Ok I admit it – I am a tad high maintenance. I used to be a “roll out of bed wash my face – brush my hair and teeth and go” kind of girl – all that changed around age 40. I did not wake up looking so “fresh” anymore so I made a few adjustments to the beauty routine. As time goes on – and more “adjustments” become necessary – it gets expensive, but I discovered a few little tricks while traveling to save tons on those “maintenance” products and services.
Whenever I travel to Mexico a mandatory stop is to the pharmacy. WHY? Because the products I use to keep youthful – sell for 1/10th of what they cost in the US and I can get them without a pricey trip to the dermatologist. I always stock up on Latisse – US price $150 – mexico price $27 – and just an FYI – in the US you can only get the .01% version in Mexico you can get the .03% Latisse which really works much better. I also can choose from many varieties of Retin-A and Renova. I prefer the micro gel – but just take in your old tube and again – US Price $90 – Mexico Price $10. If you have never had a perscription for this wrinkle reducing miracle – just ask the pharmacist there what strength to start with.
I Botox – now there – I said it! I hate those little frown lines on my forhead that make me look mad even when I am happy – so twice a year – I zap them with a bunch of Botox and like magic I look happy again! Botox in Mexico again is about 1/5 the price as in the US – lots of clinics are popping up all over Puerto Vallarta and other resort towns. To find a good one just ask a local who looks like their forehead is happy too and I bet you will find just the right clinic.
If you live in a dry climate by far the best thing you can put on your skin is Nivea – but not US made Nivea – the original German made Nivea is far more hydrating and actually has all the same ingedients as $150 per ounce La Mer cream, minus the seaweed. You can find the real Nivea – the euro manufactured version in most pharmacys in Mexico for aboutn $3.
Follow these beauty product shopping tips – get a little sun and salt water and you will come home looking at least 10 years younger with bargain products to use until your next trip to Mexico.
Disclaimer – I am told that you must have a US persciption to legally bring these products back into the US – so keep that in mind – at least your refills will be cheaper!!