I'd like to know of frugal hair and body care tips.
Lucy from Westcovina
I have been using Suave shampoo as a body wash too. It comes in so many'flavors' that I always smell great!
WITCH HAZEL FOR UNDER 1.00 (CLINIQUE'S STEP ONE IS MOSTLY WITCH HAZEL FOR 14.00) IS GREAT WITH A COTTON BALL TO WIPE OFF THE SOAP AND DIRT FROM YOUR FACE. I USE IT TWICE A DAY AND IT CLEARS UP THE SKIN AND IT IS JUST BEEN IN MY LIFE FOR 30 YEARS. FIND IT BY THE RUBBING ALCOHOL... BUT DON'T CONFUSE THE TWO... ALCOHOL WILL DRY OUT YOUR SKIN. ALSO IT IS GREAT FOR MANY OTHER THINGS.READ THE BOTTLE FOR MORE IDEAS FOR USE.
Alo Vera Gel (not lotion) is great for removing makeup and as a skin moisturizer. It's wonderful for soothing burns or irritated skin. The brand I use is made by Fruit of the Earth and is available at Wal-mart for about $3.50 for a large bottle.
Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is your friend - use it around eyes, to seal in moisturizer, on lips anywhere you want to heavily moisturize -
Use witch hazel under your eye cream to keep away bags under the eyes.If your eyes get irritated, like mine do from allergies, use cold tea compresses -
Now that my skin isn't so oily, I can use bargain plain unscented soap to wash it. Rinse several times with WATER to hydrate it before putting on moisturizer. Wear moisturizer with SUNSCREEN during the day. There are several inexpensive brands, like Olay...Buy on sale/with coupon. A bottle will last several months.
Use inexpensive dollar store lip gloss for lips - I get inexpensive lipsticks from the "teen-age brands" - cheap & in good colors - ditto blush, concealer and powder. Buy the rest on sale or at bargain stores. Who wants to pay $7+ for a lipstick?
It's mostly packaging, anyway....
Also, here in the US I find good deal on superior moisturizers, etc. at discount places like Ross/TJ Maxx - etc. They have obscure brands just as good as much higher priced ones - & I stock up when I see them on sale - Also you can get good deals now on close-outs on the internet - I got some good eye cream there -
And also there are stores like Big Lots and other closeout centers that also carry beauty supplies - good for bath gel, and sometimes other stuff - and then the dollar stores for close-outs in shampoo - sometimes they have fancy brands there - I keep a look out & stock up - I have gotten good cheap hand cream there - & shampoo & even moisturizer upon occasion...I also pick up stuff in the bargain rack at the drug store - always perusing it for goodies. It actually seems to help to switch off brands of the heavier moisturizers, rather than just using the same one all the time. Pay attention to your skin and treat it according to its needs, which will change with the seasons, and over time.
Don't fall for the name brand hype - some of it is good, but in my experience, the innovations like eye gel start off in the hi-end and then slowly trickle down into the drug store brands and then eventually to discount places....
So I bought expensive $15/tube eye gel for a brief while, before picking up much cheaper stuff & supplementing it with a dab of witch hazel. Works just as well. Revlon and others make terrific makeup nowadays, so why spring for Clinique? And the alphahydroxy products, inexpensive or not - really WORK.
Hope this helps.
I disagree with using petroleum jelly around the eyes as it is very heavy and create bags under they eyes. It is great for chapped lips.
About vaseline - correction - I use it ABOVE and around the eye - not beneath - beneath I use a dab of witch hazel & some eye cream - altho occasional applications of vaseline don't seem to hurt - I have extremely sensitive eyes - and allergies, etc. And at almost sixty don't have any bags to speak of - it's a matter of getting to them BEFORE they develop and apply an astringent such as witch hazel - or if very irritated - cold black tea - and then moisturizing with eye cream - for a while I used vitamin e oil - & that seemed to work, too - But now I find that a tube of eye cream can last months if I use witch hazel under it. So I get it on sale & do that.
Don't overlook storebrand..especially the equate from wal-mart.....the oil of olay moisterizer with spf 15 is copied by equate and at HALF THE PRICE! Same with most popular brands/types. I tried the Dove facial cloths (cut these in half to last) for sensitive skin and dried my face out, so I tried the Equate facial apricot scrub like St. Ives and my face feels GREAT! I purchase almost everything store brand, unless they don't have it. Some things are better than others, you'll have to find what works for you with that. Dollar Tree is a great deal find, they get a lot of name brands.
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