The Fit and Fab Girl’s Guide to Skincare and Beauty on a Budget


The holidays are typically the ideal time to stretch the dollar as much as possible, but really any time is ideal for those seeking a balanced budget. For glam girls who want glowing skin, it’s hard to compromise looking good and over-spending. Fit and Fab Living is happy to welcome Rachel Sharoff, a licensed aesthetician at Skintology Medi-Spa in Manhattan, to touch upon the do's and don'ts when choosing between skincare treatments that are worth the extra cash.

She states that, “there are certain treatments that should only be performed in a medi-spa or in a dermatologist’s office, however, when money is tight there are DIY ways to keep your skin in great condition.” Read on for her tips for staying fit, fab and under budget this season and all year round.


Go High-Tech at Home

I recommend my acne clients buy a high frequency device to help keep their breakouts under control in between treatments. High frequency devices use argon gas to emit oxygen, killing the bacteria below the skin. Technology is now very safe and effective for home use with proper instruction.


Use Petroleum Jelly

This common, inexpensive product has several uses ( and benefits!) for skin care including:

  • Moisturizing rough, cracked feet, elbows, and hands; dry cuticles and lips; and peeling nails.
  • Preventing chafing when running or biking.
  • Protecting kids' scrapes and bumps; and applying as a diaper ointment.


Consider Dual Function Products

 Examples of this skin care regime include a moisturizer and a lip balm both including sunscreen. Dual functioning products are a pretty easy way to get that bang for your buck and to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.


Make Your Own Moisturizing Face Mask with Food at Home

Use this super-simple recipe below to create a fantastic face mask that'll leave you feeling fresh and hydrated.


  • 1/3 of a ripe medium banana
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of whole milk


  • Heat the milk until it comes to a gentle boil and then remove from the heat.
  • Allow the milk to cool until a skin forms on the surface.
  • Skim the skin from the surface and combine with the banana, honey, and egg.
  • Mix to form a smooth paste, and then apply it to your skin for 10 minutes, rinsing away with cool water.


Make Your Own Moisturizing Hair Mask with Supermarket Food

  • Avocado: avocado is one of nature's greatest moisturizers, rich in vitamins such as E & B and nutrients. Its natural oils will give your hair the moisture it's lacking, and amp up it's shine! Use about half an avocado, mash it, and use on it's own or with other ingredients.

  • Honey: honey is moisturizing and a humectant (has the ability to cling onto moisture) making it suitable for dry hair. Be aware that it also lightens the color of your hair (bleaching effect). Use as much as necessary (not too much or you'll be left with sticky hair), and can be mixed into other ingredients such as the avocado or banana. Apply to damp hair.

  • Mayonnaise: sounds disgusting, but mayonnaise is made of eggs, vinegar and oil. All three of these ingredients have been used for many years to give volume, shine and hydration to hair. For dry and damaged hair, it's best used when mixed with avocado, although it can be used alone.

  • Olive oil: try to use extra virgin olive oil for best results. This has been used for centuries for hair and skin moisturizing as it is nourishing and strengthening, perfect for dry and damaged hair! Can be mixed in with other ingredients such as avocado or banana, OR to use on its own; work it through warm, damp hair as needed (not too much or risk not being able to rinse it!) from roots to tips. Wrap either a warm towel or a plastic bag over your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse.


Give Yourself an At-Home Spa Treatment

For simple, at-home hydrotherapy, start out your day with a hot steamy shower. Just as you are finishing up, switch the water to cold for about 15 seconds. Repeat the process for two minutes. This hydrotherapy technique will revitalize your skin and give it a natural glow by stimulating the flow of blood through the skin. (The approximate price of this treatment at a spa: $95!)


Toning Tips

Use cotton pads or gauze, as opposed to cotton balls, with your toner. Cotton pads remove remaining dead skin, dirt and oil more efficiently than traditional cotton balls. This better prepares your skin for your treatment serums as well. Using cotton pads or gauze also prevents excess product usage, thereby saving you money every time!

Pricey Eye Cream

The Perfect Sub for a Pricey Eye Cream

When searching for the perfect eye cream, price can often become a serious issue. Slice raw potatoes and put them on your eyelids to reduce puffiness. It's a different trick than the traditional cucumber, but can provide even better results!


Get the Most from Your Moisturizer

Apply your moisturizer of choice to damp skin as soon as you get out of the shower. This trick immediately locks in the moisture. For your face, look for moisturizers that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic,” as these won’t clog your pores like others may.