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I've found some really incredible mid-range products over the years and today I wanted to share with you 5 of the best moisturisers I've tried that cost under £30... (let me know if you'd like me to do an under £10 version or something similar with any other skincare categories!)
Pixi pHenomenal Gel Neutralising Moisturiser* | £24 | full review | This is the most recent addition to my collection of the products featured in this post, however I can already tell it will be a firm favourite over the coming months! It's a lightweight gel formula that's still nice and hydrating - I recommend it for normal, combination and oily skin types. It's formulated to balance and harmonise the pH level of the skin, so is great to use following an acid. It's just a nice, fresh, cooling product and is formulated with cucumber, ginseng and witch hazel.
Dr Roebuck's No Worries Moisturiser* | £30 | full review | This is something a little more nourishing with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and macadamia oil. However the texture of this cream moisturiser is still very light and lotion-like. What I love is how smoothing it is, along with hydrating my skin and making it appear radiant and healthy. It has a dry-touch finish so during the warmer months; I don't have to worry about it making my skin greasy. It gives me everything my combination skin needs and just restores the balance, so the dry patches of skin feel smoother and my makeup goes on nicely.
Too Cool for School All-in-One Egg Mellow Cream* | £29.50 | full review | This moisturiser also purports to be an eye cream, a night mask, a priming moisturiser and a neck cream. I personally love it as a day cream and it's great for priming the skin for makeup, though I do also like to apply it liberally before bed as an intensely-nourishing treatment. This has a light whipped texture but is incredibly hydrating, softening and smoothing with egg protein. It also has that nice 'stick' to it, allowing it to act as a primer too. I recommend this for normal, combination and dry skin types.
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre | £20 | full review | This is one of my all-time favourite moisturisers! It's another one of those multi-usage products that I often slather on overnight when my skin needs some TLC and makes an amazing makeup base. I'd say this has a lightweight cream texture but it isn't at all greasy on application. It smooths my skin and gives it a healthy, luminous glow. Its main component is hydrating shea butter and it also contains aloe - so there aren't lots of fancy, cutting-edge ingredients in there but for me; the texture is what really makes this amazing!
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet* | £23 | full review | This is a lovely gel-cream moisturiser that's great for pretty much any skin type that suffers from dehydration (though perhaps not for very dry or mature skin, as it isn't that heavy-duty). It's formulated with Caudalie's signature hydrating grape water, as well as soothing chamomile and feels so refreshing on the skin. The texture is fast-absorbing but provides my skin with hydration that lasts. It also has a lovely softening effect on the skin. The formula makes this a really great option for summer when you want something cooling that will give you a moisture boost without overwhelming the skin.