The most daunting thing for me is to talk about moisturisers and cleansers and still sound interesting! I sit over these posts for weeks and 20 revisions before I can attempt “Publish”. There is only so much you can say about a beauty product, only so many words to describe them! There is no such thing as a Tantalizing Toner is there?
I never promote switching skin too frequently but there is no harm in going to back to old favorites when in doubt. A recent analyses of my skincare products and I realized that a lot of them were going to be a pain to repurchase! Avoiding a huge over-haul right away, I started using a few cheaper alternatives which my skin is thanking me for.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost: Last few months I have spent countless hours on the internet looking up “radiance boosting” serums. There is one from REN that I know of, Oskia, Tata Harper etc.. and all of them have one thing in common – painfully expensive! I decided to take the budget route and this one from The Body Shop was an obvious choice. I have used it in the past and recently repurchased this for my mum who’s a big fan. When I tried it myself I had to immediately go back and get another bottle!
My only issue right now is that its quite mattifying and not very hydrating for my dry winter skin, so I usually wear it in the day on top of a basic moisturiser as a primer. Texture wise I found it very similar to the Kiehl’s Micro Blur so if you like that sort of a product this one could be a great alternative. I don’t notice too much of a difference probably because I am not wearing it directly on the skin, but I do find it good at adding a distinct glow and smoothness to the skin which is very welcome!
La Roche Posay Toleriane Riche: Do I still need to convince you on this? I have raved about it plenty of times before and if you missed the message.. this is FANTASTIC! Its termed Riche but goes on soft and not thick like some intense moisturisers can be. With this on I don’t have to worry about my skin the whole day! This is a true-to-claim sensitive skin product and has come to my rescue during extremely irritated skin situations. I think I am going to have a tube of this around at all times now!
Avéne Thermal Spring water: A recent repurchase, I like spraying this after cleansing my face and leave it for a minute before wiping off the excess. I also spray it on before applying a clay mask and it helps my skin from drying up too much. This is one of the workhorses which I think are good to have in your stash in cases of emergencies. Annoyingly, I go through a bottle pretty quickly! I guess it has to do with the full minute I spend spraying this EVERYWHERE!
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector I thought I was the only weird one in love with this awful smelling hand cream, but as it turns out I am not alone! You will have to go past the smell to really appreciate this product, because it hydrates like nobody’s business! Formulated for extremely dry skin this is my bed time savior and one I cannot go without in the cold weather!
Other favorite budget buys are, the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock, Avene Rebalancing Soothing Emulsion, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ and Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water.
What are your favorite budget skincare products? Let me know!