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9 Free & Frugal Ways To Take Better Care Of Your Skin

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Nearly every time I go into a drug store and peruse the skincare aisle, I end up feeling overwhelmed. Wrinkle creams, anti-aging serums, skin plumpers… oh my!

The sheer number of different products along those shelves fills me with questions. “What special combination of formulas does my skin need? Are the more expensive brands really that much better than the bargain buys? Are there DIY versions of these products that I can make for a fraction of the cost?”

The stress of all these unanswered questions is enough to give me wrinkles. (And that’s on top of the ones that brought me into the skincare aisle in the first place!) ;-)

But after doing some research on my own, I have some good news to share about the cost of skincare! The bottom line is that while some people may benefit from specialty skincare products designed to tackle specific conditions, most of us can maintain youthful-looking skin without spending a fortune to do so.

Here are 9 simple, low-cost and no-cost tips you can use to achieve happy, healthy, glowing skin without breaking the bank! :-)

9 Low-Cost & No-Cost Skincare Tips

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1. Wash Your Pillowcase Often

Go ahead and add your pillowcases to that weekly mountain of dirty laundry! Keeping your pillows clean is one of the top beauty secrets for a reason.

Pillowcases can hold dirt, oil, and bacteria from our faces, hair, and environment, making dirty pillowcases a breeding ground for acne! I like to have two sets of pillowcases in rotation and swap them out weekly to help keep breakouts at bay. (Those who struggle with frequent breakouts may benefit from swapping out their pillowcase more frequently, as often as nightly!)

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2. Sleep On Your Back

Most of us like to sleep on our sides, but compressing your face into your pillow all night isn’t doing you any favors! Sleeping in this same position over and over can, unfortunately, contribute to wrinkles.

If you can help it, try sleeping on your back instead. If you can’t help it, I recommend switching to a silk pillowcase, which is an easy way to reduce the skin-smushing effects of sleeping on your side.

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3. Reduce Stress

Constant worry and anxiety can have a huge impact on your skin. (I guess they don’t call them stress lines for nothing!) You can use deep-breathing exercises to help combat the physical toll stress can take on your body.

Just inhale through your nose until your lungs have filled, then exhale slowly through your mouth. This simple deep-breathing exercise can have tremendously calming effects!

A few other proven methods for reducing stress include spending time with friends (at a safe distance, of course), snuggling your pets, and even watching fish swim around (even if it’s just a video!) Since stress can exacerbate conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, anything you can do to relieve stress will help support healthy and beautiful skin.

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4. Wash Your Hands Often

Here’s one more reason to wash your hands frequently (as if you needed one!) Washing your hands properly and regularly helps to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria from your hands to your skin. Every time you touch a doorknob, keyboard, or your phone and then touch your face, you may be spreading bacteria to your skin that can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.

If you don’t have easy access to a sink but know your hands are grimy, be extra careful not to touch your face. (That’s one silver lining to wearing our face masks during this pandemic—it also keeps the bacteria on our hands away from our face!)

5. Don’t Smoke

Along with yellowing your teeth and nails, smoking can wreak serious havoc on your skin. Cigarettes (and e-cigarettes, for that matter) contain nicotine, which shrinks the capillaries that carry blood throughout our bodies. Smaller capillaries mean poor circulation, and poor circulation can lead to quicker aging in the form of wrinkles (particularly around your mouth.)

Nicotine also slows healing, destroys collagen and elastin, and thins the skin—all things you don’t want if you’re trying to take good care of your skin! Plus, considering the price of cigarettes, your skin AND wallet will thank you for kicking the habit.

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6. Wash Your Face With Cold Water

Quit waiting for your water to warm up and use cool water instead! Rinsing your face with cool water can calm inflammation and tighten pores, so it’s perfect for those with skin prone to puffiness

Plus, the shock factor from the cold helps me feel more awake and alert, especially when it’s hot out!

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7. Wash Your Face Towel After Every Use

Similar to washing your pillows regularly, you should always use a clean, fresh towel to avoid lingering dirt and grime. If you are willing to spend a little bit of money in this area, consider buying a pack of towels big enough that you can use a fresh one each time you wash your face.

You can use any towel you like, but I personally prefer pure white towels. That way, if they start looking dingy after a while, I can use my miracle whitening solution to restore them to their former glory!

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8. Get Your Beauty Sleep

We’ve all heard it before, but there’s really no easier way to get your skin in prime shape than getting enough sleep consistently. Skimping on your beauty sleep impairs circulation, which can cause the skin to look pale and tired.

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9. Massage Your Skin

Gently massaging your face with your knuckles is a great way to improve circulation for a healthy glow! Do this for two minutes after cleansing and moisturizing to improve blood flow, bringing nutrients to the surface of your skin to help keep it looking healthy.

I start my nighttime skin routine this way, using my jade roller (which I highly recommend if you’re willing to spend a few dollars!) If you prefer to use your hands instead, just be sure they’re clean and avoid tugging or pulling at your skin.

What’s your best low- or no-cost skincare tip?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I love my silk pillowcase. I can’t really sleep on my back because it would probably make me snore. I’ve had freckles since I was a kid -as do most of my siblings. I had to laugh at the pigment challenged skin. I’ve always had pale skin , part of our family’s heritage from my moms side. People used to give me a hard time about it. I have dark hair which made it stand out more, its just the type that’s slow to tan.

  • As someone more “vintage” than yourself, I have some things to add to your list of skincare suggestions. Ironically, I started at 22 because my freckles made me look so young. Include your cleavage in your skincare routine as those wrinkles will age a perfect face. Never rub your face, neck or cleavage to dry them, pat damp dry, and Immediately apply your moisturizer/sunscreen in the morning or moisturizer at night to clean skin. The moisturizer will help seal in the water that much longer. Always apply your lip gloss/lipstick from the corners towards the middle after applying a drop or two of clean water and letting it soak in to soften your lips, patting off the excess if necessary. NEVER ever lick your lips; as saliva is a digestive juice and will work against what you are trying to do. Be consistent with your sunscreen and consider a hat or visor as well. I don’t even go to the mailbox without applying sunscreen 30 minutes before I go out. Use makeup that also has an SPF factor to augment your sunscreen. Sunscreen with moisturizer does NOT have to be expensive. Your results come from consistent use over time. Most of the damage we do to our skin happens by the time we are 18. I started my then 10-year old granddaughter to protect her pigmentally challenged skin she inherited from me. These tips also helped me finish post-burn treatment 18 months early. That sunscreen protected my face when I was in an explosion and fire, when I later played tennis almost daily and when I attended my sons’ outdoor sports events for years. The flip side is that in my late 60’s when I had to have my thyroid removed, I had no neck crease in which to hide the scar. I also have been stopped by the TSA for not looking my age. I consider my laugh lines and the few wrinkles I do have to be the stripes I earned for a life fully lived. However, in my mid-70’s, I do admit that I no longer am able to outrun the effects of genetics nor those of chemotherapy that stretched my skin beyond self-repair and I will be having blepharoplasty to restore my peripheral vision.

  • Some TV star ages ago said her grandmother had beautiful skin and always said to use a fresh washcloth every night. It made sense (bacteria, washing your face with a dirty washcloth, ew) so I started doing that probably 30 years ago. My stack of face cloths is HUGE, but it is worth it!

  • This interesting this is the first time I’ve heard it’s okay to wash your face with cold water. I’ve always waited for it to get warm to open up my pores. I don’t think I’d sleep on my back. I have a tendency to snore and have always slept on my side. I do have a silk pillowcase and I love it.

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