We all want great skin, right?
You spend hours upon hours surfing the net for the best products to combat acne or dry skin, but you always think to yourself, “Do these methods and products actually work? Are they worth splurging on?”. Well, as a young adult woman who has struggled with problematic skin in the past and spend hundreds of $$$ on products herself, I can tell you that yes, some products are worth spending some extra dollars on and no, some products are just over-priced with no life-changing value.
But, I am here to tell you that there are better and more natural ways of achieving healthy, great skin that does not just include purchasing skincare products. Whether you are on a tight budget or not, these 8 SIMPLE and INEXPENSIVE ways of getting happy skin is guaranteed to make a difference on your skin and just overall life. Do you want to know how to improve your skin without spending thousands of bucks? Then keep on reading –
No, not bottoms up on the alcohol, that only makes matters worse for your skin, but bottoms up on WATER! The H-2-the-O, people! Our bodies contain an average of 60% water (this can vary) and our skin, which is the largest organ, consists of 70-75% water. It’s kinda obvious why drinking adequate amounts of water daily are important for healthy skin. Water flushes out toxins – which helps with acne-prone skin – and it hydrates the skin which improves elasticity and collagen-production causing premature aging and dry skin to stay at bay.
Honestly, the benefits of water for not only your skin but your overall health, are endless. I’ve read a few times that water nourishes your internal organs, helping it to function optimally, which then flows over to your skin’s health. It is true what they say about what you put in your body will show up on the outside. So drink that 2 liters of water!
LITTLE TIP: If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of water, try spicing it up with some fresh lemon slices, strawberries, blueberries, cucumber, and mint leaves – this will also add more nutritional benefits!
Remove makeup properly & wash your face daily –
Even if you rarely wear makeup, you still need to wash your face twice daily. Cleansing your skin prevents dirt build-up, which could lead to clogged pores, which then cause acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and uneven skin, and do you want that? I don’t think so. You don’t necessarily have to use an expensive, Boujee face cleanser, rather opt for a product that will work for your skin type and fit your budget – here’s a list of a few affordable, but amazing face cleansers for under $10.
If you’re a makeup-wearer, you might be familiar with the term “double cleansing”. This just refers to taking two steps to ensure you’re makeup is properly removed by first using a makeup remover of some sort and then going in with your face wash afterward. Just washing your face will not remove your makeup completely, but double cleansing will give you a squeaky clean face! (P.S. – please never, ever go to bed with makeup on)
Do NOT pick at your skin!
This is something that I have struggled with, and sometimes still do. It is hard to not want to pop that pimple or scratch open a healing wound (gross I know) because it is so in your face and you don’t want people staring at it. First off, picking at it will only make it more visible, cause you’re irritating your skin and secondly, you are just spreading the bacteria to other parts of your face, which leads to more blemishes. Constantly picking at your skin can cause scars, and once you have those scars, it is very difficult to have them go away and even sometimes leads to you having to do expensive treatments to make scars less visible.
If you struggle with picking at your skin, have a read on this article and know that you’re not alone.
Make sure to get enough Zzz’s in –
Just like drinking enough water, getting enough sleep every night has a huge impact on your skin. It is no secret that your body repairs itself and recovers while you sleep, so it would make sense that 7 – 9 hours of good sleep only benefits your overall health and appearance. I mean, who of us has not been asked the sometimes offensive question of “Are you okay? You look tired.” after not getting enough rest. It definitely does show.
A few benefits of getting enough sleep include fewer wrinkles and plumper skin, because your skin produces new collagen; radiant and glowy complexion from your body boosting blood flow to your skin, and less puffy and brighter eyes.
Consume nutritious and wholesome foods –
As I mentioned earlier, what you put into your body will eventually show up on the outside, aka your skin. So do not act surprised if you have problematic skin while consuming lots of sugar and processed food… Feeding your body nutritional and wholesome foods will for sure improve your skin’s health!
It is not always easy to follow a diet rich in minerals, vitamins, and fibers, and can also sometimes be on the more pricey side, but in the long run, it will be cheaper because in your elderly years you won’t have to spend thousands on medical bills caused by years of an unhealthy diet. So yes, this does go beyond having great skin.
Have a read on this article on what foods are great for healthy skin, recommended by dermatologists.
Stress less –
Have you ever noticed that when you’re stressed you tend to have more breakouts? Well, that is because your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which leads to your skin-glands producing more oil. And we all know what oily skin does – clogged pores and more acne… It can even cause other skin problems like rashes, hives, eczema, and rosacea.
Stress is dangerous and affects your whole body, physically and mentally. I believe it is something that kills a person slowly, and if you don’t take action to decrease stress, you could end up with some serious health issues!
Wash pillowcases frequently –
As you get in your Zzz’s, your skin will leave behind oil residue, dead skin cells, bacteria and all of this builds up every time you put your head down. That is why it is important to wash your pillowcase or put on a new, clean pillowcase at least once a week. This may seem like such a small, simple tip, but the effect it will have on your skin is mind-blowing – just try it out!
Facial massages –
This one is for sure my favourite newly-discovered tip to healthy and radiant skin! When we talk of face massaging, we immediately think of using a jade roller or gua sha, and while those are two great ways to massage your face, did you know there are tons of techniques and methods out there?! But to do not feel overwhelmed, you can watch this easy follow-along YouTube video on face massaging.
There are so many different ways of face massaging, each with their different targeted benefits, but the shared benefits of them all will make you want to add this to your skincare routine right away. Some of the benefits include:
- Stimulates collagen production which prevents premature aging, aids in skin elasticity and forms new skin cells
- Stimulates blood flow which leads to more radiant skin, reduces the appearance of acne and faster cell recovery
- You can use it to relieve sinus pressure
- Helps with tension headaches or a tensed jaw; it is super relaxing
- And best of all, you can do it at little cost and by yourself!
If you want healthy and great skin, adding these 8 simple skincare steps to your routine will for sure improve your skin’s health and appearance.
Please also remember that we are all different, we have different skin types and what might work for me, won’t necessarily work for you. If you have severe acne skin problems or other skin conditions, visiting a medical professional such as a dermatologist is the best option for you.
Unfortunately, not everyone was born with perfectly flawless skin, some of us have to put in a little more TLC. Achieving great skin is a lifelong commitment and is not supposed to be rocket science or even super expensive. There are tons of simple and natural ways to good skin, like the ones in this post, you just have to be willing to put in the work.
What other simple skincare secrets do you have?
Thank you for reading!
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