Tips for beautiful skin that cost nothing!

Over the years I have messed around with different products. Tried every serum, balm, moisturizer, and exfoliator you can think of. But finally I decided to tackle the 'at home' factors. There are so many natural ways to achieve healthy, glowing skin. Plus, they cost nothing! And I think it's time to share them with you.  If you haven't tried them yet, I guarantee that implementing these tips and tricks will not just make a difference to your skin, but to your overall health and happiness. So, read on to discover the best, free ways to achieve radiant skin. 

Tip #1 Drink Water!!
STOP! Don't click off in frustration, I know that every skincare advice column says this but that's because its so important! Trust me, I used to brush past this just like everyone else, but now I drink at least 1 and a half liters of water every day! Do this for 3 days and you will see a difference. My skin feels and looks hydrated, healthy and clear!

Tip #2 Limit Makeup
I've been their, I've done the 7 days a week, full face of makeup routine, and I loved it! But as you get older you have to surrender for the good of your skin. I try and only wear makeup 3/4 days a week now, if that's simply not possible for you then try and reduce it a little. Just a little concealer and some brow taming for the more natural days! I promise you, your skin will thank you.

Tip #3 Get to know your skin
I know far too many people who not only don't know their skin, but also don't read packaging! Its all well and good grabbing the new Garnier moisturizer because it was reduced to £5, but please, please, please check it is for your skin type! If you're new to the beauty and skincare world you may think its more of a one size fits all scenario, but I can assure you it is not. All moisturizers are made to do specific things, get one that will do what you need!

Tip #4 Green is good
Introducing green into your diet is going to help your skin. It's really simple. Please don't complain about acne or spots if you live off Haribos' and Doritos'. You don't have to jump from Dominos' to a garden salad, just try adding vegetables whenever you can. A handful of leaves will leave your skin happy and you feeling beautiful.

Tip#5 Cleanliness!
From quite a young age, my mother always told me never to touch my face. Fiddling with your face throughout the day transfers loads of bacteria from your hands, straight onto your face. This can cause spots, rashes and even discoloration. I only ever touch my face if I have a clean, freshly washed hands, so as to prevent any nasty bacteria from contaminating my face. Always wash your face in the morning and evening to maintain flawless, clear skin.

Tip#6 Smoking 
This is non-negotiable. If you are a smoker, STOP! Your skin cannot reach its full, beautiful potential if you continue to pump toxic fumes into your body. Smoking causes wrinkles, sagging skin, acne and often causes skin to appear grey or orange toned. I mean seriously, does any of this sound appealing to you?  At this day in age, there really is no excuse.
It's 2018. We don't have time for toxic people, so why continue practicing toxic habits?

Tip#7 Drinking
Now, don't panic. I'm not going to tell you to quit drinking. However, alcohol doesn't help your skin in the long run. Drinking severely dehydrates your skin, causes dullness, enlarged pores and fine lines. The NHS recommends drinking no more than 14 units a week, that's about 1 and a half bottles of wine a week. So if you're regularly binge drinking more than 14 units, just try and cut back. Trust me, your skin will thank you for it.

Tip#8 Be Gentle
Remember. The things you do to your skin now, will show on your face in 20 years. When applying moisturizer, washing your face or putting on makeup, be gentle! Dragging and scrubbing at your face will not only damage your skin, but will inevitably emphasize wrinkles as you age.

Tip#9 Sleep
Yes, sleep is actually super important for good skin! Humans need an average of 9 to 7 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can cause an imbalance in your PH levels, leading to redness, lowering moisture levels (That's what makes you glow!), and can even trigger breakouts. So try and catch those Z's if you want radiant skin!

My skin has always been somewhat of a problem for me. I have Rosacea, meaning my skin is often very pink and I get small patches of red bumps around my jawline and cheeks.
I also have extremely dry skin, it was much worse in my younger years as I was severely dehydrated, however my skin still soaks up moisturizer at an astonishing rate, making skincare all the more problematic.
Despite this, I have found ways to work with my skin, making sure I look and feel beautiful, and I hope you can do the same.

As always, have a wonderful day. Leave a comment below if you have tried any of these methods, or share what works for you!

-Madeleine x

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