Face it: your skin protects and covers everything inside of your body and should be tended to and cared for. It is easy to care for your skin without the expensive creams and washes you find at every department store. There are many agents that are essential to the well-being of your skin such as proper diet, exfoliation, and constant attention. Also, there are many things that are around the house that you can use to care for your skin. 
 
 
1. Drink Water
 
Water is an essential facet in having healthy skin. When you hydrate your body, it is able to release the toxins within, bathing your cells and eliminating waste products.
 
2. Diet
 
If you add fruits, veggies, and fiber to your daily diet your skin will be thanking you. One thing to be VERY conscious of is to avoid an excess of sugar intake. Sweets are a leading cause of acne. Don’t fully deprive yourself! I LOVE dark chocolate, but everything needs to be consumed in moderation in order to not see the effects on your skin. 
 
3. Cleanse
 
It is essential to find a proper cleaner to wash your day away from your face. Avoid bar soaps because they tend to dry out the skin. There is no reason anyone should have to feel that they have to pay over $40 for a proper facial wash. Try any Neutrogena products, they are my absolute fav. Also, be careful not to cleanse too often. I suggest once in the morning and once at night for a sweet and happy glow.
 

 
4. Exfoliate
 
Exfoliation helps to reduce the occurrence of acne and blackheads. If skin cells are not properly exfoliated, your skin does not properly absorb moisture. This makes your skin cells dry out and find trouble breathing, thus causing breakouts. Also, proper skin exfoliation reduces the signs of aging. Exfoliation helps to gently rid your skin of thick and damaged skin cells, making your skin look brighter and replenished. 
 
The best way to exfoliate is to use any over-the counter product that has thick cleaning beads. My favorite is Oil of Olay’s Professional Pro X Exfoliating Renewal. Also, a recipe you can use from products from your kitchen is a wonderful natural way to exfoliate. Here is an amazing recipe my mom has used since the 70′s
 
 
Milk and Honey Almond Scrub
 
*1 tsp of Skin or 2% Milk
*1 tsp of Cream
*2 tsp of Honey
*1/3 Cup of Granulated Sugar
*1 tbs of ground almonds

Simply mix all together. Make sure the mixture isn’t too oily or grainy.  This smells so fresh and fabulous and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth!
 
5. Moisturize
 
It is absolutely a treat for your skin when you properly moisturize. Moisturizers seal moisture into the skin, preventing it from drying out and getting tough. Do not over-moisturize because this will clog your pores. The main time I moisturize is after I exfoliate since this is when my skin is the most dry. Also, many moisturizers I get contain SPF to protect my skin from the sun’s harmful rays. 
 
 
 
Basically, when you are healthy – your skin is healthy. Use your best judgment and reap the benefits of beautiful and healthy skin!