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Beauty basics for less


13 September 2022

With the cost-of-living crisis on everyone’s mind, now’s the time to start being more mindful about saving money. But high energy prices don’t necessarily mean you have to start scrimping on self-care. There are a number of ways to enjoy beauty basics for less – and here’s how…


Shower rather than bath

Showering not only helps conserve water, it also means you’re wasting less energy – and therefore saving money. When it comes to exfoliating, did you know that you can use our Epsom Salt crystals in the shower? And to save even more energy (and water) you could opt for a dry exfoliation before turning on the shower to revitalise yourself.


Exfoliating has several benefits. Firstly, old dead skin cells (that make your complexion dull) are scrubbed off, leaving new fresh skin cells. And it’s also easier for skin to absorb moisturisers and other skin treatments after it has been exfoliated. It’s worth noting that if your complexion is normal to oily, exfoliating is helpful three to four times a week. For drier skin, it should only be done one to two times a week maximum.



Make H2O your bestie

With our body being 70% water, it’s logical that any lack of sufficient water intake will affect our appearance. That’s why drinking water is undoubtedly the easiest and most efficient way of preventing the signs of ageing, maintaining smooth skin and a hydrated body.


Water eliminates the toxins in our body that are stored up daily through contact with pollutants, tobacco smoke, stress and other sources of free radical formation. And interestingly, free radicals are the principal cause of skin diseases and premature ageing.


Water not only gives skin a more youthful appearance but also helps vitamins and nutrients to flow easily throughout the body. In particular, it collaborates with all of the body’s organs to distribute vitamins E, C and B12, which keep the skin smooth and young. And best of all, it’s (almost) free!



Raid the cupboards!

Keep costs low by raiding the cupboards for skincare success! Before settling on a skincare regimen, you have to know what skin type you have. If you’re lucky, you might have normal skin – not too dry or too oily, but just right. More people will have combination skin where there are parts of the face and body which are dry and other parts oily. Or, you might just be all oily or all dry skinned.


With a few cupboard basics, you can save money on expensive lotions and potions. As a few ideas, coconut oil can double as a moisturiser and hair conditioner; our Epsom Salt can double as a body and facial scrub; crushed aspirin and lemon juice can help blitz spot flareups; bananas, oats and honey make a great face mask; and almond oil acts as a great makeup remover. Not only is it more cost-effective to opt for ingredients you’ve already got, it’s also a lot of fun!


The best of the rest

Use the pressure of time by setting timers to keep track of how long you’re in the shower for or when you’re using your hairdryer. Speeding up your everyday beauty habits will mean pennies are saved. Using lights to touch up your makeup? Make sure they’re LED as they use up to 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and they last up to 20 times longer. Alternatively, you can use smart plugs which automatically switch off when a device isn’t in use.


Try and buy in bulk if possible – and this goes for both perishable and non-perishable goods. Shop at discounted stores, use coupons where possible and always check for deals. Oh, and did we mention…we’ve got a great introductory offer on our bath and body oils at the moment? Check out the range here – and enjoy!



What a fantastic product this is! Seeing as I go to the gym regularly often my muscles are aching after a workout, when applying Newton Wood Epsom Salts to the bath not only does it help with my recovery and relaxes me, but it makes the water incredibly soft and noticeably different to a normal bath running. I would recommend this product.