What is Glass Skin?
Skin that is tender and luminous like the morning dew, fresh and supple like a buttery bread roll, soft and bouncy like a steamed bun, translucent like glass... It's a K-beauty term, and begins with having smooth, even-toned skin. This is the type of skin that many people dream of but may think is impossible because they don’t have enough time and money for a complicated skincare routine. If you are plagued by acne or hyperpigmentation, or if you have scars and bumps, don’t worry. By following the basics of a frugal skincare routine, you can have the skin of your dreams.
Budget Glass Skin Step #1: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is key. Not enough is said about this. The skin is a living, breathing organ—the largest organ of our body. Skin cells are born, and skin cells die away. If the dead skin cells are left on the skin to build up, pores will get clogged and the skin will appear dull. For example, look at a baby. Babies have soft, smooth, supple skin. Do you know why? It is because their skin cells are new. You make new, baby-fresh skin cells continuously and all you need to do is let them show by sloughing off the dead skin cells on a regular basis.
Here are two super cheap products that you can use for daily exfoliation:
Boar Bristle Brush:
These are brushes where the bristles are made using natural hairs of a boar. A one-time purchase of this type of brush is a smart skincare investment. The boar bristles don’t cause micro-abrasions on the skin, so can be used every day. They slough away dead skins cells, massage the skin, and increase circulation to the skin. A small boar bristle brush can also be used on the face. Before washing, while the skin is still dry, start with gentle, upward strokes of the brush from the chin to the cheeks. Then brush around the mouth and nose up to the sides of your face and your forehead.
Plain White Washcloth:
The cheap 100% cotton washcloths that come in a bundle and are non-luxurious are the best for daily exfoliation. They might feel a little scratchy at first, but that is good. It's great for exfoliation, and your skin will get used to the feeling of this type of washcloth.
After you have used the boar bristle brush on dry skin, lather up with a gentle soap and use the washcloth in circular motions all over your face and body. Use a new, clean washcloth every day. The washcloth should be white so that you can see what is coming off you. This brings us to the next tip.
Budget Glass Skin Step #2: Cleanse
It seems like this should go without saying, but many people don’t realize how dirty their skin can get. Those who wear eyeglasses know that by the end of the day, the lenses are covered with a fine film of oil, dust, and who knows what else. Of course, this film is also on your skin. Keeping this on the skin can cause irritation and blemishes. Things that you can do are avoid touching your face with your hands throughout the day and cleanse with a gentle cleanser. Cleansing the skin should be simple and easy. Use mild soaps that are designed for sensitive skin, even if your skin is not sensitive. You want to remove bacteria in a way that keeps your skin healthy and calm.
Here are two super cheap products that you can use for daily cleansing:
Ivory Bar Soap:
Ivory Bar soap is a gentle soap without perfumes. You can get a 10-pack of 3 oz bars, which is perfect for those on a budget.
African Black Soap:
African black soap is made with palm oil and plantain skin. This soap gently cleanses irritated and sensitive skin. The bars are usually 5 oz to 8 oz and last a long time, which is great for the cost-conscious.
Budget Glass Skin Step #3: Moisturize
There are all types of skin: dry, oily, combination… Guess what? They all need moisturizing. The goal is to have dewy, supple, clear glass skin. Moisturizing is an absolute necessity. Don’t skip this. After you have exfoliated and cleansed, your skin is tingling and fresh. You don’t want it to dry out like a raisin. Moisturizing is done easily and frugally by using natural oils, butters, and lotions, depending on your skin type. Oily skin may benefit from light lotions, while combination and dry skin can handle oils and butters.
Here are two super cheap products that you can use for daily moisturizing:
Sweet Almond Oil:
Sweet almond oil is a natural product that won’t clog pores. Oils by themselves don’t moisturize. You want to seal in the moisture by applying the oil to damp skin. A little goes a long way when you use this technique, so it is a great way to stay on your skincare budget.
There are so many hypoallergenic lotions on the market, and it comes down to your preferences on which one to choose. What makes it frugal is the technique. You can get away with using less when you apply it to skin that is slightly wet. Gently massage the lotion into damp skin and let your skin air-dry. Your skin will be moisturized, and the lotion will last a long time.
So, now that you’ve finished with your frugal glass skin routine, look in the mirror and admire your work. The trifecta of beautiful skin is exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. Over time and with patience, your skin will be smooth and clear like glass.
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