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Frugal Skin Care

by Nikki Willhite

Skin care does not have to be expensive. Those who want your money would lead you to believe that you must spend massive amounts of money to have good skin. This simply is not true. Many of the advertised skin care products on the market today do not even work. Don't be fooled thinking that the high prices on these products make them effective.

If you have a serious skin condition, then you should see a dermatologist. You can try home cures for conditions such as acne, but if they don't work, you will get the best results visiting a doctor.
For normal skin care there are things you should do, and equally important, things you should not do for good skin.

Do Not...

Everyone has probably heard that you should not expose your skin to the sun, for health and beauty reasons. This can be hard to do. The warmth of the sun feels so wonderful on your face. Tanned skin can make you look more attractive.

I had an aunt who lived at the beach where it was sunny almost every day.  She spent her whole life with a deep tan, including her face. I wish I had a picture to show you of what happened to her skin. Her face had the texture of corduroy. The groves were deep, and they totally covered her face. It was awful. Toward the end of her life, she looked a little better. I'm sure she had some work done, and I'm sure it was neither pleasant nor cheap.

Stay out of the sun. Wear sunscreen, wear hats, and protect your face. Twenty minutes or so of sun on your skin is good for your health, but after that you are risking damage.

Another thing that causes skin problems is to put your hands on your face. Our hands carry a lot of germ. Constant touching of our face with our hands causes skin problems.

Finally, do not smoke. Smoking adds years to the appearance of your skin.

What to Do

What you eat and drink is important for healthy skin. Drink lots of water. Your skin needs water for the skin cells to function properly. This will help your appearance as well as your health.

Avoid eating greasy foods. The American diet is not a healthy diet. People eat the wrong food, and they eat too much of it. Get back to basics with lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The more a food is processed, the more damage it can do to our bodies.

Take a good multi-purpose vitamin every day. Make sure you are getting all the recommended vitamins and minerals your body needs on a daily basis.

Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is the time the body repairs itself. No one looks good when they are sleep deprived, and it takes a toll on your skin.

Stress is an enemy to every aspect of our health and appearance. Do what it takes to remove stress from your life.

Clean your skin daily with a soft cleanser. Find a moisturizer that works for you and stick with it. Some people just use cold cream. Lotion is important to keep your skin smooth. Those who do not put lotion on their elbows end up with elbows that feel like gritty sandpaper.

There is no "fountain of youth" when it comes to skincare products. None of us can stop the aging process and the inevitable loss of some of the gifts of youth. However, we don't have to age prematurely. Be frugal and be smart when choosing skin care products, and save money by healthy living and smart lifestyle choices.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 


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