Skin care on a budget

Keeping your skin healthy and looking its best doesn't necessarily mean breaking the bank if you follow these practical tips from leading dermatologists:

  • Cleanse, treat, and prevent. Don't let a 12-hour period go by without using some sort of treatment or product on your skin (sunscreen counts).

  • Use sunscreen 365 days a year. This helps prevent sun damage that could lead to wrinkles, age spots, or even skin cancer.

  • Get the most from your body moisturizer. In the winter, apply it to damp skin as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture.

  • Consider using petroleum jelly. This common, inexpensive product has several uses for skin care including:
    • moisturizing rough, cracked feet, elbows, and hands; dry cuticles and lips; and peeling nails;
    • preventing chafing when running or biking;
    • protecting kids' scrapes and bumps; and
    • applying as a diaper ointment.

  • Use one or two skin care product lines at a time. Limiting product lines saves money and storage space.

  • Remember, a more expensive skin care product is not necessarily more effective. Some brands contain fragrances that may lead to skin problems.

  • Consider dual-function products. Examples include a moisturizer plus sunscreen and a lip balm with sunscreen.

  • Get the most for your hard-earned money. When choosing anti-aging products, look for ingredients such as vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acid.

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