How to Look After Your Skin on a Budget

Posted March 5, 2021 by in Beauty

With a plethora of skincare products out there, it is becoming increasingly important to understand your skin’s specific needs. While some may have an unlimited budget for pampering and day-to-day care, many out there need to cater to their skin in a more affordable manner. 

Woman looking at herself in a round mirror and putting on face lotion.

How Your Skin Works and What it Needs

Your skin has three basic functions: to protect your internal organs, blood vessels, and muscle, to keep your body temperature regulated, and to allow you to feel. It is the largest organ in the body to look after and also one that can cause a great deal of discomfort if it is not cared for. This means understanding what is best for your own skin type and paying attention to some of the following key care elements.

Cleanse Naturally

In the past, cleansers were known to have alcohol and could be quite abrasive for sensitive skin types. If in doubt, keep it simple. This can be as easy as starting with a good wash, using just plain old soap and water.

Be sure that the soap is non-perfumed, and that’s all you need to ensure cleanliness. We recommend using Cetaphil or CeraVe.

Moisturize

The wash actually dries out the skin, and as it requires certain levels of moisture, you may have to intervene. While some skin types can produce moisture themselves, in most climate conditions, the skin requires some additional moisture. It’s generally accepted that the skin needs protection from the sun, but it also needs to be protected from all weather conditions. This additional moisture will protect against cold, provide a layer of protection against dust and grime, as well as ensuring protection against dry weather conditions.

Try to keep your moisturizer natural; there are a lot of options out there with affordable natural skincare. A great example of an affordable, natural face and body skin range is Herbal Health CBD for unparalleled skin calming properties.

Sunscreen

As aforementioned, the sun is the main cause of skin problems, blemishes, and even cancers. If you spend any amount of time outdoors, even on the mildest of days, protection from the sun is essential—especially if you use retinol and/or AHA’s as they make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

You can easily find many good, well-priced moisturizers that include a high SPF, so this is not something you necessarily have to remember yourself. The higher the SPF, the better, as this will ensure greater protection for your skin. Make it a priority to have a good sunscreen on every time you leave the house.

Healthy Eating

What you put in is as important as what you put on. The creams, lotions, and potions will help your skin maintain its luster and glow, but it is important to assist these by feeding and moisturizing the skin from the inside out.

Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables will go a long way to caring for your skin. It will additionally save you from having to spend on skincare products required to fix any blemishes that may arise from fatty, unhealthy food.

Keeping Hydrated

Drinking more than the required amount of water will ensure your skin is less dry and keeps your skin tone even. Drinking enough water allows your body to flush out toxins, including those that may make their way to your skin. Ensuring you are well hydrated will help you to prevent premature aging and assist your skin to heal quicker. The benefits are worth every glass.

Woman with dark curly hair using a jade roller on her face.

These are the basics that all skin needs and can all be achieved at a reasonable cost as the tips have been kept simple. Lastly, be sure to go as natural as possible and listen to your skin; it will let you know if something is out of whack.

*Photos by Pavel Danilyuk