Frugal Beauty Tips for Seniors
Frugal living is for all ages these days, and one of the ways that spending can really rack up is with beauty products and visits to the hairdresser. Seniors have some particular beauty needs, too, that may seem like they are hard to address in a frugal manner. But there are frugal beauty tips for those of a certain age, too. Read on for some frugal beauty tips for seniors.
Do you spend a lot at the beauty shop getting your hair done? What does it involve? Chances are, you can do a lot of those things at home, or elicit help from a family member. It’s generally a great deal cheaper to do your hair at home, and hair color can often be had for less than $10 (especially if you use coupons and watch for sales).
If you are coloring gray, sources suggest that you go with an “ash” color, which means it will blend with gray pretty well. Ash colors are also a bit more forgiving if you make a mistake.
A set of hot rollers can help save money on having your hair styled. They are also likely to be easier on your hair than a chemical treatment like a perm.
2. Skin Cleanser
Try making your own skin cleanser for a lot less than the commercial stuff. A good stand-by for dry skin (and a good help for wrinkles) is to mix 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey and use it to cleanse your skin. If you need to remove make-up and you have dry or wrinkled skin, try using olive oil to wipe off the make-up before cleansing.
You can also make your own exfoliant, which helps give skin a healthy glow if used once a week or so. A simple homemade one is made from 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon sweet almond oil, and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. If it’s too thick, add a little milk to thin it.
3. Don’t Be Afraid of a New Look
If you’ve had the same basic look for the last 30 years, maybe it’s time to go for a different look. No one has to know it’s because you’re being frugal! New hair styles and new make-up techniques can give you a totally new look which costs less and may even make you feel younger.
4. Eat and Drink Well
Yes, what you eat and drink has plenty to do with how you look. You’ve probably heard that drinking water helps hydrate your skin; but you may not know that a healthy diet also plays a role. Eat healthy, fresh foods and load up on fruits and veggies. It’s not a bad idea to take a good multivitamin, either.