How to Save Money on Skincare and Makeup

Most women learn pretty early on that society places a premium on ideals of feminine beauty, including soft, supple, wrinkle-free skin. While some of us turn to Botox injections, chemical peels, and even facelifts to combat the signs of aging, the majority of women depend on skincare products and makeup to keep them looking young and enhance their natural beauty. Because of this there is a multi-billion dollar market for the manufacturing of such items and it can cost the average adult female hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year to obtain the creams, gels, lotions, and powders that keep her looking youthful. However, there are ways to get all the same benefits of those pricy products while spending a lot less. Here are just a few ways to do so.

For starters, you should skip the makeup counter. Believe it or not, many of the items you find at the pharmacy are just as good as those hundred-dollar (or more) pots you’ve been purchasing at high-end department stores. Of course, it isn’t always easy to find comparable items for less, so you’re going to have to do some homework if you want to secure big savings. You can get started by checking out some online magazines. All your favorites (like Elle, Allure, Cosmo, and so on) have websites that correspond to their print publications and you can search for the results of their frequent blind beauty tests. Many pit high-priced products against cheap competitors and once in a while the generic brands come out on top. Olay’s Regenerist line, for example, consistently beats out other, higher priced creams and lotions.

You could also look for the active ingredients that you desire. These days there are so many to choose from; antioxidants fight sun damage, vitamin C can minimize fine lines and wrinkles (by slowing the loss of collagen and elastin), alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) helps skin to exfoliate, reducing spotting, scarring, and even wrinkles, and hyaluronic acid can help to even out your skin tone. There are even makeup brands that come with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid included. So once you know what your skincare needs are all you really have to do is find the low-priced products that will provide what you’re looking for.

And of course, you can use your regular money-saving strategies in this arena, as well. Wait for items to go on sale and then stock up (you can check in with your local pharmacy to find out when sales will occur). Or try ordering the products you love online (to get them for less). You can even seek products at discount or bulk stores to reduce your per-item cost. In short, you can save on skincare and makeup the same way you save at the grocery store.

Getting the beauty products that keep you looking your best can certainly take a chunk out of your budget if you don’t know what you’re doing. But instead of shelling out big bucks for designer products, simply put in the time and effort to do a little research and find items that offer the same benefits for less. This way you can keep your skin healthy and fresh and still have a little fun money to go out and show it off.

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