Not everyone wants to spend a fortune on Tata Harper and Sunday Riley in order to get skincare that works and I myself have tried products ranging from £5 to £55 that all claim to contain the same active ingredient and do the same thing. Whilst there's always an element of 'you get what you pay for' (such as the pricier, more hard-to-get-hold of ingredients and more pleasant textures and scents), there are a few amazing products out there that are under £20 and have reached cult status for good reason. I'm going to talk through my favourites today!
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% | £5 | This is one of my favourite serums! Niacinamide is a sort of calming, soothing ingredient that can take care of redness as well as reducing blemishes. Zinc is another great product to banish your breakouts. The combination is magical because this product really works for me as an everyday fix. The formula is a little gloopy and does feel slightly tacky, but for £5 I can definitely live with that!
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre* | £15 (50ml) | It's no secret that this is my favourite moisturiser! It just has this gorgeous texture; sort of a lightweight, whipped cream. It goes on beautifully and can be used as an all-in-one priming moisturiser. It's packed full of nourishing vitamins and fatty acids, smoothing my skin and taking care of any dry patches without being heavy or smothering my skin.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser | £15 | This is one of those trustworthy products in my collection that just does job. It's a jelly cleanser but not doesn't have an oil-based emulsifying formula. I use this in the morning as it's just not the kind of product I'd use to remove makeup. It leaves my skin clean but not stripped - the rosewater means it's actually pretty hydrating - as well as making it soft and smooth.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs & Rosewater* | £7 | I'm almost out of my original bottle of this stuff and got this as a backup through from BeautyBay recently. I personally far prefer using a facial mist to faffing around with a toner and cotton wool pad in the morning. This is a nice fine mist that provides an instant hydration boost that really does give lasting relief. Plus it smells great!
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil* | £10.99 | This is a great product for removing your makeup at the end of the day, paired with a damp face cloth. You simply massage it onto your face and over your eyes to loosen up the makeup before removing. My makeup comes right off when I use this and it's nice and gentle on my sensitive eyes. It also doesn't leave my skin looking or feeling greasy after use.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ | £16 | La Roche-Posay don't make it easy when it comes to navigating their product range! This can be used as a moisturiser or a serum, if you prefer. It's formulated as an everyday, gentle anti-blemish product. I also found that it helps fade any old blemish scars over several months of use.
Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | Of course no skincare post would be complete without my favourite product! This is an exfoliating toner made with Glycolic Acid to give an instant glow boost, even out dry patches and clarify your complexion if you use it regularly. What I love about this is that it contains other ingredients to stop the harsher Glycolic Acid from drying out your skin, such as aloe vera.