Here are 6 affordable Skincare Products that are inexpensive but also actually work really well! And I started using these all while I was struggling with sensitive skin during pregnancy so I know that they are particularly gentle as well.
I don’t know if it’s an age thing, or if the whole Beauty industry is just becoming more focused on Skincare. Either way, I’m really enjoying looking for and buying good quality skincare products to add to my routine.
The problem is that usually good quality = high price.
But that doesn’t seem to be slowing the industry down. In fact, a report done by Mintel discovered that we Brits spent £1.15 billion on Facial skincare in 2017 and that was expected to be even higher this year! *gasp* They are absolutely raking it in.
While I’m completely on board with adding more products into my routine, the bargain hunter in me wants to find the best affordable skincare products that are worth the money and actually do work really well. And for a price that doesn’t involve saving for months or selling a kidney!
So I’ve chosen 6 items out of my skincare collection cupboard that I think does an amazing job without breaking the bank.
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6 Of the Best Affordable Skincare Products that Work!
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish – £16.50
When I looked into the Korean 10-step skincare routine (and then later simplified it), I noticed that double cleansing played a big part in this beauty regime. So I decided then that my Micellar Water alone was no longer gonna cut it.
I needed a balm type cleanser that would be nice to my slightly sensitive skin but also do the trick at cleansing. And not be hella expensive.
The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is £16.50 for the cleanser and the cloth. This cleanser smells so lovely and fresh and really leaves my face feeling so clean.
The best bit is I feel like the product also goes a long way and you only need a tiny pump of this to spread around your face.
Then it also came with the Muslin cloth which is great at removing the makeup and also feeling like a gentle exfoliation. The only issue is they do get full of makeup quickly. So I did end up picking a couple of boots own ones to keep spare while they are in the wash.
Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (aka Toner) – £13
I came across this gem when I was looking for a good toner that would be suitable for my then very sensitive pregnancy skin. Trying any with the usual Acids in seemed to really aggravate it.
But this Mario Badescu Cleansing Lotion on Beauty Bay and I am hooked now. It just feels very natural and does get rid of any last little makeup bits while giving that little tight feeling you get from toners. And all that for £13!
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator – £36
Now I’ve eyed up the pricey moisturisers like the LaMer Soft Crean (£120) or Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) and I would love to splurge on them. But I know that buying them once might be fine…but not every time it runs out.
I am happy to spend a little more on a good moisturiser but I do want good value too. So I feel the Clinique Moisture Surge is the perfect answer.
There has been a lot of hype around this moisturiser and I totally get it. I have dry to normal skin and it keeps my face very nicely hydrated but also soaks up quickly and doesn’t feel thick and heavy.
I’m nearly through my first pot and it has lasted quite a while (4+ months) using it every day. And I will definitely be repurchasing.
For £36 I have to say this is my favourite on this list!
Jolee mask set – £5.99
Aannnd we’re back with the Korean beauty trend. Well, it is a trend for a reason. Cos their stuff is guuuurrrd!
Of course, eyeing up some of the sheet masks on Cult Beauty that I am dying to try, I questioned whether I could warrant the price for something I’m only going to use once?
Tap tap tap. Amazon. And wham bam I found a bargain. The Jolee Face Mask Set.
I was dubious at only £5.99 for three masks I didn’t think these could be any good. Picturing flimsy, soggy thin sheets of paper, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of these.
The bubble mask was hilarious looking when it was on (I mean picture dunking your face in bubble bath foam and you’re close). But it felt lovely and as did the others.
I love the idea that these tackle different problems like angry redness, clogged pores or dryness. Finally, a product that has figured out that in a week or month your skin can go through all different problems and may need a different mask to suit your skin at that time.
It’s all about customisation and other brands should definitely take note!
Nivea Post Shave Balm – £5.35
Now you might fit into one of two camps here:
1) You’ve watched a fair bit of YouTube and you’ve seen loads of Beauty Bloggers use this as a primer.
2) You haven’t seen it and you’re thinking ‘wait, what? Isn’t that for men after they’ve shaved?’.
Yes. Yes it is.
But if you’re in the first camp, let this be a gentle reminder of how good this product is as a moisturiser and as a primer under makeup.
And if you’re in the second, we’ll then let me tell you that it is 100% worth the price tag of £5.35. It’s also worth getting over smelling like a man for a couple of seconds before it sinks in.
The Nivea Post Shave Balm is scented but still seems kind enough to not aggravate sensitive skin (although don’t trust me on that as I guess this is individual), but it is also just a lovely consistency.
It’s very watery and goes a long way so you only need a small amount. It leaves a very slight but comfortable tack which is why it’s become a go-to primer for so many.
Even though I use my moisture surge most days, I do keep going back to this and especially if I am in a rush as it soaks up super quick and really does keep that makeup in place.
Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum – £19.95
Have you seen those Insta beauty gurus delicately dripping serums onto their face before they do their makeup?
Well, this is one of them! And at £19.95 (currently on Amazon) it’s a complete steal and dupe for the Farsali drops.
I was kindly sent the SkinKissed Vitamin C Serum in exchange for an honest review for them, and I must admit I didn’t know what to expect.
But I don’t currently have a serum in my routine so I was hoping that this one would work for me. And I’m so pleased it has!
It’s a lovely watery consistency that is not heavily fragranced, soaks up fast and leaves a very very slight tack for makeup to sit well on top. But the real winner for me is that it hydrates my skin so well and leaves it with a lovely dewy glow that just makes my foundation go on like butter.
For someone with pretty dry skin, this has been a bit of a game-changer for me in my skincare routine. And of course, I get to drop it on my face like those very glam Insta beauty girls ha!
Would you try any of these? Or do you have any recommendations for affordable skincare products that are good?
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