Frugalistas know how to wait a bit longer between haircuts, and check for sales. But do you know some of the stranger ways to save money while taking care of yourself? In this post, I am going to walk you through 5 crazy simple ways you can save money on beauty products.
And who doesn’t want to save money on beauty products? It seems that every time I go shopping, the prices have gone up.
Fed up with higher prices, I took a stand and now follow these 5 tips that save me a ton of money on beauty products.
5 Super Simple Ways To Save Money On Beauty Products
#1. Go Without
Underwear, that is. It literally erases panty lines! If you do decide to “go commando,” you’re in good company. Marilyn Monroe generally did not wear any underwear under her skintight clothes.
A quick fix for women, if you’re going strapless and can’t afford special undergarments, is band aids.
Or, if straps or side openings keep slipping or flapping open, use what celebrities do. Place a few pieces of double-stick tape in strategic places.
#2. Firm Up And Moisturize The Drugstore Way
Dry hands or feet? Slather on a layer of petroleum jelly, then wear socks or cotton gloves to bed. Your skin will be soft and smooth by morning. Or use a model’s secret for firming up wrinkle lines on your face by using a light rubbing of hemorrhoid cream. Just be sure to take care to stay away from your eyes and read the directions on the tube.
#3. Face Up To It
Don’t bother with expensive facials or rip-strips to get rid of blackheads and flaking skin. A strip of packing tape, applied across the bridge of the nose and quickly pulled off, will clean away impurities fast. Duct tape works, too.
Or mix a paste of unflavored gelatin with a few tablespoons of milk, gently pat onto your face, and pull away after it’s dried. Rub in a little yogurt or honey afterward, then rinse after a few minutes. The results are clean, moisturized skin that feels great.
#4. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Rub in a few tablespoons of olive oil into your wet hair, and put on a plastic bathing cap. Relax and take a warm bath. By the time you’ve soaked for a while, your hair has had a revitalizing treatment for literally pennies. To finish, just rinse, shampoo and rinse again.
Don’t spend big bucks on lightening and streaking your hair, either. Do what our grandmothers did and use the juice of a lemon if you’re blond or a cup of vinegar if you’re brunette on your hair, then go out to sit or work in the sun.
Rinse when you’re done, and let dry as usual.
One other great use for hair is that it’s perfect for mending holes in wool and cashmere sweaters! Find a person with the right color, and ask for a strand or two.
#5. Luscious Lips, Sultry Eyes
The best and cheapest beauty product here? Petroleum jelly. It not only gives an appealing shine to your lips, but keeps them soft. Some people use Crisco for this instead but its smell is, well, not as appealing.
Is your lipstick too opaque or heavy? Mix a little petroleum jelly with a bit of it for a more sheer look.
Petroleum is great for your eyes, too. Use a bit on your eyelashes and eyelids for a sparkling, moist look. When applied before eye shadow, it helps it last longer, as well.
While you’re at it, consider gently rubbing a bit into your fingernails and buff to finish. You’ll get a natural look with just a bit of shine thrown in.
As you can see it can be easy to save money on beauty products. And while we are at here, here is the cheapest I found petroleum jelly. Stock up and start using it as part of your beauty routine.
You’ll be healthier for using fewer chemicals on your body and your wallet and bank account will be fatter too!
Cindy Brick is a personal property appraiser, judge and national teacher who loves to write about frugality and other personal finance topics. She has written six books and hundreds of articles, but often focuses on quilting, her teaching specialty. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two golden labs and a flock of very suspicious chickens. Find out more at Brickworks, http://www.cindybrick.com, or visit her personal blog: http://www.cindybrick.blogspot.com