11 budget skincare products that are actually worth using

Buying skincare doesn’t have to take it’s toll on your bank balance, there are plenty of impeccable formulas out there that won’t make your wallet cry…

1The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £7.90

Yes, the name is kinda confusing if you aren’t a skincare buff, but here’s what you need to know… Hyaluronic acid is a staple in the skincare industry as it can attract up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, this means it’s often used in hydrating serums and creams. Here it’s teamed with vitamin B5, which is also a surface hydrator, apply a few drops before your regular moisturiser and it will give parched skin a major boost of hydration.


2The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil, £12.99

If you want a cleanser that removes every last speck of makeup, nourishes sensitive skin and is cruelty-free, look no further. The lightweight silky oil dissolves makeup (yup, even waterproof formulas), then emulsifies to a milk when you add water, meaning it’s quick and easy to use.


3LUSH Ultra-Bland Cleanser, £7.95

Made with minimal ingredients: almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser is simple, yet effective. It will remove impurities and leave skin clean, soft and smooth without any harshness.


4Simple Micellar Water, £5.01

If there’s one place you can afford scrimp on when it comes to skincare, it would be makeup remover. That being said, you want a product that actually works – there’s nothing worse than scrubbing your eye with a cotton pad and having zero impact on that waterproof mascara. Simple’s Micellar Water dissolves makeup in seconds, but it’s still incredibly gentle on the skin and eyes.

5The Ordinary Advance Retinoid 2%, £21.95

If you want an anti-ageing product that actually works, it’s worth picking up The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinoid 2%. The formula’s clever delivery system allows it to reduce visible signs of ageing without the irritations that are normally associated with using a retinoid or retinol product.


6Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, £15.15

This rich moisturiser gives loads of hydration without leaving any stickiness or greasiness behind. Expect skin to look nourished, plump and healthy; making it the perfect base for makeup. So, why pay £££ for a face cream when this one does everything you need?


7Super Facialist Anti Blemish Clay Mask, £19.95

Clay masks can work wonders on oily skin and this one is no exception. The formula draws dirt, excess oil and gunk out of pores, leaving them minimised. The salicylic acid helps to banish bacteria, whilst the avocado oil hydrates and rebalances the skin, ensuring it doesn’t feel stripped of moisture post-mask.


8Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream, £8.79

If you’ve been struggling with dry, flaking skin, this little tube will be your saviour. It delivers intense moisture that instantly relieves that tight, rough feeling. It’s fragrance and colourant-free, meaning it should be safe for even the most sensitive of skins.

9La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+, £12

A classic for a reason, Effaclar Duo+ has been proven to reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes, unclog pores and leave skin looking smoother. Don’t just take my word for it though, the wonder formula has earned over 180 five-star reviews on Boots’ website…

10L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew, £13.33

This anti-ageing eye cream targets crow’s feet and fine lines to leave skin looking smoother after just four weeks of use. The formula works to de-puff eye bags, firm skin and re-plump wrinkles, plus the cooling metal tip means you can gently massage the eye area as you apply; boosting circulation to leave you looking wide awake.

11Avene Soothing Moisture Mask, £11.50

If you’re prone to sensitivity, redness or dry skin, this mask needs a spot on your bathroom shelf. It helps to restore the skin’s barrier, allowing it to defend against environmental aggressors. Plus, it has an instant soothing effect that neutralises any angry red flare-ups or irritations. Think of it as a ‘hug’ for sad, stressed-out skin that’s in need of a little lovin’.


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