Most of us are works of art. Yes, really. Just look at the amount of toil and artistry it takes to look reasonably ok: we’re talking skincare, basic haircare and just enough makeup to not frighten small children. It’s a lot of time and a lot of money. It fact, over a lifetime, it’s estimated that the average Irish woman may spend up to €21k on her face alone – which doesn’t even include those special extras some ladies may spend on such as (sshh) Botox. Ok, so it’s not exactly a deposit for a house but it would make a great round-the-world trip!

So start saving with these budget conscious beauty tips:

• Make-up is broken down by oil, so put that on your pad or cloth instead of make-up remover. Olive oil is ideal but even vegetable oil will work. It’s just chemistry in action

• For a sweet and effective exfoliating mask, mix brown sugar and honey. Rub on gently, leave for fifteen minutes and wipe off

• While we all love expensive moisturisers, you can enjoy the soothing rituals of skincare - and great effects – with affordable ingredients instead. Use rosewater for toner, then moisturise with jojoba oil or shea butter from your local health food shop. For a more intensive treatment, invest in an Aloe Vera plant. Cut a leaf as needed and squeeze the healing, soothing liquid inside onto dry skin

• For budget lip-plumping, rub some cinnamon powder under your lips and then gently wipe off. They will tingle and then plump up for a number of hours

• Studies have shown that wrinkles don’t betray age; circulation does. Get that youthful glow with regular exercise – anything that gets your blood pumping and preferably something you love

• Heard about face yoga? Underneath our skin we have muscle; work those muscles to avoid sag. Exercises include repetitions of exaggerated smiles and frowns (check it out on YouTube). Yes, we will look funny – but then we’ll look great, too!

simple beauty tips healthy diet 

• We are only as beautiful as the food we eat. Sugar is aging. Leave it out. Choose fresh colourful foods that are rich in anti-oxidants such as tomatoes, carrots, kale, blueberries and pecan nuts. For healthy skin, we need adequate supplies of Vitamin B6. Find it in meat and poultry (especially organ meats), legumes such as chickpeas, fortified cereals, seafood and nuts and seeds. Cleanmarine For Women is a quality source of B6, and a host of other B vitamins. It also contains phospholipid-rich Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3 protects the heart, brain and eyesight, but is also essential for the functioning of every cell in the body, including skin cells. You can get Omega 3’s from your diet by eating oily fish plus avocado, nuts and seeds

• Smile. It’s free, it makes you look great and other people even smile back at you. For bonus points, wear lipstick while smiling for fast, affordable glamour