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Beauty and the Budget – The Skin Care Edition

October 18, 2018

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Welcome back to the third and final part of our beauty and the budget blog series. As you might have guessed from the title, we’re wrapping up our beauty-focused series by looking at ways to save on your skin care routine.

Daily Skin Care Routine

In case you missed parts one and two of this series, click the links below to read up on our budget-friendly hair and makeup tips:

According to a survey done by SkinStore, the average woman spends a crippling $300,000 on just her face in her lifetime. With growing trends placing more and more pressure on the way we look this number is sure to go up in the coming years.

With these frightening statistics, Smythe’s budget experts considered it necessary to hand over their top money-saving, cost-savvy skin care tips and advice.

  1. Change your diet

    You may not realize the direct correlation between your diet and the quality of your skin but let us assure you – it’s a very real thing. By increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables and limiting the amount of junk food you’re eating, you will see a dramatic change in your skin. Choose foods that are packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants will help make your body happy on the inside, which, in turn, will reward you with beautiful skin on the outside. And yes, dark chocolate is on this list.

    Equally as important as what you’re eating is what you’re drinking. Ditch the soda and artificially flavoured/sweetened drinks and swap them with good, clean H2O. Nothing flushes out toxins and hydrates your body (including your skin) like water does. For a little bit of flavor, infuse your water with cucumber, lemon or berries. The nicer your skin is naturally, the less you’re spending on products to get rid of zits or cover them up.

  2. Wear sunscreen

    Most of us only think to wear sunscreen during the summer when there is an increased risk of burns. While this is obviously a very important time to wear sunscreen, you should also consider the benefits of wearing it year-round. Ultraviolet rays (both UVA and UVB) from the sun aren’t present only when it’s sunny – even on rainy days our skin is being tormented by them, leading to more rapid visible aging and possibly even skin cancer if we’re not careful. Luckily, there are a multitude of skin creams and foundations out there that include a broad-spectrum (shields against both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen that can be worn daily to ensure that you’re always protected, hydrated and looking your best. The financial bonus here? Sunscreen costs way less than Botox or fillers.

  3. Wash all of your makeup off at night

    One of the biggest mistakes we can make with our skin-care regimen is not removing all of our makeup at the end of the day. While you’re sleeping, your skin goes through a renewal process, sloughing off dead skin cells and rebuilding new ones. By wearing makeup to sleep, you’re preventing this process from happening, and it could result in breakouts, wrinkles or a generally dull complexion which can be expensive to compensate for.  The average cost of acne treatments such as chemical peels or facials is between $75-$200 per session, and that may not even address the underlying issue!

At the end of the day, one of the most important things to remember about living in a culture that is obsessed with physical appearance is that it doesn’t need to consume you or your wallet. You can look and feel just as fantastic as the next person, but you can cut some corners in the process to better suit your budget. Everyone ages eventually, but it’s up to you to decide how gracefully that happens.

And that’s a wrap on our Beauty and the Budget series! We hope you enjoyed part three, as we dove into the lucrative market of  skin care.

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