Sometimes, it seems that the only way to get supermodel skin is by spending an entire months wage on the fanciest lotions and potions the beauty world has to offer. Or going to a dermatologists clinic, or having a facial at a 5 star spa. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford these luxuries. Skincare isn’t cheap, and finding affordable products that actually do the job without coming with a hefty price tag can be frustrating.
With such a wide range of products available at high-street stores and supermarkets, navigating your way around the skincare aisle can be tricky. Yet, theres something very magical about finding a purse-friendly skincare gem. The good news is its possible to buy skincare products that wont break the bank, and leave you eating tinned beans for the rest of the month. Here I round up some of my favourites…
Cetaphil ‘Gentle Skin Cleanser’: This is a dermatologists favourite. Cetaphils ‘Gentle Skin Cleanser’ doesn’t irritate sensitive or dry skin and is recommended as a daily cleanser, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. It wont strip or dehydrate your skin, and is so gentle that it can be used twice daily. The only downside is that its so soft it wont always get rid of super heavy makeup, but theres always micellar water for that!
La Roche-Posay ‘Serozinc’: This is a non-perfumed spray specifically designed for oily and blemish-prone skin. It leaves your skin slightly mattified, and doesn’t make you look oily at all. Spray on after cleansing and leave to absorb for a few minutes, gently patting off any excess. Now I can’t say I notice a huge difference when using this product, but it does feel amazingly refreshing when the gentle mist hits your face. Follow with your favourite moisturiser!
La Roche-Posay ‘Thermal Spring Water’: Now if you need a daytime pick-me-up or skin refresher to awaken you at that 4.30pm slump, this is it. Its suitable for all skin types, and softens/soothes even the most sensitive skin. This brand is great for dermatologically testing their products, and this one in particular has minimal ingredients and fragrance and is non-comodegenic. You know its good when its suitable for babies and children.
La Roche-Posay ‘Effaclar Mat’: One of my favourite products to date for my oily combination skin is this sebo-controlling moisturiser, I use it on a daily basis and repurchase a few times a year. Its formulated with Sebulyse which helps to mattify skin and tighten pores, and again is suitable for oily and sensitive skin. Non-comodegenic. Anti-shine. Anti-enlarged pores. What more could you ask for in a moisturiser?
La Roche-Posay ‘Hydraphase Intense Eyes’: I really struggle with eye creams, anything too strong or perfumed irritates my eyes and they water almost immediately. This eye cream is designed for intense hydration and to reduce fine lines and puffiness, it has no paragons and is non-perfumed. I’m still on the lookout for my top notch affordable eye cream, but for now this will do.
Nivea Skin Breathe ‘Micellar Water + Eye & Lip Make Up Remover’: This effective make-up remover duo and cleansing experience leaves no residue, oil or film behind after you use them. Your skin is left feeling soft and refreshed as the gentle formula lifts away any impurities, and clogged skin is no more. I recommend using together for best results!
Nivea ‘3-in-1 Micellar Wipes’: The micellar technology in these gentle face wipes helps to get rid of even waterproof makeup, and cleans deeply without feeling harsh or irritating on the skin. They help to retain the skins natural moisture, and are perfect for women or men on-the-go. If I’m feeling lazy these are what I’ll use, though when using be careful not to pull on your skin or you’ll cause premature wrinkles… And no-one wants that.
Eucerin ‘Micellar Water’: Eucerin is another great affordable gentle skincare range thats suitable for all skin types. This oil control micellar water is greatly for taking off all of your makeup and making you feel refreshed. It unclogs pores whilst tightening them at the same time (bonus), and reduces the reappearance of acne. So much gentler than using makeup wipes, also really quick and convenient!
Eucerin ‘Skin Renewal Treatment’: One of my favourite new affordable skincare finds. This soft and gentle non-comodegenic cream unclogs pores, visibly reduces blemishes and helps prevent them from coming back! It controls oil and over time reveals clearer and smoother looking skin. The hyydroxy complex helps to resurface the skin, whilst the salicylic acid helps reduce blemishes and prevent them from re-appearing, and finally the licorice extract has been known to soothe irritated skin. Apply once a day in the evening on a well cleansed face.
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The Ordinary ‘Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%’: Now if you haven’t heard of The Ordinary yet, this brand needs to get on your radar. Its super affordable and strips back misleading ingredients, creating high-performing products at great prices. They have something to tackle pretty much every skincare concern out there. This product in particular tackles uneven skin tone and has a blend of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to smooth and brighten complexions, it has a slight tingling sensation on first use so use at nighttime or mix with another moisturiser/cream to dilute.
Garnier ‘Moisture Bomb’: The unique gel-cream texture of this moisturiser has an incredible hydrating formula with pomegranate and 15% plant serum, it melts on contact with the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Anyone with oily or problem skin will love the soothing feel of gel moisturisers, and they also make an excellent makeup base before primer. This recharges your skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines, and most importantly it just feels great.
If you have any affordable product recommendations please leave them below in the comment section, I’m always looking to try out new things! As always let me know what you think…
Post in collaboration with Nivea & Eucerin.