If you clicked to read this, chances are you don’t have a cupboard brimming with the most expensive skincare products, or you are concerned that you can’t keep on buying the products that you buy and you’re worried that your skin will pay the price. The truth? Even the most expensive ingredients won’t fight genetics and a lifetime of bad habits. But the good news is that there are cost-effective ways to pamper and nurture your skin. Here’s how:
- Raid your kitchen Your breakfast ingredients can double up as home-made face masks. That avo you’re not in the mood for? Mash it into a mask. Eggs not that fresh and you don’t feel like having them for breakfast? Pore-tightening egg-white face mask, anyone? These natural ingredients sitting in your cupboard have numerous skin benefits. Oh, and stock up on some coconut oil … today! This is a great makeshift makeup remover and can double up as a home-made scrub and body moisturiser.
- Learn to read your labels and to shop smart It’s a myth that the cheaper the skincare product, the less effective it will be. Learn to approach your skincare products the same way you would buying groceries to benefit a healthier diet – read the label and learn how to recognise beneficial ingredients for your skin. Try to stay away from cleansers, toners and moisturisers containing alcohol and perfume if you are prone to dryness and sensitivity. Look out for products containing retinol and salicylic acid if you are looking for an anti-ageing potion. Glycolic acid is also a good ingredient in skincare, as this tends to brighten and exfoliate. Still not sure what brands to shop for? Research them online and read honest, well-written reviews before you part with your hard-earned cash.
- Eat for a healthier skin You hear this all the time, but beauty really begins from the inside out. It’s no use investing in the most expensive skincare while still having an unhealthy diet. Rather save up and invest your money in fresh food such as a variety of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Also make sure that your diet includes plenty of vitamin C.
- If you do splurge on only one product, make sure that it’s a sunscreen with a high SPF. Unfortunately, the SPF count in your foundation or moisturiser is too low and the amount you use too little to provide adequate protection against the sun.
- Massage your face daily As you wash and moisturise your face at night, take a few extra minutes to massage your face gently with the tips of your fingers to boost collagen production and stimulate lymph glands to get rid of toxins and to promote clear skin.