Save money on beauty with part two of our blog. If you’ve not seen the first part you can find it here
Not many beauty products are multifunctional, but Coconut oil is an exception. You can use it as a moisturiser for skin, apply to some cotton wool to act as a make-up remover or use it to help split ends and moisturise your scalp. Palmers Oil or KTC Coconut Oil are the ones we’d recommend.
Bio Oil at Home Bargains
Most of you will know that Bio-Oil can help improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. At most high street retailers it will set you back at least £6. But at Home Bargains you’ll find it competitively priced at around £4 (differences vary between stores).
Buy cost efficiently
If you always need it, it makes sense to buy in bulk. But just make sure that the amount you’re buying is cost effective.
Buy from reputable suppliers
If the price is too good to be true it may well be the case. Even buying through Amazon’s marketplace it’s easy to be hood winked by fake beauty products so make sure the supplier is reputable. Beauty manufacturers like GHD and Ugg have details on their websites about spotting these products. There are dangers in buying fake goods so don’t be tempted as it may cost you more than a few pounds in the long run.
Own brand beauty products
Save pounds on everyday products such as soap or shower gel by buying the supermarket own brands. In some cases the bigger manufacturers actually make the own brand products. As a start try Morrisons ‘Raspberry and Pomegranate’ shower gel which costs around 75p for a 250ml bottle.
Try altering your own clothes. If you were planning on sending a bin full of clothes to the charity shop then you’ve got nothing to lose. There are plenty of guides on the internet on sewing and altering your current wardrobe so it’s worth giving a try to help you re-invigorate some of your old outfits. Take to the internet or ask friends for inspiration.
Get premium brands at discount stores
Wilko and Home Bargains are a good place to start and you can get the occasional bargain at Bodycare as well.
Clothes swap party
Another easy way of freshening up your wardrobe is to have a clothes swap party. The idea is simple.
- Make a date and invite your friends
- Sort out some items which you don’t mind getting rid of and encourage your friends to do the same
- Swap to your hearts content swapping.
Top tip: Don’t be narked if they look better in it than you.
Shave your legs with conditioner
If you’re looking at multitasking products you might not be aware that hair conditioner can also be used as a shaving cream for your legs. Ta-dah.
Use Sudocrem for spots
If you are a parent to a newborn or toddler the chances are that you’ll have used Sudocrem for nappy rash at some point. But what you may not know is that it can be pretty handy as a treatment for spots. Just apply a little to the area, dab – not rub, and the cream will do the rest. You’ll need to apply without makeup so night time is probably the best time to try.
Make your own beauty products
Avocado can be a fantastic face mask, mash it up and pack it on, you’ll have a clear complexion in no time. This can also be used as a hair conditioner. Mixing a few drops of lemon juice in with your conditioner and sitting out in the sun (if you can find any) for 20 minutes will also help lighten your hair.
Drink plenty of water and eat right
You are what you eat. So drinking plenty of water and eating your recommended daily intake of fruit and veg is probably the best and easiest way of keeping your skin looking healthy. Cutting back on wine and cigarettes can also help your skin, health and wallet at the same time. It’s well documented that smoking spoils your looks and ages your skin.
Wallet warning: Only buy it if you need it, even if it’s on offer!