Looking your best can put a dent in your budget. With new and expensive beauty trends popping up daily and all the lotions and potions used for daily maintenance of your skin, hair, nails — the cost can add up fast. And to consider that cost over a lifetime can be shocking.
However, the good news is there are a lot of do-it-yourself beauty treatments and fixes you can find in your pantry and medicine cabinet right now. By opting for these DIY fixes, you can save a lot of money and still end up looking like a million bucks.
1. Use Topical Hair Remover Instead of Laser Treatments
Not only are topical hair removers incredibly less painful than laser treatments, but they are also drastically cheaper. So it’s a win-win. And some topical hair removers do more than you might think.
For example, Hair Free Hair Remover claims it will result in permanent hair removal after four to six applications or as little as 30 days.
2. Use Medical Tape Instead of Botox
Do you have a crease between your brows that you would love to zap with Botox? How about another spot or spots you would love to plump up with a session of injections? The truth is, just one session of Botox can cost anywhere from $300- $1000 — and it only lasts for a few months.
To banish wrinkles yourself, before bedtime, try applying a small piece of one-inch clear, first aid medical tape to the areas where you have wrinkles to cause a change. The next morning, remove the tape. The tape will cost you less than $5 and if it gives you the results you want, your investment will be way less than what you would have spent on Botox.
3. Use Peppermint Oil Instead of Lip Injections
The full-lipped puffy pout does not have to be achieved by painful and expensive lip injections. Lip plumper injections can run you between $500 and $2000. However, a gritty mixture of peppermint oil, cinnamon and Vaseline can not only exfoliate your lips for softer lips but plump them as well.
Apply a small amount of the mixture to an old toothbrush and gently brush the mixture onto your lips. Rinse off the mixture after a minute or two and voilà… softer and plumper lips. You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to any of your lip glosses for a daily lip boost.
4. Use Castor Oil Instead of Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions can be up to $300 per session. They aren’t permanent, and they can be very uncomfortable. Try this cheap DIY fix instead. After you have washed your face at the end of the day, dip a spoolie — or eyelash brush — into castor oil and brush it through your lashes, making sure to get the base of the lashes. Sleep with the oil in your lashes and wash it out first thing in the morning. You may be surprised how much better your lashes look.
5. Use Activated Charcoal Instead of Teeth Whitening
If you are looking to whiten your teeth and the at-home kits leave your teeth sensitive, or you don’t want to spend $400 for professional whitening, try this DIY fix.
Buy a tube of toothpaste with activated charcoal. It can be a little scary at first because it does turn your mouth completely black. But after a week or so, you will start to notice a difference. Plus, these toothpastes, which are less than $10, do not cause tooth sensitivity.
6. Use Coconut and Juniper Oil Instead of Liposuction for Cellulite
Liposuction is not only very expensive but also is considered surgery. And surgery often comes with very serious risks, pain and recovery time. Before you consider something so drastic, try this at-home DIY. Mix coconut oil with juniper essential oil and gently massage it into your problem areas daily.
Other DIYs for cellulite include drinking more water. Having hydrated skin makes cellulite less noticeable. So fill up your water bottle each morning, and make it a goal to drink and refill at least once.
7. Use Lip Balm Instead of Eye Creams
Purchasing a natural oil organic lip balm can just replace all the eye creams you have on your counter and in your medicine cabinet. Apply this DIY fix under your eyes — like you would your eye cream — and watch as dark circles and puffiness disappear.
Also, you can steep green tea bags then cool them for 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator before resting them on your eyes. This can also decrease puffiness and dark circles.