Saturday, 13 June 2020

Where to Save: Skincare Edition

My post around Where to Save: Makeup Edition is actually one of the most popular posts on my blog, which inspired me to create a skincare version which might help you on what bits and pieces you can save money on.

1) Serums and Treatments 
I am happy to spend my money on skincare, but I don't buy things purely because of the cost, I try to look for quality products, no matter the price-tag. My current serums and treatments are those which are affordable, but effective. I believe the key when looking for affordable serums and treatments is to find out what you might be missing in your current skincare - is it hydration, less congestion, to to treat acne or to reduce the appearance of wrinkles? You can get products that are an 'all in one' however those are the products which comes with a heftier price-tag, so if you narrow down what you are looking for, then you can definitely save some bucks. I've written a piece here which is a comprehensive guide to skincare.

1. The Ordinary 'Buffet' (£12.70/30ml)
2. The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum (£5.99/30ml)
3. The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalene  (£4.90/30ml)

2) Lip Balms
This is probably the most known inexpensive product that you can buy, but you would be surprised at the amount of lip balms that are over the £10 mark. I can hold my hands up here that I have spent more than £10 on a lip balm before, however I find that I don't consistently buy expensive ones, purely because I do think cheaper lip balms are good too - especially when I feel like my money can be better spent else where.

1. Nivea Original Care Lip Balm (£1.99/4.8g)
2. Vaseline Lip Therapy Tin (£1.00/ 20g) 
3. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Care (£2.99/4.8g)

3)  Toners
I've recently shared my renewed interest in toners here. In summary, I think toners are a great way to add a small dose of treatment into your skincare, whether that's with turmeric, salicylic acid or something else entirely. I also love the fact that you can spritz on some throughout the day, especially when it is hot outside! Any toners that I have that don't have a spray bottle, I personally depot into into a spray bottle so that I can spritz directly onto my face. I find that this adds speed into my routine, but more importantly, it's better for the environment when you aren't using two cotton pads a day.

1. Garnier Organic Thyme Toner (£5.99/ 150ml).
2. Neutrogena Clear and Soothe Toning Facial Mist  (£5.99/ 125ml)
3. La Roche Posay Serozinc Facial Mist (£9.99/150ml)

4) Makeup Removers
I've had this blanket rule for quite a few years now that if a product stays on your skin for less than two minutes then you shouldn't be breaking the bank for it. So makeup removers, whether it's micellar water, oils, balms (or even the dreaded makeup wipes) should be cheap and cheerful because they are created to remove the first layer of makeup on your skin, and it should be followed up be a second cleanse of some sort!  So makeup removers are definitely a product you can save on!

1. Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil (£6.99/125ml)
2. Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil  (£12.00/200ml)
3. Garnier Micellar Water Sensitive Skin  (£5.00/400ml)

5) Eye Cream
I think eye cream market has been taken over by high end skincare brands and so it's actually a bit difficult to find eye creams under £15 which is a shame. If we think around why wrinkles form, it's due to the skin becoming more dry as it ages and the skin becoming a bit thinner too. To help protect the eye area, we need to take care that it is more moisturised than the rest of our face. I want to stress that there are other factors that can cause wrinkles and dark circles around the eye, from genetic  and lifestyle factors and so moisturising your under eyes is not a miracle solution if you do have a particular difficulty with your eye area. I think it is a good habit to start taking care of the skin around your eyes, especially in your early to mid 20's as the habit of applying eye cream also helps to boost circulation too.

1. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Awakening Eye Balm (£15.00/15ml) 
2. Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Balm Soothing (£4.02/15ml)
3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Awakening Gel (£12.99/15ml)

So those are the five areas where I think we can save when it comes to skincare. I always find myself gravitating to the products I have mentioned when I don't want to spend a lot of money and also when I actually don't need to either. I hope you liked this post, and I would love to hear about where you save your money when it comes to skincare, as I might be missing a trick.

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