How you can save on beauty products

June 26, 2013

Save money on your anti-aging products.
Save money on your anti-aging products.

Lotions, scrubs, moisturizers and sunscreen - taking care of your skin can be costly! It seems that beauty products are always getting more expensive, even if their lists of ingredients have remained largely unchanged. If you're looking for ways to cut down on the amount of cash you spend on the items in your bathroom cabinet, consider these thrifty ideas:

All-in-one options
If you have a night cream, a day cream, a lip balm, a moisturizer and a sunscreen clogging up space on your vanity shelf, you're doing it wrong. Today's beauty product manufacturers have found ways to combine several of these elements, meaning you can spend less money on products - and spend less time applying them. Look for creams that are good for both daytime and nighttime. There are many moisturizers and balms that have some SPF in them, and while they won't be good enough to completely replace your 30 SPF or higher sunscreen, they'll certainly help protect your skin during the summer.

Use less, save more
When applying your beauty products, consider whether you are using more than necessary. If you find you have a lot of moisturizer left on your hands after you've applied it to your skin, you're probably squeezing out too much. Beauty product makers know they can get you to use and buy more if they make the holes that dispense your creams larger, so be wary when you're dabbing your products out into your palm.

Avoid fancy ingredients
Beauty creams today boast some pretty strange ingredients, from diamonds to bee venom. While some of these products may be worth further investigation, you must be careful about being lured in by claims that aren't backed up by science. Always read reviews of products before you buy them - especially if they're extra expensive due to some "secret ingredient."

Long-term alternatives
If you rely solely on creams and ointments to keep your skin youthful, you're signing yourself up for a lifetime of spending on beauty products. You may want to consider nonsurgical cosmetic solutions, such as Botox treatments. Injections of this cosmetic medicine last for several weeks, and they can help prevent the formation of wrinkles even if your skin is still smooth. Other more invasive procedures, such as neck lifts or facelifts, have results that can last for decades. While they may be more costly upfront, you could save big bucks on the products you might buy over a long period of time to achieve the same look.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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