10 Best 'Beauty on a Budget' Tips, According to Frugal Redditors

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Beauty on the Cheap

A third of Americans say that they regret overspending on beauty products, according to a recent LendingTree survey. Gen Zers and Millennials are particularly guilty of this, with 27% even going into debt to fund their skincare addiction. 

While we’re all for self care at Cheapism, we’re also penny pinchers who believe you can pamper yourself without dipping into your savings. The following 10 frugal beauty tips — all sourced from a lively "beauty on a budget" thread on r/Frugal — prove that makeup and skincare don’t have to break the bank.

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2. Buy Travel-Sized Products

We know this seems counterintuitive, but go for samples and travel-sized cosmetics. Although travel-sized products are always more expensive when you read their price per unit labels, buying in bulk doesn't make sense if you just collect a bunch of products and throw them out when they expire, as one Redditor points out.

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8. Take Care of Yourself

As multiple Redditors point out, one of the most impactful things you can do for your beauty routine is to take care of yourself. That means wearing sunscreen, drinking enough water, practicing excellent sleep hygiene, exercising often, and eating well. Investing in yourself like this costs very little, and yet it will have an outsized effect on how you look and feel.

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9. Use Henna for Hair Dye

Coloring your hair with henna is not only cheaper than using typical dyes, but it also provides an incredibly “natural” color, one Redditor reports. That said, do your research before you switch to henna-based dyes, as they come with a lot of drawbacks, including potential hair loss.

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10. Try Korean Skincare Products

If you follow beauty trends, you already know about Korean skincare, which is all the rage on TikTok and other social media platforms. The appeal is that the Korean approach to skincare is gentler and cheaper. Popular brands include CosRx, Innisfree, and Laneige.