Saturday, January 24, 2009

Beauty Tips That Don't Break the Bank!

In this troubled economy people everywhere are looking to save money. I’ve compiled a list of ways to be beautiful by spending little or no money. Take a look…

1.When you get to the bottom of your perfume or cologne and it won't spray out anymore, pour it into your body wash or an unscented moisturizer to get more use out of it
2.Shave with conditioner instead of shaving cream. It softens the hair, moisturizes the skin, and does not clog the razor. For a shaving cream alternative, always buy the cheapest shaving foam/cream, even men's! It doesn't matter what the bottle looks like or what it smells like because it gets washed off anyway, and honestly, nobody is smelling your legs! Another alternative is cheap conditioner. You can buy those cheap conditioner for less than a dollar, spread a little bit on your legs, shave, and in one motion, you have smooth and moisturized legs.
3.Take a bit of honey and spread on your face in an upward motion, rinse after a couple of minutes. It will give your skin a glow and moisturize your face as well.
4.Drink lots of water. Most adults, especially women don't get enough water. Becoming dehydrated will dry out your skin and make you feel sluggish. Water flushes out the toxins in your body and leaves your skin, hair and nails looking great! It is like an internal shower for your body. Try adding a little lemon for flavor.
5.Instead of those expensive "sea salt scrubs" or "sugar scrubs", make your own at home. Take olive oil, mix in either coarse salt or sugar, scrub over your skin (this is for the body) in a circular motion for at least two minutes, then rinse off with cool water .Your skin will be instantly softer.
6.Sleep. It is the most important thing you can do for your body and mind. A good night’s sleep gives you a healthy complexion.
7.Washcloth = Cheap exfoliator We all know that removing the dead skin cells that build up and clog our pores is key to a beautiful complexion. Try looking right in your very own linen closet for the cheapest answer. The fibers of a soft wash cloth will gently resurface your skin with whatever cleanser you have on hand. Just be sure to use circular motions and a wet cloth for best results.
8.Exercise is free. Thirty minutes of exercise five days a week will enhance all aspects of beauty. Endorphins are released and your skin glows, muscle tone improves and attitude is enhanced. Exercise helps you relax overall, which in turn eases tension in your face (think fewer crow’s feet and expression lines).
9.An apple-cider vinegar rinse works like a clarifying shampoo and leaves your hair with great shine.
10.Use regular olive oil to get skin supersoft. Put a few drops on a cotton ball, and dab on flaky spots, avoiding any breakout zones.
11.If you saw a video of yourself sitting at your computer or watching television, you'd probably be surprised by how you hold your face. Make an effort to soften your expression, since over the years your face will carve itself along those lines. As Coco Chanel once said, "Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve."
12. Give a new life to an old pink, rose, or peach lipstick (depending on your preference and skintone) and dab with fingers like a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks (blending well, of course).
13.A drop of olive oil rubbed nightly into your nails will help them grow long and strong and is cheaper than shop-bought manicure oils.
14. Dry brushing the skin (whole body) before showering or taking a bath exfoliates, detoxifies, stimulates circulation, tones, tightens, invigorates and helps with cellulite. All you need is a soft natural fiber body brush with a long handle.
15.In ancient civilizations, they used milk in their bath water to soften their skin. You can try this trick, too. Use powdered milk in your bath and you’ll find that your skin feels softer.

Here are a few websites with recipes so you can make your own bath and body products:

***What's your favorite cheap beauty tip? Post your best tip and you may win a basket of lotion products from Gathered From The Garden. Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you (by blog or email) if you win. Deadline to enter is Saturday, January 31, 2009 at midnight.
Winner will be announced sometime Monday, Feb 1. Note: The winner will be chosen at random from those submitting cheap beauty tips.

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Jean said...

I like to use Vaseline as a moisturizer.

Anne-Marie said...

My favorite night time face remedy is Vitamin E Oil (I usually use it twice a week). First, wash your face with soap & water then rub on the Vitamin E Oil for a refreshing dose of antioxidants. It’s also great for healing scars.

Carol said...

Can you use the oil from a Vitamin E capsule?

Anne-Marie said...

I use our (BB) vitamin E Oil but you can definitely use the oil from a capsule!

Anonymous said...

I'll add to what Jean said... I like to use Petroleum Jelly- Use this whenever you need to in place of a regular lip balm or for a lip treatment at night. It leaves your lips smooth without a heavy feel.
~Rana Pickering


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