Whenever we think of starting a skincare regime, we think of the various oils, serums and toners we can invest in. But what if there was a way to improve our skin without spending a penny?
It may sound impossible, but all things are possible with God, so follow along to read six tips on improving your skin that doesn’t involve products.
1.) Keep calm and relax
Sounds easy enough, right? But with the demand of everyday life and the challenges we sometimes face, results tend to show up on our skin. Remaining calm and as stress-free as possible is a great way to maintain the appearance of your dermis.
Scripture to apply:
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
2.) Drink water
While drinking water doesn’t directly hydrate the skin, it does help all of the body systems function better. For example, it aids the liver in eliminating toxins from the body, reduces puffiness, helps with kidney function (which helps dark circles appear lighter), and may even help with some skin conditions. So alongside drinking cups of H2O, remember you can always drink from the Well that never runs dry (like our skin can), which is Jesus….and it’s free!
Scripture to apply: And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty, I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. – Revelation 21:6
3.) Reduce or opt-out of sugar
Sweet on the lips, but sour to our bodies and skin when intaking high quantities. If your energy source is primarily added sugar and refined carbohydrates, you might start seeing the effects of that on your skin. Swapping out refined sugars for alternatives such as coconut sugar or agave nectar – you’ll still find sweet satisfaction without the free radicals that’ll cost you good skin.
Scripture to apply: It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory. – Proverbs 25:27
4.) Wash your makeup brushes….regularly
You wouldn’t rub your face on a petri dish of bacteria willingly, but that’s the level of skincare evil taking place when applying makeup with dirty brushes. Caked and sweaty makeup brushes can cause an infection, such as a fungal infection, E.coli, or a staph infection, which can be very serious. To protect your skin and kill any harmful bacteria that lingers in your makeup brushes, it’s a good idea to wash your brushes weekly.
Scripture to apply: Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil. – Isaiah 1:16
There will be no rest for the wicked, but the Lord gives his beloved rest. When we sleep, our whole body rests, including our skin. If we don’t get enough rest, our skin can’t properly repair itself from damage and inflammation. Your skin can also develop untimely wrinkles and lose elasticity. Additionally, running on overdrive will not only have the speed of ageing skin in overload, but physical burnout is also in on the race, so pause and sleep.
Scripture to apply: It is useless to work so hard for a living, getting up early and going to bed late. For the Lord provides for those he loves, while they are asleep.
– Psalm 127:2
Keeping ourselves healthy through working out glorifies God, who created us and has excellent benefits for our skin. So while you may not be keen on entering a gym, think of the bountiful harvest you can reap. Exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Getting the heart rate up and improving blood circulation can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, which keeps the skin healthy, promotes collagen production, and stimulates new skin cells.
Scripture to apply: Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Now that you’ve read through these six tips, be sure to put them into action, as scripture tells us that faith without works is dead. It’s time to move toward the healthier skin you’ve always dreamed of – without the price tag.
Words by Dara Olagbami
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