How much did you spend on your skin in 2016? What were the results like? It’s easy to get carried away with creams, lotions and supplements and drain your wallet without seeing much of an improvement. This year, save some money! My five favorite tricks are cheap, easy and effective. You’ll keep your skin looking smooth, moist and healthy.
1. Avoid Skim Milk
There’s a lot of contention about whether or not dairy causes acne. What the research DOES show, reliably, is that skim milk is linked with an increase in outbreaks. Most studies suggest that full fat milk is fine, meaning that you’re good to put cream in your coffee, enjoy fatty ice cream, and enjoy a bowl of cereal with whole milk. All you need to watch is the low-fat stuff.
2. Eat Fried Foods
This one sounds a bit weird (oil is bad, right?) but all the science backs it up.
You know that omega-3 stuff that people are always promoting? It’s a killer moisturizer that does wonders for your skin and helps ward off the effects of age. It turns out that a number of common frying oils, including canola oil, are incredibly rich in omega-3 and omega-6 acids. Cooking with it, using it in salad dressings, or even taking a spoonful instead of a fish oil pill can help boost your intake.
It’s worth noting that there’s a lot of contention about the processes by which the omega 3 and 6 acids work. Notably, some scientists suggest that the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 acids you consume is very important. While canola, linseed and several other oils are more or less balanced, corn oil and some other cooking oils are not.
3. Drink More Water
It’s easy to neglect proper hydration in our busy lives. Your body spends the water you drink on your vital organs first before it starts giving it out to your skin. This means that if you’re even a little bit under on your fluid intake, you can get dry, wrinkly skin. Simply upping your intake of pure, clean water to 8 glasses a day can help make sure that your body has enough water to hydrate your skin.
4. Keep Your Skin Moist
Once water has gotten to your skin, it’s important to keep it there. Moisturizing lotions help form a protective barrier that keeps water in your skin from evaporating out into the environment. You don’t need to spend a lot here — products like lanolin lotion are very inexpensive. My favorite, Alpine Silk, uses lanolin oil to seal aloe vera and manuka honey in with your skin to keep it fresh, moist and healthy.
5. Remember Sunscreen
To me, sunscreen has always been gross stuff you put on your body when you go to the beach. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it every day! One of the biggest ways you can preserve your skin is by using an appropriate sunblock whenever you go outside. While some makeup comes with built in SPF, you need to be protected all over all the time.
Try to switch to a lotion or cream that you like with appropriate protection for your locale and lifestyle. You don’t need the full beach treatment every time you go outside, but even a little will help shield your skin from harmful UV rays. The sun causes the very sort of damage you’re trying to protect against with antioxidants, but it causes it faster — so take it seriously and sunblock up!
Make 2017 Great for Your Skin
These tips might not be super groundbreaking, but they’re cheap and easy. By working these recommendations into your existing skin care plan, you’ll be sure to keep your skin looking healthy and great without spending a fortune. A few small habits — like putting sunblock in your purse, carrying a bottle of water, and switching to full fat ice cream — can make all the difference.