there are high end products that are definitely worth it too. But maybe more when you start getting well into your thirties, when your skin just start behaving in ways previously unknown.

    And I would say, if you want to try a good high end brand, go with Paula’s Choice ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I will agree with you that there are probably some great high end skin care products, but the main point of my post is that just because something is more expensive it doesn’t automatically make it better quality. Most of the time the high end product is on par with the affordable product & in my case the high end was worse. Even though the products were for my skin type, they didn’t have the same results.
      I think it’s better to start with affordable products first b/c if it doesn’t work, you didn’t waste a bunch of money. If your budget allows it then you can try out some high end products, but there’s no guarantee that they will work even if it has good reviews.
      I will check out Paula’s Choice the next time I need some new skin care products ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Wonderful and informative post! Yes, at various times of my life I have spend hundreds of dollars on expensive lotions. They do not work at all. I now use drug store brands along with my annual Botox, PRP and Sculptra injections. xx

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    1. That’s the problem with expensive products too! If you spend a ton of money on a lotion & it doesn’t work, you’re out a lot of money. However if you only spend $10 on a lotion & it doesn’t work, you can be like oh well at least I only spent $10.

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    1. Thank you! Just because something is more expensive doesn’t automatically make it better quality & most of the time the high end skin care is on par w/ the affordable skin care & in some cases even worse than affordable!

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  5. I’m so sorry that you had such a bad experience. I use only Chanel skin care products jest because of absolutely fantastic ingredients that they have, I use them for quite a while now and I couldn’t be happier ๐Ÿ’›

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    1. I’m glad that you found skin care products that work well for you! ๐Ÿ˜ŠFor me I would prefer to use affordable skin care products b/c if something doesn’t work, then I didn’t waste a lot of money.

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      1. Samples are always great for that reason! With my GoodieBox I don’t choose what goes in each box, but I’m just glad that if a product doesn’t work out, I didn’t pay full price for it.

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  6. I think some high end skincare is worth it – I got a serum at Christmas in a 40% off sale and I really like it, but I agree that high end doesn’t necessarily mean good quality because sometimes you are just paying for the label. I haven’t tried any of the products you mention here, so can’t comment on them specifically. I think there are a lot of really good value products out there and I try to get the best value for money and for my skin type. Having said that, if I had to choose between splashing out on skincare or make-up, I’d choose the skincare.

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    1. I agree that there are probably some great high end skin care products, but the price doesn’t always match the quality.
      Since I’ve already found skin care products that work well for my skin type I prefer to splurge on makeup especially a nice eyeshadow palette or a good quality foundation!

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  7. I think it really depends on the person and their lifestyle! I have fairly “normal” skin, with a little bit of dryness, and I wear very little make up. I just use micellar water and moisturiser and I’m a-okay! However, for a while, I needed to use the Clinique skincare line and while it worked when I needed it to (better than anything else), I don’t need that much anymore. Great post!

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    1. Thanks! I agree it depends on the person too. For me I have oily skin so I need to use products that help control breakouts while still keeping my face moisturized. Luckily I have found products that do just that & it’s great to hear that you can use micellar water & a moisturizer & have great skin! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Exactly! & most of the time you’re paying for the name or the packaging of the product. I agree with you & if I did find a high end product that worked well with my skin type then I would buy it.

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  8. I tried so many products to help my hormonal break outs on chin area (which are always happening, no matter is it that time of the month or not) and actually nothing helps. So I went to dermo and she told me that you can’t really do much, it’s just in your body. I think it’s just important to find what your skin wants and needs, price tag never is proof of quality and result. xx

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets blemishes on my chin. I found that the Lush products do help reduce the blemishes I get & the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion helps dry out them out.
      That’s the whole point of my post! Just because something is more expensive doesn’t automatically make it better quality even if it’s for your skin type b/c most of the time it is on par with affordable products or worse in my case.

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  9. Ah what a shame those products didnt work out for you. You are young and gorgeous but trust me, at my age, I need the best ingredients, so only use moisturisers that are cosmeceutical (bought from skincare clinics/salons etc, high active ingredients) as opposed to cosmetic (can be bought “over the counter” works on the top of the skin). This dosent always mean they are more expensive either. I just want bang for my buck haha! Great post xx

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    1. Thank you so much & that’s understandable. My main focus is having products that work well w/ my oily skin so as long as it can help control breakouts while not drying out my skin then that’s a ๐Ÿ‘ from me haha

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  10. What a shame the trail products didn’t work for you, but it sounds like you have a very good routine going for you in any case. Next time I’m in Lush I will definitely be checking out their skincare range . you make it sounds really good ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I wish they had a tk maxx here since all the high end brands are so expensive unless there’s a sale!
      I agree just b/c something is more expensive doesn’t make it better!

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  11. I used to spend a lot of money on skin care products. But nothing worked for me. Thats when I started researching about ayurvedic skin care. I tried out a lot of Ayurvedic remedies and they actually worked. So with the help of some of my friends I started the Bright and Glow scheme in our locality. We started to help people by providing them with 100% natural skin remedies for their issues. We started making natural scrubs, face packs, bleaches etc.. using household items. Lot of the ladies got the best results. We got lot of requests on various skin remedies.
    I suggest everyone out there to try some home made stuff.

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    1. That’s the thing with skin care too. Just because it is more expensive or has good reviews, it doesn’t mean it will work for you. Using natural products is great & homemade products can be as effective if not more effective than store bought products!

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  12. I’m so thankful I found Perfectly Posh. It works great for my skin and it’scheap and all natural….now that’s what I’m talking about! I tried all the high end stuff for my sensitive skin, but I still broke out..not anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone has different needs, so one line doesnt work for everyone. They need to try and buy what works for them. What’s great for me, might not be for someone else

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    1. I’m glad you found a brand that works for you! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      & that’s the whole thing with high end skin care. Just b/c it’s more expensive & for your skin type there’s no guarantee it will work even if it has good reviews!

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      1. I loved Ipsy & I wish it was available in Denmark! I agree it’s nice being able to try out products before deciding to buy them ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. I tried the OH vitamin C serum and I hated the way it made my skin feel and look! With this being said, I do believe in and use high end skin care. You really do py for the active ingredients and delivery systems! If you ever want samples of SeneGence skin care, I would love to send you some!!

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    1. I agree there are some good high-end skin care products, but just b/c something is more expensive doesn’t make it better & there’s no guarantee it will be effective even if it’s for your skin type & has good reviews.
      I would be interested in trying the SeneGence samples! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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