8 Inexpensive Ways to Help Your Skin Glow

Healthy skin with textSome women have skin that glows naturally.  For the rest of us, glowing skin takes a bit of effort.  But it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  Here are 8 inexpensive things we can all do to help our skin look healthy and beautiful:

  • Wash your face gently using simple, everyday products.  Use gentle cleansers and warm (not hot) water.  I use light olive oil and plain Dove soap.  Pour the oil into an inexpensive pump bottle and keep it in the shower.  (Be careful – it can make the shower or tub floor slippery.)  Apply the oil to your face to dissolve makeup.  After a few minutes, wipe it off gently with a warm wash cloth, then wash with a mild soap.
  • Moisturize daily using inexpensive moisturizers.  You can spend as much money as you like on moisturizers.  Or, you can moisturize inexpensively using everyday products.  In the winter, I often use Vitamin E oil as a base moisturizer for my face.  After it absorbs for a few minutes, I apply Lubriderm.  (In non-winter months I skip the oil, because my skin is naturally oily.)  Both products are inexpensive; I buy them at WalMart or Target.  I follow that with an under-eye cream, the only moisturizer I invest a bit of money in (because I’m at – ahem – that age).
  • Exfoliate gently using a simple, homemade facial scrub.  Using a gentle scrub once or twice a week helps to remove old, dull cells and reveal new, fresh cells.  You can buy scrubs everywhere, but you can also make them at home.  A quick search on Pinterest yields dozens of recipes  – like this one.  You can also make a scrub quickly and easily by mixing plain white sugar with a light oil (e.g., olive, Vitamin E), and maybe a bit of lemon juice.  Just mix it up, rub gently into to damp skin for a minute or two, then rinse with warm water.
  • Protect face, neck and hands from the sun.  Sun exposure damages the structure of your skin over time and promotes wrinkles and brown spots.  Although a sun-kissed glow looks great in the short run, experts say it hurts your appearance in the long run.  So protect at least your face, neck and the backs of your hands with sunscreen every day.  (We do need some sun exposure to produce vitamin D, but I’m going to expose my arms or legs to the sun for that purpose, not my face!)
  • Stay hydrated.  Water helps your body utilize nutrients and remove waste, both of which promote healthy skin (and overall good health).  It also helps your skin stay “plumped.”  Most women, however, don’t drink enough water.  Many experts recommend drinking 64 ounces a day, but if you can’t manage that much, just start drinking more.  Be intentional about it and make water your default beverage whenever possible.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.  The foods you eat play a significant role in the health and appearance of your skin, so much so that I plan to write a separate post on that topic next week.  For now, suffice to say that eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, and less sugar, soda, fast foods and processed foods, will lead to healthier skin.  Your skin’s glow comes from the inside, and in large part it starts with the foods you eat.
  • Exercise regularly.  Exercise increases blood flow, which helps your body move nutrients in and waste out more efficiently and promotes healthy skin.  It also helps manage stress, which takes a toll on skin’s health and appearance.  Most experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week; in addition, try to move your body as much as possible every day (more walking and moving, less sitting).
  • Sleep 7-8 hours a night.  Most of us have seen how our skin looks when we don’t get enough sleep, and it isn’t pretty!  Your skin (and every part of your body) needs 7-8 hours of sleep to renew and restore itself.  If you’re getting less than that, revamp your schedule and commitments to make it a priority.

Do you have any inexpensive secrets to healthy and glowing skin?  Any favorite products?  Please share them in the Comments – I would love to hear from you.  I also would love for you to subscribe to CalmHealthySexy by email; just enter your email address under Subscribe on the right-hand side of the page.  Thanks for stopping by.  Gaye

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Comments

  1. says

    I, too, am at that age. :-)
    I definitely need to drink more water. I’ve been better about eating healthier, but that could still use improvement. Thanks for the nudge!

  2. says

    I use makeup remover cloths from Walmart, eye and facial moisturizers from Avon. I need to drink more water, get more sleep and exercise. Thanks for coming back and sharing at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. juliejs says

    I love these ideas so much! I’ve been seeing more about DIY skin care & its definitely worth a try. Since my skin cancers, I am self conscious about my scars. Anything to make me feel better about my face makes me happier than one might think. So glad to see you at #sitssharefest this morning, by the way!

    • GC says

      Thanks Julie! Even just a couple of years ago I would have pooh-poohed the idea of DIY skin care products, but now I love the idea and want to learn about and try more of them. It is amazing how much good even a small “beauty boost” can do, isn’t it?

      Gaye

  4. says

    A lot of people say I have such smoothe skin and I believe the reason for that is because I drink a lot of water and never drink sodas. Also I wash my face with mild soap every day and use a moisturizer that has vitamin E in it.

    Thanks for sharing this list.

    • GC says

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Louida. I’m sure that all of the water you drink is doing great things for your skin. That is something I have not been good about in the past, and am really working on.

      Gaye

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