Cheap Tricks for Expensive Looking Skin

Some tips form Dr. Karen Hammerman from Schweiger Dermatology Group on the least expensive things you can do to achieve a gorgeous, million dollar complexion.

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Exfoliate: Exfoliationis one of the best techniques you can perform on your own skin to resolve skin issues as well as to achieve healthy and glowing skin. When you rid the skin of dry skin cells on the surface, you’re creating a smooth and healthy canvas that allows for better absorption of your skincare products.

Invest in washcloths: Using a fresh washcloth every time you cleanse your face may sound luxurious, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to guarantee gorgeous skin. “Using a dirty washcloth to wash or dry your face could introduce dirt and bacteria back onto your skin,” says Dr. Hammerman. She suggests buying muslin cloths to aid in facial cleansing that do the double duty of manually exfoliating the skin.

Limit sugar intake: When you ingest sugar or high-glycemic foods, your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels leading to a burst of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.

Use a retinol: There are literally thousands of anti-aging creams and serums, but at this point there’s only one super ingredient that really delivers on such promises—retinoids.  Retinol and Retin-A are both part of a group of derivative compounds of the vitamin A family. Retin-A is the prescription form, and has been shown to reduce fine lines, smooth skin texture and help normalize pigmentation. While retinol can be found in OTC skincare.

Get sleep: It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Getting a 7-9 hours of quality sleep a night does wonders for your appearance. While you’re getting your zzzzs, your skin rebuilds collagen so it will be smoother and tighter if you’re getting sleep. Also, your blood flow gets a boosted to your skin while you sleep, which will make you the proud owner of healthy, glowing skin in the morning.

Wear sunscreen. Research shows 90% of wrinkles are caused by the sun’s UVA light and damage from sun is the number one cause of premature aging. Even at low-level exposures, UVA light breaks down collagen, which causes wrinkles.  When worn daily, sunscreens help to minimize the harmful effects of UVB and UVA on DNA. They also help shield important proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin, which keep skin smooth and firm.

Shop at the drugstore: “You don’t need to invest in fancy skincare products if you want gorgeous skin,” says Dr. Hammerman.  “Some of my favorite products are at the drugstore, such as Neutrogena Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF, Cerave Body Cream and Dove Beauty Bar, are all inexpensive, effective and won’t cause breakouts or allergic reactions like some fancier products can.”