Better Skin For Less Hassle (And Money)
So, apparently, women spend thousands and thousands a year on trying to look pretty which, no matter how satisfying your annual income, is a massive amount of money, especially as you don’t need to be spending a pirate’s treasure chest on fancy skincare products to improve how your skin looks and feels.
Now, don’t get us wrong, we know we weren’t all born equal on the glowing skin front. We weren’t. So while some of us can get away with flawless skin using nothing more than the juice of a cucumber, others may require cosmetic laser dermatology to get the kind of skin we are so used to seeing all over Instagram.
But no matter how easy you have it or how hard you have to work on the skin front, there is one constant that never changes: healthy skin starts on the inside. That’s the secret to it all. Yes, it may need to be capped off with a simple skincare routine, but the winning formula is going healthy from the inside out.
So, without further ado, here are some of the best tips to getting great skin both naturally and on the cheap. What more could you want?
- Nothing Beats A Cool Glass Of Water
Women the world over celebrate drinking water as the only reason their skin looks as good as it does but, while there is no specific scientific evidence supporting it, there is enough anecdotal support to make it well worth listening to. What makes it so amazing, in all likelihood, isn’t the fact it contains some magic powers that turn back the clock, but because it keeps skin hydrated and that helps it look plump, moist and healthier. Even the most mild case of dehydration can force skin to start looking grey, sallow, dull and lifeless. Just think about it for a moment or two. Skin is made up of cells and cells are made up of 60% water, which is why regular hydration is so important. It keeps these water levels at the optimum and flushes out any toxins that may have built up. But best of all, water is the cheapest beauty product out there.
- Bring Skin To Life At Night
Anyone that has ever walked down the beauty aisle of their local supermarket will have been hit by that horrid wave of “what the heck?” which is completely naturally given there are so many different types of face cream. But the best ones are always the night creams. This is because they have ingredients of a much higher a) quality and b) concentration. Here’s the winning remark though: it’s less about how good the cream in question is and more about getting into a routine of slapping it on before bed. Why? Because your skin does pretty much all of its regenerating at night, while your body is recuperating from another exhausting day. Anyway, when it comes to reading the label on the back of all those products, what you want to be looking out for is night creams that boast a lot of:
- Collagen and elastin (helps skin stay bouncy and young-looking)
- Peptides (boosts natural collagen levels and reduces wrinkles)
- Retinal (again, wrinkles)
- Vitamin C (again, collagen, but really good for it)
- You Are What You Eat
When your diet is left wanting a bit, the first telltale sign tends to be poor skin. It is almost a direct reflection of what you eat, which is why you always seem to break out in a beehive of spots the day after eating takeaway food. With this in mind, one of the best – and most frugal – things you can do is change up your diet so that it contains lots of fresh fruit, lots of vegetables, whole nuts and lean meats. That’s a surefire way of making your skin look better than Pharrell’s. What these food groups contain is essential antioxidants – lots of them – and that is one of sciences most-revered anti-ageing ingredients. Period. Yeah, we’re back to that whole getting better skin from the inside out. If you want an actual shopping list to take with you when you next pop into the grocery store, make sure you pick up:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Sweet Potatoes
- Bell Peppers
- Dark Chocolate
- Green tea
- And, yeah, some red wine.
- No More Mrs Sweet Tooth
There is no other way to put this: there are absolutely no positive benefits to consuming sugar. None. Instead, all there is badness, which we know is hard to hear but listen you must. As we have mentioned once or twice, the collagen in your skin is what keeps it looking youthful. However, sugar literally goes out of its way to stop collagen from working; it weakens it to the point of total annihilation. Luckily, this makes the formula to more incredible skin very easy: no sugar equals a great complexion. That means cutting out (or at the very least cutting down) on sugary fizzy drinks, sweets, candy, cakes, biscuits, white bread, that generous heap you add to tea and coffee, cereals, sauces and just about anything that falls within the bell curve of junk food. To be honest, a much easier way to put it would be to promote healthy whole foods again, like we did above.
- Sun Protection Is Positive
Apart from lots and lots and lots of sugar, nothing is going to make your skin look older than it is more than excessive exposure to the sun. The good news is, this advice won’t break the bank by any stretch of the imagination. All you need is some decent sunscreen (that means checking the SPF and the star rating on the back) and a hat with a nice wide rim. The other thing you can do is time your sun-loving so that you avoid getting blasted by rays between noon and two, which is when the UV indicator threatens to explode. Our advice would be to use more natural sunscreens – even though they can be a little greasier and make you look a little paler at first – because they don’t contain as many harsh chemicals (which is, yup you guessed it, good news for your skin).