MANY of us spend hundreds each year on lotions and healing potions in hopes of achieving “perfect” skin.
But it’s hard to tell if the money you’re spending is actually getting into your pores or just being washed away down the sink.
And with the cost of living taking a toll on our bank balances, you want to be sure the money is going to be good for you.
So if you’re exhausted from your 20-step skincare routine and bored of spending so much money on skincare, here are some free ways to make your skin more radiant, according to Skin & Sanctuary esthetician Freya Moore.
1. Face massage
Many of us have seen or at least heard of the Gua Sha.
Thanks to TikTok, the traditional Chinese healing method was on everyone’s lips in 2022.
The hand-held stone is believed to increase blood circulation and stimulate lymphatic drainage, making your skin look clearer and less puffy.
But you don’t have to spend your hard-earned cash on a gua sha to actually experience the benefits, says Freya Skin and Sanctuary Clinic said The Sun.
Instead, you can use your hands and fingers.
“Try to learn simple techniques from Instagram at home and youtube,” She said.
“A facial massage helps relax facial muscles, improve blood circulation, relieve tension and stress, which is good for your skin and yourself,” she added.
Make sure to always use gentle techniques and avoid excessive pressure to avoid possible damage.
“If you have specific skin concerns, it’s still best to consult an expert,” Freya added.
2. Drink enough water
We are always being urged to drink more water, especially at this time of year.
In fact, a new study suggests millions of Brits are consuming less water than the recommended daily allowance.
Research into drinking habits in the UK shows that the average adult drinks around a liter of water a day.
However, according to NHS guidelines, the optimal amount is closer to two to three liters a day.
It is important to drink enough fluids. It helps cool the body, flush out toxins and improve brain function.
And drinking plenty of fluids can also improve your skin’s appearance.
Freya said, “Consuming water helps keep skin hydrated, resulting in a softer and smoother appearance.”
“And by eliminating toxins, water can contribute to a clearer complexion and healthier-looking skin.”
3. Keep out of the sun
The verdict is: there is no surefire way to get a tan.
Contrary to what you might have thought, a tan doesn’t protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, says the NHS.
“UV rays emanating from the sun lead to premature skin aging, wrinkles and sun spots,” Freya said.
Over time, UV exposure breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin, both essential proteins that help maintain skin’s firmness and elasticity.
“That’s why it’s important to limit time in the sun or being in the shade to keep your skin looking youthful,” she said.
4. Prioritize sleep
You can often tell immediately from your face that you sleep badly.
“While you sleep, your body produces more collagen, a protein that helps maintain skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” Freya explained.
“Sleep also supports skin cell regeneration, helping to replace damaged or dead cells with new, healthier ones, resulting in a fresher complexion.”
She added, “It also helps reduce inflammation as well as dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.”
5. Change your pillowcases often
So it turns out our pillowcases are pretty dirty.
A new study found that after just a week of sleep, your pillowcase will collect over 17,000 more bacteria than a toilet seat.
So it makes sense that Freya suggested rotating your cases at least once a week.
“Dirt and the buildup of bacteria can lead to all sorts of problems for your skin — acne, skin irritation, infection, inflammation,” she said.