Monday, September 14
- Skincare: Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise...
Some find searching for the products that work a pain the backside, then there's others, like me, who enjoy experimenting with different ones. For the past few months, I've been on the hunt for my skincare staples, and I've managed to gather a few which have each earned their way into my routine regularly. Whilst I'm a believer that skincare is worth investing in (good makeup starts with a good base), I simply don't have the extra cash lying around at the moment to make splurges on. Therefore, this post is all about budget skincare that (I find) actually does the job. In fact, all products I mention below are under £15! The list is pretty much endless when it comes to skincare: serums, oils, exfoliators, eye creams, blackhead removers, masks, you name it! For this post I've decided to strip things back to basics and focus on the classic cleanse, tone and moisturise. Bear in mind that skincare is a very personal thing. We each have unique skin and what works for one person, might cause havoc for another. I have dry, dehydrated and slightly sensitive skin; here's the products that work for me, and how I use them. CLEANSE: I've been having a good balance between makeup and makeup-free days recently (hurrah), and my choice of cleanser seems to depend on this. For a speedy morning cleanse, or those makeup-free days when I fancy a really thorough cleanse, I've been reaching for the Shiseido Speed Perfect Whip Foam (£5.75*). This is surprisingly the first foaming cleanser I've used and it's a-mazing. I love how the packaging resembles a handwash - such a genius and practical idea. I use 2-3 pumps on dry skin before rinsing off with warm water (no muslin cloth is needed). On application the foam 'fizzles' and starts 'dissolving' into skin whilst being massaged in. You know when they say your hair is clean when it squeaks, well this legit makes your face the same squeaky clean! My skin looks instantly brighter and I love how fuss-free it is. Sticking to makeup-free days but when I want more of a pampered feeling, I reach for The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11.00). All this needs is two squirts onto a cotton pad and a quick swipe. I'd recommend only using this at nighttime as the residue does take a while to absorb. I wake up to skin feeling super luxurious and this product certainly deserves all of the hype, however avoid getting it in your eyes as it stings like a .... Now for days where I have a full face of makeup, I reach for one of two options. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£13.00) is as popular, if not more so, than the oil. It's a thick balm which melts beautifully onto skin. I wait a good few minutes before rinsing this off with a muslin cloth to give my skin some extra TLC. For days when I'm not feeling something as thick, I opt for a cream cleanser. My current favourite is the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm for Dry/Very Dry Skin (£9.50). Whenever Boots give out their famous £5 vouchers I always stock up on this gem. It effectively removes makeup and again, leaves my face super clean and soft. TONE: An obvious but, in my eyes, necessary choice when it comes to toner is Bioderma. I opt for the Hydrabio H20 (£10.20) as this is targeted towards sensitive and dehydrated skin. A lot of people suggest the Garnier version as a dupe, but I find this is far more effective, gentler and stimulates more moisture. Another gem is the Rohto Gokujyun Toner (£8.52*), which I tend to reach for when I have a breakout. This is a translucent liquid which contains hyaluronic acid and oriental herbs - perfect for hydrating, targeting redness and brightening the skin. MOISTURISE: As someone with dry skin, moisturising is extra essential. Typically for daytime I use the Jigott Active Emulsion Cream (part of set*) which you can read more about here. This is the night cream from the set, but I find the day one too thin and not hydrating enough. If you've followed my posts, you'll know I love dewy skin over a matte finish. On days where I want that extra glow, I'll apply The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream (£13) which gives off a stunning illuminating effect. The shine is pinky-pearlescent and definitely suited more for those with cool-toned skin. Overnight, my number one choice has to be the TonyMoly Banana Sleeping Pack (£4.75*). I've raved and raved about this (see my full review here) and, as this tube is almost out, it will be a definite repurchase. Since using this, my dry patches have pretty much vanished and my complexion is overall a lot healthier-looking! Overall, I honestly love all of these products and can't find a slight fault with any. It can be quite difficult to know when to use a specific product at a specific time, but I recommend just experimenting and finding what works for you. Perhaps you use some of these products, but differently to me and that's OK. What do you think of these products? Do you have any skincare recommendations? *Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.
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