I have adult acne. While I appreciate the fact that it keeps me young at heart, I resent that it keeps me shackled to my keyboard, endlessly researching new and innovative developments in skincare technology. I am by no means a rich woman; regardless, I treat each alleged breakthrough (usually presented in the form of an advertisement featuring a model in a lab coat) as an opportunity to open my wallet and scream "fix me!" at whatever corporation claims to have my best interest at heart. In spite of the thousands of dollars I've hemorrhaged on the cause thus far, I have not yet been fixed. Which is why, for a week at least, I've decided to give up on chasing this financially and emotionally draining dream.
Emboldened by tales extolling coconut oil as a miracle in a jar, I'll be using it as a cleanser. But why stop there? After all, facial products aren't the only things I waste my money on. My entire beauty routine, from head to toe, will therefore be 100% au naturel. My only rule? If it's edible, it's fair game. My reasoning behind this is simple–if I can buy it at the grocery store, I can use EBT to pay for it. Now, before you judge, dig this neat little theory I just came up with: If I look better, it'll give me the self-confidence necessary to pull myself up by the bootstraps, earn a decent-paying job and stop suckling at the government's teat. Really, I'm helping you, John Q. Taxpayer, help myself. Reagan would be so proud! (Style icon Nancy Reagan, I mean).
With winter quickly approaching, I'm beginning to experience drier
skin than normal. It makes sense: once the humidity from the
summer is gone, the lower moisture content in the air affects your
skin. Conventional lotions can cost a lot of money and
contain nasty chemicals, dyes, and other additives that enter your
bloodstream almost immediately upon application. Fortunately,
there are many natural moisturizers that are cheap and natural that
you can use to quench your parched skin.
Here are some of my favorite frugal ways to combat dry skin:
I hate those mornings when I'm sleep-deprived then someone comes up to me and says, "Hey, you look tired...," because what they really meant in the back of their mind was "Whoa, you're not lookin' so great. You must've had a rough night."
For me, the eyes are the most important feature on a face so I always try to keep my "windows to the soul" looking fresh and vibrant. Unfortunately, we don't wake up in the morning looking perfect – we might be up and awake, but our eyes aren't--and not enough sleep, stress, alcohol are factors that become visible in our eyes.
If you've been out all night and don't want your boss to know, read on for some simple tips and tricks to brighten up tired eyes--without the need for any expensive eye creams:
Had too much fun in the sun this summer? Chances are it's probably showing. If you're like me and spent just about every weekend at the beach or cruised around under the sun with the convertible top down, then your hair and skin may need some repairing.
With the season soon coming to an end, there are some cheap and easy-to-do remedies for your post-summer beauty woes. Here are just a few:
Beauty can be a pain, and hair removal is no exception. Despite some of the horror stories I've heard about epilators, I was pretty excited when I received the Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5180 ($70). With summer now in full swing, I don't want to have to be shaving my legs every couple of days.
I recently learned that The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not authorize FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients (except color additives that are not coal-tar hair dyes), and that cosmetic manufacturers can pretty much put whatever they want into their products, except the few that have been prohibited. The next time you head to the drugstore to pick up your favorite lotion, face cream, or any other beauty product, you might want to take a look at the ingredients list. The list is usually quite long and most of the ingredients you probably can't pronounce.