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How to save money on skin care products

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Cheap & effective skin care

The cost of beauty products, skin care treatments and cosmetics can really add up. However, you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on skin care each month. With these helpful tips, you can learn how to save money on your skin care products without sacrificing quality.

Woman washing face

Buy 2-in-1 products

It may seem obvious, but the key is to look for skin care products with multiple uses. For example, your sunscreen should be able to double as your body lotion, your shower gel can be used as a shave cream, and your tinted moisturizer can also be an anti-aging cream. You can even find some foundations that help treat acne, such as the Neutrogena SkinClearing line.

One of the most versatile (and cheap!) multi-use products is Johnson's Baby Lotion. It can be used as an everyday moisturizer and skin lotion, as well as an eye makeup remover, for sunburn relief and even to control frizzies. Mad Gab's balms are also great as moisturizers, lip balms and hair smoothers. Though they have different formulas, the Lobster Hand Preserver can work for almost anything.

Lotion bottles

Shop for generic brands

Gasp! It's not as horrible as it sounds. Many generic drug store brands offer the equivalent to brand name items. Check the ingredients list and compare them side by side. You can save 50% or more with generic eye creams, moisturizing lotions, shower gels and other skincare products.

Do-it-yourself

It can be cost-effective and fun to make your own skin care products at home in your kitchen. Using natural ingredients, such as fruits and vegetables, you can make face masks and other skin products. Try out some of these homemade beauty treatments.

Multi-task with astringent

Everyone knows that astringents remove oil, dirt and makeup. They can also help balance your skin's pH, unclog pores and treat blemishes. However, astringent has a variety of other purposes as well. Sea Breeze astringents provided these non-conventional uses for their products.

 

Bug bite remedy

A Sea Breeze astringent can be used to neutralize the sting and itch of mosquito bites.

 

Sea Breeze

Heat remedy

Astringents have an instant cooling effect and are thus great remedies to beat the heat. Added to a bucket of ice users can soak a hand towel in it and apply the towel to the back of the neck or dunk their feet in it to cool off and revitalize hot, sticky, tired feet.

Manicure/Pedicure use

Astringent can be applied to nails and finger tips prior to polish to ensure that they are as clean and dry as possible for a good color application.

Scalp treatment

A popular practice amongst African Americans, astringent can be used prior to shampoo to remove excess oil and to dry the scalp cuticle.

Waxing use

Prior to waxing, a Sea Breeze astringent can be applied to remove excess oils, preventing the wax from sticking to the skin.

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