We all know that life can be very expensive, from monthly bills to everyday costs; things add up and can hit your budget hard. Often, you may find yourself left with little cash for “extras” like beauty basics, cleansers, moisturizers, and sun protectants. The best thing to do is become a beauty budget guru by looking for specials online, signing up for newsletters, and staying connected with your favorite brands through social media. Frequently, special offers and deals are given to Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and email subscribers. By keeping up with the brands you love, you can save money and look fabulous while doing it. Developing a beauty budget is essential to keeping up your good looks without breaking your bank.
Use multi-purpose products
Continue your beauty budgeting behaviors by using products that offer multiple benefits, like the MyChelle Perfect C Serum. This potent serum does it all–helps prevent breakouts, fights hyperpigmentation, and balances the skin. Think of the Perfect C Serum as a multivitamin for skin, a potent 17 percent dose of clinically proven L-ascorbic acid that helps strengthen collagen and improve skin texture. L-ergothioneine boosts cellular energy, while buddleja plant stem cells protect against photo-damage and oxidative stress with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. This power-packed serum can be used every morning, and it will offer the skin a variety of great benefits.
The MyChelle Daily Defense Cream SPF 17 is another great budget beauty product that offers multiple benefits. This awesome 2-in-1 product saves you time during your morning regimen by deeply hydrating while also protecting the skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Nourishing ingredients such as astaxanthin, a carotenoid that is derived from volcanic seaweed, protects collagen and prevents cross-linkages while also boosting the effects of beta carotene and coenzyme Q10 within the skin. ZinClear™ is a non-opaque zinc oxide that provides natural broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Stock up on coconut oil
An essential yet affordable beauty budget staple should be organic, unrefined coconut oil. Coconut oil can help return moisture to the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used regularly. The nutrients contained in coconut oil will nourish and heal the skin, yet coconut oil is inexpensive and doesn’t contain toxic chemicals or harsh ingredients. Coconut oil can be used on your face, body, and even your hair. This amazing oil makes an excellent hair conditioner or hair mask/treatment. You can use it as a leave-in hair treatment by applying a teaspoon (or more, if needed) to your ends. For a deeper treatment, rub a tablespoon or more onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put on a shower cap to prevent transfer onto bed linens, and leave it on overnight. Wake up, rinse, and be amazed by your shiny, healthy locks!
A little goes a long way
An important beauty budgeting rule is to be mindful of usage. It’s very common for products to be overused, misused, and wasted. Make sure you’re really reading and following the directions. MyChelle creates highly concentrated, nutrient-dense products—so a little goes a long way. For example, one of our 1-ounce serums should last up to three months when used daily. If you are unclear about how much to use, call customer service directly and ask them for guidelines. By using the right amounts each time, you will see that your items are lasting longer and your cash is not being spent as quickly.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
As a beauty budgeting diva, you must be creative at times and willing to experiment. A great place to look for affordable but effective skin care treatments is in your fridge. Yep, that’s right – crack open the icebox and look for skin-supportive foods such as lemons. Lemons’ antibacterial and antifungal properties make for an excellent yet natural alternative to treat breakouts. Grab a knife, slice one open and rub it across your face, avoiding the eyes. You can even add a few drops of honey before applying it directly to areas where you have blackheads—wait 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Another great kitchen item that offers big benefits for the skin is oatmeal. Its skin-soothing powers are widely known, and oatmeal has been used as a topical treatment for centuries. To this day, the FDA quotes it as effective for relieving dryness and inflammation, insect stings, rashes, and eczema. You can take a soothing bath with oatmeal, or make a mask with the instant oatmeal in your cupboard.
Buy in bulk
As the busy holiday season approaches, look for deals on gift sets, complete collections, and special offers like buy one get one free promotions. Any time you can purchase multiple products for the price of one, you’ve gotten a great deal. Stock up on items you use frequently and always keep an eye out for a good deal.
No matter what your budget is, just keep in mind the daily basics: cleansing, moisturizing, and always protecting the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skin care industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.