My skincare routine always chops and changes, depending on how my skin’s feeling or what I’m trialling that month. But you can always expect to find a mix of products. Some from the budget end of the spectrum and a couple of splurge-y bits that I just can’t resist loving. Skincare doesn’t have to be expensive at all. There’s plenty of options from budget brands that do a great job but even I can’t deny that there’s a couple of investment pieces that are well worth spending a bit of extra money on. Besides, there’s no point investing in makeup if you’re not investing in your skin, first.
My number one suggestion if you want to start investing in your skin is definitely a Clarisonic. Before I tried it for myself, I could never see why people raved about it but now I can’t imagine my routine without it. One minute every morning in the shower has made all of the difference to my skin, it’s clearer, has less texture and the lifespan of spots has been drastically reduced. If you’ve got problem skin or feel like your cleansing routine needs something a little extra, this is worth every penny. Sure, it’s pricey, but make sure you stick it on your birthday list and keep your fingers crossed.
I’m sort of in two minds about recommending cleansing oils this expensive because my next best recommendation is less than $10 but these two cleansing oils are so luxurious and so effective. There’s a reason they’re both raved about in the beauty community. I try to stop myself from reaching from them every day when I take off my makeup but it’s hard to resist. Some cleansing oils on the market leave a film on the skin and just don’t get the job done as well. But these cleanse every teeny bit of makeup off the face and leave it feeling fresh, clean and ready for the next step. If you’re a cleansing oil lover like me, give these a go.
This was a no-brainer addition to this post for me. There are a million and one acid toners on the market, some cheaper and some more expensive than this one but Pixi’s Glow Tonic is the best I’ve tried. And I’ve tried a bunch of them. I can really tell the difference when I don’t reach for this one each evening. Straight away, my skin looks a little duller and more congested. This really is one of those products that everyone should have in their routine, whether that’s just to use when your skin is playing up or if you’re an acid toner junkie like me. The great thing is that Pixi is often on sale if you look around, too, either on ASOS or Adore Beauty.
Another product that I can’t stop raving about. And surprise, surprise, it’s another one to clear out the skin. Removing texture and making way for a clearer complexion. All I can say is that I’m so glad I bothered to depot a little of this powder to bring with me to Europe. It’s saved my skin from throwing a tantrum more than once. When mixed with a little bit of water, this scrubs away dead skin and makes a huge difference to my skin. As with a lot of Dermalogica’s products, the price isn’t cheap but you get plenty of use out of one bottle. Personally, I can’t imagine the day where I won’t be repurchasing this one.
Just about every skincare brand is jumping on board the face mask trend. And I’ll be quick to point out that there are some awesome clarifying, hydrating, soothing options from budget brands that I absolutely love. But I still haven’t found a budget exfoliating and resurfacing option that works as well as this. Nothing leaves my skin feeling quite as bright and brand new as this mask. It’s not for the faint-hearted or for those who are new to the acid exfoliation game but five minutes with this all over the face makes me look like a new person. Before special events or when my skin is being particularly difficult, this fixes it up in no time.
As with cleansing oils, there are so many awesome face moisturisers in the budget market that I love. My fave comes from Neutrogena. But if you were feeling like splurging on the last step in your skincare routine, this Avene moisturiser is seriously luxe. And actually sits more towards the middle of the market. Particularly for those of you with dry skin, there’s nothing quite as lovely as slathering this on. Gel-in-cream is a great way to describe the formula. It feels so lightweight but leaves the skin feeling hydrated and nourished. I personally don’t use it every night on my combination skin but when I can feel my skin getting dehydrated, a helping of this fixes it up in no time.
Not exclusively a skincare recommendation but if nothing else is working for your skin, or you just feel like adding a bit of luxury to your routine, a silk pillowcase is the way to go. The material is much kinder to your skin (and your hair) and doesn’t absorb product like other pillowcases do. They also work wonders to stop wrinkles in their tracks, I’m told. I personally love mine from Go-To, it’s adorable like everything else in their range. I’m looking forward to being reunited when I get home from travelling, as sad as that sounds.
What are your favourite splurge-worthy skincare products?
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