How to Pamper Yourself on a Budget
13 Nov 2012
If you are on a budget, you are most likely trying to cut costs as much as you can. Unfortunately, that usually means cutting out your daily or weekly treats, such as your morning Starbucks coffee or your weekly manicure. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice your beauty rituals if you are a budget. From discount haircuts to at-home facials, there are many ways to look good while saving money.
If you want to pamper your skin on a budget, you should try an at-home facial. The steps in the process are first to cleanse, exfoliate, open your pores, and apply a mask for about 10 minutes. While the mask is on, relax and treat your eyes with either cucumber slices or freshly steeped tea bags. Finally, rinse the mask and then apply moisturizer to you skin. Inexpensive facial masks and scrubs can be purchased at your local store, and offer the same benefits as going to the spa. If you want a more natural mask, you can make one from the ingredients in your kitchen, such as avocados. The high fat content and Omega 3 fatty acids do a wonder for your skin. Simply mash up an avocado into a creamy paste, and apply it to your skin. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe off with a warm cloth.
Giving yourself a manicure at home is as easy as going to your kitchen to grab the necessary supplies. Simply combine sugar with oil and rub on the hands. Continue to rub hands together until the sugar is dissolved. Afterwards, rinse your hands with warm water and dry. You will immediately see that your hands are smoother, softer and a lot easier on the budget. You can even invite your friends over for a girls’ night, and give each other manicures and pedicures. Not only is this a great social activity, but if you already have nail polish and polish remover handy, you will get pampered for free.
Soaking in the bathtub with bath oils is a luxurious experience. However, if you are on a budget, then it is not necessary to purchase expensive oils to have a moisturizing soak in the tub. All you need is to go to your kitchen and grab a bottle of olive oil. Olive oil has been used as a moisturizer for the skin for 5,000 years and is proven to improve the elasticity of the skin and condition dry skin. Light some candles, turn on some soothing music, and de-stress.
Make your own lip gloss for presents or for yourself at home. For a lemon lip gloss melt 2 teaspoons of beeswax, grate it first for easy melting. When it is melted, remove from heat, keep stirring, add in 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera, and one tablespoon of almond extract. When fully mixed, add 6 drops of essential lemon oil and put into small cosmetic containers with a lid.
Unless you have a friend who is a hair stylist, it’s best to go to the hair salon for a haircut. Contact your salon and ask about the price of a cut with a junior stylist. Junior stylists are new to the profession and to the salon, and it’s important for them to hone their skills and build a clientele. The salon will offer attractive rates to make a visit with a junior stylist more compelling. Another way to get a cheap haircut is to visit a salon school. Haircuts with graduating students can start as low as $15.
Saving money doesn’t have to mean cutting out your favorite beauty routines. There are many ways to look and feel beautiful, while also saving money at the same time.