Budget beauty hacks
Keeping our bodies in great shape can be expensive. Many of the latest fads and trends are ways for the expert to make even more money by hooking us into their story and promising excellent results for X amount of money.
But there are many different ways you can look after yourself without breaking the bank.
No matter what treatment or lotion you’re using on your body to improve the tone or appearance, it won’t work properly unless you are eating healthy and drinking plenty of water. It is recommended that we drink 8 glasses of water a day and have a varied diet including at least 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables. If you stick to this, you will see a marked improvement in both your skin, body and overall wellbeing.
Add extra moisture
We should all be moisturising our skin at least twice a day. If you are looking for an intense boost of moisture, have you thought about using Coconut Oil (please do a patch test to a small area before applying to a large area and don’t use if you have a nut allergy)? Coconut oil has many health benefits and some mums swear by it for soothing nappy rash. It can also be used all over the body and even as a makeup remover!
When buying coconut oil, always by a high-grade version, such as extra virgin, organic and cold-pressed.
Make your own
One great way to reduce your budget when it comes to beauty treatments is to make your own products. There are many simple and cost-effective recipes available on the internet with many using items you will already have in your cupboard.
Below are 2 such recipes that are simple to make and are perfect to help give your skin a boost ready for 2020.
Brighten dull skin
Every now and then our skin can appear dull no matter how much we moisturize. This is when you need to exfoliate your skin, to remove the dead dull skin cells and allow the healthy cells underneath to absorb your moisturizer. Here is a quick and easy natural exfoliant to try:
In a small bowl mix:
1 tsp salt or sugar
1 tablespoon of oats
1-2 tsp of water or olive oil
Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl and then apply to your face, using gentle circular movements to help the mix remove the dead cells. Leave it on your skin for 5 – 10 minutes then rinse with clean cool water.
Oats are a great natural exfoliator and a natural healer. They are also great for absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities in the skin.
Reduce puffy eyes
There are many reasons why we all get puffy eyes, A great way to reduce this puffy skin is to soak 2 green tea bags in hot water for a minute or two. Remove from the water and allow to cool. Squeeze out the excess water and place a tea bag on each eye and relax for 5 – 10 minutes.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants that are great for fighting fine lines and wrinkles and the caffeine in the tea bad will increase the circulation to the area.
Finally, this is the most cost-effective beauty treatment of all. Exercise. Depending on what type you do, you can exercise without it costing you a penny. From running to completing workouts on YouTube, these types of exercise are free and perfect for getting your body into great shape.
There are also many classes to can attend that are low cost of free. Search online and see what’s available in your area.
So, these simple and low-cost ideas are perfect to get you and your body into shape for the new decade. Don’t be pressured into spending lots of money on all the new fads a new year brings. Stick to these tried and tested ideas and you’ll feel fitter and healthier in no time.