wikiHow to Achieve Smooth Skin on a Budget

Three Methods:Using Natural ProductsNourishing Your SkinApplying Smoothing Make-Up

You want smooth skin but you don’t want to break the bank for it, especially when you’re not sure if a product is good quality or not. The techniques for achieving smooth skin on a budget are affordable, often natural, easy to keep up with, and yield great results. Whether you’re blemish free and want to maintain your look, or you have stripes, scars, or marks on your skin and you’d like to cover them up, you have a variety of affordable options at your fingertips.

Method 1
Using Natural Products

  1. 1
    Use cold items to remove under-eye bags and dark circles. Place fresh, cold cucumber slices over your eyes to reduce swelling, puffiness, and to lighten dark circles. Cucumbers have natural astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. You can also put used, cold black tea bags over your eyes to reduce discoloration and puffiness.[1]
    • Another great option is to apply a cold spoon to your under-eye bags. This costs nothing and works wonders to reduce puffiness as well.
    • Make sure you keep your eyes closed when you place anything over them.
    • If you experience discomfort, such as with the cold spoon, remove the object from your skin right away.
  2. 2
    Apply a bit of honey to your skin, especially under your eyes. Honey is full of antimicrobial agents and is robust with anti-inflammatory properties, making it a gentle, perfect skin smoother. Honey is best used at night so that it can fully soak into your skin overnight. Apply a thin layer of honey below your eyes in the evenings to reduce puffiness and dark circles.[2]
    • You can also make a paste of milk and honey and rub that into all of your skin. You’ll need to wash afterward, but allow at least an hour for the milk and honey to soak in.
    • You’ll be able to find honey and milk at most dollar stores, making this extra budget friendly.
  3. 3
    Rub coconut, avocado, olive, or almond oil into your skin. These oils are all high in good fats which will soften your skin beautifully. You can find any of these oils at your local health-food store, and olive and coconut oil at most supermarkets. When possible, opt for organic oils which are free of chemicals. Rub any of these oils directly on to your skin, just as you would with lotion.[3]
    • Quality oils can be expensive, but you can usually get them for a great price from a local farmer’s market or online retailer.
    • You can add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus to any of these oils.
    • Coconut oil is the only one of these four oils that is solid at room temperature, making it a convenient and mess-free option.
    • Use as needed, but minimally once per day.
  4. 4
    Make your own exfoliant. Exfoliating removes dead skins cells, which cultivates new growth. It also stimulates blood flow to the exfoliated area, which helps rejuvenate the skin. You can certainly purchase an exfoliant from your local drugstore, but you don’t need to, since you likely have excellent exfoliants right there in your pantry. Use as needed, but no more than three times per week.[4]
    • Oatmeal is a wonderful exfoliant that also protects and soothes your skin. Mix some oatmeal with a bit of honey or milk (or both) and apply to your skin. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
    • Baking soda is an excellent general-purpose cleaning product and makes a fantastic exfoliant. Rub a tablespoon of baking soda on your skin, massaging in a circular motion, and then wash regularly.
    • Baking soda and oatmeal are both readily available at most dollar stores, and you can also find them for great prices at your local grocer.
  5. 5
    Use pumice on your feet. You can purchase pumice as a block, on a handle, or even as an active ingredient in some specially-made foot moisturizers. Pumice is a light, volcanic rock that is just abrasive enough to smooth the rough skin on your feet, especially your heels. After you’ve bathed and the skin on your feet has softened up a bit, rub the pumice across calloused areas for instant, low-cost smoothing.[5]
    • If you have an Amazon Prime account, you’ll probably find the least expensive pumice deals through the Amazon Marketplace.
    • You can check your local dollar store or discount beauty supply store for a good pumice stone also.

Method 2
Nourishing Your Skin

  1. 1
    Wash your face. Wash your face at least once per day and no more than three times per day. Washing your skin removes oil and dirt, allowing healthy, smooth skin to shine through. When you wash regularly, you also prevent that dirt and oil from embedding deep down in your skin which can cause blemishes, spots, and redness.[6]
    • Touch your skin gently when you wash it, working in gentle circles which clean deeply and also give you a slight massage.
    • Rinse with cold or warm water. Hot water dries your skin out.
  2. 2
    Choose your cleaning products wisely. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get great cleaning products, such as face wash, astringent, and moisturizer. Look for face wash that doesn’t contain the drying ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate. Instead, look for plant-based cleansers and vitamin or essential oil-infused washes.[7]
    • You can find great cleaning products at your local drugstore, big box stores, and health food markets.
    • Look for a mild facial cleanser that has moisturizer as an active ingredient. The bottle will likely advertise this on the front.
    • Again, the dollar store is a wonderful place to find name-brand facial products.
    • Print manufacturer coupons for steep discounts on moisturizers, lotions, and make-up.
  3. 3
    Drink plenty of water. Applying moisturizer to your skin is helpful in moisturizing the top layer of your skin, but for truly smooth, vibrant skin, you need to moisturize from the inside as well. Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day, aiming more for 100 ounces per day. Drinking water hydrates your skins cells, moisturizing from the inside out, and is a great way to obtain smooth skin on a budget.[8]
    • If you’re in a warm climate or you exercise, compensate for water loss by increasing your water intake. Dehydration can cause a variety of health problems, and will definitely be visible in your skin.
  4. 4
    Rub petroleum jelly or baby oil on your skin after your bath or shower. After bathing and before drying, rub petroleum jelly or baby oil on your skin. You’ll trap the water in between the oil coating and your skin, which maximizes hydration. Once it’s rubbed in, towel dry as you normally would.[9]
    • The dollar store usually isn’t the best option for petroleum jelly and baby oil. Instead, your big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart carry store brand petroleum jelly and baby oil for much less per ounce than other retailers.
  5. 5
    Wear sunscreen. Sunscreen not only protects your skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation, which can cause skin cancer, but it also protects your skin from sun damage. Sun damage can make your skin look dull, dry, and lifeless. Because sunscreen wears off after a while, make sure to apply it at least twice per day, even if you won’t be spending much time outside.[10]
    • This is one product that you will want to splurge on, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Look for sales and manufacturer’s coupons.
    • You can also find great deals on moisturizers with sunscreen toward the end of summer. Just remember to pay attention to expiration dates.
    • You’ll want two different sunscreen products: a facial moisturizer with sunscreen and a general, all-body sunscreen.

Method 3
Applying Smoothing Make-Up

  1. 1
    Apply a good foundation. Fortunately, foundation doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. Look for a liquid foundation that’s relatively creamy, and if possible, one that contains silicone. Most importantly, you want to buy a foundation that matches your skin tone. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply your foundation, and make sure that you don’t put it on too thick, as that will just accentuate any wrinkles or bumps that you have.[11]
    • You can hold the bottle up to your neck to get a good idea of your face’s skin tone.
  2. 2
    Rub face primer on your shoulders. Face primer contains light diffusers and are great for diffusing light, smoothing skin, and drawing attention to all the right places. Apply face primer to your shoulders, arms, legs, and even your back to achieve a smooth, brilliant look. Instead of buying an expensive primer, consider using a little baby powder instead.[12]
    • Primer is typically pretty expensive, but you can usually get it at a great discounted price. You can look through your Sunday paper for sales and coupons, often combining the two for an even better deal.
  3. 3
    Use a bronzer on your face and collarbone. Buy a brown-toned bronzer while avoiding orange or metallic bronzers, which give an unnatural look. With a wide make-up brush, apply bronzer to all areas of your face and collarbone that would naturally tan first: your forehead, your cheek and jaw bones, and your nose. Lightly dust your face and collarbone with bronzer to draw attention to specific parts of your face and shoulders, while smoothing out the appearance of the rest of your face.[13]
    • Choose a bronzer by what color you are when you tan naturally. Bronzers usually come in three shades: light, medium, and dark. So, if you are fair complected or just don’t tan much at all, you’ll want a light bronzer.
    • Bronzer is another typically expensive product. As with primer, look through your local advertisements for a sale on cosmetics.


  • Eat healthily.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Don't scratch on bites or wounds because they can scar.
  • Always remove your make-up at night.
  • Exercise regularly.

Article Info

Categories: Skin Care