Ever heard the saying, ‘… you are what you eat?’

Well, it’s true. Your eating habits can easily become public knowledge thanks to the tell-tale nature of our skin. Now, I’m not trying to say that if you feed on tomatoes your skin will have natural rouge; but if you care about what comes out of your skin, you have to be vigilant about what goes inside your body.

Sure, you’ve heard it all the time…eat your veggies and you’ll grow, grow, grow; drink your water and you’ll glow, glow, glow. No lies have been detected in this anywhere. That said, your diet is merely one aspect of your skin routine. Here are a few of my skin-care habits, as well as some affordable hacks you can try at home:

1. Cleansing – this is one of the the first and most important steps in any skin-care regime. For me, I wash my face in the morning with Aveeno facial cleanser, which I think does a really good job of getting rid of all the impurities my skin encounters on a daily basis. All this while leaving my skin feeling fresh and breathable.
2. Exfoliation—another very important step, this helps to remove dead skin and renew the skin’s surface. While this is not necessarily something I do every day, I’ll try to do some amount of dermabrasion at least twice a week. Want a quick hack to try at home? Combine coffee grounds and petroleum jelly for a quick (and cost-effective) exfoliator!
3. Pore Care—my secret (listen closely) is Apple Cider Vinegar. Boom! I’d bet you never saw that coming! Splash a little on your green salad to add some flavor to those leaves, then splash on the rest on your face to minimize those unsightly pores and keep your skin supple.
4. Moisturise—let’s face it…ashy, dusty-looking skin has never been in style. But keeping that first layer of beauty lush can be a challenge, especially when there are environmental evils like icy weather that dehydrates your skin or harmful UV rays from the sun! Thankfully, there are so many great options for moisturisers out there to fit your skin type—whatever that is. My personal favorite is the Murad Essential-C moisturizer, which retails at XXXX for $X.XX.
5. Protection—Depending on the conditions to which your skin is exposed, a regular moisturizer may not always be sufficient. Sunscreen or a moisturizing foundation can help to protect your skin from the sun’s rays and wind, some of the greatest moisture-thieves you’ll ever encounter.

We could talk about skin care for months on end and never stop, because what works for me may not work for you; and what works for Joanna may not work for Lauren. But here’s the catch – you have to get in on the conversation. I really could go on and on about all of my favorite products (all of which you can get at any Sephora or drug store, depending on your budget), but I’d also like to hear from you.

Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite products are and even some of your own skin care tips and tricks! Let’s take care of ourselves – together!

-Amber

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