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If it’s up to us, we’d definitely want to spend all our free time at a pampering spa treatment or having our hair taken care of by a professional. However, while beauty treatments are effective at solving our beauty woes, they can be expensive to keep up with too. If you’re looking for budget-friendly solutions, we have some recommendations you can try in the comfort of your own home.

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1. Treat sunburn and soothe damaged skin

Instead of: A soothing body treatment at a spa
Try: Naturals by Watsons Aloe Vera Soothing gel

Naturals_Aloe Vera_Soothing Gel

Aloe vera is known for its healing and moisturising benefits, and that is why body spa treatments that helps to soothe damaged skin usually feature products with natural aloe vera. If you prefer a self-help solution, the Naturals by Watsons Aloe Vera Soothing Gel may be your answer. It contains 99% certified organic Aloe Vera from Spain, as well as green tea and cucumber extract, all of which known for helping to keep skin hydrated and supple. We recommend using this Soothing Gel to relieve areas that suffer from sunburn or irritation. This retails at SGD6.90 and is available at all Watsons stores.

2. Refresh your hair colour

Instead of: A colouring and treatment session at a hair salon
Try: Liese Blauné Treatment Cream Color in Black Brown

liese black brown home colouring

Whether it is to cover grey hair or to freshen up the hair colour, regular visits to the hair salons are a must. Unless you invest in a DIY hair colouring product, of course. Consider the new Liese Blauné Treatment Cream Color in Black Brown. Besides promising 100% grey coverage, it also contains hair-nourishing ingredients like royal jelly, seaweed extract and lanolin acid to keep hair hydrated and smooth. You’ll also like that it doesn’t have a pungent smell, and in fact, comes with a subtle fragrance. This product retails will retail at SGD15.90 from 3 September, at all Watsons stores, Guardian stores, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and selected minimarts.

3. Brighten the appearance of the underarm area

Instead of: Dermabrasion treatment at a salon or clinic
Try: Shiro Waki Hime Underarms Exfoliating & Brightening Cream


Because of Singapore’s humid weather, which makes wearing deodorant a must; this, together with frequent hair removal may make the underarm area may look darker, and this can be a pesky problem for some women. If you’re uncomfortable with going for a dermabrasion treatment, try this new product from Japan. The Shiro Waki Hime Underarms Exfoliating & Brightening Cream can be used over the armpits (or any dark areas, for example, the knees or elbows) to achieve brightening results. The product contains titanium oxide to brighten skin and hyaluronic acid and squalene to moisturise skin, and promises to help achieve brightening effect by leaving the formula on the area for just 30 seconds. This retails at SGD23.90, and is available at all SaSa stores.

4. Repair frizzy hair

Instead of: An intensive hair treatment at a hair spa
Try: John Frieda Miraculous Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner

john frieda shampoo and conditioner

Brittle and frizzy hair can be caused by over-styling, and the irony is that damaged hair that is frizzy makes it hard for styling to happen. Before you decide to make an appointment at a hair spa, perhaps take a look at your daily hair routine instead, and pick products that can solve your hair problems. For frizzy hair, this John Frieda shampoo-and-moisturiser combo may help. They are fortified with Amino Repair Complex to nourish hair so frizz is controlled, split ends are prevented, and hair becomes more resilience to breakage. They also help make hair look smoother and more manageable. The John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner retail at SGD15.90 each, and are available from selected Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage and FairPrice Xtra & Finest outlets.

5. Keep acne at bay

Instead of: Acne and oil control facial treatment at a facial studio
Try: Innisfree Jeju Bamboo Sleeping Pack

innisfree_Jeju Bamboo Sleeping Pack

If you can’t find time to go for a facial treatment, this product can be a pampering solution. Jeju bamboo is used by the natives for medicinal purposes, and this ingredient is now infused in the new Innisfree Jeju Bamboo line to help prevent acne and eczema. The products in the line are free of oil and alcohol, making it suitable for people with oily skin. The Jeju Bamboo Sleeping Pack, in particular, gives intensive nourishment to skin, thanks to the Extra Mile Complex in the formula, to provide skin with antioxidants and soothing effects while you sleep. This retails at SGD23 at all Innisfree stores.

6. Pamper fatigued body

Instead of: A relaxing bath at a spa
Try: Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Bath Gel

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We can’t always afford the time and luxury of indulging in a relaxing bath in a spa, but we can try our best to turn our own bathrooms into a sanctuary. Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Bath Gel range has recently added two new scents to its family: Pear & Green Tea and Ocean Mist, and they may be what you’re looking for. Both of them feature natural ingredients and comforting scents to help wash your fatigue away. The Pear & Green Tea is inspired by the scent of a lush rainforest, while Ocean Mist takes you to a tropical island. Each of them will retail SGD17.90 and will be available from September onwards at Guardian, Watsons and selected Fairprice outlets. The original gold Neutrogena Rainbath & Shower Gel retails at SGD16.90.

7. Achieve brighter skin with vitamin C

Instead of: Skin whitening injections
Try: ORBIS Chewables Vitamin C Lemon & Lime

ORBIS Chewable_Vitamin C Lemon & Lime, $10 (40 tablets in 1 pack)

Vitamin C IV drips and injections are often used as a quick fix to brightening the appearance of skin. For a sustainable solution that doesn’t involve jabs, try the chewable Vitamin C Lemon & Lime tablets from ORBIS. Every two tablets contain vitamin C that’s equivalent to 25 lemons and help promote brighter-looking skin, and supports collagen formation for firmer-looking skin. Each packet contains 40 tablets, and retails at SGD10 at all ORBIS boutiques.

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