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Favourite Affordable Skin Care Products under £15

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 Fave Affordable Skin Care Products

I read and watch lots of blog and vlog reviews of skin care products, many of which have a hefty price tag.  If you are on a tight budget, then buying expensive skin care products may not be possible or certainly not a priority.  So, I decided to write a short post on my favourite affordable and effective skin care products which cost less than £15.  It is also worth bearing in mind that Superdrug and Boots own brands are regularly on offer such as Buy One Get One Free, Half Price, 1/3 off, 3 for 2 and such likes.

I am almost a proud 47 years of age and my skin type is dry/oily combination, black heads and blocked pores around my nose and chin, fine lines and wrinkles and hyperigmentation on my forehead due to melasma.

Ok, so here goes, I am just going to list the products to avoid turning this post into a book! For more information please click the links.

Cleansers

Toner/Essences

Chemical exfoliant toners, skin brightening, uneven skin tone and texture

Hydrating and Soothing Toners:

You could also buy an empty spritz bottle and decant a little to carry in your handbag.

TO vit c

Antioxidants - to protect the skin against envrironmental stresses

Specific Issues

Serums 

Anti Ageing

  • *The Ordinary Buffet (suitable for AM and PM) - a cocktail of anti ageing peptides - £12.70 for 30ml.
  • *The Ordinary Retinol range (Night time use only) - I am currently using the 0.2% Retinol in Squalane, then moving onto 0.5% and then 1%.  If you look back through my reviews you will find a monthly review of my use of this product.  The price varies depending on which product you buy.

Hydrating

Aldi Q10Moisturisers

Day Time

  • *Aldi Lacura Q10 Day Moisturiser with SPF20 
  • Aldi Lacura Q10 Night Moisturiser

All these are only £1.69! for 50ml.  The Aldi Q10 range contain the antioxidant Co Enzyme Q10, come in SPF 20 for the day time creams and are available in Renew (for younger skin) or Restorative (for mature skin or prematurely ageing skin)

Night Time

Exfoliators

The Acid toners and pads or B Glycolic Cleanser mentioned above in cleansers and toners.

For those who prefer physical exfoliators, the Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish which is £9.99 for 120ml.  This product used to be about £3.50 but since they repackaged the Botanics range, the price went up.  I don't think it is worth £9.99 but if it is ever on offer, it is worth buying.  It has very fine grains that are moderatley abrasive so not for those who like a really gentle face polish.

If you have sensitive, reactive skin that doesn't respond well to acid toners or physical exfoliants, then I would recommend massaging the Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm into your skin and remove it with a towelling wash cloth or muslin cloth.

Naturally-Radiant-Glycolic-Acid-Pads-

Face Masks

Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask £2.59 for 75ml - lush creamy, moisturising mask that I have also used as a sleep mask.

For a purifying clay mask, I would recommend buying your own Clay and making your own.  Simply mix 1 to 2 teaspoons with a little water, aloe vera gel or toner and apply to your face.  You can find cosmetic grade clay online in many places at very affordable prices.

For sensitive, reactive or irritated skin, I would recommend Organic Aloe Vera Gel, see below.

I haven't found any face masks in the £15 and under price bracket that are any more effective than those mentioned.

Miscellaneous

Lifeplan Organic Aloe Vera Gel £7.49 for 200ml - multi purpose SOS product for insect bites, burns, stings, sunburn, to soothe irritated or inflamed skin.  It could also be used as a hydrating, soothing face mask.

Neal's Yard Calendula, Aloe/Lavender or Stellaria Creams all £7 for 30ml and again are great rescue creams to have in for irritations, bites, rashes, burns etc.

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If I had the uneviable decision of choosing just one out of each category it would be:

  • Cleanse: Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser
  • Tone: Neal's Yard Frankincense Hydrate Mist 
  • Serum: The Ordinary Buffet
  • Antioxidant: The Ordinary Vitamin C 23%
  • Moisturise: Aldi Lacura Q10 Renew Day and Night Cream.  Whilst they are meant for younger skin than mine, the texture is lighter than the Restore.
  • Exfoliate: B Glycolic Cleanser
  • Misceallaneous: Organic Aloe Vera Gel and a bag of white kaolin clay for Face Masks.

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Notes:

  • The ones marked with a * are repeat buys for me, so holy grails within my favourites list 
  • If you have reactive skin, please patch test all new products before using them all over your face.
  • Some of the products listed above can increase the risk of sunburn (Retinol, Vit C, Acids except for Hyaluronic Acid) so plese read the instructions carefully.  Also wear at least SPF 15 during the day time, reapply every 90 minutes to 2 hrs if you are sunbathing, gardening, sitting out etc.
  • As with all skin care products, these products may or may not respnd well on your skin or your product taste in terms of the overall feel or consistency. However, at these prices if you are intrigued then I would say that they are definitely worth a try.

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Well that is all folks, I hope this has been of help to you.  

Until next time

Zoe

x

 

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