With the credit crunch still squeezing our budgets, what little disposable income we have needs to be spent wisely. One area where it’s possible to save money without having to compromise on the final result is beauty.
So here are five effective, free and easy beauty tips for you to try at home.
1. Buy cheap, buy twice
It may seem counter intuitive but one of the best ways to save money is to spend a little more. With our high streets packed with discount retailers, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest option on the market, however those five T-shirts you bought for a fiver are likely to stretch, rip and wear out a lot faster.
If you spend a little more on clothes, toiletries and accessories and invest in products that are good quality, they’ll last a lot longer; saving you money in the long run.
2. Food is not just for eating
You know that old cucumber you’ve got at the back of the fridge? Or those potatoes at the bottom of the veg draw? Well, you can easily use them to your advantage.
Cut thin slices of cucumber or chilled, raw potato and use them as eye pads. They’ll help to reduce puffiness and make your eyes look fresh and bright. For the best beauty results it’s recommended to use them for a few minutes every day in the morning or evening. You can find plenty of other useful beauty tips like this at Beauty Recommended – an online collection of beauty advice.
3. Quit the gym
There’s no denying that going to the gym is good for you, however it’s also an unnecessary expense your wallet can do without. Find your local park and exercise the old fashioned way. Lots of recreation spaces now have free gym areas where exercise machines are placed outdoors for all to use but failing that a jog round the park perimeter will do you a world of good.
4. Freebies are your friends
If you normally buy a couple of magazines every month, look out for the ones offering free gifts on the cover. More often than not these can be worth more than the magazine itself, saving you money every time.
The best way to save money on health and beauty products is to think creatively. Can your eye make-up remover work as a facial cleanser? Or can you substitute your shaving cream for conditioner? Be a little imaginative, make some easy savings and you and your budget will be looking healthier before you know it.
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