We are all after the glow. Clearer skin, with fewer fine lines, wrinkles and zero pigmentation. You are probably wondering is it even possible to have skin so supple you look like you are in your early 20s again. I could hear those “Sure, if I had heaps of money to spend on expensive products,” thoughts and I am here to tell you a big budget is not the key to great skin.

Great skin has a lot to do with research, creating a routine that works for you and sticking to it. Great skin is possible even now as you start to believe you are too old to get it back and I am here to give you a few tips to achieve the flawless look you desire.

Research is always a good place to start

The market is inundated with various products and unfortunately, some of them almost rely on the fact that many consumers will not do their diligent research. How often do you seek knowledge of what ingredients or chemicals are used in your favourite skincare brand? As guilty as you are, I also used to take the sales lady’s word for it and buy without doing my own research.

The use of collagen is a great example. So many products claim to have collagen for topical treatment, however, collagen will only act as a humectant when applied to your skin and only offers the best results when ingested.  Collagen products must always be looked at the as consumable products. It’s also important to do your research on the types of collagen products out there and where they are sourced.  You can find affordable collagen ingestible options like Collagen Protein Balls or an alternative like Fusspot Collagen Beauty Tea for as little as $29.95 for 30 serves.

Buy local or small

You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars to find the right products. My advice is that you should be open to smaller, local businesses. These products are usually formulated by people exactly like you, for skin like yours. Buying small or local may offer you the same results you’d get from using a renowned brand.

Stick to your routine

Sticking to a routine will not just save you a lot of money but will also save you a lot of time. Understanding that routines may vary from each person, including steps like exfoliating once to twice a week, moisturising in the morning and night, or using a mask weekly, will help you manage your skincare budget and still achieve your look.  Our skin needs at least a 28-day cycle to show results, so sticking to a routine will also give it time to adjust.

Lastly, the market has products suitable for your skin and wallet, just give them a chance to work!


Written by Sam Arcadipane, the Founder of Fusspot Collagen Beauty Teas. Sam has left corporate life to pursue her own business and dream of giving mums and women something just for them – a little time out with a cup of tea that is also great for your skin! She has developed organic teas infused with hydrolyzed collagen peptides to support and enhance beauty from within. Having spent 12 months developing this range of 11 blends, all infused with collagen and formulated with a Tea Master, she has created various organic blends that support your skin and complexion goals with a variety of organic herbs, tisanes, roots and plants that will also assist your sleep, energy or cleansing needs. There are loose leaf teas, environmentally friendly and biodegradable teabag blends, and a chai and a matcha powder.  You can find out about the powerful benefits of each blend here:  www.fusspottea.com