Flip open a magazine, and you’re greeted by the flawless faces of women whose net worth is more than your entire mortgage. Naturally, your first reaction may be a jealous desire for a body and skin just like theirs. Your second will probably be the discouraging resignation of having significantly less money to spend on the beauty products they recommend. But there is hope! There are ways to achieve that million-dollar look on a soccer mom budget – we’ve taken some of the most popular celebrity beauty treatments and found their affordable counterparts!
Many stars depend laser hair removal to keep their legs, bikini line and underarms under control. This procedure uses a laser on the hair follicle, removing unwanted hair and inhibiting future growth. Costs are approximately $250 per treatment, and about three to seven sessions are required before any permanent hair loss is observed. That can add up to some big bucks! If you’re hard pressed to get hair removal for less, at-home hair removal systems, like the Braun EpiSilk Hair Removal System, retail around $80. Products like these are just as effective, though they may be more time-consuming than laser treatment.
Luxurious skin care can definitely make you feel like a million bucks – with the price tag to boot. Some popular creams like La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum Rare cost upwards of $1,000! If you’d prefer not to dip into your savings to pamper your skin, pick up the best-selling anti-aging moisturizer on the market, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. For under $30, this moisturizer rivals its more expensive counterparts with its ability to penetrate 10 layers below the skin’s surface to deliver notable results within five days.
Microdermabrasion is another treatment that many celebs use to keep their skin looking fresh and smooth. About a week prior to a show, they pay anywhere from $100 to $200 to spray microcrystals on their faces to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. We won’t lie to you – this procedure can be effective for someone who doesn’t mind spending their grocery money on it. The cheaper alternative can be found in your own kitchen! A homemade brown sugar scrub, made with aloe vera or avocado oil, is just as effective as the upscale treatment. It contains glycolic acid, which helps to strip away dead layers of the skin, and is also a humectant, which means it can draw moisture from the air to help hydrate the skin – something microdermabrasion doesn’t do!
A luxury celebs can enjoy while spending $6,000 for a one night stay at Hotel Victor in Miami Beach is a $5,000 bath in 1,000 liters of Evian Natural Spring Water. Baths are a well-loved ritual for many celebrities, but not many of us can afford this kind of price tag. If you want to take a bath in something that will help you with that red carpet glow, look no further than your own tub and Epsom salt. Epsom salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate that can be found at the drugstore for around $5. Add a half-cup to a standard-size bath and soak for about 40 minutes to help remove toxins and absorb the minerals. This helps to detox, calm and sooth your skin for amazing results.
We can’t all walk the red carpet, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be red-carpet ready. With these affordable techniques, it’s easy to treat yourself and look good doing it. Take a page out of the celebrity lifestyle and try out these alternatives – time to feel like a million bucks without the cost!