Summer is finally here! Time to take out the sunglasses, over-sized hats and most importantly, flaunt that bikini body you’ve been working on since January, but no matter how good your hair looks despite the humidity’s best attempt at ruining it, or how cute your new maxi dress is, bad skin can ruin the whole look, and having great skin in this climate with all the pollution is no easy feat!

Nevertheless, worry no more because we have the secrets to radiant skin right here for you. Although it’s nice to have designer creams and skin care products, they’re really not essential- no matter what the pushy women at Lane Crawford may insist upon. Here are our very simple, very easy and practically free tips to having good skin on a budget!

Keep hydrated!

This is the first and most vital rule in healthy skin. Water plays a vital role in making sure your skin stays hydrated and looks healthy by adding elasticity to prevent the early signs of ageing. For people with acne prone skin, drinking water is even more important because water helps the body’s natural detoxification process in getting rid of any waste and toxins.

Try starting each morning with a glass of warm water before you do anything else, to wake your body up. Put a glass of water on your nightstand to remind yourself for the morning so you can sip on it from bed if you’re not a morning person- we’re definitely not! During the day, remember to have at least 2 glass of water with each meal and have another glass right before you go to bed. If you’re not the biggest water fan, try keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge and add mint, lemon cucumber or anything to give it a little more taste. Tea is also great for water intake, just make sure you keep the sugar out!

Catch up on your z’s

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Sleep well, look well. You’ve never heard someone say “woah, you look great, like you haven’t slept for 100 years!”, so take the advice your mother has been giving you since the dawn of time and have some quality sleep. A lot easier said than done in HK, I’ll admit, but look how happy this dog looks in bed. That could be you! 

Can’t afford to splash out on products? Make your own! 

Food has a massive impact on your skin so make sure you eat lots of foods with antioxidants in such as grapes and blueberries, and stay away from fried food (sorry). You can make so many amazing face masks with the most basic ingredients that you’ll most likely just have lying around the house. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it, and so it’s important to learn what’s what for your face.

For a great face mask, use a moisturising base such as honey, plain greek yogurt, oils such as almond, coconut or olive, mashed avocado, or mashed bananas. These products are generally thicker and so help with the consistency of the mask as well as giving you the moisture that your skin craves.

If you need a facial that brightens and lifts your face, then lemons, apple cider vinegar, cocoa powder and tea tree oil work a treat due to their anti-bacterial properties that will also prevent acne breakouts! Just be careful to keep them away from your eyes- that’s a situation which no one has time for!

If you’d like to make a mask that gently removes dead skin cells to release the inner beauty of your skin, use ingredients such as oats, coffee grounds (which is also great for giving your skin a wakeup call), mashed bananas, cocoa powder and mashed avocados.

Of course there are many things that can help you with a DIY facial, but these are our go-to ingredients for homemade facials, that are cheap, cheerful and effective.

So that’s it, those are the secret to look good without breaking the bank. Live rich, spend smart.

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