6 Habits to Improve Your Skin Now, Without Buying Anything

You really don't need a million products for great skin. Promise!

We've spoken plenty of times about the skincare products we love, but rarely do we expound the actual how-to's or details of our routines. So I'd like to fix that by introducing you to 6 free and easy habits that are great for your skin!

1. Drink water. I'm a huge proponent of drinking lots of plain ol' water. No moisturizer can compensate for the hydration you miss out on by not drinking water. In addition, it helps prevent headaches, dehydration, indigestion, and cramps. Water also improves energy levels, promotes weight loss and boosts your immune system. Need I say more? So go ahead, be like Beyoncé and drink a gallon today.

2. Wash your face morning and night... and not with a measly alcohol-sodden wipe either. Use a gentle cleanser (I like the Vichy Pureté Thermale Cleansing Milk) in the morning, and double cleanse at night when you wear makeup or sunscreen. On that note...

3. Use the hot cloth method. Sure, it's old school, but this method does double duty to both cleanse and gently buff your skin. I prefer terrycloths to muslin cloths, but use what you like. Check out this how-to post by Cult Beauty if you're unfamiliar.

4. Exfoliate with acid toners. I've sung the praises of acid toners before, and these are my favourites. Set aside your harsh physical exfoliants (I'm looking at you, St. Ive's Apricot Scrub) and use these instead. Check out my post for more info on which type of acid is right for your skin type, and what products I use (drugstore and high-end).

5. Remember your neck. I never used to even think about caring for my neck in the same way as my face. However, the neck is thin skin with little connective tissue that gets plenty of sun exposure. It's purportedly one of the most difficult areas to rejuvenate. Take action now by gently cleansing and moisturizing the area too - use light, upward strokes.

6. Clean your makeup brushes. You don't want to undo all of your hard work by applying makeup with brushes laden with dirt, oil and bacteria. Aim to wash your brushes once a week with warm water and gentle soap (I use Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap). Dirty brushes can cause acne and infections like pinkeye, but if that doesn't motivate you - washing brushes keeps the bristles soft for easier application and you'll pick up the true colours of your makeup.

Do you also have any of these great skincare habits? 
What are your tips?