Today on the blog I'm sharing cheap and free things you can be using and doing to improve your skin. Commercials and magazines often make it seem like if you aren't using super expensive products it's impossible to have nice skin. While I sometimes do believe investing in more expensive items can be worth it (like foundation and shampoo), there are a lot of cheap products everyone can be using that not only will improve your skin so much, but also won't break your wallet.
1) Biotin: I started using a Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamin before I had Harper to try and head off the nasty hormone effects that happen after you have a baby. Ever since I started using this vitamin I've noticed a huge difference in the strength of my nails and my hair. During pregnancy my nails grew fast but were pretty brittle. Now my nails are growing fast and they aren't breaking! In the last couple of years I've also noticed that my hair is growing a lot slower than it used to. I hoped that taking Biotin would improve the growth rate and it definitely has! My hair is finally getting to the length I want it after cutting it short 2 years ago. Luckily for you and I, Biotin products can be very inexpensive. I've been using this vitamin from Target and not only does it work great, but it also tastes great, and is a great price! Look for a vitamin that has 2500 mg or more of Biotin to get the best results.
2. Sheet masks: I'm sure you have seen sheet masks making the rounds on social media but what you might not know is that there are tons of cheap sheet masks that are just as good (or better) than the expensive ones you see advertised. My favorite sheet masks right now are from the Sephora line. They are only $6 and they have all types to choose from. You can find my favorites here and here. This winter I had a really bad cold that dried out my whole face. I used tons of moisturizers and nothing worked. I finally went and bought a mask and within 15 minutes my face was glowing and no more dry skin! I try to do a sheet mask once a week as part of my weekly beauty routine.
3: Washing Your Face: It still amazes me every time I talk to someone and I find out that they fall asleep with their makeup on, or they don't wash there face when they wake up! The simple step of washing your face can drastically prevent premature aging. If you don't have time, or you are too tired to use a dedicated face wash and washcloth, try these wipes to quickly get makeup off.
4. Water: This has to be the easiest, cheapest thing you can be using to dramatically increase your skin. Dry skin? Drink water. Under-eye bags? Drink water. Face feeling bloated? Drink water. I try to drink a gallon of water a day and I can definitely tell when I don't because my face just looks tired and dull. So drink water! You can find some cute water bottles here and here to help make it easier :)
5. Silk Pillowcases: This is something that can actually help you and your man. Having your man sleep on silk pillowcases can help prevent hair loss as it doesn't pull on their hair like a regular pillowcase. For a woman, not only is it easier on your hair, but it also helps prevent waking up with sleep lines on your face and can help prevent wrinkles from forming. Just remember to wash your pillowcase every week! Alot of bloggers are obsessed with this more expensive pillowcase from Nordstrom, but I have been using ones I bought off of Amazon and they seem to work great.
What are your favorite cheap ways to take care of your skin?