Jenny Realo, a lifestyle expert and executive vice president of CareOne Services Inc.
, a Columbia, Maryland-based company that helps consumers get out of debt and onto better financial footing, offers these tips for making the most of your beauty budget.
- Use a dry brush to exfoliate your skin every morning before you shower. This removes dead skin cells and improves blood circulation to decrease puffiness. A dry brush costs less than $8 and saves you from having to buy skin creams.
- If you need to wear make-up, look for more organic products. They contain fewer chemicals and oils that clog up your skin and cause breakouts. They are also lightweight and provide a more natural-looking finish. Choosing organic doesn’t mean going for the most expensive brand of cosmetics; your favorite brand may offer a more natural alternative.
- Wear sun block if you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time and avoid damage that can age the look of your skin. Consider sun block or a moisturizer with SPF if you’re going to be outdoors near water, sand or even snow because of reflective intensity.
- Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet. Be sure to get a healthy dose of vitamins A, C, E and B complex. This will keep your skin moisturized and improve your overall health!
- While a salon may recommend you use cuticle oils or lotions to keep your skin moisturized, you may also find the solution in your kitchen. Extra virgin olive oil is an inexpensive alternative for keeping your skin moisturized.
- Apple cider vinegar can improve the overall look and feel of your hair because its acidity is close to what’s normal for hair. It’s great for conditioning, cleaning hair, and even helping with itchy scalp. Mix 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and rinse hair with it after shampooing. Rinse again with water and dry. The smell should fade in less than 30 minutes.
- Brush your hair before you shampoo and massage your scalp before and while you are washing your hair. An extra few seconds can go a long way to improving the health of your hair. Both brushing and massaging help to stimulate the scalp. They also help send nutrients to hair follicles because they encourage blood flow.
- Avoid using harsh chemical products and heated appliances. Not only do these items lead to major damages, such as breakage and hair loss, but it will take time and a lot of money to improve the health of your hair again.
- If you color your hair, be sure to protect it. Before it’s colored, deep condition your hair. Not only will your hair be better off, but you will also help prolong your color. Afterwards, don’t be fooled by shampoos that claim to be for colored-treated hair. Instead, use a gentle shampoo that contains fewer detergents and chemicals that won’t strip away the color.