I must confess for someone who watches so many skincare videos and reads TOO many skincare blog posts on the internet, I take terrible care of my skin, it’s a habit I’m trying to grow out of quickly. Having suffered with acne in my younger teenage years, you’d think by now I’d have learnt to look after my skin but no, after nineteen years I’m still deep in the unknown. I have got much better since those dark days but there’s no denying that every now and then I forget to remove my make-up after a drunken night out (but don’t we all?).
I have combination to oily skin, which is very prone to those annoying blackheads and spots, but with the cold winter air, my skin does tend to get dry patches. Being an unemployed student, I simply can’t afford to splurge on high-end skincare products (as much as I’d like to) so I’ve had to resort to drug store products, which are still very good in my opinion. All these products you can find in Boots, Superdrug or your local supermarket for under £10, so if you fancy trying out some different products without breaking the bank these are some definite goodies.
Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash: I use this face wash every time I shower, it’s gentle on the skin and doesn’t dry it out. It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and smooth without that tight feeling. A little goes a long way with this product so don’t be tempted to use too much.
Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser: This cleanser is definitely one I’d repurchase every time. I use after I’ve showered to remove make-up and dirt from my face from the day. My face always feels clean and refreshed after using it and I’ve certainly noticed an improvement in my skin. Simple products are perfect for people with sensitive skin and if you’re new to the skincare world, these would be a great beginner.
Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive Caring Micellar Water: If you’re a make-up wipes junkie like me, here is your alternative. I used to use make-up wipes every day to remove my make-up but I’d always end up using about 2-3 wipes every time, which is really not cost-effective. This Nivea Micellar Water is amazing, it’s so gentle yet removes every inch of my make-up with just two cotton pads. It has worked wonders for my skin and I really do not miss rubbing my face with a cheap make-up wipe every night till my face is red raw. Out of all the Nivea products in this post, this is 100% my winner. Micellar water is a life and skin changing product! This is a cheaper alternative to the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, but I believe they do the same job but at half the price.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: This product featured in my Christmas Gift Guide for Her! List. This moisturizer was recommended by my Auntie many years back as she takes pride in her skin. This is only a sample size as I can’t afford to fork out for the full size at the moment. It’s a light moisturizer that sinks into the skin quickly but leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. I tend to reach for this one more when my skin is having a good day and before applying my make-up.
Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream: I’m going to come clean right now and out right say I’m not a fan of eye creams, they make my eyes water and I find them quite uncomfortable to wear. This being one of the very few that doesn’t. This Clinique eye cream is gentle and doesn’t sting my eyes and also makes me look like I actually got more than 5 hours sleep. It definitely reduces my puffy under eyes and makes me look human after I’ve put it on the night before.
Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream: I was always a big fan of the original Nivea Creme which I think every man (or woman) and their dog have used once in their life. So I was quite keen to pick this up in Boots when they had a 3 for 2 offer on Nivea products. I’ve never really used a night cream before so I was curious to see what the hype was about, and good god haven’t I been missing out?. If you’re prone to waking up looking like zombie and those late nights full of studying in uni (more like bar crawling) are draining your skin of its natural glow then you might want to try this. I now wake up with plump, soft and non dull-skin and not look like I’ve stayed up till 3am binging on Netflix…
100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: We now come to my favourite product at the moment which has changed my life. If you’ve never used Coconut Oil, then my question is why?! Please head to your local Supermarket or Home Bargains store and get some, you can get your hands on this for under £5 and it will last you for months. I use this as a make-up remover, an intense hydrating overnight moisturizer, full body moisturizer, hand moisturizer, deep overnight hair conditioner and even a shaving balm. I can’t sing this products praises enough. This doesn’t break me out and doesn’t make my skin extra oily, obviously it will be greasy when you apply it as it’s an oil but it sinks in soon enough. My hair has loved this stuff, but that’s a story for a different day. I’ve seen skincare in a different light since using this product, you don’t always need to spend over £50 on skincare products which contain certain chemicals that are harmful for your skin.
Obviously, the cheapest and easiest way you can get clear and beautiful skin is drinking plenty of water every day and getting plenty of sleep. Try to aim to drink 2 litres of water a day, keep a glass of water by your bed when you sleep and drink a pint of water when you wake up every morning, not only will your skin benefit but your health in general. Keep a water bottle handy when you’re out and about and try to avoid drinking carbonated drinks as well. As for sleep, you should be aiming for 7-9 sleep every night, trust me I know it’s hard, I live by the motto sleep is for the weak but in the long run your skin will thank you.