On a budget? Products you can buy in supermarkets might be cheaper, but they are also often packed with chemicals and hormone disruptors, neither of which is good for your health in the long run. It’s always best to choose pure, high-quality products and buy fewer of them than it is to load up on cheap cosmetics.
The issue is that cosmetics and skin care products can be very expensive, especially if you like to buy high-quality items. By embracing our money-saving beauty tips, you can save your cash by reducing the overall number of products you use, nurturing your health, and getting glowing skin, all at the same time.
Coconut oil can replace four products
Coconut oil has many uses, including using it as a great natural beauty product to save money. We usually get through a jar in four to six months when using the product daily.
– Use it to moisturise dry skin (it’s great to deep-moisturise your legs after shaving or waxing).
– Add it to your homemade face mask for glowing skin.
– It’s a great make-up remover; just use a small amount on a cotton pad and gently remove your make-up.
– Deep-condition your hair; coconut oil is the only thing we use as a hair mask. Apply generously on your hair ends before bed and leave it overnight. Wash your hair in the morning and enjoy how smooth it is.
Coffee grinds make the best scrub
To create a free body scrub, mix leftover coffee grinds with coconut oil or olive oil and use them in the shower for a free pamper session.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, buying coffee grinds will still cost you less than buying a scrub which usually costs around £12. You could also use sugar, but coffee is particularly efficient at reducing stretch marks and cellulite and making your skin amazingly smooth.
Don’t throw your mascara brush away
Expensive mascaras usually cost more because of the brush design, not the actual mascara. Once you’ve finished your high-end mascara, wash the brush, and reuse it with a cheaper brand’s formula.
Make the most of your cream tubes
Who hasn’t spent two long minutes trying to squeeze the last drop of product out of your nearly empty tube? Cut the top of your tubes with scissors and scoop the product into a plastic pot instead. This avoids wasting any cream or make-up that is sticking to the sides of the tube.
Get more out of your foundation or bronzer
The trick is to buy a slightly darker tint than you’d normally wear for your foundation or self-tanner and then mix it with a moisturiser to extend its life. It’ll give you a nice glow, and you won’t run out as quickly.
Choose bar soaps over liquid soap
Bar soaps are a lot cheaper than liquid soap. They also last a lot longer – four to six months rather than a couple, which means it creates less waste and is great for the environment. Bar soaps smell amazing and will diffuse their scent into your bathroom.
Use baby powder as a dry shampoo
Using dry shampoo is a great way to wash your hair less frequently, as it absorbs the oil on your scalp. You’ll use less of your expensive regular shampoo, which is great, but there is more.
Most dry shampoos use talc or baby powder combined with a fragrance, so you can use regular or unscented baby powder for the same effect. Sprinkle a light dusting of powder on your hair and comb it through to your roots. Keep combing until you can’t see the powder anymore.
Get rid of blackheads at home
Mix the juice of half a lemon with a teaspoon of honey. Spread the mixture on your blackhead prone areas (nose, chin, and forehead).
Leave it on your face for five minutes, then wash it off with cold water. Some people will see an instant improvement, while others will need to wait a few weeks to see results, depending on your skin type.
Make your own face mask
Good quality face masks cost a fortune, and you usually go through the pot in a couple of months if you have demanding skin. The good news is you can make your own face mask with simple, natural ingredients found in your kitchen and adapt it to your skin needs, including hydrating, removing excess oil, and tightening pores. Additionally, your mask won’t contain any added chemicals, and it’s better for your skin.