Good day loves! Have you ever wondered how you can take good care of your skin on a budget and not spend hundreds of dollars? You don’t need expensive lotions and face washes for your skin to be in perfect health. It doesn’t hurt at all to have those items, but if you are strapped for cash or if you are just one of those natural gals who like to be chemical free, please read on. However, as a disclaimer, I am not a doctor and cannot give medical advice as to your skin condition; therefore, you must listen and take advice from your doctor*. I am just giving ways to cleanse and treat your skin on a budget, so if you have medicine, please DO NOT stop taking your medication. Thank you and read below!
Last year I went to the dermatologist and found out that I suffer from “Adult Acne.” What in the world is adult acne? I was perplexed when I asked my doctor to explain it to me. This condition is simply acne for adults! Can you believe this? (still laughing in my head) Anyhoo, I was upset because as a teen, I never had any acne problems and didn’t think that later in my life, I would ever have to deal with this. I was fortunate to have clear skin. Thank God, my skin isn’t horrible right now, but I do get a few bumps here and there resulting from specific conditions like stress or eating poorly. I was in the mirror this morning and saw a flaky bump, that had just formed, and I didn’t have my medicine and thought about alternative natural and inexpensive ways that I could fight this battle while saving a couple of bucks! My rich crème was running out, so I quickly remembered some old wives’ tales that my mother and grandmother once gave me and with some sheer dedicated research I came up with ways to take care of that beautiful skin of yours on the super cheap.
See below for some bomb tips for great DIY skin care tips:
Cleansing your skin:
You must keep your skin clean beautiful. You should clean your face at least once a day, and if you are a make-up wearer beauty, you should cleanse your face twice a day. Also, it is of good practice to wash your face after workouts to prevent any buildup of oil and sweat.
Your skin health depends on what you put on your skin externally and what goes in your body internally and drinking water –lots of it at least your eight glasses per day can help keep your skin clearer. Clear skin is a big goal for most, and if you can’t achieve 100% clear skin, it’s okay just do your very best. Don’t stress yourself out because you wish your skin were like your best friend. No! Accept your skin and your journey to healthier skin.
You can use a washcloth or one of those sponges to wash the dirt away. An affordable soap that is sooooooo good to cleanse your skin and that helps some skin conditions is African Black soap organic or regular, your choice. It has an overload of vitamins from A-E and helps with scarring and evens skin texture and skin discolorations. Pick up some of this soap on Amazon® for as low as $8 bucks!
Use the below affordable items to cleanse your face and add to your beauty shelf/closet:
- African Black Soap
- Milk (yes regular milk!)
- Lemon juice from a lemon
You can also use masks to cleanse your skin. I like to use an egg mask to tighten my pores and cleanse my skin. It is effortless. All you need are two eggs and a bowl. Crack the eggs and mix them and apply the egg mask to your skin and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes then wash off. Another good one is the exfoliating brown sugar scrub mask. All you need is 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar and some olive oil. Mix the two ingredients together and apply to your whole face and neck and let sit for 15-20 minutes and wash off. This will scrub away the dead skin and give your naturally glowing skin shine like crazy.
Treat your face acne/skin conditions to lessen scarring:
So, you have some skin issues, huh? Me too. Let’s dig in. I am an adult acne type of girl where occasionally I get, and it pisses me off!! Humph, but I must live with this and make it work. What are your concerns? Is it acne, psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea? There are so many but whatever your skin condition is, please listen to your doctor’s advice. With different skin conditions, they can sometimes leave scars. For the record, I use what is prescribed to me by my doctor, and I also use natural things as well, but I always run it by my dermatologist first. Here are some fresh, natural treatments for some skin conditions to help with scarring. **
- Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly for scarring and moisturizing bumps and scars
Apply to your affected areas twice a day
- African-Shea Butter to help ease scarring from bumps
Apply to your affected areas twice a day.
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar can reduce the appearance of scars and discoloration
Apply to affected areas once a day
**Using apple cider vinegar directly to the skin can cause burns and your skin may be sensitive so you MUST dilute it with ¾-1/2 cup water and use a cotton ball to add to scars that have formed and let set 15 seconds. Apple Cider vinegar is very acidic, so be very careful and remember to ask your doctor if this will be good practice for you. **
Moisturizing your face:
Twice a day try to moisturize your skin. This must be daily. Once in the morning and once at night. Your skin will thank you for it. Dry skin can be an issue because dry skin can worsen your skin conditions. It is always best to try and keep skin moisturized as much as possible as it is beneficial for the skin organ to replenish any nutrients to the face, so your skin is alive and glowing. To prevent wrinkles and those fine wiggly lines use moisturizer as this is a great anti-aging benefit. When you moisturize your face along with drinking water, there is a double whammy effect that aids to your skin new cell growth that is necessary for skin cell revival. You don’t want to be dehydrated. Your skin will feel like a snake’s skin, dry, and crackled. What are good moisturizers? See below for moisturizers you can probably find right in your home or at your nearest supermarket.
Use the below sparingly on your face twice a day.
- Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera plant gel
- Olive oil
There are many ways to take care of your skin without spending lots of money. However, whether you spend extra cash on your skin care regimen or not, you must make sure that your skin health is a top priority.
Here are some last tips for you, beauties!
- Always remember to protect your skin from the sun. It is vital for your skin because if you have pre-existing skin conditions/diseases like eczema or rosacea, it will help protect your skin conditioning from worsening.
- Also, using the right sunscreen will aid in possibly preventing skin cancer. It would help if you used a sunscreen moisturizer with a minimum SPF of 15 or better. Moreover, an excellent one is Neutrogena ® Ultra Sheer ® Dry-Touch Sunscreen with an SPF of 55. It is the #1 Dermatologist recommended, and it works well with my face and has rave reviews.
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Also, if you see any moles pop up on your skin make sure to schedule a visit to your dermatologist so they can check it out because it may be cancerous and you can’t play around with your health because of better safe than sorry. Pay attention to your diet, try to eat as healthy and clean as you can because bad foods like processed foods, fried and junk foods can wreak havoc on your skin. Manage your stress because stress is a silent killer all around the border, and that includes your skin health. It can make you look haggard and who wants that? Watch your alcohol intake as the grapes of wrath can certainly dry out your skin, and if you already have skin conditions too much alcohol can make it worse. Watch your smoking habits as well because unfortunately smoking too much can age you and love you don’t want early wrinkles before your time, right? So, chill and cut down on the smokes. Fall in love with taking care of your skin as affordable as possible. Keep your skin health a major priority, and watch how your skin will love you right back.
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