Top budget skincare picks

3 Jan 2015

It’s no secret skincare is my favourite aspect of beauty, my favourite way to pamper and relax. There’s nothing nicer after a long day than enjoying a good double-cleanse, and a cheeky face mask if I’m in an extra pampering mood. The majority of brands in my skincare stash are high-end, and overall high-end skincare has always shown the most benefits to my skin in the long-term. Yet throughout 2014 I found some absolute gems from budget brands which have made their way into my favourites pile as some of the best skincare products out there – products perfect for any budget. These are my top budget skincare picks.

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micelle Solution, £4.50-£9.99, one of the biggest cult skincare products over recent years, I always ensure to have a bottle in my stash. There’s a couple of different varieties available depending on your own specific skin type and the one which I turn to the most is suitable for oily/combination skin. Perfect for removing both face and eye makeup, it’s an easy first step in your cleansing routine (full review here).

An alternative way to cleanse is with cleansing balms and it’s a branch of products I have become really addicted to over recent years. My favourite budget-friendly balm cleanser is without a doubt The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, £12. A beautifully soft cleansing balm, a little goes a long way working to quickly and effectively remove makeup. This one is especially lovely when you’ve had a long day and want a pampering cleanse (full review here).

It’s not just cleansing balms The Body Shop does well; I’m also a big fan of The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate, £18, which I’ve been using in the mornings for a few months now. Enriched with Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells which help with skin renewal properties, it’s a super refreshing eye cream which works to smooth the appearance of fine lines and disguise signs of tiredness. You can apply either straight from the roller ball, or just apply a pea sized amount to your ring finger and apply as you would any other eye cream.

Steamcream, £12.95, was a complete revolution product for me when I first tried it. A moisturiser which can be used day or night, Steamcream quickly became a favourite for me and not just for my face, either. Replacing my high-end favourite of several years, I find Steamcream the perfect moisturiser for my neck and décolletage, and my skin has felt so much softer, smoother and supple since this beauty has been a regular in my routine. Using a steam technique, the formula is light-weight and sinks into skin well with a subtle yet fresh fragrance. I also love the different tin varieties available! (Full review here).

I find Lush skincare a bit hit and miss, but one of their products which has been a staple in my routine for over 10 years now is the Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner, £4.25-£7.95. Great as an everyday toner, but even lovelier in the warmer months as a refreshing facial spritz when left in the fridge overnight, it keeps my skin happy and calm. With mineral-rich Carrageenan Seaweed Extract and Rose Absolute, it’s the perfect way to balance and tone skin.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, £13-£20, took the beauty world by storm in 2014, a cult French skincare product which is now a staple in many beauty adorers skincare stash. A multi-purpose moisturising cream which is rich in natural active ingredients, it can be used for both the face and body – and is even hailed as the perfect pre-makeup moisturising, priming skin ready for flawless application. Working to soothe, comfort and repair skin by boosting moisturise levels, elasticity and suppleness, it contains skin-loving ingredients such as Shea Butter, Beeswax, Soy and Aloe Vera to name but a few. Plus, you can snap this must-have up with 20.15% off until January 12th with the discount code ESCENTUAL2015, which can be used site-wide to grab 20.15% off of your beauty shop!

Last but not least, a product from one of my favourite British and organic brands, the Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil Enriched with Argan Oil*, £23.50. Most of the facial oils in my skincare stash are pretty pricey, so it’s been amazing for me to find an oil which makes my skin happy all whilst being half the price of my usual favourites. Best suited for normal, dry or mature skin, it has a light-weight formula which works to give skin an intense hydration boost. With natural active ingredients of Argan Oil, Yarrow Oil and Safflower Essential Oil, it’s been my go-to facial oil in the evenings over the past couple of months, leaving me with soft, supple and youthful looking skin come morning.

Have you tried any of my budget-friendly skincare picks? Do you have any favourite budget skincare products you think I should give a try? Let me know – I always love checking out your recommendations! And be sure to let me know if you’d like to see a ‘part 2’ of my top budget skincare picks, as there’s quite a few in my skincare stash that I turn to regularly!