I’ve mentioned before about my favourite Mario Badescu products for oily skin and though Mario Badescu products work wonders for me, I’ve been venturing out into some different ones. This post will take you through affordable skincare products that I swear by.
I posted about using Vaseline to grow my eyelashes not long ago and with the amazing results I’ve had, it’s definitely a product I now swear by. It’s super affordable too, costing around £2-3 depending on where you buy it from and the size of the product you get.
Anyway, I tend to buy it from my local supermarket i.e. Morrisons, though you can get it from pretty much anywhere like Superdrug, Boots, other supermarkets and even Amazon and eBay. I use it on my eyelashes and to moisturise my lips which during the winter months is so important. Otherwise, I’d end up getting cracked, dry lips.
#2 Bio Oil
Bio oil is an absolute must if you suffer from acne and acne scarring. To be honest, whether you suffer from it or not, it’s still something you should be adding to your skincare routine. It helps to keep my skin supple and it fights against my uneven skin tone.
Many doctors swear by it and each time I go to my local GP, he always recommends using it to help with keeping my skin nice, may that be on my face or all over my body.
I use it to help moisturise and refresh my skin on holiday too. I apply it in the evening just before bed and after I’ve applied aftersun. This helps to lock in the goodness and repair any damage done by the Sun.
The one I use literally just says “Bio Oil” on it and I usually buy it from Savers as it’s really cheap costing around £12 for a 200ml bottle. That’s a saving of around £6-8 compared to most places.
#3 Castor Oil
I’ve previously mentioned Castor Oil in my Vaseline post but for those who don’t know, it’s liquid magic when it comes to hair growth. That’s whether its eyelashes, eyebrows or your hair in general.
The one I use is the ORS Essentials. You can buy it from Superdrug for £4.49 and it lasts for ages (months and months) considering I apply it most nights to help grow my eyebrows and every few days on the ends of my hair.
I find it has helped a lot with repairing my damaged, dry ends as well as helping to make my eyebrow hairs grow. On the Superdrug site, it’s described to “Indulge hair in a complex oil enriched with premium castor oil that brings impeccable shine, helps with frizz control and adds superior conditioning to dry, damaged hair.”
#4 L’Oreal Clay Face Mask
I’m a sucker for a good face mask but I’ve never come across another that works as amazing and so quickly as the L’Oreal Clay face masks. They’re honestly insane. I mainly use the red one which is the “glow” mask, simply because it’s the first one I bought and I’m trying to get through it.
Question: Does anyone else feel like they’re in a rush to go through products when they have lots of the same or similar products?
When applied to any red spots, it practically strips them from my face and leaves me with smooth, soft baby skin. No joke. It’s insane how clearing it is and for just under £8.00 it’s totally worth the money. I buy mine from Boots.
L’Oreal offers around six different clay masks (last time I checked) and then they’ve recently brought out some face scrubs as well to accompany the masks. Each is for different purposes including detoxifying, purifying, brightening, blemish clearing and more. I’m going to order a load for myself over Christmas and of course, friends and family.
#5 B. Glycolic Cleansing Peel
You can buy this cleanser from Superdrug for £7.99 and it’s so good. I actually got it in a deal in-store: buy 1 get 1 free so that was amazing. I use it to help tackle my acne. Since having a chemical peel not long ago, the beautician suggested using a glycolic wash/peel regularly, to help manage my acne.
I apply it 2-3 times a week as suggested, using a thin layer to my shoulders and blemishes on my face and neck. You must then leave it to rest for 2-3 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. I then apply The Ordinary Glycolic Toner, any other spot treatments e.g. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, Vaseline, acid and oils. (I don’t apply these every time, just as they’re each suggested.)
Anyway, it’s extremely soft on my skin and actually works! It also smells nice and feels nourishing even after it’s been washed off my body and face.
#6 The Ordinary Acids
I’ve also done another post about The Ordinary skincare products I use. However, 2 products to note are acids AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. I apply these every night after cleansing and toning my skin and they’ve made a huge difference.
My skin is a lot softer, I get fewer spots and when I do they’re usually smaller and less red and aggressive looking. I also find that they disappear sooner when I treat them with my Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Although I love the drying lotion, I actually find the L’Oreal Face Mask is better at reducing the redness and size of my spots.
The first acid, AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, costs £6.30 and the second, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, costs £4.20. You can buy them from The Ordinary site directly – Deciem – or Beauty Bay or similar. However, I believe they’re actually shutting down so if you want them, you best buy them soon!
There are plenty of other products I use though I don’t love them like I do these products. I’m still on the hunt for some other affordable skin care and beauty products. These include micellar water, an amazing face wash and a good BB cream. I’ve seen some beauty bloggers mention the Burt Bee’s BB Cream but I’m yet to try it. If you’ve got any suggestions, list them below in the comments.