Every woman wants to be beautiful without spending exorbitant amounts of money on products, cosmetologists, dermatologists, stylists, clothes, accessories, make-up and skincare. After all, the stress of thinking about debt and soaring credit card bills will age most ladies faster than sun exposure.
Here are some cost-efficient tips for women to look their loveliest. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that sometimes, it’s just a matter of thinking outside the box.
Make it simple
Celebrity Daphne Oseña-Paez says, “You should have a regimen. I see a derma twice a month. I have my face cleaned that often. If you have great skin then you don't have to worry so much about buying makeup or focusing too much on new clothes. Nothing is better than having great skin.”
As for hair, she advises, “Always keep it clean and neat. If you can't maintain it then keep it shoulder length. Forget super long hair. And keep your regimen simple. I'm not a fan of chemical treatments. Natural is better. If you have waves, then show them. Why choose to have super straight hair if it isn't meant to be?”
The first thing you need to know about skincare is finding out what your skin type is, so you can choose your appropriate skincare regimen. These days, you don’t have to go and pay for dermatologist consultations. You can take an online skin type test or go to your nearest beauty product counter and have a representative help you determine what your specific skin type is. At places such as Clinique and VMV, these are for free and no purchase is necessary. Remember though, that these tests do not in any way replace actual professional consultations with doctors and dermatologists.
Stylist Prisara Morales advises, “Beauty regimens can be made simple by minimizing your arsenal of beauty products and [going] back to the basics, the very bare essentials—a good moisturizer for the face, a gentle everyday shampoo, etc. Simple is easy, cost-effective, environmentally-aware and, I think, the modern way of living.”
Skin and hair
It can’t get any simpler than cleansing, toning and moisturizing. If you’re in need of sunscreen, there are moisturizers, BB creams and even skin primers that come with at least SPF 15 sunscreen in their formula.
Start with mild, validated hypoallergenic products. Take advantage of free sampling, such as the ones that come free with magazine issues, with online registrations or bundled with purchases. This is a good way to do a patch test before completely committing yourself to and investing in any brand. Search for product reviews online to see if their effects are long-lasting or cause more harm than good in the long run. You can also find cheaper alternatives online, looking for products with the same ingredients that are in the brand you initially were interested in. Research and resourcefulness go a long way—professional skincare tips, help and how-to videos can be found online.
When it comes to shampoos and conditioners, be sure to rotate or change your products every now and then to avoid build-up. If you have specific hair or scalp conditions, i.e. you have chemically treated hair or have dandruff, choose products that target those specific areas and needs. Chiyo Tagami, hairstylist and owner of Sei Salon, once said you don’t have to buy the shampoo and conditioner of an expensive brand. He claims “even if you use [a cheap brand of shampoo], as long as you use the conditioner or treatment, your hair will be fine!” A haircut from Chiyo may cost a small fortune compared to your usual hair salons, but you don’t have to come back for an “update” until after two to three months. And, on your birth month, you get a free hair and scalp treatment, if you’ve had at least three appointments at Sei Salon.
It's really about knowing what looks best and what works for you. It helps in making shopping a less tedious affair and avoiding unnecessary purchases—so things are easier, simpler and more pocketbook-friendly.