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They say beauty is only skin deep, but that's just one great reason to make sure your skin is beautiful. If you're looking for younger, firmer, more glowing skin, it might be time to start thinking outside the box - the expensive beauty product box, that is.
1. Get a Korean body scrub
If you've never experienced a Korean body scrub, you'd be surprised how much you have to lose - of dead, unsightly skin, that is. During your scrub, a professional scrub mistress literally scrubs all the dead skin from every bit of your body, leaving you feeling younger, more renewed and absolutely glowing. Sign up for yours at Island Spa & Sauna. (If you need a bonus incentive, the small 29 dollar admission allows you to enjoy the facility's saunas, spas and other luxuries all day long.)
2. Wash your face with dandruff shampoo
Dry, flaky skin isn't helping you look any younger. If you suffer from "face dandruff," or red, flaky inflamed skin, the remedy might already be sitting in your shower. Try swapping out your normal facial cleanser for a dandruff-fighting shampoo once a week - or more often, if your skin can handle it.
3. Bury your face in a hot towel
If you've ever spent time at a day spa, you're familiar with the simple luxury of a steaming hot towel. Aside from making you feel warm and cozy, that hot towel also happens to be opening your pores - which will soften your skin while allowing your beauty products to penetrate deeply rather than simply coating the surface. A face-sized muslin cloth and some hot water are all you need to replicate the action at home.
4. Use milk as a cleanser
Lactose gets a bad rap these days, but if you're looking for smoother, younger-looking skin, look no further than your dairy aisle. Women's Health Magazine recommends using milk for beautiful, renewed skin. Whole milk is an effective cleanser, while the lactic acid works to reduce wrinkles and boost collagen. It's effective for daily use as a cleanser, exfoliator, toner and spot treatment.
Great skin starts at home, but that doesn't mean you can't benefit from some professional care now and then. For a skin-boosting, beautifying experience, opt for a professional anti-aging facial. This treatment will help you deeply exfoliate skin for a natural, youthful glow. For extra oomph, opt for a collagen-boosting mask or treatment to promote elasticity.
6. Take a nap
There's something to be said for beauty rest. Getting enough sleep not only helps you feel energized and boosts your immunity, it also gives your skin enough time to heal and regenerate. If you're not getting enough sleep or your sleep quality is subpar, talk to your doctor about how to improve. Your skin - and your health - will thank you.
7. Use oil to remove makeup
Scrubbing your face might make you feel clean, but it can also damage your skin - particularly the delicate skin around your eyes. For an all-natural, gentle makeup remover, opt for organic coconut oil. Apply the oil directly from your (clean) finger to the area around your eyes, gently removing makeup.
8. Detox at home
Life can be toxic sometimes. From the environment to the food we eat, your skin might be holding onto toxins it could do without. For a gentle, natural cleanse at home, draw a warm bath and add Epsom salt, sea salt and baking soda. A 20-minute soak will renew your skin and leave you feeling refreshed.
Kristen has a journalism degree and has experience writing in a variety of fields, including art and culture, health and fitness and financial and real estate services. Kristen has written for USA Today, SFGate and the Knot.