How can I protect my skin without spending any money?

Question

Hi Dr, I’m 26 years old and my skin is busy ageing. I have no idea what to do, I want to look young again. I can’t afford to buy expensive stuff, I’m unemployed. If you perhaps know of home remedies I could try then please let me know.

Submitted by Monique1988 Coulsen on 1 December 2014

Answer

Thank you so much for your question. There are some very basic things you can do to look after your skin. I’m going to give you a little checklist that you can go through.

1)      Avoid the sun during peak exposure hours, and whenever you go out, make sure your skin is always protected. So wear a hat, wear sunglasses to prevent the wrinkling around your eyes, and at the VERY least, wear a sunblock every day, come rain or shine.

2)      Aloe vera gel is a very nice, very affordable “all-rounder” when it comes to being a good moisturiser, great anti-inflammatory for the skin, great for healing the skin and you can use it day and night (under your sunblock in the day).

3)      Make sure you drink a lot of water every day (at least about 2 litres), this helps with hydration as well as ridding the body (and skin) of toxins.

4)      Take care of your diet. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet, loads of vegetables and try stay away from refined sugars and deserts and loads of carbs.

5)      Try and avoid the bad habits that adversely affect the skin, so try to lead a healthy lifestyle.

6)      As far as homecare remedies goes, there are so many out there, what you could do is just google “Basic Skin Care Home Remedies” and there are all sorts of natural options that you could try (making your own masks and exfoliators etc)

I hope that even just these small changes give you a lot of help with your skin.

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