As a nation, we spend an astonishing amount of money on health and beauty products. But is it justified? Well, with a little research, we have found that it might not be worth all that expense. Here are a few ways you can save big on your health and beauty products so that you can put your money towards something more worthwhile.
Go for store brand products
The markup on cosmetic items can be enormous when you pay for big brand names. And, in many cases, store branded products contain the same ingredients and work just as well. But, they tend to cost an awful lot less – up to four or five times less, in some cases. There is an element of snobbery in beauty products that makes no sense. Why pay more when you can achieve the same results for a fraction of the cost?
Invest in quality
That said, there are higher quality products available. They will cost more, but the point is that they will last a considerable time longer. Where you might need to replace a cheap brand once every couple of weeks, the quality items will last for a few months. It makes sense, then, to spend money when it is the right time. Long-lasting lipsticks, for example, will cost you less in the long-term.
Make your own
You can get a lot of the same effects of health and beauty products just by making your own. For example, you can buy a standard moisturizer, and add our own oils in there for a fraction of the price. Lemon juice can lighten your hair a little, rather than relying on expensive highlighters. And, you can even save a fortune by making your own lip balms, body scrubs, and scrubs. Head over to The Guardian for a closer look at the types of products you can create.
Buy in bulk
Want to make big savings but still use your favourite products? Then buy in bulk from a wholesaler. Take BF Mulholland, for example. They sell dental products to consumers, and to dental professionals. You could also try somewhere like Costco. As long as you are careful with expiry dates and have somewhere to store it, you can save a fortune by buying bulk. You could buy all your essentials, and then use your savings to buy higher quality items at no extra cost.
Don’t be loyal
A lot of people are brand loyal when it comes to health and beauty products. However, if you are prepared to try out new things, then your boldness will bring great financial rewards. New beauty products come out all the time and are often sold at discount prices to grow their market quickly. Take advantage by keeping up to date with the new offers from your local pharmacy or beauty shop.
Can you think of any more ideas for saving money on health and beauty products? If so, we would love to hear from you. Why not let us know in the comments section below?