Just when I thought I had recently written enough posts regarding skincare to keep readers busy or bored for the duration of the year, I realised there are plenty more tips and suggestions I can share. Afterall, new products are always being released and the only way to fulfil my skincare addiction without neccassarily making any new purchases is to discuss what I have already discovered. When it comes to skincare brands purchasable from highstreet/drugstore retailers we’re spoilt for choice. To help you spend wisely, particularly after the expenses made over Christmas time and during the sale period, I have condensed the most worthy skincare items into a ‘best of’/£10 or under list.
1. The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser – £7.50
- A soap free cream cleanser which provides moisture as it removes makeup and impurities. Wheatgerm oil in addition to vitamin E leaves skin feeling soft and supple very similar to the results of using a baby lotion on your body. The cleanser has no harsh traces of a chemical scent, much rather a natural almost neutral scent. A little goes a long way, so use it sparingly.
2. Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes (pack of 30) – £4.99
- Let’s be honest, the formulas of facial wipes don’t differ that much. Most of the time they are only unique by scent and we choose them mainly based on price when we should be paying attention to the key ingredients. Yes to soar to a productive start when their lines hit the shops due their natural approach. The charcoal compressed and imbedded into each wipe irradiates the majority of makeup, dirt and oils before the usage of a cleanser. One attribute which I think more people thesedays will be pleased to know about these wipes are that they are 97% natural without parabens and silicones, plus compostable due to being made of a ‘Forest Stewarding Council’ certified fabric.
3. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Moisturiser (50ml) – £4.99
- When I used to use this product I’m quite sure it was named a little differently, but the actual product seems to be unchanged. I have sworn by Neutrogena’s Visably Clear Range for years; never have I had a dissatisfactory experience with any of their products. This moisturiser is lightwearing, has softening qualities and I believe the most beneficial ingredient to this cream is Menthol. It definitely has a fresh, Menthol feel to it that cools irritation for at least a few hours after initial application. The finish is slightly tacky, but I deem that to be beneficial for adhering makeup smoothly.
4. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Smoothing Face and body Balm B5 (40ml) – £6.50
- A multipurpose balm which can be spread onto target areas of concern e.g. chapped or cracked skin, new tattoos, eczema, minor injuries (grazes), skin irritations, insect bites, spots and blemishes. As long as you apply this regularly it’s the simplest way to aid the recovery of spots and blemishes. A version with spf is also available.
5. Shrills Pore Purifying Peel-off Black Mask (50ml) – £9.99
- Finally Boots began to sell this ‘satifying’ peel-off face mask after all the tutorial videos across various social media platforms on a global scale. I don’t think I need to review this one in order to convince you to try it, you have most likely scrolled on Facebook and been enticed. If you can handle literally ripping out the whiteheads and blackheads in the crevasses of your delicate skin, go for it.
6. Botanics All Bright Micellar Cleansing Solution 3-in-1 (250ml) – £5.49
- An alcohol free micellar water infused with Hibiscus for illuminating skin whilst the other ingredients take care of cleansing your face. Most identifiable was how it dulled the intensity of uneven skintone without making my skin feel tight or deprived of hydration.
7. Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-blemish Clarifying Tonic – £4.99
- During the release period of this range I completed a brief online questionnaire for Garnier about my sensitive skin, and in return I received all of the products from this line. Out of all 3 products they sent, kindly along with a washbag, the tonic soon became one of my all time favourite Anti-blemish products. The gel texture makes application quick and simple, unlike other toners which require the use of a cotton pad. The bottle lasted for well over 3 or 4 months. The Witch Hazel promoted the healing of irritation and marks left behind from skin reactions caused by unsuitable skincare which I was using prior.
8. Medieval Tea Tree Sheet Mask – Approximately £2.50, prices vary according to importation costs and online retailer.
- To be honest I have no idea why this sheet mask works wonders more so than any other popular Korean mask pack. In order to get the full benefits of sheet masks they need to be used consistently. As they are affordable in Korea (on average 40p-80p per sheet) Koreans use them every night, however in the Western parts of the world using a sheet mask that often would cost more than what it takes to raise a pet each week. Medieval tea tree masks miraculously show positive changes after one use, i.e. spot size and redness reduction so using one once in a while isn’t going to be costly.
9. St Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub (150ml) – £5.70
- Green tea and an exfoliator in one! How can anything be wrong with this? It cleans out spots and pores whilst treating your skin with such a natural ingredient. The particles used to produce the scrub are made from 100% natural sources therefore complying with the UK and US ban on plastic microbeads in the attempt to conserve sealife.
10. Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash (250ml) – £2.75
- I have failed to stumble upon an equality creamy, moisturising body wash that can still laver equally as much as a gel body wash than those produced by Dove. I always return to it after experimenting with fancy frangranced shower gels, but nothing seems to match up to this. It doubles as a good shaving foam, thus saving you money on expensive shaving foams aimed at women.