We’ve all been there. You click on a new blog post that promises to solve all your skin issues and deliver flawless skin that glows like it’s lit from within.
You’re totally on board, until you get to the part where you’re told to buy this miracle $100 serum or $75 moisturizing cream.
“Nuh-uh” you think as you X-out the screen.
You’ve already got a full collection of moisturizers, cleansers, and exfoliants that contain what feels like every skincare nutrient known to mankind. The last thing you need is to spend more money on yet another beauty item.
We’re behind you all the way, which is why we’ve spent the time rounding up this set of priceless and free skincare tips that will help you improve your skin without having to shell out for any new products.
1. Moisturize Twice, Cleanse Once
This might be a shock, but it’s endorsed by a whole army of dermatologists: you only need to clean your face once a day. If you clean your face too often you can actually harm your skin, by stripping off the essential natural oils that protect your face.
At the end of the day, either as soon as you get home or just before you go to bed, clean your face well with any gentle cleaning product. That’s all you need to remove the effects of a day of makeup and pollution.
However, moisturizing should happen twice a day. You might want to apply a heavy, rich moisturizing cream at night when your skin has time to absorb it, and another lighter moisturizing serum in the morning to nourish your skin before you apply your makeup. Or you could have one beloved moisturizer that you use all the time. Either way, use it twice.
2. Take Shorter Showers
It’s not just good for the environment, and it’s also good for your skin! Spending too long in a hot, steamy bathroom, with hot water running over your face, can leach hydration out of your skin, leaving it dry and irritable.
3. Give Yourself A Facial Massage
Yup, facial massages are a thing that you can do for yourself, although it’s always more luxurious to go to a massage therapist. This massage is called a lymphatic drainage massage and it works to release the drainage channels in your face that remove toxins from your skin.
Here’s how to do it:
- Feeling gently with the tips of your fingers, identify the lymph sites in your face.
- There are two above your lips, one on each side of your nose, one between your eyebrows, and one on each of your temples.
- Now gently press and roll your fingertips over these areas.
At the same time, you can massage your face from the edges of your face towards your nose to relax tight facial muscles so that they can do a better job of holding your skin tight.
4. Don’t Touch Your Face
If you didn’t hear this enough already from your mom, now you’re getting it from us too. Become aware of every time that you touch your face, and try to make yourself stop.
Touching your face too much spreads bacteria around your skin, and it can cause unsightly scarring if you absent-mindedly pick as a spot or a patch of dry skin.
5. Always Wear Sunscreen
We really mean always. Even on overcast and rainy days, there can still be enough sunlight to damage your skin, especially if you have very pale skin. There are plenty of lightweight sunscreens, protective SPF mists, and mineral powders for you to choose from, so it doesn’t have to be a heavy cream.
You might think that you’re going to spend the whole day indoors so it’s not worth bothering with the sunscreen. Trust us, you never know what the day will hold. Apply the sunscreen anyway
6. Take Your Time
When you’re layering a number of products, wait for 2-3 minutes between each one. This allows your skin to absorb it properly so that it doesn’t get mixed up or diluted by the next layer. It’s also important to move from the lightest to the thickest products so that your skin gets the full benefit of each one
7. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
The brushes and tools that you use to apply your makeup and beauty products are just as important as the products themselves. If you keep reusing your brushes without cleaning them, you’ll risk spreading bacteria around your face.
You can clean them easily with a drop of mild shampoo. Here’s how:
- Squeeze a little shampoo into the palm of your hand.
- Dampen the bristles with warm water.
- Gently rub the bristles into the shampoo in your hand.
- Rinse the brush in warm water, but be careful not to get the base of the brush hairs wet because they could fall out.
- Wrap the brush in a clean towel and squeeze it gently to remove the water.
- Leave the brush on its side with the bristles dangling over the edge of your counter or bathroom sink to dry.
Wash brushes that you use for your eyes every other week, and all other brushes once a month, to remove old products so that they don’t clog up your pores.
8. Use Just The Right Amount
It’s tempting to think that if a little moisturizer is good for you, then loads of moisturizer must be even better. Right? Wrong.
When you use any beauty product, you want to get exactly the right amount. Too much of it can end up blocking up your pores, because your skin can’t absorb it all, or it forms tiny “pills” which get in the way of the next layer of product that you want to apply. So do read the packaging and use as much product as instructed.
It doesn’t have to cost the earth to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Follow these cost-free skincare tips to improve your skin and keep it in peak condition.