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It’s only a few months away until I reach 29 years old and just over a year until I’m 30. In the past few years I’ve become acutely aware of how fast we age the closer I get to exiting my 20s, noticing the slow or fast ageing process of colleagues and friends once they finish uni and start high-pressure jobs, have children or make lifestyle choices which impact their exterior appearance.
As someone who works in an industry which promotes consumerism and excess consumption of luxury and high-end products, I’m well aware of the impact and intention of marketing and the myth that you need to spend thousands of dollars to stay looking young.
For me, taking care of my physical health and appearance is just as important as taking care of my mental health.
You are what you eat and when it comes to beauty, what I put in my body is just as (if not more) important as what I put on my skin.
The below tips have been tried and tested myself over many years. I’ve spent thousands of dollars trying products and routines to end up with this concise list of frugal anti-ageing beauty tips, so I hope you try them out yourself or at the very least, enjoy the read 🙂
10 frugal beauty tips to prevent ageing:
- Reduce stress (or learn how to deal with it better)
- Drink lots of water
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol
- Maintain a healthy 80/20 diet
- Go to bed early and wake up early
- Wear sunscreen everyday
- Use oil-based cleansers
- Double cleanse your face
- Reduce makeup
- Reduce stress (or learn how to deal with it better).
Often I’m not able to remove myself from stressful situations so I’m learning how to manage my stress better. Personally, when I’m stressed, I wake up at 3am sharp every morning which negatively impacts the rest of my day. To help reduce stress, I exercise (yoga or go for a walk) and meditate for 15 minutes. Life will always have stressful situations – it’s up to you to learn how to manage it.
- Drink lots of water.
I aim to drink at least 2 litres (0.5 gallon) of water every day. The lack of flavour gets a bit boring so add a wedge of lemon to my water. When I’ve been drinking enough water every day, by the end of the week all pimples have cleared up, my skin looks dewy and my body is hydrated.
- Quit smoking.
This one is an obvious one – not only is it expensive, smelly but you risk getting cancer. I’ve smoked for a short period in the past and I don’t miss it.
- Reduce alcohol.
As a wine-loving girl, this one is a hard one. Alcohol dries out the skin and makes wrinkles more prominent. I’ve tried to cut out alcohol completely but enjoy a glass way too much to cut it out for good. Instead, I’ve reduced the quantities I drink (I’m too old for wild nights out) and also try to drink a lot of water when drinking to avoid a hangover.
- Maintain a healthy 80/20 diet.
This is simple: you are what you eat. If junk goes in, you end up looking like junk. Healthy food goes in, you end up looking healthy. I try to stick to an 80/20 diet – 80% of the time I eat well, 20% of the time I treat myself. When I do eat healthy, everything is cooked from scratch and is low-carb and generally low sugar. Stay away from take-away. Lots of veggies + protein is generally how I eat.
- Go to bed early and wake up early.
When I don’t get enough sleep I am groggy in the morning and grumpy for the rest of the day. I need 7 – 8 hours of sleep to have enough energy for the rest of the day. I’m often in bed by 8:30pm to read, asleep by 9:30pm and up at 5:00am on weekdays.
- Wear sunscreen everyday.
Being Australian, we are educated about sun damage at a young age. The sun is strong and its UV rays age the skin prematurely. Just think of old ladies with leathery skin at the beach who spent their youth in solariums or sunbathing without sunscreen. Rain or shine – I wear 50 SPF under my makeup everyday (this product is exceptional and affordable) from my face down to my shoulders without fail.
- Use oil-based cleansers.
I noticed when I switched from acidic cleansers to oil-based cleansers, my skin stopped feeling dry and started retaining it’s natural oils and moisture. I’ve been using this French product for years and it’s by far the best. If your skin feels tight after washing, it’s too harsh on your skin.
- Double cleanse your face.
My night time routine consists of washing my face with an oil-based cleanser and then removing any excess makeup with a cotton pad and micellar water (this is the one I use). After washing my face, I’m still amazed at how much makeup is still on my face after I go over with the micellar water (like makeup remover). I noticed my skin doesn’t break out anymore from blocked pores due to remnant makeup.
- Reduce makeup.
If you’re eating well, drinking lots of water and wearing sunscreen everyday, your skin is going to start looking clear and damn-right amazing. Makeup is drying and full of chemicals so I try to keep it to a minimum on the weekends and let my skin breathe.
Let me know what you think of these frugal beauty tips! If you do any of these, I’d love to hear from you and if you have any tips of your own, comment below!
xx Miss Piggy