Affordable Alternatives to Expensive Beauty Treatments

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Posted on 03/20/2014

Studies show women spend about $426 billion a year on beauty products. That's a crazy amount of cash. Why not try some more affordable alternatives to those expensive beauty treatments?

Eyelash Growth
Your doctor could prescribe you some expensive hair stimulators to help your lashes grow. Or you could try Caster Oil, a natural remedy for all sorts of issues. According to thebeautydepartment.com Caster Oil is rich in omega-9 fatty acid which will help your eyelashes grow thick and long. An 8-ounce bottle is on sale for $4.79 at vitaminshoppe.com. Put some into an empty mascara tube and apply it each night before bed.


Facials
Take a 60-second trip to the spa every day with a Clarisonic Mia. It uses sonic technology, oscillating to loosen dirt and oil. Just like your esthetician may promise, the Clarisonic Mia will help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Pick one up at QVC.com for $119.


Hair Removal
Have a few unwanted hairs? Avoid the embarrassing walk of shame that happens after a wax and instead get rid of those hairs in private and at a fraction of the price. Olay's Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo promises to remove even the most stubborn facial hair. The two-step system is $26.99 at Olay.com.


Teeth Whitening
Whiter teeth can take years off your appearance. These treatments can cost hundreds of dollars or you can get a noticeably whiter smile in two weeks with a product like Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips, on sale for $17.59 at drugstore.com. The stain dissolving strips disappear in just 5-10 minutes.


Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
An exfoliation treatment at a spa can cost big bucks. But chances are you already have the ingredients in your kitchen to whip one up at home. Exfoliating is a great way to slough away dead skin cells. Check out this recipe from PaulaDeen.com that includes dark brown sugar and extra virgin olive oil.


By Alison Storm


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