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.
- 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