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Should you scrimp on skincare? The biggest beauty experts say no, but I say YES. You don't have to spend a small fortune on your skincare for gorgeously clear and glowing skin, so let me show you what to look out for.

Something that I've noticed when I've been shopping for new skincare products is that overwhelmingly, they are just so expensive. I don't know about you, but I want to spend my money on fun stuff, that I can see and use, like clothes and bags and shoes and food... just me? Provided that you look for skincare containing the right sorts of ingredients for your skin and develop a healthy skincare routine from a young age, you don't need to fork over a lot of money for the highest-priced products. You can even make your own masks and moisturizers at home using stuff you'd find in your cupboards — even crack open a vitamin E or A capsule. Trust me! You can make it work, girl, and I'm here to show you how.

A Healthy Skin Routine

A healthy skincare routine means things like avoiding the sun and wearing sunblock every time you leave the house, or even inside the office, from your late teens or early twenties. Skincare isn't necessarily about everything that you layer onto your skin — if you think about it, the more chemicals you put onto your skin, the more you're going to disrupt the balance, unless there's already some serious problems that you need to put right. What's key is looking after your skin from the get-go, so that means staying out of the sun during the hottest hours — that's right, doing exactly what doctors tell you to do, and not actively trying to get a tan. When you get a tan, it's actually a sign that your skin is getting damaged, so don't lie in the sun and bake yourself.
 
If you can't avoid the sun during those times, wear loose, long-sleeved clothes that cover your skin and a hat to shade your face. Don't forget the sunglasses. 
 
You don't need to be hot and bothered — make sure that everything is loose and pale in color so that it reflects the heat and light rather than absorbing it and you'll be okay. Use a sunblock on any exposed parts of your skin — whether you choose to use a chemical sunblock or a physical sunblock is entirely up to you and what your skin can take. Reapply it when you've been in the water or if you have been sweating heavily. You should be using sunblock under your makeup on cloudy days, because it isn't necessarily the sun that you've got to worry about, it's harmful UV rays. 
 
UV rays can still penetrate cloud and cause irreparable damage to skin that won't show up until years later, by which time it'll be entirely too late to do a fat lot about. 
 
I've also been asked in the past whether or not you need to use sunblock if you're just going to be inside all day. It's up to you, but think about the walk to and from your office, and whether you're sitting by a window. Glass doesn't filter UV rays, so you're not going to be protected.
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