Arguably, the summer is the optimal season to show off some skin. As a Canadian, you’ll know that it’s the one time of year when you can dress down and unpack those layers of jackets and sweaters because, for a couple of short months, the weather feels warm and balmy. You want your skin to glow and your complexion to echo the sun’s gorgeous golden rays.

The only problem is, you’re on a budget. Like so many others, money is tight, and you’re trying to save your pennies. Beauty products can be extravagantly expensive, and it’s hard to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a moisturizer or toner. But just because you can’t necessarily spend a large amount of money right now on skincare and beauty products doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel your best. Often, the healthiest skin stems from a simple routine of essential products, tricks of the trade, and some common sense.

Read on to find how you can get your glow on this summer without breaking the bank.

Keep It Simple

When it comes to creating a summer skincare routine, less is always more. You sweat more than usual during the summer months since the temperature is generally higher, so try to limit the amount of makeup you wear and keep it to the basics. Less makeup will allow your pores to breathe and won’t clog them. And the fewer products to buy, the more money you save!

Wear Sunscreen

You’ve heard it a thousand times for a good reason: wear sunscreen. If you want to maintain a healthy radiance and avoid getting wrinkles, lines, and much worse, applying daily sunscreen to your face is critical. And it doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. Look for a product with an SPF of at least 30 and one with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to absorb rays and reflect them off of your skin.

Drink Water

One of the best (and free) things you can do for your skin is drink water. And we mean a lot of water. Water hydrates your entire body, including the skin. Aim to drink about 3 litres a day. A helpful trick is to fill up a water bottle in the morning and have it handy throughout the day. You could even put lemons, limes, or cucumbers in the water to give it some flavour.

Enter Online Contests

You probably have products that you love to use but can’t always justify the price. Did you know that there are online contests in Canada posted every day? Your favourite skincare brands probably run regular online giveaways, and you don’t even know about it. Find a trusted online contest resource and look for current beauty giveaways. You could enter one and win incredible merchandise without paying a dime!

You can still get that dewy shine on this season, even if you’re low on cash. Stick to the basics, protect yourself from the sun, chug water, and check out online beauty giveaways.