With the amount of stress that modern life is causing us, it’s no surprise that self-care is a big deal nowadays.
Aside from meditation and mindfulness, one of the simplest things to incorporate into a self-care routine is skincare.
But skincare products can be expensive, and shelling out hard-earned cash for products that may not work with your skin is a risk that most of us aren’t willing to take.
Today’s article lists down some of the ways you can get free skincare samples so you can stop wasting money on skincare products and start finding the right products for you.
How To Get Free Skincare Samples
A lot of brands will want you to try out their product first to get you hooked.
Think “the first taste is free!”
So request as many as you can and find the brand you love the most before committing to spending quite a bit of money.
1. Visit the websites of your favorite brands.
Brand loyalty matters to companies and can get you a free sample every so often.
Sometimes, all you need to do is go to your favorite brands’ websites, check if they have promotions and special offers where they give away free skincare samples, and sign up or do what you need to so you can get those free samples.
They might require you to subscribe to their newsletters, apply to their testing panels, or join their rewards program or influencer communities.
Companies tend to treat their subscribers as preferred customers. Subscribers tend to know about new products first and their opinions get listened to first.
Oftentimes, though, it’s as simple as ordering products from their website. If you’re already a loyal user of the brand, it’s worth buying the products you want directly from their website and receiving free samples with your purchase.
Below are some of the websites of major beauty brands that offer free skincare samples.
- L’Oréal Paris
- Olay (Club Olay)
- Philosophy (Philosophers Rewards)
- Drunk Elephant (free samples with purchase)
- Glow Recipe (free samples with purchase)
- CeraVe (coupons)
- Argan Essence
- Vichy Laboratories (free gifts with purchase)
- Moro Cosmetics
2. Buy from your favorite beauty chains online.
You’d have to buy products from these beauty chains before they send you free samples, so it’s not entirely free.
But if you’re buying something anyway, you might as well pick up some free samples.
Here are some beauty chains that give out free skincare samples for each order.
3. Join a review community.
Review communities give out free samples for their members to try in exchange for their self-worded reviews or answers to their survey questions.
Shipping is normally free and may take longer than a month, but these sites often allow you to select multiple samples at a time such that you receive them in the mail at the same time.
Here are some of the review communities that may offer free skincare samples.
4. Apply to be part of a product testing panel.
Beauty companies mainly advertise in beauty magazines, as their readers are their target market.
Thus, beauty magazines can afford to put together product testing panels to test the latest product offerings for free in exchange for honest insights by these testers.
Here are some of the product testing panels you can apply for.
- Vogue Insiders
- O Mag Insider
- Allure Beauty Enthusiast
- ELLE Inner Circle
- Marie Claire Velvet Rope Club
- Good Housekeeping Reader Panel
- InStyle Trendsetter
5. Engage with your favorite brands and ask them for free samples.
Like your favorite brands on social media and engage with their content and status updates; they normally promote new or popular products by hosting giveaways on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
If they have social media, your favorites are likely to have websites as well. Look for their Contact Us page and email, write, or call them up.
Introduce yourself as a huge fan of their products, mention which specific products you like, and tell them about your interest in trying their other products and if they have samples.
Sharing a personal story about their products and how they impacted your life can increase your chances of getting freebies from them.
Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be sent free skincare samples, make sure to post it on social media and share your experience with your followers.
It shows appreciation for their generosity and puts you on their goodwill list for future samples.
The Bottom Line
Skincare is one of the best ways you can take care of yourself and help you cope with the stress of everyday life.
And as you’ve hopefully learned today, you can get free skincare samples to help you start your self-care routine and buy the best skincare products that are right for your skin type.
Be careful out there, though; if a company is asking for more information than you think is necessary, or an offer seems to be too good to be true, there’s no shame in clicking away.
The potential grief and trouble aren’t worth a freebie.
Other Ways To Get Free Beauty Products
Have you tried any of these ways to get free skincare samples? Or do you know of any other way to get them? Share your stories in the comments below.