I don’t know anyone, male or female, who is completely satisfied with the way he or she looks.
Over-weight, under-weight, thin hair, curly hair, straight hair, thick hair, dry skin, oily skin — the list is endless. And yet most of these people are very attractive, and to many others, their perceived flaws aren’t even noticeable.
Physical beauty is of paramount importance in our society. It’s a quest that’s created a multi-billion dollar industry, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a magazine or television program that doesn’t have at least one or two ads aimed directly at exploiting our vulnerability. In fact, the sale of a lot of those products depends on our having a rather poor self-image. And a lot of very talented people are paid vast sums of money to tap into our insecurities.
If you’re looking to save some money in the cosmetic and grooming department, you may want to start by changing the way you think about your looks. There’s nothing wrong with a realistic self-assessment, but many of us tend to obsess about the negative, when maybe what we really should do is accentuate the positive.
So do a positive self assessment for a change. List only those features you like about yourself. And don’t limit it to just physical features either. Next time you shop for beauty products take a good look at your list before you go, just to remind yourself that maybe, just maybe, you really don’t need every new miracle cream that’s on the store shelves.
A lot of money is spent, I think, on trying new remedies for old problems. And often, a lot of money is wasted that way as well. The Frugal Face has a special section on their website just for readers’ opinions and recommendations of various products they’ve used. A quick browse through that section might easily save you a few dollars at the cosmetic counter.
You’ll probably be able to save even more money if you make even a few of your own beauty products at home. Make Stuff.com has a diverse selection of cosmetic recipes, from deodorants to facials.
If you’re not keen on making your own beauty products, at least make sure you take advantage of sales and coupon offers that may come your way. Consider buying products that can be used for more than one purpose as well. And a healthy lifestyle — eating nutritious food, drinking lots of water, getting regular exercise — can go a long way to giving you a physical presence that you can feel good about.
There’s nothing wrong with investing some time, energy and money on your appearance. And with a little planning you may even be able to achieve those same results without devoting your entire life to the quest.