By Daleth Quintanilla | Staff Writer
Beauty regimens at a salon or spa can be pretty pricey and let’s face it, as college students we cannot afford to go to the salon every week.
Let’s do some simple math: a particularly high-maintenance person such as myself needs to have manicured hands every week, and that’s $25 a week for a simple gel manicure.
Weekly manicures mean every month we are spending one hundred dollars solely on nails, $100 equates to $1,200 a year, and that’s the cost of just a manicure. What about a pedicure or facial?
When you look good, you feel good, and even though money may be tight we want to look our best.
Here are a few tips that will bring the salon to you and save you money.
Tip 1: Water. For glowing skin, drink plenty of water.
Not only does water make skin glow, but it flushes out fluids and toxins, all while controlling calories.
So, take your mother’s advice and drink those eight glasses per day.
Tip 2: Witch Hazel. For smooth skin, pour some Witch Hazel on a cotton ball and rub it on a freshly washed face.
Witch Hazel is a shrub that can be found in the first aid aisle of most stores.
Witch Hazel can be used as an astringent to tighten the skin and fight acne; it can shrink pores and eliminate blemishes.
Additionally, it can decrease swelling and soreness for bruises and cuts. It can also heal and soothe burns. In
rare cases, Witch Hazel can even lessen the symptoms of irritations like eczema and psoriasis.
Tip 3: A facial mask. Spend a few dollars on a mint facial mask.
Your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated, and it will also last
Tip 4: Hydrogen Peroxide.For a bright, white smile use Hydrogen Peroxide. Take a cotton ball, soak it in peroxide and rub it on freshly brushed teeth. The trick is to not eat or drink anything for at least thirty minutes afterwards.
Peroxide was originally created to treat mouth sores such as blisters, so it is perfectly safe to use on teeth, but make sure you do not swallow it, and rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
Like the other items listed, this is also an inexpensive product that can be found in the first aid aisle of most stores.
Tip 5: YouTube. For manicures and pedicures use YouTube.
Learn to perform an at-home manicure or pedicure by watching a tutorial from your favorite beauty blogger, such as Julia Graf.
Tip 6: Sunless tanner.
For sexy glowing skin all year round, pour a bit of sunless tanner into the palm of your hand and mix with your usual lotion.
You will get that sexy glow you enjoy so much over summer without any of the streaking.
Tip 7: Petroleum Jelly. Stop what you’re doing and buy Petroleum Jelly.
Petroleum Jelly can be used for a number of things: chapped lips, cracked skin on the heals, cuticle softener, lash growth, and even more.
These are just a few beauty tricks and tips that could fit into anyone’s budget, but there are plenty more out there. Try a quick search through beauty blogs or even popular websites such as Pinterest to discover more.