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A Few Simple Beauty Tricks that Save Time and Money

April 29, 2015

I’m veering off topic today and sharing a few of my time- and money-saving favorite beauty routine tricks. I’m all about adding a few simple tricks to my beauty arsenal. Perhaps you are, too.

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of proper skincare maintenance as having a perfect, glowing complexion is no longer a given. It’s only recently that I’ve been plagued with extremely oily skin and breakouts. While I could purchase a multi-step system “guaranteed” to treat oily skin, I’ve discovered that it’s easier to use something I already have around the house to treat my oily skin: baking soda.

How to Use Baking Soda to Treat Oily Skin at

How to Use Baking Soda for Oily Skin

Step one: add a small spoonful of baking soda to the palm of your hand.
Step two: add a squirt of your favorite cleanser.
Step three: add a small amount of water to the mixture in your hand and combine.
Step four: wash your face with the mixture and rinse.

Frequency: Two to three times per week in addition to your normal facial cleansing routine.

A few other tips for dealing with oily skin:

  1. Never touch your face with your hands. If this is a problem at night, sleep with a blanket between your hands and face. 
  2. Change your pillowcases often.
  3. Remove your makeup daily.
  4. Find a good moisturizer for oily skin.
  5. Makeup primer is your friend. So is a good concealer.

My favorite products? Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, and bareMinerals Heal & Conceal Acne Treatment & Concealer, to name a few.

How to Use Baby Oil for Dry Skin

On the flip side, my husband has extremely dry skin — especially on his legs and in his facial hair. His skin is so dry that he often develops dry patches and sores on his legs and in his facial hair. While we’re still trying to find the just right moisturizer for his face (any recommendations?) we’ve discovered the secret to keeping his legs moisturized: baby oil. Here’s how:

Step one: store a bottle of baby oil in shower.
Step two: immediately after turning off shower, generously rub entire dry area (i.e. legs) with baby oil.
Step three: allow baby oil to absorb into skin while drying rest of body.
Step four: gently pat dry any areas covered in baby oil.
Step five: follow with your favorite lotion.

Frequency: Daily when dry skin is at its worst. 

This makes a remarkable difference in Travis’ dry skin, especially during the cold, winter months.

Exfoliating Body Wash Instead of Shaving Gel

While we’re talking about showering, let me confess another of my beauty foes: my hair grows extremely fast. You’re thinking, “How is this a problem? I wish my hair would grow faster.” Let me explain: if I shave my legs in the morning using a normal shaving gel, I will need to shave my legs again that same day or wear pants that night because the hair on my legs will have grown that much.

The solution? Exfoliating body wash in lieu of shaving gel. The exfoliating body wash causes the hairs on your legs to stand up, which results in a much closer shave. I’ve actually gone nearly two days without needing to shave my legs, which is amazing for this girl!  I’ve found body wash much less expensive than fancy shaving gels that promise the same effect. Using an exfoliating body wash saves me both time and money, which is a major win in my book.

My favorite product: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash


What are your favorite beauty tips? I know we’re all looking for was to save both time and money when it comes to our beauty routines!

All comments are encouraged and appreciated!