With all the changes that have occurred this year, it's not surprising that women everywhere have been reassessing their skincare routines. Spending more time at home has spurred a focus on overall skin health and rituals to smooth out lines and wrinkles - and they want convenient solutions that get the job done but don't cost a fortune.
Whether they are rethinking high-end anti-ageing treatments, skipping in-office visits or simply being more conservative with spending, women are turning to other options that are cost effective . Here are some anti-ageing tips that involve either no cost or affordable items found online and at your local store.
1. Going easy on the hot water
Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, which can lead to dryness and the appearance of premature aging. Keep the water temperature from getting too hot (you can even set your water heater to a lower default temp).
Pro tip: Apply moisturiser right out of the bath or shower, and immediately after washing your face.
2. Prioritise sleep
Make sure you're sleeping a good eight hours per night if possible. Keeping your room cooler and darker at night will help ensure you'll not only fall asleep more easily, but stay asleep longer, for the rest your body and face need.
Pro tip: Launder your bedding regularly, especially your pillowcases! That way you know you're helping to keep your skin clean while you're getting your beauty rest.
3. Stock up on vitamins
Keeping your skin looking and feeling its best is also a question of feeding it from within. Taking daily supplements containing vitamins such as C, E, D and K will help nourish your skin from the inside out. Eating foods rich in vitamins, like colourful vegetables and fruits, is also a vital - and delicious - way to "feed" your skin well.
4. Limit sun exposure
While getting a little vitamin D from sunshine is a good thing, too much time under UV rays can prematurely age your skin - and put your skin at risk. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a facial moisturiser or sunscreen containing at least 30 SPF for the best protection against sunburn and skin cancer.
Pro tip: Keep sunscreen near the door or in your bag so you'll remember to apply before going out.
Sticking to these tips daily will make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. Try a couple until they become a habit, then try more. Your skin will thank you!