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Skin Care on the Cheap

This article gives tips on beauty and taking care of your skin on a budget.

If you're like me, you probably don't have a lot of money to spend on acne and facial products. I've practically become an expert at finding bargains and ways to stretch a dollar! In this day and time, we have to. Believe it or not, some of the best treatments can be found in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets.

One of the best-and least costly-things a person can do to help their skin is to drink plenty of water and eat a fairly balanced diet. I'm not going to say not to eat things like chocolate or pizza that have been rumored in the past to cause acne, but eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is a good idea. The main reason for this is because a Vitamin A deficiency can cause severe acne; this is the philosophy behind prescription treatments such as Retin-A. Vitamin B complexes are also beneficial. Staying hydrated is important because that can help your skin maintain moisture. I'm saying this because many of the commercial products for acne dry out your skin, which can also cause problems.

Lemon juice has somewhat of a drying effect that, when used on individual blemishes, can get rid of some of the oil in the skin. Mixing the results of a crushed orange peel with water and applying to blemishes has a similar effect. One of the best home remedies, however, is applying crushed cucumber or the juice to the skin for about fifteen minutes. Cucumber has a toning and cleansing effect, one better than some of the most expensive commercial products you'll find! How much will they cost you? You'll pay perhaps three or four dollars. That certainly sounds better than $200 an hour!

Another excellent skin product is baking soda. After all, it's one of the most useful products you can buy. It's a household cleaner, a deodorant, a plaque remover, and so many other things that would take all day to list. Yet another use for this universally-loved substance is as an exfoliant; rubbing a paste of baking soda mixed with water has been known to be abrasive not only to dead skin, but also to any residue that might have been left by sweat or other products. This leaves a 'clean slate' that will be that much more receptive to any other treatment you might use.

I hope you can get good use out of these cost-cutting beauty tips. I don't know about you, but it's always exciting to me to learn that I can get similar results to a spa but pay a fraction of the cost! You'll look great, and still have money to hit that sale at Macy's. I'll see you there!

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