Some simple, affordable ways you can hang onto young skin.
As everyone’s skin requires different treatment, it’s important to choose a moisturizer that caters specifically for your needs, and always keep in mind that an expensive cream is not necessarily a good one. Pay attention to the delicate skin around your eyes and pat eye creams in rather than rub in.
In the cooler months, it’s important to give your skin room to breathe. Try to apply less foundation in dry weather, and always remove whatever you’ve put on, to give your skin a rest. Don’t forget that it’s possible to introduce bacteria into your skin through the constant use of old make-up brushes and applicators. Now is a good time to change these, and your pillow cases. Make sure you do so regularly. Pillow cases don’t cost anything (assuming you’re using the ones you already have) and make-up brushes are sold in discount shops for literally next to nothing.
Exfoliation is great, but you need not buy expensive exfoliating creams that may or may not suit your skin type. The most affordable and safest self-exfoliating routine is to use a soft facecloth or flannel. Wet it with some warm water and use a gentle scrubbing motion to remove the dead layer of skin without harming your face. These gentle motions will stimulate your skin cells in the most natural, least abrasive way possible. Wash your facecloth in your normal washing (or hand wash it in warm water if you have sensitive skin). This should take care of any lingering bacteria on it. If you have two or three of these, they should last you for a very long time. Moisturise as usual.
Cut down on the amount of chemicals you use to clean your home. I’ve found that a mixture of biological washing powder and soda crystals will work just as well as harsh cleaning chemicals – even in the bathroom. They’re cheap and safe, suitable for use on most surfaces, and I can vouch for their effectiveness. If you must immerse your hands in hot water, try using rubber gloves. Keep a bottle of hand cream (water based) near to the kitchen sink to remind you to use it on your hands after you take them out of hot water. Also, remember to wear gloves when it’s cold outside.
What can we do to avoid this situation in our own bodies? After a shower or bath, pat your skin dry and rub in some good water-based moisturizer while it’s still damp. Remember that exfoliation on the body is equally important as that of the face, as it assists in the removal of dead skin cells.