Contrary to what beauty gurus may tell you, you don’t have to spend a small fortune on your beauty routine. You don’t need a suitcase full of products either. In fact, many women find that downsizing their routine and using fewer products actually improves their skin.
Focus on the basics, and you’ll be well on your way to your best skin – without breaking the bank. Here’s how:
Invest in a Good Cleanser
Your cleanser is arguably the most important thing in your beauty routine. The right cleanser will remove dirt and makeup without drying out your skin.
Cleansing also prepares your skin for exfoliating products, moisturizers, and serums (if you use them).
It’s worth it to spend a little more on a good cleanser. Look for one that’s gentle, moisturizing and non-foaming.
Don’t Forget the Exfoliator
Exfoliation is important, so don’t skimp out on this step. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to buy an expensive product to get the job done.
Many drugstore brands offer excellent exfoliators, but you can also make your own using:
- Coffee grounds
The great thing about making your own face scrubs is that you can use ingredients you already have on hand, and you can mix things up. You also know every ingredient in the scrub, so you can be sure that you’re avoiding harsh chemicals.
Stock Up on Moisturizers
The third key ingredient in any skincare routine is a moisturizer. Invest in a good one that will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
You may find some moisturizing products that can also address other skin concerns, like aging, hyperpigmentation or acne.
Again, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a good moisturizer. Many drugstore brand products do just as good of a job as expensive department store products.
You can also make your own moisturizer, although you may have to try a few different ingredients before finding one that your skin likes. Popular ingredients include:
- Shea butter
- Argan oil
- Essential oils, like lemongrass, carrot seed, chamomile, and lavender
- Jojoba oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Avocado oil
- Hemp seed oil
Go easy on the essential oils when making your own moisturizer. You only need a few drops to get the desired effect. Otherwise, you may overdo it and irritate your skin.
Use DrugStore Makeup
Who said you have to buy expensive makeup? Drugstore brands work just as well as high-end products in many cases. Just check out the best powder foundation and compare it any drugstore brand. You’ll find that the results are very similar.
The only time it may be worth spending more on makeup is when you need hyper-pigmented eyeshadow colors. With some drug store and cheaper makeup eyeshadows, the colors aren’t as vibrant or deep.
Your beauty routine doesn’t have to break your budget. Stick to the basics and be consistent with your routine. And if you really think you need additional products, like toners and serums, you can try your hand at making your own to save money.
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