9 Ways to Get Naturally Gorgeous Skin Without Spending a Cent

4. Give yourself a facial massage

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Massaging your face increases circulation to your epidermis, improving the firmness of your skin while loosening muscles locked in habitual lines and wrinkles. When you're scrubbing your face, or even applying your usual toner or moisturizer, start at your chin and sweep your hands upward toward your cheeks, eye area, and forehead.

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5. Get steamed

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Stave off acne with a weekly steam facial open to pores, boost circulation, and flush out toxins. All you need is a pot of water, a stove, and a towel. (If you want to get fancy, you can throw in a handful of herbs like lavender, calendula, chamomile, or thyme.)

Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, then place the pot on a trivet on a kitchen table or countertop. Drape the towel over your head like a tent and lean your face over the steaming pot—but not so close that you scald yourself. Hold this position for 5 minutes, then rinse your face with cool water to close your pores.

6. Take shorter, cooler showers

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Hot water whisks away the water-retentive fatty substances in your skin, leaving it dry—or in serious cases, cracked. If the idea of a cold one leaves you shivering, try a warm shower instead of a scalding one. (Bonus: You'll also save on heating bills.) Alternatively, lather up, rinse, and skedaddle out of there instead of staying longer than necessary.

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