To spend or not to spend, that is the question
It’s always easy to overspend on makeup and skincare. After all, these beauty products help you look good and feel good. But, there are also smart ways of saving on your beauty shopping without compromising on your beauty regime. Here are some tips that might be helpful.
Compare ingredients, not brands
One of the biggest secrets of the beauty industry is that many products generally have the same ingredients. While it could cost a lot of money to develop new formulas, they are actually quite cheap to replicate and reproduce once they’ve been created. Hence, it’s quite possible to find cheaper options that have the same ingredients as the more expensive ones that are always placed at more visible, eye-level displays at beauty stores. Do your own research to figure out what ingredients you want, and shop around based on the contents of the products.
Use multi-purpose products
There are many multi-purpose products out there, so you don’t always need to buy different products for different functions.
One example is eye cream. The only thing special about the skin around a person’s eyes is that it is a bit thinner than other parts. As such, some beauty experts now believe that eye creams are not necessary for everyone, and that gentle moisturisers are perfectly suitable for the eye area as well. Multi-purpose oil is also a great example of a general purpose product that can replace many other specific ones. For example, jojoba oil, argan oil and even Vaseline can be used as a cuticle treatment, makeup remover, moisturiser or even as a lip balm.
Extend the lifetime of your products
When it comes to beauty products, maintaining their quality for a long time is essential. For example, many active ingredients like vitamin C can actually degrade quite quickly once they are exposed to light and air. As such, lotions that come with pumps or air-tight packaging tend to last much longer than jar packaged items. Organic or natural cosmetics can also benefit greatly from refrigeration, as they tend to lack preservatives and are sensitive to expiration.
Recycle and reinvent
Even if you take precautions, it’s common to break your beauty essentials like eyeshadows, lipsticks or mascaras. Instead of throwing them away, you can easily revive them at home with a few tricks. For broken lipsticks, you can actually combine the pieces back together by heating them quickly with a hairdryer (or with a lighter). Broken eyeshadows, foundations and powders can be neatly put together with rubbing alcohol. Old mascaras that are too dry to use can be made as new by adding a few drops of salt water into the case.
There are many other things you can do at home to make your money go further. For example, cutting your sponges in half can extend their life while still having plenty of surface area to use. When there’s not enough perfume to spray, you can still enjoy its scents by mixing it in with unscented lotion or body wash.
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Change your habits
Lastly, the best way to manage your skin is actually by having good habits. For example, you should always refrain from exposing your face to come to touch with potentially dirty areas. Washing your pillowcase regularly, for instance, could greatly help reduce such exposure and reduce irritation over time. Touching your face is also a bad habit that you should avoid since your hands are always in contact with all kinds of things that can irritate your face.
Similarly, there are financial habits that you can institute to reduce the overall cost of your skincare over time. Besides the ones we mentioned, it is generally advisable to find a credit card that provides rebates on your beauty spending. For example, some cards provide rebates at drug stores like Watsons, while some others provide discounts on online shopping portals. You can cut your beauty expenditure even further by utilising some of these financial instruments.
A version of this story first appeared on ValuePenguin.com.
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