You’ve got pimples and you’re broke. Uggh, it’s like being in middle school again.
Don’t worry. Your great skin isn’t the result of buying expensive creams. It’s the result of great skin care habits. So don’t believe the hype. You don’t need pools of money to fight your acne or your dry skin.
Remember, you didn’t spend a ton when you were in school — back then $5 seemed like a lot of money! — and you don’t need to drop a wad of cash now that you’re required to spend on more important stuff (like your wedding or your mortgage).
So here are 5 ways to get great skin when you’re on a budget.
Sweating is actually GOOD for your skin, as crazy as that sounds. You flush out the toxins — or something like that. I don’t know, I’m not a scientist.
But from what I hear, exercise lowers your stress levels. And we ALL know that stress causes acne. Lower your stress; lower your acne. I suppose that by the same logic, you should also lower your sodium intake, as well. Sodium also causes stress — it creates a physiological stress response in our body.
Oh yeah, and you should leave that job you hate. That’ll probably clear your complexion as well. 🙂
#4: Drink Tons of Water
I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Water is the single best, cheapest and most effective way to achieve beauty and health on a budget. It’s (almost) free. It reduces your acne. It hydrates your skin. It decreases wrinkles. That’s right, ladies, water — not Botox — gets rid of wrinkles. (I have nothing against Botox, mind you. I’m just sayin’ …)
#3: DIY Fruit Treatment
Apple, pineapple and lime juice all make great acne creams. Mix apple + honey for a masque you can apply to your face weekly. Mix pineapple + sugar for an exfoliating acne face scrub. Mix lime juice + hot milk together for a moisturizing face wash that also kills off your pimples. All these remedies are inexpensive, DIY treatments that use all-natural ingredients you have around the house.
You should normally take a multivitamin everyday, anyway, so this recommendation (take your vitamins!) shouldn’t come as an “extra price” or an “extra step.” I’m just listing it as an extra little reminder, just in case you’ve been slacking on your daily vitamin. Hey, we’re busy women. It’s easy to slack.
Vitamins — especially vitamin C and E — help increase skin cell turnover and keep your face clear of acne and wrinkles. Even if you eat plenty of fruits and veggies, today’s crops are often grown in less-nutrient-dense soils. It’s helpful to get that extra boost from a daily multivitamin.
#1: Eat Healthy
This goes hand-in-hand with taking vitamins. The antioxidants you’ll get from fruits and veggies helps keep your skin hydrated and keeps the pimples at bay. (And I don’t care what you carb-free people say, fruits are your friend!)
Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons give great vitamin C — try a squeeze of lemon in your tea, or just sip hot lemon water. Kiwi, red bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and strawberries are also great sources of vitamin C.
For vitamin E foods, try olive oil, nuts, sunflower seeds, fortified cereals, avocado, turnip greens, and (in my opinion) the best superfood, tomato.
Photo courtesy Laurel.Miss.