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7 Ways to Improve Your Skin – For Free!

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Skin care is a multi-billion dollar industry, and there is a seemingly-endless supply of various creams, lotions, serums and gels you can buy to tackle different problem areas on your skin. While many skin care products are beneficial and can help protect your skin or repair certain issues, there are also plenty of things you can do for your skin that don’t involve spending hundreds of dollars on the latest collection of bottles and jars. The best part is, some of the best things you can do for your skin will cost you absolutely nothing, and who doesn’t love free? Below are the top 7 things you can do to improve your skin, without spending a dime on expensive skin-care products!

7. Slow, Deep Breathing

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When you’re stressed out, breathing tends to become fast and shallow. Focusing on taking slow, deep breaths will help you relax, reduce cortisol levels and improving overall circulation, which can lead to younger, healthier-looking skin. Deep breathing also works to shift the body’s balance of carbon-dioxide and oxygen to favor the oxygen, helping to replenish cells and allow your body to work more efficiently. The extra boost in circulation, oxygen and reduced stress can work wonders on tired, dull or aging skin! When you feel yourself getting stressed out, take a few minutes to breathe deeply and focus on relaxing as you breathe slowly.

6. Get Moving!

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Exercise is a great way to lower stress levels and reduce cortisol in your body. Even simple exercises, like a walk around the park during your lunch hour, can lift your spirits, increase your lung capacity (so you take in more oxygen) and improve circulation – all of which are great for your skin! In addition, staying active boosts white blood cell activity, which increases beta-endorphins for an anti-inflammatory effect and a nice boost in mood. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day and watch how quickly your skin begins to improve!

5. Watch What You Eat

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When you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to feel hungry and crave foods that aren’t exactly healthy, thanks to all the cortisol floating around in your body. Eating lots of lean proteins can help curb those cravings for sugary, high-fat foods, because protein keeps you feeling full longer and give you more energy. Getting plenty of lean protein can also help regulate your mood by keeping your blood sugar under control, which also keeps insulin in check. When you absolutely must have something sweet, opt for an apple or other piece of fresh fruit, instead of reaching for the chocolate or other sugary sweets, all of which can wreak havoc on your skin.

4. Stay Positive

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When you focus on the positive things in life, you’re much less likely to engage in skin-damaging habits, like clenching your jaw and furrowing your brows. Try keeping a journal and use it only to record the good things you have going on in your life at the moment, which can help shift your focus away from the negative. Not only will your skin look more youthful and radiant, but you’ll have a much more positive outlook on life, which can make dealing with stress much easier when it does arise.

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

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