Our faces are arguably one of the most important places on our bodies in terms of visual appearances because your face is almost always the first thing a person notices when they interact with you. So regular facial care is important, and I’m not talking about plastic surgery but rather simple upkeep for your skin, pores, and facial hair. Simple though it may be, facial products can get pretty pricy so here’s a few ways you can save money while preserving your natural beauty.
Cleanser & Soap
First things first: whether or not you wear makeup, regularly washing your face is a must because of all the airborne particles – and germs, if you ever touch your face during the day – we constantly come into contact with. Plain soap with warm water should do the trick for most people, but if you’d prefer a specialized brand of soap – one that moisturizes or excludes a chemical you’re allergic to – then you can still find some good deals if you buy from Target or Amazon. Many personal care retailers also sell exfoliating soaps that provide a deeper, soothing cleanse that leaves your face feeling good-as-new after. If you have sensitive skin, it’s worth noting that you should avoid scented soaps, no matter how much cheaper they are, because quality is definitely more important than cost savings when it comes to proper facial care.
Towels, Wash Cloths
Walmart has a huge selection of cheap towels and washcloths in a variety of colors, but like everything in life, you get what you pay for and you may find yourself more frequently replacing your assortment of towels. You may have to pay more for softer washcloths made from higher quality materials, but your face and wallet will thank you in the long run. You can also have some fun and find affordable personalized items like monogrammed washcloths or towels with your family name on them!
If you, your spouse, or kids have acne, then you’ve probably tried several different formulas and creams to reduce the breakouts with varying degrees of success. Super cheap creams are almost always ineffective, but this doesn’t mean that price directly correlates with effectiveness, either. The key is experimenting until you find the right one for you, but this could be a costly venture if you have to consistently pay $10+ for useless creams, so stock up on coupons from SumoCoupon or even write the cream manufacturing company and request a free sample (they’ll usually oblige).
Facial care isn’t all about skin. What about eyebrows, or those pesky hairs that sprout up on our upper lips? Plucking unwanted hairs on your own at home is the cheapest way to go about this, but if you’d rather have a professional handle it, then check Yelp for affordable, quality salons where you can get these hairs waxed. Some places have new customer discounts (Yelp users will often mention this if it exists), while others may have discounts for multiple visits (accumulate stamps on a card, for instance).
Just because massages are considered “luxury” services doesn’t mean that you as a frugal person should abstain from them entirely. Groupon and Living Social almost always have deals available on facials, and like salons (listed above), many massage places offer new customer discounts. Indulge every once in a while and enjoy your freshly rejuvenated face!