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Today we're talking through some of my favourite hair and body products that come in at under £15 from Boots and Superdrug - let's dive in!
The Aveeno Dermexa Fast & Long-Lasting Balm* | £9.99 | is one of those products I like to keep on-hand around this time of year; although it's a balm, it's not heavy or greasy, it has a creamy formula that's really quick and easy to apply as and when (and where) you need it. This is formulated with oat extract to soothe and moisturise the skin, replenishing fatty alcohol, prebiotics to help strengthen the skin barrier, Vitamin E and ceramides (a fundamental component of the skin barrier). Whether it's dry knuckles, ashy elbows or patches of eczema: you can apply a thick layer before bed as a treatment or keep it close by to apply it throughout the day to problem areas. Within just hours, I find it helps so, so much with dryness and calms any red, itchy areas of skin.
In terms of haircare, I recently discovered the Umberto Giannini Mirror Shine Juice Conditioning Water | £9.95. These sorts of hair treatments seem to be having a moment right now, and I can see why; they're a quick way to add some serious shine to your hair. All you have to do is apply this to the lengths and ends after shampooing and before conditioning your hair, massage it in for a few seconds and rinse for a seriously-glossy blow-dry. It's not heavy, it doesn't leave any sort of excess on your follicles but it's truly transformative. I don't know how they do it but I love the results!
I've also been super impressed with the Inkey List's Hyaluronic Acid Hair Treatment* | £9.99. This is a leave-in gel formulated with skincare favourite hyaluronic acid, made into a haircare product for you! Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it's a water magnet, drawing hydration into your hair strands. You apply this to damp hair before drying or styling it as normal. My hair has been looking and feeling much sleeker and shinier in the few months I've been using it and it's not sticky or tacky. Plus, you only need a tiny bit of this to get the benefits, so this bottle is lasting me ages, even though I've been using it after every wash!
Hopping back over to body care, I couldn't not mention the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream | £12.99. It's the priciest product in this post but is worth it because it's a game-changer when it comes to treating KP (keratosis pilaris) on a budget. KP is a harmless but annoying skin condition where the hair follicle becomes plugged up with excess keratin, causing bumps which can become red and itchy (particularly when the skin is dry and during the winter time). This moisturiser contains a base of shea butter, ceramides and cholesterol to nourish the skin, but also salicylic acid and urea to exfoliate. Salicylic acid gets right into the follicle because it's oil-soluble so can clear out excess keratin, whereas urea can treat the surface-level dryness. This is amazing for smoothing my KP so it's a little less noticeable and - most importantly - keeps the dryness and itch at bay.
I have a sensitive scalp so I'm really picky about dry shampoo and use it sparingly for volume and oil-absorption. However, there's one budget-friendly formula that really works for me: the Colab Dry Shampoo Spray* | £3.49. This doesn't leave the white powdery residue that irritates my scalp and is pretty much invisible so you can spray and scrunch up your hair without worrying about vigorously rubbing in white patches! This is in the candy-sweet unicorn scent.
Although it's not quite Olaplex, this being a styling product makes it a good alternative. The Revolution Plex Bond Restore Styling Cream | £10 | is non-sticky and not at all tacky. You just take a small amount and run it through your hair; it can be used pre-blow-dry for a sleek finish or on dry hair to smooth out flyaways. If you sometimes experience issues with frizz or dry ends: give this a go, it's worked so well for my hair!
Finally, we have the Solution Salicylic Acid Clear Skin Body Gel* | £9.99. This can be used as a lightweight alternative KP treatment if you don't like the idea of a heavier cream like the CeraVe, but the combination of salicylic acid and niacinamide make this especially great for breakouts on the body. Whether it's your back, your neck or anywhere else where pores can become clogged and sweat can gather: try and apply this regularly to the area. With a bit of patience, it really helps clear things up! It also has a glycerin base to provide added hydration.
Have you tried any of my picks? Would you add anything to my list?