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The Good Life For Less: Beauty Best Buys III

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Let’s wrap up the beauty best buys with our biggest organ — the skin. We’ve been getting tips from consumer-saving guru Andrea Woroch on saving money on beauty essentials all week. Here they are if you missed them:

Part 1: Makeup Money Savers | Part 2: All About The Hair

Now let’s talk skin!

Clean Skin Savings

Some big money savers can come in the more common purchases you use to say clean, soft and smelling good.

Woroch said that foam hand soap is one of the easier beauty products to make yourself. Check out EHow.com’s recipe for specific DIY instructions. Ultimately, you need a lot of water, a bit of soap and a few drops of essential oil.

We all want to feel soft and, as we age, keep wrinkles at bay. If your mama never taught you to moisturize — read up on it — because like Woroch says, you want to avoid “the shar pei-look at 50, but lotion gets pricey when you see the words illuminating, firming or age-defying on the label.”

Most drugstore moisturizers work wonders, but the key is finding a drugstore exfoliator to go with it. Unless you have skin issues, those combined will do the trick for most people.

That brings us to smelling good. Designer fragrances are priced like liquid gold. Maybe not quite, but if $70 gets you less than 6 ounces of product, it sure feels like it.

I suggest taking a look at department stores, discount chains and bulk stores. Some often carry the designer brands and if you purchase after Christmas, I find the gift set to be a steal. Even places like Sam’s Club and Costco have a great selection at a much better price.

Woroch said if you can’t part with your signature Chanel scent, you can buy gift cards at places like giftcardgranny.com a discounted rate for retailers selling your fragrance.

Know of any other deals, share them with other ‘Good Lifers’ in the comment section. You can also read more money-saving blog posts here and text WCCODEALS to 84816 for a ‘deals of the week’ reminder.

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