Student Survival Guide Part 2: Skincare on a Budget


Whether you’re a student or not, all those facial gels, creams, moisturisers, serums, scrubs, cleansers and toners can be a little pricey. But there are some seriously simple ways to cut the costs, while still looking and feeling great. Last week we had a look at makeup on a budget. Now let’s have a looksee at skincare, shall we?

1. Make like a vampire (and keep out of the sun)

I think all of us imagine ourselves to be a bit like the vampires in Twilight; if we stand in the sun we’ll dazzle the masses with our glittering, shiny, sun-kissed glow. However, we actually have a lot more in common with the legit vampires from The Vampire Diaries, being that direct sunlight will cause some serious skin damage (and you’ll probably shrivel up and die). If you insist on venturing outside from time to time, then I am going insist you’re sensible with your sun coverage, and slap on some sunscreen – yep, even when it looks like rain. You’ll save a lot of money on creams and balms later on if you stick to this simple step.

2. Don’t be fooled by the price

Much like makeup, purchasing a cheaper product doesn’t necessarily mean you’re compromising quality. INNOXA, Natio, Simple and QV Skincare are all affordable brands I have fallen in love with over the years. The mark-up on beauty products is incredible. I used to work in fragrance and there was a 400% increase in the cost price and the recommended retail price for some perfumes. Keep that in mind next time you’re choosing your eye cream.

3. You’re using too much

A little bit of moisturiser can go a long way. Moisturiser isn’t meant to sit on your face like foundation, and if you can still significantly feel it after massaging it in, you’ve probably used too much. With face moisturisers, you only need to use the equivalent of a 10 cent coin, and with most under eye creams, you only need a small smear. No more than the size of a pea (and even that’s being a bit too generous). You will save a lot of money by using the correct amount.

4. Take care of your insides

I recently visited a naturopath with a background in biomedical science (which is Doctor Speak for “she knows her shiz”). For the last year my body has been acting like a moody teenager, and to make a long story short, we are no longer on speaking terms. But my naturopath told me some pretty surprising things.

Did you know that when you contract a stomach bug, the flu, take antibiotics, drink too much (followed by a massive hangover and doing unspeakable things while bending over a toilet), or do anything to upset the bacterial balance in your stomach, it can take your gut over a month to repair itself? Me neither.

Did you know that if you have a diet high in sugar and preservatives, the sugar will ferment in your stomach and become a breeding ground for bad bacteria? Me neither!

And did you know that breakouts, brittle finger nails, dark circles under your eyes and a pasty complexion are just a few of the physical symptoms that could be telling you something isn’t right with your body? Me. Neither. We have so much in common. We should be friends. So here’s the deal: eat your fruit and veggies, try not to get hammered (I know, I’m a killjoy), and look after yourself. What’s happening with your insides really does reflect on the outside.



  • Reply Donna76 Wednesday 12th June, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks for the great article. I tend to go over board with my creams. when it comes to sunscreen I thought that more than a pea size would not be enough to protect my skin as I love the outdoors.

  • Reply Danaplatt Tuesday 11th June, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Ahh sugar

  • love-melona
    Reply love-melona Tuesday 28th May, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I love my QV body lotion!

  • Reply PinkK Tuesday 28th May, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    At the moment I am all about feeding my body to repair my nails, hair and skin. Trying to increase my consumption of foods like baby spinach and salmon. I am on the constant road of discovery with beneficial foods and if it helps to make me eat better, then I’m very happy.

  • Reply dj23249 Tuesday 28th May, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Some amazing info, great tips

  • Reply BellaB Saturday 25th May, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Always handy.

  • Reply romvar Tuesday 26th March, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Mmmm….better cut down on my lolly consumption. Interesting fact about the sugar fermenting in your stomach.

  • Reply coyleshana Tuesday 19th March, 2013 at 1:40 am

    i realised i use way to much moisturiser, great tips!!

  • Reply maggielyly Saturday 16th March, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Thank you for sharing!
    This was very helpful and a nice read =)

  • Reply jenniqua Friday 15th March, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Great and informative article.

  • Reply foxoduck Friday 15th March, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Great tips

  • Reply amanda6393 Friday 15th March, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Yep, nutrition has a HUGE impact on your looks as well as your health. Get those essential fatty acids into you and cut out as much sugar as possible!
    Don’t agree with the sun thing. Humans need a certain amount of sun exposure for wellbeing and adequate vitamin D absorption. Why is everyone suddenly popping vitamin D pills?….because everyone is overusing sunscreen and avoiding the sun on the advice from the powers above.

  • Karla
    Reply Karla Friday 15th March, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Really helpful tips, it’s so important to eat beauty food!

  • Reply dj23249 Friday 15th March, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Great tips

  • Reply yslyenom Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Natio is a great brand and thanks for the tips.

  • Reply Claireo Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Great tips!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Some great health tips there

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    Reply newbie Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 8:08 pm


  • newbie
    Reply newbie Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    great article

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    Reply newbie Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 7:56 pm


  • Reply whocriedwolf Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I agree, alot of skincare products are way overpriced, i love my Simple products!

  • Reply BellaB Thursday 14th March, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Helpful for everyone.

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