Finding the right skincare routine that works for you is a lot of trial and error. I don’t even want to know how much money I’ve spent on skincare products over the years trying to find something that worked. And skincare products are expensive! When you have skin issues, it’s easy to spend tons of money trying to fix things without realizing it. But, some of the best answers don’t require any money at all. If you’re tired of spending tons of money on products, here are some completely free skincare tips:

Go without makeup once in a while
Dedicate at least one day a week to not wearing any makeup. Makeup clogs your pores, which can lead to breakouts and irritation. Going without makeup lets your skin be able to breathe.

Getting enough sleep is the answer to all our problems. Proper rest will help your skin look more awake and even minimize the appearance of fine lines. Sleep is entirely free, just make sure you get enough of it.

Eat right
Our skin reacts to what we put in our bodies just as much to what we put on it. That means you have to eat right. Avoid foods that could cause inflammation, like refined sugars and trans fat. Instead, fuel your body with antioxidant-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables.

Splash your face with ice-cold water
If you’re finding yourself waking up with puffy skin every morning, try washing your face with ice-cold water. The cold temperature can reduce puffiness and boost circulation, making you look more awake.

Stay in the shade
I know it’s tempting to be in the sun all summer long, but the shade is vital for your skin. UV rays are harmful to your skin and can cause pigmentation and fine lines. Make sure you always wear sunscreen and stay in the shade when possible.

Stress less
Easier said than done, but too much stress can lead to breakouts. Try to do some meditation or deep breathing every day to de-stress. Trust me, your skin will be thankful.