Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Best in Budget Skincare

Being a student, I have tried my fair share of budget skincare and seem to have found some real gems which I will purchase over any higher end counterpart. Budget skincare is really great, so long as you know where to look and what to avoid. Always avoid any "cheap" ingredients such as mineral oil and always look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, niacinamide, kaolin and essential oils and try and make sure these don't feature at the end of the ingredients list so that they are effective on the skin.


 I hope to do a video on my favourite budget skincare items however, for now, I will give you a sneak peak into some of my favourite products.

The Cleanser
I love a cleansing oil to remove any makeup, which I will then follow by a cream or balm cleanser. I have tried the Body Shop Cleansing Oil which is great however my ultimate favourite is from Super Facialist by Una Brennan. The Skin Renew Cleansing Oil not only breaks down your makeup but it also nourishes the skin, smells amazing and leaves the skin looking bright and clean. I couldn't recommend this enough, plus, it lasts a really long time so you do get some bang for your buck.

The Exfoliator
Now most people don't advocate a manual exfoliant as most of them are rough on the skin and leave it looking red and irritated however since discovering the Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It, it has changed the way I see manual exfoliants. This product is very gentle on the skin and feels refreshing which makes it great for mornings. It also doubles up as a mask which once rinsed off, leaves you with the smoothest skin you have ever felt. Make-up will apply beautifully on top and you will struggle not to stroke your supple skin all day long.

The Face Mask
Usually, I am not picky with my face masks, however most are very average and don't stand out to me. The Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask is a mask that would make all skin types happy, it has honey to soothe and smooth skin, kaolin to pull out impurities and the balance of ingredients don't feel stripping or overly nourishing on the skin. It is a quick fix product that will make your skin feel soft and clean in just a few minutes.

The Eye Cream
Controversially, I am not the biggest fan of Simple Skincare as I love tech/science skincare as well as 'natural' skincare and find that other affordable products perform better. The Simple Revitalising Eye Roll-on is an excellent product for young/oily-normal skin as it is a gel formula which feels cooling and light around the eyes, brightens them and makes them look more awake. It isn't one for super-effective results and more mature skins may want something more potent but for mornings, I think this is an excellent product that is similar to other gel eye creams on the market.

The Treatment
I have categorised The Avene Cleanance K as a "treatment" however we could also fit this into the "serum" category as well. It is a cream formula which contains Glycolic Acid and can be used as a treatment on problem areas (such as blemishes or textured skin) or applied underneath your night cream. I love this as it is super effective at tackling congested skin and with consistent use (a few days a week - evenings only) I have found blemishes/blackheads have reduced. It is quite a potent product so if you're sensitive then this is probably not for you but if you are looking for an extremely effective yet affordable AHA product then this is certainly one to try.

The Moisturiser
I have saved the best for last, Eucerin Hyaluron Fuller moisturiser is, perhaps, the best moisturiser I have ever tried, ever. It is aimed at oily skin, but I believe that all skin types would adore this product (even those with sensitive skin) as it provides the perfect balance of moisturising and hydrating the skin. I have always struggled with finding a nourishing moisturiser as many contain Shea Butter which is too rich for my skin type. This moituriser however feels rich and comforting on the skin and quite luxurious but it contains hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin so it doesn't clog skin. I can use this morning or evening, no matter how my skin feels!

What's your favourite budget skincare item? 

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