Bright, dewy skin is something we're all consistently coveting—adding vitamin C serums to our shopping carts, applying highlighter like it's going out of style (it's not), and plumping up courtesy of hyaluronic acid products. Unfortunately, there's one glaringly obvious factor all of these things have in common: They cost money… a lot of it.
While we're all for investing in worthwhile products, there are a few things you can do to de-puff, brighten, moisturize, and tone sans credit card. Below, we detail three ways to take care of your skin without spending a dime.
Facial massage: It takes mere minutes to improve your skin function, allow your products to penetrate deeper, and instantly boosts your complexion. "Facial massage stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, perks up your facial contour, and provides an instant natural glow," says Davis B. Nguyen, the MD who taught us the technique.
Nguyen recommends performing this technique for three minutes morning and night with a nickel-size amount of your favorite serum. He suggests using SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum ($270), but budget-friendly alternatives like The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($7) and Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster ($32) work really well. If you're running low on time, massaging your face for just 60 seconds will still de-puff and perk up your skin. We've got a step-by-step tutorial for it as well.
Most professional facials feature steam to open your pores and allow for seamless extractions. It helps to release toxins from your skin, loosen debris from your pores, and even make the subsequent products work better. The best part? Steaming is totally free when you skip the spa and treat yourself in the comfort of your own home. Everything you need is already available in your kitchen: baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and a few herbs. We outlined every detail for glowing post-steam skin.
Just like yoga for your body, says Fumiko Takatsu, the creator of the Face Yoga Method, a few minutes of daily facial stretching will lift and tone all over. You can prevent wrinkles by relaxing your forehead muscles and using acupressure to remove tension, tighten your neck and jawline to prevent sagging and firm up a double chin, smooth smiles, and lift drooping eyelids. Basically, it's like a face-lift, eye-lift, and dose of Botox all in one (but it's pain-free, costs nothing, and is far less frightening to needle-phobes). Find the full instructions for each one.
Have you ever tried any of these techniques? Let us know in the comments below, and peep our broke girl's guide to taking care of your skin like a model.