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Recently I realised that a lot of my go-to skincare products are actually pretty inexpensive, so for my affordable beauty month I thought I'd round up some of my absolute favourites that come in at under £20!
First up, let's talk about cleansing; I have two here, I generally reach for one of them in the evening and the other as a morning cleanse. I've mentioned it many, many times but I don't care because I love it! It's the Wow You! Zen Cleanser | £16 (15% off with code JASMINE15) | full review. This is such a rich, nourishing cleanser, whilst still having a lovely light feeling on the skin. It's formulated with sensitive-skin-friendly ingredients like avocado, cucumber and oat, so has this lovely luxurious, moisturising texture without leaving any sort of residue on my skin. I've tried cream cleansers many times the price of this one that just don't feel as good! I also really like the Freshly Rose Quartz Cleanser | £16. This is a gel cleanser that lathers but doesn't foam and doesn't strip my skin (the main reason I don't usually go for gel formulas). It's great for a morning cleanse because it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh with any residual sweat or dirt gently washed away. It's full of nourishing oils like chia seed and almond, along with aloe and water-attracting hyaluronic acid. Do note though; it does contain some fragrant oils, it is a wash-off product but if you're very sensitive, check out the ingredient list to make sure there's nothing in there that's irritating to you.
On to the toning and / or exfoliating step of my routine. It was a tough choice but I've gone for the Caudalie Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner* | £18 | full review | as my exfoliating toner. It's just so good at keeping my skin clear and helping reduce blemish scarring. If you have spot-prone skin, using this every other day could be a game-changer. It's formulated with salicylic acid and will also help smooth the skin and get rid of dry patches. As a general hydrating toner, I often go for the Pixi Milky Tonic | £18 | full review | in the morning. I really like the jojoba and oat milks in this product to soften and hydrate my skin without being too sticky for a toner. I really enjoy something simple like this in my routine to help stave off the dryness I sometimes experience at this time of year. Again, it does contain some fragrant components, which cause no issues for me but are worth pointing out so you can decide for yourself.
Serums! First up I have to mentioned my beloved Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum* | $6 | full review. This water-light, fast-absorbing, non-tacky serum contains one of my favourite skincare ingredients of all time; hyaluronic acid. This ingredient draws water into the skin's layers, so is perfect for dehydrated skin like mine. This serum can transform dull, lacklustre skin so it's plumper, healthier and just looks better overall. I also really enjoy the Fourth Ray Beauty Remedy 10% Niacinamide Serum | $15 | full review. This ingredient is a great one for maintaining your skin on an everyday basis. It can help reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, regulate oil production, reduce redness and strengthen the skin's natural barrier. I also love how compatible it is with strong active ingredients, so it's not an either / or. This serum delivers those benefits to my skin in a non-sticky formula; I especially like this product for dealing with redness as a result of cold weather at this time of year. Finally, for serums, I love the Inkey List Q10 Serum | £4.99 | full review. Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it can protect the skin from environmental factors and therefore help slow down the ageing process. This serum is hydrating, smoothing and makes my skin look all-round healthier.
As a moisturiser, I'm a long-time fan of the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre* | £17.99 | full review. This is an oldie but a goodie! And how cute is this limited edition London-themed packaging? It's a lightweight but intensely nourishing moisturiser that also has a bit of grip to it, so makes a great primer. It has a smoothing effect and takes care of any dry patches, as well as moisturising without being overly rich or heavy. This contains shea butter, which my skin loves, though I know not everyone agrees with (ditto on the fragrance).
Onto my night-time picks. The first favourite I have here are the Beauty Pie Essential Ceramides + Superactive Capsules | £7.55 | full review. This is a bit of a dubious one, as you do need to be a member of Beauty Pie to get these products at a cheap price, but I love these capsules, so I'm including them! Ceramides are an amazing skincare ingredient, helping to strengthen the skin's natural barrier. I find the fatty acids in this concentrated serum to be super nourishing too. I'm also a big fan of the Ordinary's Pycnogenol* | £8.60 | full review. This is a powerful antioxidant that comes as a blood red oil. I simply use a couple of drops on my skin a few times a week before bed and I've seen really great results. My skin looks significantly healthier, plumper, firmer and more hydrated when I use this product. It's a great all-rounder to improve the overall texture and look of your skin.
A more recent favourite has been the Bybi CBD Booster | £12. There's obviously a bit of hype and trend going on at the moment around CBD, however this is formulated both with cannabidiol and hemp seed oil and the latter has been proven to be an effective skin hydrator. CBD is obviously newer to market, however it's an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory benefits. I tend to just use this oil formula as the last step in my nighttime skincare routine (though the 'booster' concept is kind of about adding a couple of drops to your moisturiser or whatever else) and I've found it so softening, smoothing, calming and hydrating on my skin, which tends to suffer a little during the winter months. Finally, for soft, smooth lips; I love the Primark x Alex Steinherr Sleep Spa Overnight Lip Mask | £4 | full review. It's a bargain and I just haven't had any issues with dry or chapped lips all winter this year, which I thank this product for. When I travel without it, I notice a difference!
What are your top skincare picks under £20?