The Budget Skincare Routine
I'm a massive skincare geek. I love it. From my days as a twelve year old using Simple to my current finely honed skincare routine, I know what works for me and I know what does and doesn't work. My current skincare routine is a mix of high end and budget options but as some of them are on the pricier side I decided to compile some of my favourite products into a skincare routine that won't break the bank (and will help you put down the makeup wipes).
My first essential to drop the wipes is an oil based cleanser that will help break down waterproof makeup. I adore the Una Brennan Superfacialist Cleansing Oil which is £10.99 from your local Boots. It lasts forever and smells incredible and very citrusy. It breaks down my makeup really well and leaves my skin feeling clean and ready for a wash. If for any reason you're deprived of water, go for the Garnier Micellar Water which will help remove your makeup. However, I only recommend this if you're so exhausted you don't have time to wash your face or if you're on an airplane. For £3.29 you can't go wrong.
Lots of people forget about the second cleanse, which is incredibly necessary as all you've done by now is remove your makeup. I recommend a gel or cream cleanser for this stage. My current go to is the Muji Cream Cleanser which is less than £5 and feels so luxurious on your skin. It's very thick and helps to remove any excess makeup and dirt from your skin without stripping it. This is a step that alot of people go wrong with as they go for foaming cleansers BUT STAY AWAY as they'll strip your skin and you'll be stuck in a cycle with your skin producing too much oil. Helps keep your skin moisturised as well. You can't get it online but you can pick it up from your Muji store (in some Selfridges in the UK).
Then onto one of my favourite steps in my skincare routine, the acid toner. Now this sounds terrifying and I've done a couple of posts on it here and here but it isn't. This step helps to include skin cell exfoliation which helps reduce redness and scaring. I love these Nip + Fab Extreme Glycolic Fix Pads which are cotton wool presoaked in a glycolic acid solution. I wipe these over my face and buff them into any blemishes after cleansing my face and they really have helped my complexion so much. They're about £13 but worth every penny and so much cheaper than some of the others on the market.
After the acid tone, I let my skin rest for about 10 minutes to fully absorb the Glycolic acid but then I reach for my La Roche Posay Serozinc which is a spray toner containing a solution containing Zinc Sulfate. Zinc Sulfate helps to reduce redness and will help neutralise the acid from the toner. It's incredibly refreshing and has definitely helped to reduce any inflammation in my skin. Once again it's only £8.50 and lasts forever so is another budget essential.
And finally, you always need a good deep cleansing mask. These aren't something you would need to use daily but I would say once a week. This bad boy is from H&M and contains charcoal which helps to deep cleanse pores. I apply this to my t-zone or any areas where my pores feel particularly clogged. It's good, especially for the price. It does the job.
Now, you may be wondering why there are no moisturisers or serums on this list. That is because I'm yet to find a budget version that I'm completely happy with. But also because of my skin type and the oil cleanser, I find that my skin doesn't need it. But if you are seriously seriously strapped for cash, Olay always do a sufficient moisturiser, but I really think that this is something you should invest in.