The bad news about getting serious with beauty is that the products cost a lot. You can easily burn through several hundred dollars in a single shopping trip just to buy one of each kind of item for your hair, face, and skin. In fact, statistics show that cosmetics are a billion-dollar industry, and product prices are on the upswing.
The good news with getting serious about beauty is that you don’t have to go that route. Plenty of simple beauty hacks can get you the results of those uber-expensive options for less — and while saving yourself from unnamable chemicals with unknown effects on your health.
A lot of options exist in this department. Read on for our favorites.
Low-Cost Beauty Hacks
1. Fall in Love with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has powerful moisturizing qualities. With a texture more like butter than oil, you can rub coconut oil into your skin, hair and cuticles to moisturize and protect.
If you skip the branded skin lotions, hair conditioners and cuticle oils, you’ll save big. Coconut oil’s price point is half or less than the price-per-volume than branded beauty products. And another bonus: you save space in your bathroom by tossing three jars of product for just one.
Coconut oil is also a popular ingredient in several homemade care products such as lip balm, but that’s for another blog post. Just know that it’s a great alternative to many expensive and pointless beauty products that make big (and unrealistic) promises about more youthful skin.
2. Use Yogurt for Pimple Cream
Pimples are an unavoidable part of life, even for adults. And pimple creams and concealers are unbelievably expensive. Maybe you’ve heard about the toothpaste hack — using toothpaste to reduce the appearance of those blemishes. But here’s the even less expensive strategy.
Take a drop of yogurt (folks say full-fat Greek works best, but whatever you’re buying anyway for breakfast is fine). Dab it on the zit and leave it there for 20 minutes. The coolness will reduce inflammation and discoloration, and the bacteria in the yogurt will help mitigate the bacteria that clogged the pores in the first place.