Beauty on a Budget

The price of beauty in this day and age is staggering. Every year the beauty and cosmetics industry rakes in billions of dollars from women (and men) eager to fork over their hard earned cash on the latest lotion or potion that promises to make them more beautiful.

The natural organic skin care segment (though still in its relative infancy) is no exception. In fact, organic skin care products are oftentimes more costly than their chemically laden counterparts.

So no matter how you cut it, it often seems impossible to achieve the beautiful skin that we deserve without spending boat loads of cash … Or is it?

The good news is that beauty on a budget is, indeed, achievable. With a little savvy and some strategic spending you can have great looking skin and still have cash in your wallet at the end of the day.

One of the biggest secrets to maximizing your skin care budget is simply knowing which products are worth the extra cash. Every organic skin care company on the market has dozens of products in its line. Between cleansers, toners, serums, creams, and body products you could easily spend hundreds of dollars per month on your skin care toolbox.

Don’t get me wrong – all of these products are fabulous and highly effective. And if your beauty budget allows you to splurge on the entire product line, go for it. However, if you’re someone who wants to be a bit more frugal, there are easy ways to stretch your skin care dollars.

The truth is that there are many products in your daily skin care arsenal that can easily be substituted with more affordable natural organic options. Why spend $20, $30 or more on an organic facial cleanser when you can get great results from a $3.00 product? Instead, spend your money where you will get the most R.O.S.C.I. – return on your skin care investment.

Over the past 20 years or so, dermatologists have been using microdermabrasion to successfully treat a multitude of skin conditions. To this day, it has remained one of the most popular and effective skin care treatments available. Whether you’re dealing with skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles or moderate acne scarring, a series of microdermabrasion treatments will leave your skin looking brighter, smoother and more radiant than it has in years.

The challenge for many however, is the cost factor involved. When performed at a dermatologist’s office or expensive med spa, a single microdermabrasion session will cost anywhere from $150 -$250. So, a series of microdermabrasion treatments can easily set you back a mortgage payment or two.

Luckily for us, there are now some fabulous personal microdermabrasion machineson the market that are affordable and highly effective. Though they are obviously less powerful than the dermatologist’s model, personal microdermabrasion machines can be used as frequently as 3 times a week at your convenience in the comfort of your home. And their results are remarkable.

In my opinion, cosmetology schools are one of the most underrated and under-utilized skin care resources that we have at our disposable. Many people think that because the services are performed by students that the results will be sub-par.

In reality, the majority of cosmetology students are talented and highly skilled individuals. And what most people don’t know is that all services are supervised by at least one or two seasoned instructors. Virtually every cosmetology school has an esthetics clinic, where all types of facial treatments are offered at about a third of the cost of salon procedures.

Thankfully, there is now a multitude of ‘green’ cosmetology schools popping up all over the country. These forward thinking institutions are educating their students about the dangers of toxic product ingredients and the benefits of offering natural organic hair and skin care solutions. As such, the services performed by their students use only organic ingredients.

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