Even if you’re just barely familiar with the difference between serum and toner, one thing you’re probably painfully aware of is how incredibly expensive skin care can be. If you’re not careful, even the basics can get expensive; and if you’re like most people, you’ve probably spent a shocking amount of money on skin care throughout your lifetime.
That’s why we’ve written this article on How to Save Money on Your Skin Care Routine. From DIY ideas, to investing in a high-quality, affordable skin care line, to some practical suggestions, we have quite a few tips that will help you keep your skin care spending down and your skin care game up.
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Main Takeaways: From skin care DIYs to finding an affordable brand, there are plenty of ways you can save money on your skin care routine without sacrificing quality.
Good to Know: All of Fleur & Bee’s clean, cruelty-free, and vegan products are under $50.
Try a Few Skincare DIYs & Home Remedies
One of the best things about DIY skincare is that it is relatively simple to create clean, non-toxic, and natural beauty products in your own kitchen– and you know where every ingredient you put into your own concoctions is coming from. Because they won’t sit on a shelf for months, waiting to be sold, they’ll also be free of preservatives.
Here are a few really easy skincare DIY ideas that include ingredients you may already have at home.
1. Raw Sugar Scrub
One of the easiest DIY skin care products you can make is a simple sugar scrub. Simply combine equal parts raw sugar and a carrier oil (such as jojoba oil, coconut oil or almond oil) and you’re good to go! If you have sensitive or dry skin, substitute a fine granulated sugar for the raw sugar, as it will be a little gentler on the skin. You can also use it as a body scrub or a lip scrub. If you want to jazz things up a bit, add in a drop or two of an essential oil.
2. Coconut Oil Cleanser
Even if you don’t follow beauty trends, you probably know that coconut oil has been all the rage for a few years now. Whether used by itself or in combination with other ingredients, coconut oil is one of those skin care products that can do just about anything, depending on what you use it for.
One of coconut oil’s best features is its ability to remove make-up—yes, even eye make-up; and yes, even waterproof eye make-up! Literally all you have to do is take a little dab of oil, gently rub it around the eye area (avoid getting it in your eyes, of course), and then gently remove the oil and the make-up with a cotton pad or facial sponge.
The one thing to remember is that as it is an oil; if you get any in your eyes, you’ll end up with a film over your eyes– so just be careful when applying and removing.
You can do the exact same thing to cleanse the rest of your face—just apply to your skin and gently remove with a facial cloth or sponge. Although some say coconut oil is best warmed up first, the truth is that unless you’ve been storing it in a very, very cold fridge, the action of rubbing it into your skin will create enough friction to turn into something between a liquid and a solid.
To use it as a moisturizer, you can add a few drops of vitamin E. Although coconut oil already contains vitamin E, that extra boost will make it just that much more effective. Coconut oil as a moisturizer works best on normal to dry skin.
3. Rosehip Oil as a Scalp Treatment
Remember, your scalp is your skin, too; so take care of it with some extra moisture, especially in the winter months. One great way to take care of that dry, itchy feeling is to apply a little rosehip oil to the scalp and leave it on for at least half an hour, or even as an overnight treatment. Follow up by shampooing and conditioning your hair as you normally would.
4. Use Castor Oil To Stimulate Hair Growth
OK, technically, this isn’t skin care, but who can’t use a good DIY beauty tip? Castor oil is known for promoting hair growth– not just if you put it on your scalp, but for your eyebrows as well. It may take a few weeks to see results, but if you’re patient, we think you’ll be pleased with the results.
Find an Affordable, Natural Product That Offers the Same Quality As Higher-Priced Brands
Anyone who’s ever shopped for skin care knows that the prices can leave you absolutely slack jawed with shock. At Fleur & Bee, we made a commitment to provide excellent, effective, high-quality products all under $50 each.
Because our products are clean and free of any toxins, you’re not paying for a bunch of unnecessary chemicals you don’t need and likely don’t want. If you want an easy-to-follow, affordable program that covers all the skin care bases and visibly improves the look of your skin, start with our 5-step Deluxe Set.
When you use clean skincare products, you get more bang for your buck, as they aren’t filled with unnecessary ingredients. A little goes a long way, resulting in your products lasting much longer. We’ll go into detail about how to use them below, but if you’re not familiar with our collection, here’s a run-down of our products:
- So Clean! Facial Cleanser - $22 - This purifying, smoothing cleanser will remove dirt and make-up without drying the skin!
- Rose and Shine Rose Water Toner - $24 – Our gentle, alcohol-free, rose water toner will refresh, hydrate and balance your skin.
- Nectar of the C Vitamin C Serum - $46 This non-greasy serum will help brighten and even out skin tone while softening the appearance of fine lines.
- Just Dew It Hydrating Serum - $46 – Ultra-hydrating, this lightweight serum works to plump and nourish dry and dehydrated skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and resulting in a lovely glow.
- ‘A’ Game Retinol Serum - $46 – Great for beginner retinol users, this anti-aging serum gently works to help firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven texture.
- Eyes Eyes Baby Natural Anti-Aging Eye Cream - $36 – Not only does this eye cream moisturize and hydrate the skin, it works to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
- Crème de la Cream Natural Moisturizer - $38 – So effective in moisturizing the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines, would you believe this Vitamin C-infused face cream also helps to brighten your complexion?
- H2 Oh Yeah Hydrating Moisturizer - $38 – For hydration that lasts all day, this antioxidant-rich face cream smooths and nourishes dry and dehydrated skin.
- Youth Fairy Retinol Moisturizer - $38 – Ideal for those new to using retinol, our gentle anti-aging face cream blends science and nature to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
- One Lip Wonder Lip Treatment - $24 – Powered by peptides, plant stem cells, and coconut oil, this lip treatment will hydrate, smooth and plump your lips like nothing else.
- Prince Charcoal Natural Detox Mask - $28 – This incredibly creamy clay mask draws out impurities like nobody’s business. It also nourishes the skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth.
At a total of $166 for a 5 step routine, we offer a full $150 Deluxe Set (includes our cleanser, toner, vitamin C serum and hydrating moisturizer) to make having great skin easy on your wallet.
Do Your Research About Skin Care Ingredients
Many skin care products are laden with harsh chemicals and fragrances that are not only not good for your skin, but actually potentially detrimental to your health. Ingredients such as parabens, artificial fragrances, and even lead can be found in certain skincare products, so be sure to check the label before you buy.
Find a Skincare Program That’s Right for YOUR Skin Type
The best way to avoid throwing away your money on products you don’t need is to find a skincare program that will work with your skin type. That’s why many of our products were created to be compatible with all skin types, so you won’t waste your time and money on products that aren’t meant for you.
We also offer a free virtual consultation with an experienced skincare professional, so you can get expert advice on what to use in your daily skincare routine.
Give Yourself a Facial Every Now and Then
If you’ve ever had a spa facial, you know that between the service, the tip, the parking, and those add-ons they somehow talk you into, the experience can be an expensive prospect! While you undoubtedly deserve to treat yourself, if you are looking to save some pennies and still indulge in necessary selfcare, why not treat yourself to a home spa night?
To begin, replicate your surroundings with spa-like vibes. Dim the lights, light some candles, turn off the phone, and get out your favorite robe.
Start by cleansing your skin with a gentle cleanser like So Clean!, then steam your skin with a facial steamer. If you don’t have a facial steamer, heat a pot of water on the stove until there’s some steam coming up. Making sure you don’t get too close to the steam (or that the water isn’t literally boiling; keep the simmer at a minimum). Carefully position your face over the pot, and put a towel over your head to make sure the steam doesn’t escape. Unless you have allergy issues, you can also add a few drops of a calming essential oil like eucalyptus or lavender.
Another option is to step up your selfcare game with a nice, hot bath. Add some bath oil to the water to soften your skin, and allow the steam from the bath to help open up your pores before putting on a mask.
After a few minutes of steaming (or as much as your skin needs), apply our Prince Charcoal detox mask all over your face and neck to draw out your skin’s impurities. The minute you put it on, you’ll know why we call it “spa in a jar”. Relax for about 8-10 minutes while the mask does its work. During this time, put on a little calming music and place some cool cucumber slices over your eyes to help temporarily reduce puffiness.
Gently remove the mask with a warm facial cloth or sponge and spritz on some refreshing Rose and Shine rose water toner.
To achieve that I-just-got-a-spa-facial-glow, treat your skin with a serum. Our hydrating serum, Just Dew It, will plump and restore your skin with hydration.
Our vitamin C serum, Nectar of the C, has skin smoothing and brightening properties.
Finish by applying our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream and the proper moisturizer.
If you are looking to treat dry or dehydrated skin, apply H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer all over your face and neck.
To brighten and even your skin tone, try Crème de la Cream brightening moisturizer.
While you’re at it, why not give your hands a little treatment, too? Moisturize your hands with a good, natural hand cream and then put on a pair of reusable moisturizing gloves.
If you have a brand of under-eye patches you like, go ahead and put those on while you give yourself a little facial massage, making sure to pay special attention to areas that really hold tension, like the temples and forehead.
Finally, apply a lip treatment, such as One Lip Wonder, to hydrate and soothe your lips. Pour yourself a cup of herbal tea or cucumber-infused water and revel in your Me Time!
More Money Saving Tips
Purchase Cosmetics With a Specific Need in Mind
Somewhere between sales pitches, gift with purchase giveaways, and alluring packaging, it’s incredibly easy to purchase products that don’t really fill any need. If you approach choosing cosmetics from a standpoint of fulfilling a need—dry skin, breakouts, dark spots—you’ll find you’ll purchase a lot less.
Don’t Be Afraid To Shop the Drug Store!
True beauty addicts know that there are some seriously high-quality products on the shelves of your local drug store that are easily on par with what you’d find at any beauty supply or department store. In fact, we’re proud to say that you can find Fleur & Bee products at Rite Aid, so check us out next time you’re there.
Resist Impulse Purchases
You know those little bottles of serum or travel-size moisturizer stores keep near the registers? They’re there because the store knows you’re likely to just pick them up and add them to your purchase on impulse. The problem with that is that those cosmetics may—or may not—be right for your skin type. Why interfere with a carefully planned, effective routine?
Buy the Larger Size
Once you find a skin care product that works for you, compare the larger size of it to the regular size. We think you’ll be shocked by how much more economical it is to buy the larger size of something.
Be Consistent With Your Routine
They say it’s a lot easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape, and the same can definitely be said about skin care. Once you start a routine, stay with it to make sure your skin stays its absolute best, because maintenance is a lot cheaper than repairs.
Sign Up for Discounts
Almost every cosmetics company these days offers some kind of discount if you sign up for their emails or use a promo code. Before investing in any cosmetics brand, see if they have that opportunity. Does Fleur & Bee have a discount? Well, check out our videos and sign up for our email list to find out!
Hope you enjoyed reading our list of ideas to save money on skin care! The bottom line is that once you find and commit to an affordable product line that’s right for your skin type, you’ll reap the benefits and save some dough.
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