Damn you, winter skin! My normally oily skin has once again succumbed to the cold air, becoming dry and flaky -- not really the healthy, dewy, Kate Moss-like complexion I'm going for. The solution? Exfoliate. The problem? My budget. Sure, La Mer's The Refining Facial may have gotten rave reviews, but my wallet is not raving about the price tag of $75. I found three affordable face exfoliants -- that work -- for a fraction of the price.
Cheap: Burt Bee's Citrus Facial Scrub ($7). I've never met Burt, but I'd like to shake his hand. This scrub is made of almonds, orange peels and rose petals, which leaves your face smelling delicious. After using this product, my skin felt clean, soft and fresh, plus it's chemical-free, so it's good for sensitive skin. Yay!
Cheaper: St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($4). This scrub has won so many beauty accolades, it deserves a lifetime achievement award. It effectively sloughs away dead skin without leaving your face red or irritated, revealing a smoother, clearer complexion. I've been using St. Ives since high school when my mom brought it home from the drugstore. And mom knows best, right?
Cheapest: Baking Soda (pennies!). My friend swears by using baking soda to exfoliate her skin, and so does Hollywood star Queen Latifah! All you have to do is combine baking soda and a gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil or Eucerin, to create a thick paste (you can also use water). Apply it to your face, gently scrub and rinse with water. It leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and looking sparkly clean. After testing this DIY beauty recipe, I'm buying stock in Arm & Hammer.