Beauty Secrets On A Budget

Nature is your skin's best friend, and its worst enemy. You get a dose of vitamin D just by being outside, but environmental toxins, the sun's ultra violet rays, and allergies can send your beauty regime into overdrive. Brand name beauty products can be expensive; and they don't always do what they promise.

You can save money with drugstore beauty creams and let Mother Nature take care of the rest.

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Wipe Out Wrinkles

Drugstore creams with antioxidants such as soy or green tea extract, vitamins A, B3, C and E, offer affordable options for beautiful skin. Work from the inside out by eating a half cup of raw red bell peppers, they have twice as much free-radical fighting vitamin C, and a third less calories than a medium orange.

Allies for Puffy Eyes

Besides exercise and diet, there isn't much you can do about puffy eyes. Aging eye ligaments weaken and cause fat to slip down. Combine that with thinning skin and you get bulging under-eye circles. A gentle face massage will help drain excess fluid. A generic antihistamine will help reduce swelling due to allergies. Baby shampoo contains lauric acid, which is non-toxic, making it safe for eye-makeup removal.

Bright Hair Brew

Bring out highlights in dyed or natural hair with a tea rinse. Chamomile polishes blond hair, black tea brightens brunettes, and red tea restores red hair's natural luster. Saturate your locks with 8 oz. of cool tea. Leave the tea in your hair for 15 to 30 minutes. Then rinse with water.

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Lighten Up Dark Spots

Sunscreen is the most affordable and effective way to protect your skin from dark spots. Lycopene, an antioxidant found in orange and red produce, is a natural sunscreen. Half of a pink grapefruit is a rich source, and it's all you need for added sun protection. To diminish spots and protect your skin from environmental damage, make a mask with yogurt, strawberries and lemon juice.

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Banish Bothersome Blemishes

Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy that gently exfoliates your skin. Applying a thin layer for 10 minutes will help clear clogged pours. Collard greens are a rich source of vitamin A, which normalizes oil production and keeps glands free of debris. Capers contain quercetin; just two tablespoons a week will help calm inflammation and act as an antihistamine.

Bolster your body with these fiscal-friendly tips, and your beauty will see a positive return on your investment.

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Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. Today the program boasts more than 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor.  For more information go to jazzercise.com or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.

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