Skin Care On a Budget

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some practical tips for taking care of your skin.

Caring for skin

  • cleanse, treat, and prevent.
  • Use sunscreen 365 days a year to protect sun damage such as wrinkles, age spots or skin cancer.
  • Get the most from your body moisturizer. in the winter, apply it to damps skin as soon as you get out of the shower.
  • Consider using petroleum jelly the most common inexpensive product for skin care.
  • Limit the product line to one or two skin products to save you money and storage space.
  • Consider dual-function products such as moisturizer plus sunscreen and a lip balm with sunscreen.
  • When buying products consider using anti-aging products with ingredients such as vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acid.

Caring for dry skin 

  • Limit time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes.
  • Use warm water instead of hot water.
  • Moisturize immediately after dying your skin.
  • Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion, they tend to be more effective and less irritating than lotions.
  • Wear a lip balm that feels good on your lips.
  • Use only gentle, unscented skin care product because they are harsh on dry, sensitive skin.
  • Stop using fragrance, alcohol contained skin products.
  • Always wear gloves to prevent dry hands.
  • Choose non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent.
  • Add moisture to the air by plugging in a humidifier.

Face washing 

  • Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that doesn’t contain alcohol.
  • Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser.
  • Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.
  • Resist the temptation to scrub your skin.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with soft towel.
  • Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy.
  • limit washing to twice a day and after sweating.
  • Wash your face once a night and once in the morning.

For more info on skin care visit: American Academy of Dermatologist Association

By Lynda Akor