Ok, so I have something to confess…. I’m somewhat of a skincare snob.
Ever since I was first introduced to the Liz Earle collection when I was about 17, I’ve found it really hard to go back to your regular drugstore skincare. It just never feels quite as luxurious as the high-end stuff! However, keeping in mind that there have been many periods in my life (especially while at uni) when I didn’t have a lot of spare cash and, as much as I love Clinique/Liz Earle/Origins/etc., I just couldn’t justify the splurge. I know there’s many people out there who are in the same position so I thought I’d round up my personal favourite products which are fabulous, but won’t break the bank.
Disclaimer: My skin-type is on the combination/oily side of things, so these products are all geared towards that. If you have dry skin, they might not be suitable! Having said that, everyone’s skin is different and what worked for me, might not necessarily work for you.
Removing Makeup: Let’s start from the beginning… Everyone needs a really good makeup remover and I’m a firm believer in the “double-cleanse” method e.g. remove your makeup or any dirt that’s built up during the day with an oil or cleansing water, then follow it up with a cream, foam or gel-based cleanser. My favourites have to be the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, which is absolutely fantastic for removing eye makeup and is a great dupe of the Bioderma version, or The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Oil (full review). This stuff seriously leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and clean.
Cleanse: Next up, and what I believe to be the most important step, is a decent cleanser. If you don’t get rid of all that bacteria and oil which can build up throughout the day, then you can’t expect to have healthy looking skin! One of my favourite drugstore options has to be the Sanctuary Spa Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash. It’s gel-based but lathers up to provide a bit of foam, and my skin always just feels really nice and glowy after I’ve used this.
Exfoliate: I like to use an exfoliator twice a week to scrub away any dead skin cells and leave my complexion looking bright and revitalised. Personally, I’ve found The Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator to be brilliant for this. This whole range in fact is ideal for oilier skin-types.
Mask: My Sunday face mask ritual has become such a routine in my life. It really just helps me to relax and feel completely refreshed for the week ahead. My all-time favourite mask for regulating oil and fighting off blemishes is definitely the Lush Cupcake Face Mask (full review). The fact it smells like chocolate only gives it extra brownie points!!
Oil/Serum: I’ve been introducing more oil-based products into my skincare regime ever since I found out that oil can actually improve oily skin, rather than make it worse. Who knew hey? One of the best face oils out there in my view is the Botanics Organic Facial Oil. It’s all natural and contains rosehip to seriously nourish your complexion.
Moisturise: The last step in any skincare routine should always be to moisturise (both face and eye). My favourite moisturiser for spring/summer when my skin tends to be more oily is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-free Moisturiser (full review). This is so light and refreshing; perfect for wearing under makeup! When it hits about October time though, when the weather is colder and your skin needs more moisture, I’m a big lover of the Dr. Organic Pomegranate Face Cream and their matching Eye Cream. This is another brand which is all natural and cruelty-free which is obviously a big plus.
So what do you guys think of my picks? Have you ever tried any of them? And do you have any recommendations yourself?
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx