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Complexion perfection on the cheap

Complexion perfection on the cheap

With Christmas around the corner, all extra cash is no doubt being squirreled away for presents or festive party plans. While we can't magic up a new dress and heels for your work do, the good news is boosting your complexion comes cheaply. So cheaply in fact it's free - zilch, zero, nada.

Drink more water

Yes, yes we've heard it before, but instead of blindly drinking your eight glasses a day, perhaps it will help to know what it's doing to your skin. You skin is made up of cells, and each of these cells are made up of water. If it doesn't get the water it needs, skin will appear dull, dry, tight and flaky. Not exactly complexion perfection! Unfortunately in the body's hierarchy, skin gets water after all our vital organs have taken their share. That's why you need to keep sipping on the H20. Applying water straight to the skin in the form of hydrating moisturisers like Dermalogica's Active Moist will also keep skin glowing.

Get more sleep

A recent study found nearly a quarter of British 30 to 50-year-olds are only managing to get five hours sleep a night, which is definitely not enough. Compromised slumber leads to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as sallow skin and dark circles. This is because when you don't get enough shut eye, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which breaks down the collagen that keeps skin plump. Make sure you're getting enough Zzs by not filling your evening with work worries and chores. Enjoy a warm bath adding a few drops of lavender, which is known for helping the body relax. Banish work from the bedroom (no checking emails), and avoid looking at the blue light of your phone and tablet. Also invest in a good mattress, like the one from Eve which boasts latex and memory foam to help regulate your temperature as you sleep.

Use more ingredients from your kitchen

Honey is a great skin calmer for inflamed faces and coconut oil is one of the best moisturisers you can use. Fan of a sugar scrub exfoliator? Then why waste money when you can just mix together brown sugar, half an avocado and olive oil, for a homemade version. Avocado can be slathered on the skin alone too, something both Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus like to indulge in.

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