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    36 Ways To Change Up Your Skincare Routine For Cheap

    Do you hear that? It's the sound of scarring, dullness, dryness, acne, and oily t-zones fading away into the distance.

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    1. Clean ๐Ÿ‘ your ๐Ÿ‘ makeup ๐Ÿ‘ brushes ๐Ÿ‘. They are a breeding ground for pore-clogging bacteria, so disinfecting everything from your blending sponge to your trusty kabuki is extremely important. Try out this plant-based Ecotools cleanser, which is highly-rated and super effective!

    2. Let me present you with some simple math: A pre-work workout โ€”> trapped sweat โ€”> clogged pores โ€”> pimples. Use these lavender-scented hypoallergenic wipes (made with tea tree oil, peppermint, aloe, and ginseng) to quickly cleanse your skin post-gym and prevent any body acne apocalypses from occurring.

    3. If you're using a super drying acne medication, opt for this thick Weleda lotion: It's made from vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and calendula flowers to hydrate even the most parched skin. Slap some of this on before bed (WARNING: it'll feel a bit greasy upon application) and wake up to a nourished, hydrated, glowing complexion.

    4. Nix puffiness and swelling (did someone say lymphatic drainage!?) with this handy dandy ice roller, which also combats redness and inflammation caused by things like, say, an eyebrow wax. To quote a prophet: go ahead and ice ice baby.

    5. Learning when to apply what is the ๐Ÿ”‘ to skincare success because it effects the performance of each product. For example, applying eye cream *after* your moisturizer will decrease the effectiveness of the eye cream. So in conclusion: Study the below order. Memorize the below order. Live by the below order.

    6. People with dry-to-normal skin, break out the party hats because it's time to REJOICE over La Roche-Posay cream cleanser. This gentle formula easily picks up pore-clogging makeup and impurities while maintaining your natural pH balance. In English, that means it won't dry out your complexion or strip it of moisture.

    7. Heal breakouts and absorb excess oil with this Mario Badescu powder, which is destined to become your new holy grail if you're pimple-prone + want some coverage. This sulfur-based formula will mattify and reduce redness, but won't clog your pesky little pores in the process.

    8. Ingrown hairs and razor burn are awful, which is why you should start using Tend solution. Just spread this lotion onto whichever body part you plan on waxing/shaving (and yes, it's safe to use on the bikini area...I know that's the question haunting your pretty little mind) and POOF! All skin irritation and bumps will vanish.

    9. Add this coconut and coffee Yes To cleansing stick to your AM routine. This stuff will ~wake up~ your skin like a cup of caffeine (we're talking an extra shot of espresso here) for a hydrating and brightening effect that's pretty darn immediate.

    10. Incorporate a micro needle roller into the mix! This specific model is MUCH more affordable (weโ€™re talking an $80 difference) than other rollers on the market, but is equally as effective at combatting scarring and indentations caused by cystic acne.

    11. Give beauty sleep a whole new meaning via this Body Shop sleeping mask. A blend of salicylic acid and tea tree oil work to happily destroy pimples and excess sebum, meaning you'll wake up to mattified skin that *won't* require ten pounds of setting powder.

    12. After a night fueled by sangria pitchers and very inexpensive beer, you'll want to slather on this vegan Pacifica probiotic cream for a much-needed dose of moisture. Yes, your skin experiences hangovers. And yes, just like you, it needs extra hydration and carbs and four days of rest.

    13. Introduce oil into your routine by focusing on oils that are custom tailored to your skincare concerns: chamomile oil reduces puffiness, tea tree oil curbs acne, and marula oil is great for moisturizing, to give a few examples.

    14. Slap on a hydrocolloid, tea tree, and calendula oil pimple patch to a) prevent picking, and b) speed up the ~draining~ process of said zit. Another ding ding we have a winner feature is that they're transparent enough to wear while running errands and I promise you that no one will notice.

    15. Enlist some help from The Inkey List hyaluronic acid, a serum that laughs (scoffs, really) in the face of dryness and fine lines. This works OT to plump and brighten, all while evening out your complexion. And itโ€™s less than $10? Pinch me. I must be hallucinating.

    16. Give your complexion a mid-afternoon pick-me-up with an alcohol-free Thayers toning mist. Thanks to an effective blend of rose petal, witch hazel, and aloe, just one spirtz can reduce redness, tighten pores, and control excess oil...all while leaving your makeup perfectly in tact.

    17. If you've ever struggled with eczema, you need to try this paraben-, formaldehyde-, dye-, and fragrance-free Vanicream moisturizer ASAP โ€” over 2,000 people swear that it provides the ultimate non-irritating moisture.

    18. Exfoliate two to three times a week to prevent all gunk build-up! This vegan Acure brightening scrub (made with argan extract and chlorella) is gentle enough to exfoliate acne-prone skin without causing further inflammation or redness. It's also an absolute ๐ŸŒŸ superstar ๐ŸŒŸ at fading scars!

    19. Use a silicone massage brush to *boost* the effectiveness of your daily cleanser. This adds some gentle exfoliation ร  la BPA-free bristles, which ensure your pores have been stripped of all "this will cause a breakout" remaining makeup.

    20. Gradually fade dark spots and scarring with this lightweight TruSkin moisturizing cream, which contains vitamin c, vitamin b, organic jojoba oil, and green tea that work in harmony to even out your complexion.

    21. For those of us who forget the most important step in our AM skincare routines (SUNSCREEN!), this Garnier daily moisturizer is an absolute necessity. It contains SPF30 and actively prevents sun damage, meaning you'll get moisture and sun protection with just a few quick swipes.

    22. Pack this jade roller into your carry-on for some in-flight skincare. This little facial massager is said to promote circulation, tighten skin, and help with lymphatic drainage to keep your face feeling glorious and de-puffed (which is especially helpful while flying).

    23. Rid your feet of callous by way of a lightweight foot file: because sandal season is here, and the pedicure you got seven months ago will no longer cut it.

    24. Dry lips = the bane of my existence. Slather on this ginger sugar overnight mask before bed and voilร ! You'll wake up to a nourished pout ready for even the most drying of matte lipsticks (because I'm just going to come out and say it...๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธmatte formulas look great, but they ARE drying as heck).

    25. Fight body breakouts with a Cerave moisturizing cream! This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin d that exfoliates dead skin cells. The result? Now that said dead skin cells are out of the way, the actual moisturizing properties of the cream will be able to really seep into your skin for ultimate hydration.

    26. If you've got acne AND super sensitive skin, then this sea algae Alba Botanica enzyme scrub is about to become your holy grail. This cruelty-free concoction slathers away dullness with the help of (a gentle) walnut shell powder, all while remaining free of irritating parabens, phthalates, and harsh sulfates.

    27. Add this SkinFood mask to your AM routine! It's packed with black sugar, strawberry seeds, and strawberry seed oil to exfoliate your skin + turn it into the perfect makeup canvas. Plus, this grainy mask has an immediate brightening effect that'll make it look like you *actually* got your beauty sleep last night.

    28. OR! Make like a high school sleepover and DIY your own face mask, focusing on formulas that will tackle your specific skin concerns. For example, canned pumpkin + brown sugar + vitamin e oil = a soothed complexion.

    29. Stash some Simple cleansing cloths by your nightstand because it's been a long day, your eyes are shutting, and you'd rather chew off your pinky than get up to wash your face. I get it. But please, I beg of you, at least use a wipe. YOU SHOULD NOT BE SLEEPING WITH A FULL FACE OF FOUNDATION ON.

    30. For weak and brittle nails with cuticles that look like they were mauled by an animal, it's time to start using Solaroil. This formula is so effective, I guess you can say it really nails it. Eh?

    31. Think of Biorรฉ pore strips as magnets for trapped gunk and deep-rooted oil. These amazingly satisfying strips (the review pics are *ahem* delicious) have the ability to reduce the appearance of blackheads and remove a significant amount of them after ~just~ one use.

    32. Turn razor burn into ancient history with Proraso shaving cream, which contains eucalyptus and menthol to tone, purify, and refresh your skin. Talk about smooth sailing toward a smooth shave.

    33. Combo skin is the worst of both worlds: you suffer from both dry *and* oily concerns. But thankfully, this Garnier gel-cream will give the dry patches on your skin some sweet, sweet relief, alllll while balancing out the excess oil on your t-zone.

    34. Tired of waking up to under eyes covered in the remnants of yesterdays mascara? The mascara you thought you totally removed? WELL THEN! This chamomile-infused Body Shop makeup remover is here to get rid of all the mascara (even the waterproof kind) that's STILL sneakily lurking on your eyelashes.

    35. Add sheer coverage โ€” and SPF 50 โ€” to your tired complexion by way of this tinted Australian Gold face lotion. It's made from an antioxidant-rich blend of kakadu plum, eucalyptus, and red algae that won't make you breakout (hallelujah).

    36. Prep your pout for bold lipstick with this Handmade Heroes coconut sugar scrub. Not only does it smell like summery deliciousness, but it'll exfoliate away all dry, flaky skin residing on your mouth.

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