The beauty industry is worth billions, yet it features products that, more often than not, offer more hype than help. Savvy marketers and advertisers help to feed the belief that you need to max out your credit cards in order to look beautiful. Don't believe the hype. Some of the best ways to look beautiful are downright cheap…and some are even free.

1. Use a Cheap Sunscreen
Too much exposure to the sun leaves your skin spotty, wrinkly and saggy. No beauty regimen is complete without a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects you from ultraviolet A, B and C rays. However, an effective sunscreen doesn't have to be pricey. Choose a formula with at least 30 SPF, which is the sun protection factor, or the amount of protection you get from the sun compared to wearing no sunscreen at all. According to Consumer reports the Up & Up Sport Sunscreen from Target is one of the best, and it rings in at under $10 for a twin pack.

2. Spice up Your Lips
Longing for those plump kissers à la Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johannson? Forget wasting money on pricey lip plumpers when budget-friendly cinnamon oil will do the trick. As it turns out, cinnamon is the secret ingredient in many lip-plumping products. Call several local natural health stores to find the cheapest cinnamon oil or comparison shop on Nextag.

3. Skip the Shampoo
When you've grown up believing that you need shampoo to wash your hair, it's tough to let go of this notion. But the truth is, unless you have a scalp condition that needs a medicated shampoo, a conditioner is all you need to cleanse and beautify your hair. Visit websites and social network pages of your favorite conditioner manufacturers, such as Tresemmé to sign up for coupons and free samples. If you're worried about conditioner build-up over time, occasionally rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar or diluted lemon juice after washing with conditioner.

4. Do a Home-Made Chemical Peel
Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acid are some of the most common ingredients in chemical peels, which leave your skin glowing and silky soft. A home-made chemical peel is an affordable alternative to expensive chemical peel kits. For a daily alpha hydroxy acid peel, mix milk, brown sugar and lemon juice to form a thin paste, and apply to your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. For a beta hydroxy acid peel, pound a few aspirins — which contain the beta hydroxy acid salicylic acid — in a mortar and add water to form a paste; apply for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your skin thoroughly afterwards and pat dry.

5. Shop on Amazon
This giant online retailer may not be your first choice when it comes to buying beauty products, but some of the discounts are hard to beat. You can find makeup, moisturizers, anti-aging products, hair products and popular beauty tools such as makeup brushes and flat irons at deep discounts. Just visit the Amazon Beauty department and enter your search term.

6. Ask about Recycling Incentive Programs
You can look beautiful, help save the planet and save money at the same time. Buy from cosmetic and makeup retailers that have recycling incentive programs, such as M.A.C. or Origins, that will take your empty makeup containers and packaging and give you discounts or free products in return.

This has been a guest post by Andrea from Ontario, Canada
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