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ARE YOU BROKE? Here Are 11 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin Without Spending Money


Jan. 21, 2020

Within the beauty industry and on social media, there’s so much emphasis on purchasing products. In fact, so much so there’s a name for it — beauty hauls — which basically means showing off one’s shopping spree of recently purchased products.
But products don’t solve all our skin woes. If you’re tapped out with a 15-step skin care routine and still finding yourself at loss, here are other unbottled ways to take care of your skin.
1. Limit your time in the sun
Yes, use sunscreen but for the non-product part of it: it’s time to play hide and seek.
2. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase
While you can’t rub a wrinkle into your skin, you can cause them while sleeping! If you’re a side sleeper, you can be smooshing your face into your pillow, putting friction between the skin and fabric. This creates creases which can result in wrinkles since we sleep for a prolonged period of time.
But if you sleep on a silk pillowcase, the fabric allows your skin to “slip,” minimizing the chance of creating wrinkles. It’s also great for preventing frizzy hair!
3. Drink water
While drinking water doesn’t directly hydrate the skin it does help all of the body systems function better.
It aids the liver in eliminating toxins from the body, reduces puffiness, helps with kidney function (which in turn helps dark circles appear lighter), and may even help skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
How can you tell if you aren’t drinking enough water? Check your pee! If it’s a deep shade of amber it’s time to drink up. The color of lemonade is the goal.
4. Opting out of sugar
Sometimes the skin takes a while to catch up to how we felt or what we ate last week. If your energy source is primarily added sugar and refined carbohydrates, you might start seeing the effects of that on your skin.
If you’re noticing your skin becoming more vulnerable to sun damage, a loss of elasticity, acne production, and more arrivals the wrinkles and lines department, check in with yourself: what’s driving your diet and can you take back control?
5. Don’t pick and don’t touch your face
While it’s tempting to squeeze a pimple, you can create a lot more lasting damage to the skin than that instant gratification is worth. First, there’s a type of acne called acne mechanica, which is caused by friction from touching the face and pushing oil and bacteria back into the pore.
Secondly, picking and squeezing can result in a scar or a brown spot called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. You may prefer dealing with scarring over acne, but it’s not an either or scenario. You can live without both!
6. Shower and wash your face with lukewarm water (not hot!)
Sebum (oil) in our skin has a wax-like consistency and using hot water to wash our face or shower with essentially “melts” the oil stripping the skin of much-needed moisture.
Lukewarm is best because it allows our oils to warm up a bit allowing a proper cleanse without completely stripping it. Keep at massaging your skin for a full minute to make the most out of your cleanser!
7. Wash your makeup brushes
Besides old makeup, of course, bacteria, oil, dust, and sweat accumulate on our makeup brushes. If not cleaned regularly all that junk is essentially smeared around your face during each makeup application. This can cause inflammation, clogged pores, and acne.
It’s best practice to clean your makeup brushes weekly!
8. Find ways to manage stress
When we’re stressed or anxious, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone activates our flight or fight response (which is a good thing!) but constant stress keeps this response on fatigued overdrive (yep, a bad thing).
Specifically to our skin, increased levels of cortisol can cause us to lose our glow by diminishing the skin’s ability to retain moisture and encouraging an overproduction of oils.
9. Exercise
We all know that getting our sweat on is great for our entire body, but it also has some skin benefits as well.
When we move, we circulate our blood which carries oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells. Not only does this provide an instant glow, but it also helps our skin to repair itself faster.
Another perk to exercise is it helps to reduce stress and, in turn, reduce cortisol levels.
10. Avoid being around cigarette smoke
When tobacco is heated via cigarettes — or even, yes, vaping — it releases free radicals that damage the DNA of skin cells. This results in the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
It also constricts blood vessels which deplete the skin of much needed oxygen, vitamins, and nutrients. When that puff of toxic smoke is exhaled it hits the skin on the face and can cause blackheads, particularly around the mouth and cheek areas.
11. Sleep
Beauty sleep is the real deal! While we slumber our bodies heal and regenerate cells.
Sleep decreases the stress hormone cortisol which is responsible for skin discoloration, thinning skin, and stretch marks. For the good stuff, sleep also increases the sleep hormone melatonin which acts as an antioxidant to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
While snoozing we also produce new collagen which helps keep our face looking plump and wrinkle-free.
Last but not least, we produce a large amount of human growth hormone while we sleep which helps to repair the damage we encounter on a daily basis.
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