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I don't know if this post says more about how cheap these skincare products are or about how much a drink, a sandwich and a snack from Pret costs these days! But, anyway, for this instalment of Affordable Beauty Month I have six skincare product that really impressed me and come in at an RRP of £8 or less (plus, they can often be found with further reductions)...
This is a fantastic multi-tasking formula for under a fiver. Squalane is a plant-derived oil that mimics the oils our skin naturally produces, so is great for replenishing dry skin. Hemi-squalane has been formulated to be extra-lightweight, which is what I love about this. Even if you don't usually like oils, you can still use this as part of your PM routine as an extra boost for winter skin. You can also use this as a cuticle oil, if yours are feeling dry or hard, and my personal favourite use for this is as a pre-wash scalp oil; I simply apply this to my dry, sensitive scalp before bed and wash my hair as normal in the morning to keep the irritation and flakiness at bay.
I'm a huge fan of Aussie sunscreens because they combine the latest, most elegant sunscreen filters with some of the most rigorous testing in the world and deliver great final products at a fantastic price-point. This is a light lotion sunscreen with added moisturising ingredients that doesn't leave a white cast. It works equally as well under makeup or for a day out exercising in the sun. Best of all, it's a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ with an impressive 48 hours of water resistance. I can apply and reapply this throughout the day without pilling or messy white streaks. It's just a great all-rounder at an even better price!
This is a kind of melting-cream cleanser; it comes out halfway between a lotion and a gel and has a non-foaming formula, which is generally my preference but a must for me during the colder, dried months. It can be used in the morning or as your second cleanse after removing any makeup or sunscreen in the evening. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid (as a humectant, drawing water into the skin), ceramides and cholesterol, to replenish your lipid barrier's natural stores and niacinamide, to help boost your skin's own ceramide production. Whilst it's a wash-off formula, the gentle, skin-friendly ingredients will still be helpful for sensitive skin types.
Cetaphil Rich Night Cream* | £7.99
Cetaphil is one of those brands I've always just overlooked for whatever reason, but I got this in a PR box a couple of months ago and decided to give it a go. Turns out I was sleeping on a gem! It's formulated with glycerin (a really great humectant), Vitamin E (an oil-soluble antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radical damage), panthenol is great for soothing the skin and helping it retain hydration and there are occlusives in here to trap in the hydration. It has a creamy texture that absorbs quickly, doesn't look shiny and doesn't feel greasy but softens the skin and ensures it feels soft and hydrated by morning. It's simple but works!
Lactic acid is my go-to AHA; it's a gentler, more hydrating chemical exfoliant than its more-famous sibling glycolic, but it still packs a punch when it comes to smoothing, brightening and resurfacing the skin. The hydration is boosted in this water-based serum with the added hyaluronic acid. I find this totally non-irritating on my skin and use it around 3 times a week to keep my skin smooth and glowing. If you're extra-sensitive, there's also a 5% formula you could try first.
This is a brilliant all-rounder for me; if you're very dry and sensitive then you can use this as a morning cleanser, or it works as a gentle first cleanse in the evening to remove lighter makeup and sunscreen. It comes out as a creamy balm and as you massage it onto dry skin, it turns into its base of squalane oil, which we've already discussed the benefits of. It emulsifies on contact with water, which is what helps it melt away your face at the end of the day. I still reach for this over much more expensive cleansers in my collection, and even with Deciem's recent price increases, it's an incredible price for a luxury-feeling product.
Have you tried any of my picks? What would you add to my under-£8 list?