Cheap and cheerful beauty buys

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The best beauty treatments aren't always the most expensive – in fact, some of the most effective products are the cheapest on the market. Read on for our pick of cheap and cheerful beauty treats and tips.

Wonders of Vaseline
If your mum told you to cover dry skin with Vaseline, she had the right idea. A heavy emollient, petroleum jelly prevents oils from evaporating from the skin, making it one of the most intensive moisturisers available. While it can be too heavy for the face (particularly if you are prone to spots), it can work wonders on dry feet, elbows and knees. Slather on after a bath, cover with cotton socks and pyjamas and wear overnight in bed. You'll be amazed how much softer your skin feels by morning.

Sudocrem for spots
The craze for using baby products on the face has been around for many years. After all, if it's good enough for baby's bottom, surely it's good enough for our visage? Sudocrem tops the list of old-fashioned favourites – used for everything from acne and eczema to redness and rashes. Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh claims that the antiseptic healing cream does wonders for spots. Speaking to Ok! magazine, she said: "Cheryl and I put Sudocrem on our spots before bed, so we've shared that beauty tip with the rest of the group." If you want to give it a go, take Kim's advice and apply to affected areas only, rather than covering the whole face.

Bath-time treats
The Egyptians are famed for bathing in milk and it seems they were on to a good thing. Milk has anti-inflammatory properties and some contains lactic acid, which is very beneficial to skin. Filling the bath with milk will prove pricey, so try adding a cup of oatmeal (the same kind you eat for breakfast) to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. Oatmeal has similiar skin-soothing properties and will help soften dry skin.

Honey for sore lips
Honey has amazing healing and anti-viral properties, making it a good choice for cracked lips and cold sores. Check out your kitchen cupboards and give it a try. If carrying a jar of honey around in your handbag doesn't sound practical, there are lots of organic products on the market that will do the trick. Neal's Yard has a beautifully scented Bee Lovely Busy Bee Balm, £6.50, containing moisturising organic cocoa butter and beeswax. Apply throughout the day to keep lips in tip top condition.

Moisturise for less
Moisturisers lock water in the skin, helping to keep it hydrated and better protected from daily damage, as well as smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If big name brands are out of your budget, check out supermarket own ranges. Marks & Spencer's Pure Super Grape Day Cream, £14.00 for 50ml, has topped several consumer polls.

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