With summertime just around the corner, I’ve been giving some extra attention to my personal care routine. However, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on products, so I have some budget-friendly methods that I turn to. Here are my 4 frugal beauty tips for summer:
1) Invest in an Epilator
Ladies, let me tell you one of the best beauty items that I brought back with me from Europe: the epilator. I don’t know why these handy little devices are not more popular in the US, except maybe the razor industry works hard to prevent them from gaining any real traction in the hair removal market?
But seriously- my life was changed when I was introduced to an epilator. It takes the same amount of time as shaving, but you only have to do it once a week or so. It pulls hairs out from the root, so yes, it does hurt the first few times you use it. Like, holy crap, give me an aspirin and a shot of whiskey to numb the pain! kind of hurting. But once you get over those first 1-2 times though, it’s painless, I promise.
So, why is it so great? Well, once you start using an epilator, you won’t need to waste money on razors every few weeks. You also won’t have to worry about wasting water in the shower, rushing to remove stubborn stubble before you can wear a dress or pair of shorts. You save time and money. I’ve had mine for 4 years now, and it still works like a charm.
If you’re sick of shaving every other day in the summer, go get yourself an epilator right now. You can thank me after you’ve used it a few times 😉
2) DIY Clairsonic
There’s been a lot of buzz about the Clairsonic in the last few years, but my frugality has prevented me from spending $150 on what is essentially a battery operated scrub brush. If you’re cheap like me, you can make your own frugal Clairsonic with a simple electric toothbrush.
This is a great way to exfoliate your face. If you have combination skin like I do, you know how annoying it is to deal with shiny/dry at the same time. The brush will gently remove flaky, dead skin that has built up on the surface.
You can make a baking soda and water paste to clean out your pores using the brush. After the first use, you should notice that your skin feels softer and smoother, and your pores should start to clear up.
If you’re really
cheap frugal, increase your savings by using a coupon to buy an electric toothbrush. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are items that you should never pay full price for, because there are always coupons available!
3) Homemade Body Scrubs
Salt scrubs and sugar scrubs offer another simple and cheap way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin at the same time. They are ridiculously easy to make and use. Why spend money on a pre-made product containing ingredients that you can’t even pronounce, when you can make your own on the cheap?
All you need is a few tablespoons of white or brown sugar, sea salt, coconut oil, or olive oil to make a quick and easy scrub for the face or body. You could probably whip one of these babies up right now from your kitchen.
I like to use sugar scrubs on my legs, as well as my face. It helps to remove dead skin cells, and if you get any ingrown hairs, it will help to loosen those up before and after you epilate.
Added bonus: Sugar scrubs make a great frugal gift.
4) Sun Protection
Hopefully you always wear sunscreen when you head outside. (Please say that you do!)
One thing that I find rather annoying about sunscreen is how pricey it is. When you’re slathering it on yourself and your family members daily, you can run through bottles pretty quickly. You certainly shouldn’t be skimping on the sun protection just to save a few bucks, so seek out deals.
My personal favorite brand is Coppertone Water Babies, SPF 50. With summer just around the corner, there are sales and coupons starting to pop up. If you find a good deal, stock up. This way, you won’t run the risk of running out and having to pay top dollar from a convenience store or sundry shop.
Don’t skip the sunscreen. But if you do, and you end up burned, get a bottle of aloe vera gel and stick it in the refrigerator. Let it get nice and cold, and then have someone slather it over the burned skin. It’s equal parts soothing and silly, because the cold gel will probably make you squeal at first. I have fond memories of my family members and I doing this to one another after long days at the beach!
So there you have it, my 4 frugal beauty tips for the summertime. Have any tips of your own to share I’d love to hear!