Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Case study: health and beauty

I’ve made a lot of progress over the last few years in terms of rationalising my expenditure on expensive beauty products and services.  And while the difference to my face and body has not been noticeable, the different to my wallet has.

Some of the key changes I’ve made include:
  • Including basic products in my beauty routine – QV cleanser, sorbolene, etc. – rather than paying for expensive brands that will just get washed off
  • Supplementing the basics with one or two luxuries – e.g., a glycolic moisturiser, which genuinely does keep my skin clearer and looking younger (you don’t have to believe the marketing hype …)
  • Using mostly generic products when they are pretty much identical to their branded cousins – contact solution, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Using up products by cutting open the tubes to extract every last bit (there can be a week or more left of a product trapped inside)
  • Buying expensive products online, overseas, or at a discount chemist to get the lowest price
  • DIYing some treatments – e.g., eyebrow tinting
  • Generally avoiding beauty therapists like the plague
  • Avoiding on-sells – e.g., at my hair salon they go through product-pushing phases, and I firmly say no thanks