5 Affordable Self-Care Beauty Tips

This post is sponsored by Colgate but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Having just turned 30 in December, it seems like a new tidal wave of ads has found me on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram filled with products claiming they'll help me relieve stress and maintain my youth and all the while making me look and feel beautiful. Every time I see one of these ads on my phone from another blogger I follow or a suggested ad on my timeline I think, "wow, yes, I want that!" But then I click on the ad, check out the beauty product they are trying to sell me, and it's either too good to be true or seems like a complete rip-off. 

These days, I just want to invest in my self-care in a way that doesn't break the bank and does not consume my entire morning or night. I mean, I am a busy woman. While time-intensive self-care routines sound great, and many YouTubers and bloggers alike will tell you they do up to 20 different self-care steps every day, I am here to tell you that they are lying to you. No adult in their right mind spends up to 2 hours each and every day on self-care. 

But we should not dismiss the idea of thought-out self-care since I think it is vital to taking care of yourself through your mind and your body. I have found a handful of things that I actually do every day that contribute to my self-care and all the while bring me small bouts of joy through just taking a few minutes out of my busy day to relax, unwind, and just take care of me. These 5 beauty hacks are not time-consuming, nor do they have to involve a ton of different beauty or skincare products at jacked up price points. Everything in this list is affordable, attainable, and relatable!

#1 Invest in an Infusion Water Bottle (DIY Spa Fruit Water)

Do you remember that one time you went to the spa and overpaid for an hour-long massage and one of the best parts of the day was actually the amazing fruit water you had before your service? Yeah, you can make that spa water at home and it's a lot more affordable than you'd think! 

Plus, loading up on water is self-care that you should already be doing since almost no one drinks as much water as they are supposed to. But with an infusion water bottle, you can elevate drinking water to feel a little extra special and with a hint of flavor. I like to prepare my water in the morning while I brew my coffee. I will slice up a few pieces of cucumber and fill them into my infusion bottle, toss it in the fridge, and when the day is over and I am beginning to wind down for the night I will grab my chilled cucumber water from the fridge and begin my nighttime routine. 

#2 Find Your "Holy Grail" Toothpaste

Okay, admittedly, this is the only beauty hack where I will tell you to ignore the price point. I mean, just think about it...you should already be brushing your teeth in the morning and at night so you may as well enjoy the process. You should at least somewhat enjoy brushing your teeth as much as possible since it's an essential part of daily hygiene and overall dental care. 

Whether your holy grail toothpaste is your favorite flavor or something like my personal favorite which is this toothpaste that has charcoal as an ingredient, I believe that it's important to buy and use toothpaste that you actually think tastes good or has the active ingredients you want to get the results you want to achieve. In fact, The New Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal gives me all of the results that I want from toothpaste like the micro-polisher ingredients to help remove stains and how it is packed with mint to help give me fresh breath; not to mention it's one of the most popular beauty trends right now, and it's significantly more affordable than some of the other ones I have seen online (remember when I was talking about seeing ads online and then thinking it was a rip off? I am glad I found this toothpaste from Colgate since it is actually affordable and exactly what I am looking for with charcoal in my toothpaste). If you are interested in giving this New Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal a try for yourself, you can find it at Walmart--and be sure to check out this Ibotta offer while supplies last if you want to save some money! 

#3 Toss 2 Soup Spoons in the Freezer to De-puff Your Eyes

There's a reason your grandma swears by this beauty trick and it's because it doesn't require any advanced ingredient skincare, fancy jade rollers, or any other gadgets for that matter. This tried-and-true beauty hack helps you bring a little self-care to your eyes, and all you need is something that you've already got in your kitchen! 

I have tried testing with regular spoons vs soup spoons, and I definitely prefer the larger spoon to completely cover the entire eye and undereye area. What you will want to do is grab two clean soup spoons, put them in the freezer overnight, and when you are ready to use them run them under cold water for about 60 seconds (this will work to prevent the spoons sticking to your eyes--ouch!) Relax on the couch or lay in bed for a few minutes while you gently press the spoons against your eyes. I like to set a timer on my phone to make sure I don't fall asleep while I lay there with the spoons on my eyes, and I usually just listen to a few songs on my phone while I relax. Once I am done, I lift the spoons away from my face and lightly tap all around my eyes with my ring finger. I read online once from a dermatologist that gentle tapping can help reduce the fluid building up around the eyes, so I started doing that after the spoon treatment and it's been a great form of affordable, reasonable beauty self-care I have been implementing on a regular basis.

#4 Detox at Home with a DIY Spa Bath

Just like many women, I do enjoy occasionally splurging on a bath bomb or some fancy bath salts. But for a regular, at-home self-care beauty regimen, that would get too expensive far too quickly. 

What I have had a lot of success with is combining 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt with some essential oil drops in a bowl, mixing them together so the Epsom salt absorbs the oils, and then pouring the mixture into the running bath water.  Depending on which scent you prefer, you can find affordable vials of essential oils that you can drop into the bathtub with some Epsom salt before you relax for a bath (and if you have no idea which scents you want, you can stop by one of those fancy candle stores and start figuring out which scents you are more drawn to or relax your senses). I would recommend finding a higher concentrated essential oil as opposed to an oil spray or oil mixed with bath bubbles, since the higher the concentration the less you have to use in the long run which makes it more affordable. If you're looking for a recommendation for which kinds of essential oils to look at, I have enjoyed using lavender and eucalyptus. 

#5 Go Wash Your Face--Stop Telling Yourself it Can Wait until Tomorrow!

I think the most important part of my self-care journey, especially in regards to beauty, is ensuring that no matter how tired I am or how busy of a day I have planned, I always take 5 minutes to work my way through my list of skincare routine necessities.

Not every day calls for a face mask or cucumber eye patches. But there are some things you should be doing to your skin two times a day, each and every day, such as washing or cleansing the face, toning it, and moisturizing it. Of course, there are other vital steps you should be taking for skincare basics, such as applying sunscreen at the start of the day, but ensuring that you take the time to make sure your face and neck is clean and hydrated will be the best starting point for any other beauty-related goals you may have (think about it--we all have different skincare concerns whether it be acne, anti-aging, fine lines, irritation, redness--but we all have to regularly wash, tone, and moisturize in order to achieve any skincare goals). 

Don't forget to save these ideas to Pinterest and Facebook!

Having a toothpaste you enjoy that elevates your daily routine brings your self-care to the next level!  If you have been on the fence about trying a toothpaste with charcoal, I definitely recommend you consider trying the New Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal. 

While they are sponsoring me for this post, I have been using toothpaste with charcoal for a couple of months now and I have liked the results that it has given me. They even offer 2-packs at some Walmart stores, so you can stock up and save. 


  1. A good toothpaste is super important. The first thing I notice about someone is their teeth.

  2. Charcoal is totally the latest and great for teeth! My husband just bought some charcoal toothpaste himself!

  3. These are some great sounding self care beauty tips. I think we often forget to take care of our teeth but they are such an important thing we should be taking care of.

  4. I will be trying some of these out for sure. I love that they are affordable. I do need to depuff my eyes.

  5. I have never thought about putting two soup spoons in the freezer to help with your eyes! What a great idea! I just saw the charcoal toothpaste the other day and I was wondering what that was all about.

    1. Yes, definitely worth a try with the spoons (make sure to 'defrost' them first after they are in the freezer, though!) Toothpaste with charcoal is so popular right now and rightly so!

  6. These are really good tips. I'm going to have to plan out a little spa day for some self-care soon!

  7. I love your self-care beauty tips. I have to make sure to add these products to my shopping list.

  8. These are all such wonderful tips. I have actually seen that toothpaste and I've wanted to give it a try. I'll have to grab some the next time I'm shopping.

  9. Easy but great tips! Sometimes we find a lot of excuses not to do some of these!

  10. Those are great beauty tips. I also use charcoal toothpaste. I had never heard of putting spoons in the freezer for puffy eyes!

  11. Tiffany La-Forge GrauMay 22, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    I am all about saving money. The necessities are all we need, and they get the job done well!

  12. I already do 4 of the 5 suggestions! I do want to try that particular Colgate toothpaste though, I've been doing more charcoal tooth care in general

  13. I never heard about the spoons in the freezer before, I'll have to try it sometime. Colgate is my favorite brand of toothpaste, I'll have to look for the charcoal variety.

  14. Yes self care is always important.My grandma used to brush her teeth with charcoal. I like that I can find that it in Colagate tooth paste.

  15. A little pampering doesn't have to break the bank. I do need to be better about carving out time for myself though.

  16. Great tips. I'm all about saving money when I can and this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing.


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