Beauty on a Budget

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No doubt the economy has put a serious, uh, wrinkle in your beauty budget. But looking good doesn’t have to mean choosing between mortgage payments and microdermabrasion.

Swap in these five products for your big ticket beauty treatments, and at least your face will still look like a million bucks.


You want: Laser Treatments – $3500

Spend instead: $150 for SkinCeuticals® A.G.E. Interrupter

If you’ve been fretting over the cost of Fraxel®, try SkinCeuticals® A.G.E. Interrupter as a highly-effective alternative, and improve your face value. Before and after photos of daily use A.G.E. over a 12-week period, shows results equal to, if not better than, a Fractionated Laser Treatment!


You want: Glycolic Peels – $900

Spend instead: $48 for Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go™ Resurfacing Peel Pads

Need to cut out your monthly in-office peels? This twice-weekly treatment is a glowing substitute. Designed specifically to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, advanced Alpha Hydroxy Acids refresh dull, dry, sun-damaged skin. The results are improved texture, diminished acne scars and fewer fine lines. A 28-day regimen will reveal a softer, smoother,   noticeably more radiant complexion.


You want:  Microdermabrasion – $400

Spend instead: $50 for Lancer™ Skincare “Polish”

If you can’t live without your monthly microderm to combat dull skin, large pores, fine lines, and pigment irregularities, then reach for famed Los Angeles dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer’s, how-did-I-ever-live-without-this, skin Polish. The powerful, yet gentle, exfoliating scrub contains natural sea minerals combined with exfoliating enzymes to buff away every last dead skin cell. Also working for you, is the proprietary Lancer CRT Oxygen Technology™ Liposome Complex with ingredients that provide oxygenation to help cells defend themselves from dreaded Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).



You want:  Botox® – $300-$600 per treatment

Spend instead: $135 for Strivectin-SD® Intensive Concentrate

The furrows in your brow are as deep as the recession, but your Botox® budget is in your gas tank? Reach for super-charged Strivectin-SD®. This improved, leading wrinkle and stretch mark fighter will visibly lift, firm and hydrate. Patented peptides will immediately reduce the look of those pesky fine lines, while continued use will battle against deeper wrinkles, and visibly improve skin’s texture and tone, from week-to-week.



You want: Hydrating Facial – $225

Spend instead:  $72 for Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask


Winter’s dryness wreaks havoc on our skin, but the expense of a monthly moisturizing facial may leave you drained. Fear not. You can still look revitalized and glowing with Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask. This all natural, intensive, nutritional therapy contains healing comfrey root and hydrating algae extract. Plus, it can pull double-duty as daily moisturizer. Cha-ching!


Neglected hands can tell a story you’d rather not share. Keep them soft and supple with the luxurious Jurlique Hand Cream Trio, a special purchase at just $48. The rich, fast-absorbing formula, scented with natural citrus, rose, and lavender, come in tubes small enough to take with you.

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