Appearances go deeper than the skin

Skin care is easy to push to the backburner of our healthcare routine. We’re college students, so we’re supposed to be past the days of acne woe, right? Well, I don’t know about you guys, but those days aren’t quite ancient history for me yet. I still have times when my skin gives me trouble, and I don’t have the money to go out and buy an expensive skin care solution. Here are a few simple and inexpensive tips and tricks to keep your skin in tip-top shape, no matter the season or weather.

One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to make sure you stay hydrated. Water acts as a cleanser and helps to eliminate the unwanted toxins from your body. It flushes out dirt and oils that you can pick up throughout the day. A good goal is to try and drink half your body weight in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, aim to take in about 75 ounces of water a day. It seems like a lot, but it will make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin, and it can also help to prevent headaches, lethargy, and more.

Make sure to incorporate plenty of vitamin and mineral rich foods into your diet to help your skin as well. Foods such as fruits, nuts, seeds, and beans. Are all great examples of food you can eat that are not only good for you on the inside, but on the outside as well. Unnatural and processed food is of course okay in moderation, but an excess of these richer products could contribute to your skin care woes, especially if they are habits and not just splurges.

Ladies, we all know that we are supposed to take our make-up off every night before we go to bed, but this isn’t just a precaution. Leaving your make-up on overnight really can produce damaging effects upon your skin overtime. If you know that there will be days where you just don’t feel like going through the whole washing routine, keep make-up remover cloths handy. They are quick, easy and disposable, and will do the job better than just forgoing the removal process altogether. Wearing a limited amount of make-up overall will also do your skin wonders. Even try going make-up free once a week! Your skin will get a day off and a bit of a breather, and I guarantee it feels amazing.

Using moisturizer with sunscreen is also a great habit to get into.  No matter if it’s winter or summer, a moisturizer that includes sunscreen will keep your face hydrated and smooth, as well as protecting it from the sun’s rays, which can be damaging no matter the season. They are generally inexpensive, and you can find them at any drug store and most department stores.

Regular exercise (at least 15 minutes a day) will also keep your skin looking fresh. Even just a walk across campus could help you maintain a smooth and glowing complexion. Movement sends blood rushing through your body, helping to keep a bright appearance. After you’re done working out, make sure to wash off. You don’t want to let the dirt and sweat sit on your skin longer than necessary, as this can cause breakouts.

Diluted apple cider vinegar or lavender, aspirin mixed with water, honey, baking soda, egg whites, and even strawberries can be utilized as acne spot treatments. There are thousands of unique recipes online that you can concoct for yourself at very low cost. Just make sure to do your research before! Having nice and healthy skin doesn’t have to be expensive, it just takes a little time and planning!

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