These are difficult times. World economy has changed in the past decade and the “fat cow” period is now behind us. Budgets are tighter – a lot of us are reconsidering our expenses and finding new ways to save money.
Beauty may not be a primary necessity when money is running a little short, but if we don’t feel good about ourselves, our self-esteem suffers to some degree, along with our confidence and fearlessness to compete in the work force.
Our self-esteem is very important, especially when times are tough. If we feel good, we have a sense of being capable to overcome obstacles. Self-esteem begins within each person – but it’s undeniable that much of it also comes from the way we look on the outside. If you feel confident that you look your best, you’ll project that confidence. To take it even farther, if your boss sees that confidence in your work, he may even give you that promotion and that much desired raise to fight the recession!
So one might make a statement that in these challenging economic times, our qualifications as well as our physical looks become even more crucial in becoming competitive in a “more supply, less demand” labor market.
So You Just Can’t Forgo the Botox injections…
Or you really have to have that mid-face lift, so you can at least be on a level playing field with the younger coworker who’s vying for the same promotion that you hope to get, or worse (gasp) – your own job!
But a dwindling budget and more job competition? What’s one to do? Even though this may sound like a “no win” situation, there ARE things that you can do to optimize your financial resources and make your beauty dollar go a longer way.
Prioritize Where Your Beauty Dollars Are Spent
There are small changes that you can make to your spending habits that can all add up to a large amount of money saved over time. When the big day arrives, not only will you have the funds to do the cosmetic procedure, but you’ll also look and feel better. Here are some things to consider:
1. Clothes – Attention shopaholics. If you’re considering a fat reduction treatment, there isn’t much point in buying new clothes that won’t fit afterwards, right? Shield your cash (and your credit cards) from this exercise in futility!
2. Eating out – You can choose to eat at home or prepare your own snacks and meals to take with you – healthier for you. Not only will this save you money but it will also do good for your figure. If you want to save money for a fat reduction procedure, you might as well start losing weight right now by watching what you eat. Even after undergoing a weight reduction surgery, don’t think that you’d be home-free to eat whatever you’d like. To the contrary. After such a procedure, it becomes more important to follow a healthy diet – both for proper recuperation and for maintenance.
3. Do your own – Some beauty regimen are better left to professionals, e.g., waxing (hot wax + skin = potential disaster). However, there are other beauty maintenance procedures that you can confidently do yourself without running into too much risk of botching them. Here are some that will safely transition you from high maintenance to smart maintenance:
– Manicures and pedicures
– Root touch-ups for hair color
– At home facials
After a few weeks, you just might be amazed with the amount of money you’ve saved in a short period of time.
Some Treatments Are Cheaper Than Others
Depending on the cosmetic procedure you need, there are similar options you can consider to reduce the costs. For example:
• Saline breast implants are cheaper than silicone ones and even have less post-op complications. You can save around $1000 with this choice. The downside is that they don’t have the same natural look and feel as silicone, but they can certainly do the trick if you really need the surgery.
• Sculptra fillers are cheaper than regular fillers and they last longer. Sculptra fillers can last up to 5 years against the normal 6 to 9 months of other fillers.
• Ultrasonic liposuction and laser liposuction are generally cheaper than the traditional liposuction. The results are almost the same and you can save a few thousand dollars, depending on the size and location of the area to be treated.
• Chemical peels are cheaper than laser treatments. If you really need to make your face look better, consider this option first before resorting to the more expensive laser treatments.
• Count the Botox Units – Are you sure you need 20 units of Botox on your forehead? Perhaps 10 units are enough. When it comes to Botox, don’t let yourself be fooled. Make sure of the amount of injections you need and don’t get more than you need – not only is this bad for your pocketbook, it’s also not good for your face!
So yes, even though these are tough times, you can get creative and find many more ways to save money. One thing is for sure – we cannot afford to let our bodies go, inside and out. More than ever, it’s important to “think outside of the box” when it comes to our beauty maintenance. On with the good fight!
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