Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Affordable skincare routine

I've always used a mixture of high-end and high-street products, but with a baby on the way, I want to save money where I can and find cheaper options. Below is a mixture of products I use to keep my skin as healthy and blemish free as possible. I've also mentioned a few things I liked prior to being pregnant that I can't use at the moment.


Botanics Ionic Clay Mask is a fantastic alternative to more expensive clay masks on the market, and in my opinion it works just as well. Pre-pregnancy I also loved Neutrogena's Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask, but unfortunately it contains saliclyic acid which is a no-no at the moment. I used to use it to get my skin really cleared out as it gets deep down into your pores. Their Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub is also fantastic - it contains very fine beads that gently get your skin looking bright and clear.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is very popular now so I doubt it needs any introduction. I used to use Bioderma Crealine (Sensibio) H2O to remove my makeup but the Garnier version is just as good and far cheaper.

For cleanser I like to use Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser. You massage the cleanser into your skin, place the muslin cloth (included in the box) under a warm tap and then gently polish off the cleanser. I've never used Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser so cannot compare the two but apparently this is a good alternative and it's only £5.99 for 150ml.

The two products from Lush are probably not as affordable as all the other products I'm mentioning, but there is a lot of product for the price. First up is Breath Of Fresh Air. This is a toner water that I like to spray before applying my moisturiser. It's great for when my skin is feeling a little dry or needs a bit of refreshing. For 250g it costs £7.95, which I don't think is too bad and that bottle has lasted me blooming ages. The second product from Lush is Enchanted Eye Cream, which is a basic, gentle cream that's good for anyone who has quite sensitive eyes.

Last up is Nivea's Light Moisturising Day Cream for normal/combination skin with spf15. It's a basic, gentle cream that doesn't block pores and keeps the skin fairly matte. Prior to buying this a month or so ago, I was using Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment, which I did love but the £34.50 price tag is just a bit too hefty right now.

I'd love to know your high-street/drugstore recommendations, so do leave a comment if you have any.


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