Cheap Trick

The weather’s been very dry here the past few days. I find that keeping a tin of this on my nightstand and massaging into my cuticles at bedtime helps keep them soft and prevents hangnails. Great for dry lips and chapped skin too.

What are your favorite inexpensive beauty tricks?

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17 Comments

  1. November 12, 2013 / 8:13 am

    I’m very sloppy, I’m a sunblock and Aquaphor woman, that’s it, I don’t even own a moisturiser.

  2. November 12, 2013 / 9:30 am

    I put Vaseline on my lips at night and when I work out! Other times, Ulta Tinted Lip Balm in Toast is a constant companion!

  3. November 12, 2013 / 9:41 am

    Good old vaseline and Cerave lotion (recommended by the great Paula of Paula’s Choice).

  4. Cornelia
    November 12, 2013 / 9:48 am

    I massage a thin layer of Vaseline onto my feet every night and cover them with thin cotton socks. Nice smooth feet all year.

  5. Suz
    November 12, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Virgin cold pressed coconut oil. It can be used for anything I have found. Also non irritating to even sensitive skin.Excellent night moisturizer. Am also a fan of CeraVe hydrating face wash which I discovered when I got rosacea (boo!) a few years back. Its the best thing I have used and its drugstore cheap.

  6. November 12, 2013 / 11:28 am

    I don’t have any cheap tricks but I like yours:).

  7. Marguerite Dawson Krenek
    November 12, 2013 / 11:28 am

    I’m a fan of Cerave products, as well as Aquaphor and Nivea original moisture lotion. The lips get constant attention with either lipstick or Chapstick Moisturizing. Is it a hormonal issue for me? My beloved never needs to use moisturizers.

    • Suz
      November 13, 2013 / 2:05 pm

      Men have oilier thicker skin, its a hormone/sex difference. All skin does dry out due to hormones (loss) as you age, so if you started off with dry or normal skin, its more apparent. Men just have a few more years, as do women with oily skin.

  8. Ann
    November 12, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    I use Bag Balm on my cuticles and heels. Vaseline would do exactly the same thing, but Vaseline doesn’t come in that charming little green can with the cow amidst the roses.

  9. November 12, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    I need to get some of this to help my stepdaughter with her extremely dry hands, the poor thing.

    • une femme
      November 12, 2013 / 2:07 pm

      Adrienne, if her skin is dry all over, she might also want to try Aquaphor.

  10. Duchesse
    November 12, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    St. Ives Exfoliating Apricot Scrub- a great exfoliator, about a third the cost of fancy brands.

  11. Paula Burckhard
    November 12, 2013 / 3:53 pm

    Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper lip gloss!

  12. Karen
    November 12, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    Lansinoh Nipple Cream (great for lips, eyes, nails…)

  13. Nahid
    November 12, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    I live in a cold climate with hard water to boot, so moisturizing is a must. Once a week, I slather Vaseline on my hands and feet and cover them with socks before I go to bed; I also deep-moisturize my curly, dry hair (in lieu of a deep-conditioning mask) with coconut oil (another great moisturizer for the body) and let it sit for either 30 mins or overnight before a shower; I exfoliate, heal and moisturize my chapped lips with a mixture of honey and sugar rubbed gently over them and washed off with warm water, and then put on some chapstick; I ‘dry’ exfoliate my face – that is, without wetting my face, I use my facial scrub and rub it gently for 30-60 seconds all over my face and neck with damp fingers instead. I usually do this while I’m in the shower so the steam opens up my pores. When using my moisturizer, rather than rubbing the lotion in, I lightly rub a dime-sized amount in my fingers to warm it up and then pat/press it into my skin – somehow it absorbs better and without a slick look. And a last beauty trick: even though its not cheap, invest in a humidifier – it makes a huge difference for skin, hair, body and health in the dry winter air. 🙂

    (Sorry for the long reply!)

  14. Divya M.
    November 15, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I use pure Shea Butter on my feet at night to keep them soft. I dont know if its cheap or not, but I got a free sample of Julep cuticle oil that Ive been slathering on ALL THE TIME and I really notice a difference. Lastly, Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm has also been a constant.

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