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Affordable Skincare and More

Yes! The short answer is yes. There are vitamins and over the counter remedies that can improve the overall health and appearance of your skin without costing you a fortune. How do I know this? Because I’ve been trying them over the last few months with great results!

Like many people, I have been waging war against my skin problems since adolescence. I tried everything my dermatologists suggested from over the counter remedies to costly pharmaceuticals. Just to name a few, I’ve tried Retin-A, Tetracycline, Clindamycin, Cetaphil, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Benzoyl Peroxide, Erythromycin, and that cream the good doctor mixed up in the back room. Side effects endured included anything from red peeling skin to some hair loss. As I got older, things improved a little bit, but I was still dealing with minor acne and its skin-dulling aftermath in my late twenties. The good news is I’ve recently found some over the counter remedies that will not burn my face off while evening out my skin tone and smoothing its texture.

Two remedies in my new healthy skin arsenal came from a very unexpected source. Who knew that my eye doctor would give me better skin advice than my dermatologist? Go figure. He recommended that I start taking fish oil caplets and using OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus Pads to relieve my irritated eyes. One night, I decided to use the pad to scrub my entire face. It was amazing how much makeup came off on the pad after I had taken a shower, exfoliated my face, and scrubbed it with a washcloth. My skin felt amazing and ten times cleaner. I’ve been using them for about a month now and my skin hasn’t looked this good in years. These little miracle pads also cured by eye problems! They are not hard to come by either. You can get a thirty-day supply of OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus Pads for about $16 at Walgreens. Just be sure to rinse your face off with a splash of water after you use them.

So what’s the active ingredient in these magical little exfoliating pads? Well the main ingredient is water. Plain old water followed by Ringer’s Solution and POE-80 Sorbitan Monolaurate. There are about seven other ingredients, but I’ll just focus on the second two. From what I can gather, Ringer’s solution is used to irrigate bodily tissues during surgery and according to Encyclopedia Britannica, it can “prolong greatly the survival time of exercised [bodily] tissues.” I don’t know about you, but I find that kinda creepy. According to lookchem.com, Sorbitan Monolaurate is commonly used as an emulsifier, lubricant, and wetting agent. So what we have here is a tissue preserving lubricating little pad that you will fall in love with after a few uses.

My optometrist also suggested taking 2000mg per day of fish oil containing DHA and EPA fatty acids to promote eye health. Little did I know that they would also help me with my dry sensitive skin! I started seeing results just a week after popping a few caplets. Tiny wrinkles started disappearing and my skin was much less irritated. Now, there have been a few news stories out there warning against the dangers of heavy metal poisoning after taking fish oil supplements. Fear not, there are fish oils on the market that go through heavy metal removing processes. Those brands are perfectly safe to ingest. Look for fish oil manufacturers that advertise molecular distillation as their preferred method of decontamination. I’ve been taking two HyVee Health Market molecularly distilled 1000mg fish oil caplets per day and feel great. When I got them on sale, they were $6 for 300 softgels.

Two other vitamins I can definitely recommend are Vitamin A and Silica. When I stopped eating meat, I found my nails were breaking all the time even though I was getting plenty of calcium. Eventually, I got fed up with my weak little nails and did some vitamin research. I discovered that a small 11mg dose of Silica per day can give your skin, hair, and nails a natural boost. It turns out that Silica is the most abundant mineral on the earth’s surface and is contained within every living thing. For the skin, Silica’s main job is to help the body produce the glue like collagen that holds our skin together. What does that mean exactly? Well, Silica helps to prevent aging by encouraging the production of collagen!

The last Vitamin I can endorse is good old Vitamin A. When I went to pick up some Silica at GNC, the girl at the counter started asking me why I wanted to take it. I explained my skin and nail dilemma. Immediately she recommended Vitamin A and told me that the main ingredient in powerful acne fighting Accutane is an extremely high dose of Vitamin A. Personally, the idea of taking an extremely high dose of anything scares me. Dermatologist prescribed Accutane is not for me, but I’ve decided that a small 1000mg dose of Vitamin A per day is worth a try. Maybe a slight Vitamin A deficiency was the only thing standing between me and perfect skin all these years. Both Silica and Vitamin A will set you back about $5 per bottle for a three month supply.

For a month, I’ve been using all three vitamins, the OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus Pads, and Aveeno Daily Moisturizer on my face with outstanding results. My skin is brighter, healthier, younger looking, and acne free.

But don’t forget the most important thing! Your water! If you do all of the above and still are experiencing issues, it might be time to check out the water supply in your home. A solution if you have water related issues is a solid water purifier. Barix reviews┬ásome great options!

Try even just one of these affordable skincare suggestions and you’ll see major improvements!

Four Inexpensive Self-Tanning Lotions that Work

With skin cancer becoming more and more widespread (or maybe just discussed more often), it is important to take precautions with your skin. For most however feeling washed out in the summer is not an option.

If you are looking to protect your skin but still have a glow, check out some inexpensive self-tanners that go on without streaks and do not leave an orange tone. All of these self- tanners are in lotion form which tends to look better in the opinions of most.

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer

Jergens is just a lotion that goes on very easily and gradually gives the skin a bronzed look. What is great about this product is that it is not greasy and does not leave streaks. The tone looks like a tan from the sun. This particular self-tanner also has a daily facial moisturizer so that your skin is the same all over and regular body lotion does not need to be used on the face. Jergens was one of the first companies to create a self-tanning lotion and being as such they have had time to do in depth research. The cost makes it exceptionally affordable at between $6-$8.

Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion

As one of the experts in summer products, Banana Boat decided to also make self-tanning products which is probably a nice addition to their tanning lotions and sunscreen. This offers those looking for a tan but without the UV an option from one of the leaders is summer tanning. This product is excellent. It does not leave any streaks and gives off a nice glow. For about $7 each it too is worth the money.

L’Oreal Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer

This product has received many great reviews. It like the Jergens Natural Glow creates a gradual tan rather than an instant one making it seem more natural. The major complaint from everyone on this one is it tends to be more watery than the Jergens brand. This self-tanner can be purchased for about $10. At this price it is well worth the money.

Neutrogena Build a Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning

Neutrogena is a leader in skincare. With all of their lotions and skincare products, it is easy to trust the name when looking for a self-tanner. This lotion like the others allows for a gradual tan that looks natural and streak-free. For about $8-$10 a bottle, it is worth a shot.

So there you have it: three inexpensive but worthwhile self-tanners for those of you looking for a glow without baking in the sun. All three of these can be purchased at most drugstores or online. My personal favorite is Jergens.


Six Affordable Moisturizers for Oily Skin

With hundreds of moisturizers and skincare treatments available, it can be challenging to find a skin softening formula that doesn’t leave oily skin feeling greasy and uncomfortable. Many spas and skin experts recommend lighter formulas that absorb quickly and provide very light coverage; however, many of these products can cost upward of $25 per product. If you’re looking for a quality moisturizer from the local drugstore or online store, here are six affordable moisturizers that can give oily skin a boost:

Suave Skin Therapy Exhale Lavender Body Lotion
There are only a few products that Suave makes well, and the Exhale therapy line is one of them. This light moisturizing formula is made with Vitamin E and White Tea extract, and is perfect for applying any time of day; it also has a soothing lavender vanilla scent that can help you relax at night. This retails for $4.19 for the large 18 oz. bottle.

Palmer’s Skin Softening Lotion
Palmer’s products are all sold in very simple, no-nonsense packaging that can be easy to overlook on the shelves. However, don’t be fooled by the first impression; the formulas are just as good as some high-end brands, and this lotion in particular is great for oily skin. It’s a rich moisturizer with Vitamin E, but because it absorbs so quickly, it won’t leave you with a greasy residue. This retails for $5.29 per bottle at CosmeticMall.com.

Jergens Shea Butter
Shea butter is the preferred moisturizer of choice for people with dry skin, but this formula is light enough for oily skin. It’s a mix of African shea butter, mango seed butter, and antioxidants that can protect, soothe, and soften skin after just one application. Use this as a daily treatment right after a shower, and you’ll notice it absorbs much more quickly than typical shea-based moisturizers. This retails for $6.99 at drugstore.com

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Moisture Gel
Tea tree oil is commonly used as a soothing agent for inflamed and irritated skin, but it works especially well for oily skin when combined with other skin healing extracts and moisturizing ingredients in this moisture gel. The gel is designed to fight breakouts and help control shine for the face; however, it’s also great for hands and occasional dry patches on the knees and elbows. This retails for $11.50 per tube on Amazon.com.

Hempz Herbal Moisturizer
The Hempz body care line is made of products infused with natural hemp seed extract, and even though this moisturizer is designed for all skin types, it can be especially beneficial for oily skin. It’s infused with Vitamin E for extra nourishment, and absorbs very easily. An 18 oz. bottle retails for $11.75 at Amazon.com.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
When you’re searching for a non-greasy formula that leaves skin soft and supple, this is a rich cream that contains many restorative ingredients. It’s made with a patented ‘Multivsicular Emulsion formulation’ which limits breakouts and can easily control shine. This retails for $14.99 at Walgreens.com.

Many people mistakenly believe that oily skin doesn’t need moisture, but it does need to be nourished with oils and minerals to keep it healthy and fresh. If you have oily skin but don’t want to use a heavy moisturizing cream, try any of these quality products to keep it soft, supple, and healthy.