Promoting Healthy Skin for Only $1

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No matter what the condition, everyone wants to find ways to improve their skin. Thankfully, there are many options to help you get healthier skin without breaking the bank. Try out these hidden-gem health products that can be found for as little as one dollar at your local dollar store.

Glycerin soap

Glycerin can be used as a moisturizer to prevent rough, scaly and dry skin. It also keeps the skin hydrated by helping it retain water. In addition to its moisturizing qualities, glycerin can reduce bacterial infections. Staying moisturized means reducing itchy skin, which in turn reduces your risk from infection due to excessive scratching.

Hydrocortisone cream

Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid that can be purchased over the counter, and helps with inflammation and itching caused by the body’s immune system. For those with psoriasis, the immune system may cause unnecessary inflammation that results in rapid loss of skin cells and dry patches. These can also cause eczema as an allergic reaction to triggers such as pollen.

Fish oil

Fish oil has a number of health benefits to the heart, mind, eyes, and other areas of the body. In addition, it can be used to combat dry, inflamed skin.  Plus, fish oil can reduce pain and swelling in a variety of inflammatory conditions including psoriatic disease - with which 30 percent of people will also develop arthritis.


Like glycerin, this is a product you can apply to skin to keep it moisturized and soft. At one time, this cream could be obtained only with a prescription, or sold online for more than  $100. Now it's available over the counter for as little as $1. Some stores will offer different types of dermasil: a lotion (basic dry skin), a cream (psoriasis, eczema, diabetes), or dermasil tailored to your skin type.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for bone function and regulation of the immune system. For skin disease such as psoriasis, doctors recommend sun tanning a few minutes a day to absorb vitamin D. But this can cause sunburn or increased risk of sun cancer. Vitamin D medications can cost hundreds of dollars, but dollar stores offer a supplement in pill form. You can ingest it, or squeeze the oil and apply to skin.