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Low-cost solutions for winter skin woes

Neither an on-call makeup artist nor even the perfect foundation and concealer duo can alleviate complexion challenges like a solid skincare routine does. It is time to ditch the sunblock and lightweight moisturizer with winter creeping around the corner. Keep your skin glowing on a budget without makeup with these easy tips:

Problem: Dry Skin

Because of the low temperatures and harsh winds the wintertime in Oklahoma brings, it’s important to moisturize. A majority of people will begin to experience dry patches around the nose, cheeks and all over the body as winter weather begins to set in.

Cetaphil moisturizing cream is a great fix for dry and cracked skin anywhere on the body. It retails around $12 with enough to last all winter long. If your skin is extremely dry, it is best to add coconut, jojoba or olive oil to the cream. Apply it at night and lightly in the morning for best results.

Problem: Dull & Tired Skin

Late nights and early mornings are what college is all about, but the sleepless routine can be tough on the complexion because sleep restores the skin.

Exfoliate at least twice a week to remedy the situation. Scrubbing off dead skin will create a fresh new layer and allow the skin to soak up applied skin care products more effectively. Use a gentle exfoliator like St. Ives Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange scrub. It retails for around $4 and is available at most drugstores.

Use a spin brush with your face wash on a daily basis for a deeper clean.

Problem: Dark Spots or Dark Circles

A majority of Millennials have acne scars, but there are affordable alternatives to the luxury creams and serums at Sephora or in Elle magazine.

Ponds Clarent B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream lightens and takes away dark spots. The price ranges from $6-$9 at Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.

To get rid of dark circles a little-known trick is to use the pain and bruising relief gel Arnicare. It only costs $8 in the personal care department at Target.

Before using any new skin care item be sure to test it on the wrist to avoid any adverse reactions or allergies.