Beauty Bargains

Luxury cosmetic care for less.

When you have little kids to take care of, it’s hard to justify spending money on yourself. But you also need to keep yourself looking and feeling great in order to be your best self for your family, meaning it’s important not to skimp on your beauty routine. Worried that beauty regimens can get costly? Not to fret: There are plenty of ways to pamper yourself with luxurious products and treatments without breaking the bank. Here are some favorite ways to look and feel luxe for less.

Forego the Facial

You could cough up $100 for a facial at a spa…or you could do the deed yourself. Start with a face wash like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (for normal to oily skin) or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (for all skin types). The Daily Facial Cleanser is designed to remove surface oils, dirt and makeup without leaving skin tight or overly dry. Gentle enough to use every day, the face wash rinses clean so it won’t clog pores. The Gentle Skin Cleanser soothes irritated skin on your face and body, leaving skin everywhere soft and smooth.

Next, get a good toner. The last thing you need are large pores glaring back at you in the mirror whenever you glance at your reflection. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Brand recently reintroduced its 100-percent natural Pore Perfecting Toner. If you’re the type to often skip the toner step in your beauty routine, think again. This Pore Perfecting Toner cleans and conditions pores to maintain clear, smooth and balanced skin. Plus, it removes excess dirt and oil and is non-drying unlike other toners.

Finish with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars per ounce on moisturizers that celebrities swear by. Instead, try Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15, a lightweight formula with sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays. The non-greasy face cream helps to retain vital moisture without irritating your skin. Plus, it’s highly recommended by dermatologists.

If you’ll be spending most of your days outside during warm weather months (the playground and soccer field are calling), don’t leave home without a broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin protected. When it comes to keeping the sun’s rays at bay, there are plenty of fancy creams and lotions that can cost you a pretty penny. Spend wisely with Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50, another lightweight and non-greasy formula that provides daily sun protection while moisturizing skin. Specifically formulated for the face, this strong coverage cream nourishes and hydrates skin for up to eight hours. It absorbs quickly and is especially gentle. Use it alone or under your makeup for full-time coverage.

Skip the Spa Body Scrub Session

You may think the job of smoothing and buffing your body for the start of a new season is up to an esthetician with a beauty school degree. The truth is, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home for a lot less cash. You can even light candles in your bathroom while you shower or play jazzy music to set a spa-like mood.

Lather your skin all over with a skin renewing body scrub. Cetaphil Skin Restoring Body Wash is clinically proven to cleanse and moisturize severely itchy skin. Advanced protein technology helps restore skin hydration and repair the epidermal barrier. Allantoin helps soothe dry, itchy skin.

Follow with Cetaphil Skin Restoring Moisturizer for Eczema Relief, proven to provide immediate and long-lasting moisture for dry, itchy skin. Ceramide technology repairs the epidermal layer by keeping in water while quality humectants and emollients promote hydration.

Lose the Laser

More extensive skincare treatments tend to be expensive. Visits to the dermatologist for Botox, the endermologist for cellulite smoothing and the plastic surgeon for vein removal certainly add up. And those luxury department store concoctions that promise to change your life cost upwards of $100 a pop. Instead, choose a product that smooths skin and offers other benefits without the cost or the pain of going to a pro. Bio-Oil, a skincare remedy from South Africa, delivers vitamins A and E, calendula, lavender and rosemary oils and chamomile extract through PurCellin Oil. The result: Bio-Oil prevents and minimizes scars and stretch marks, evens skin tone, nourishes aging skin and intensely lubricates skin to fend off dryness and flakiness. Use it on your face or body, and smoother skin is no longer a pipe dream but a reality. Kim Kardashian is a fan and living proof of the results.

Try these beauty bargains for an appropriate amount of time and you’ll likely feel great and look beautiful. Plus, you’ll still have some cash stashed away for other well-deserved splurges.

Budget-Wise Beauty Picks

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, 8 fl. oz., $7.10
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, 8 fl. oz., $7.63
  • Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting Toner, 8 fl. oz., $3.99
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15, 4 fl. oz., $10.50
  • Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50, 1.7 fl. oz., $13.99
  • Cetaphil Skin Restoring Body Wash, 10 fl. oz., $14.99
  • Cetaphil Skin Restoring Moisturizer for Eczema Relief, 10 fl. oz., $14.99
  • Bio-Oil, 4.2 fl. oz., $19.99