Good skin doesn't cost the earth
Everyone knows that a glowy, clear complexion is the basis of everything. When you have that you’re able to wear less make-up, it goes with everything and gives you a much needed confidence boost.
But good skin needn’t cost you thousands.
Here’s our round-up of the best 20 skincare products under £20.
The double cleanse is not to be scoffed at – nothing cleans your skin like it. And it all starts with an oil cleanser. This Nuxe one is slightly different in that it’s a bi-phase, which means its part oil, part micellar water, but don’t be fooled it’s a cracking first step. It breaks down and removes all traces of make-up and dirt from the day. Which leads on to…
The foaming cleanser, which gets rid of the rest. Kate Somerville is one of those brands that after your first try, you’ll be a convert for life. This is her bestselling cleanser, which also nibbles away at dead skin leaving you with a smooth complexion.
How great is it when a worldwide cult beauty product doesn’t require you to remortgage your house?! Pixi Glow is your go-to product when skin is looking dull and lacklustre. A few swipes of this on a cotton pad morning and night and you’ll be glowing in no time.
Whilst £18.50 is quite steep for one sheet mask, you can actually use this one more than once (up to three times) and it’s definitely one of the best sheet masks in our opinion. It’s the perfect pick-me-up before a night out or a nourishing boost on a Sunday evening. It will also suit those who hate how drippy the wet ones are.
If you’ve never heard of Lixir, you are most welcome for this introduction. It’s one of those brands that’s super efficacious, but not bank manager-angering. Lixirskin believe that less is more and don’t want you having to use too many products in your routine. This night serum has a blend of three acids that exfoliate, reduce pigmentation and encourage cell turnover. Not bad for £20.
Ask any beauty editor, ‘which budget skincare brand would you recommend?’ every single one of them will say The Ordinary. It was created for the sole purpose of giving good skin to the masses and proving that you don’t have to fork out half your pay cheque on effective skincare. This serum is excellent at targeting fine lines and wrinkles, but if you’re new to vitamin A, then go for their lower doses of 0.2% or 0.5%.
Another cracker of a skincare brand that won’t break the bank. Their ethos is to cut through the beauty bullshit and deliver products that focus on single ingredients that will vastly improve your skin’s health and appearance. Everyone, no matter the skin type, should have a hyaluronic acid serum in their life as hydration is key to great skin.
Lanolin is a wonder ingredient – it’s a natural wax found on sheep’s wool and is used to soothe dry, cracked and chapped skin, because it is so similar to the lipids found in our own skin. Lanolips, can obviously be used on dry lips, but also on cuticles, small burns, wounds, nipples, pretty much anywhere. This is one of those products that you should keep on you at all times. In fact, keep one in every handbag.
This moisturiser gained cult beauty status after it was spotted backstage at practically every show during the various fashion weeks across the globe. Make-up artists love it because no matter how dry and tired the model’s faces are, this acts as an instant hydration-booster and gives skin the perfect blank canvas. A way that we love using it is to refresh make-up half way through the day or just before you go out after work. Pop a little bit onto the back of your hand and then using a big bushy brush, buff the cream into your skin. It’ll rid the skin of any dry patches, whilst also defusing any foundation build up.
A total classic this one. This micellar water is loved by so many people and with good reason. It doesn’t irritate skin, it removes all make-up (even water-resistant stuff), refreshes the skin and most importantly: comes in way under twenty pounds.
This is one of the best spot treatments out there. If you wake up to find a whopper on your chin, then pop this on straight away under your make-up. It’s clear so won’t be obvious that you’re wearing anything and then as you go about your day it will purify your pores, exfoliate and remove any excess oil.
YourGoodSkin is a brand that was created by derms, scientists and real women. This is the hero product from the range. It promises to give you visibly healthier skin in 28 days. It even has a little window at the back that shows you how much you’ve used, which day you’re on and how much longer you have to go. So if you find that your skin is a little bit off kilter, swap your normal serum in for this for a month and you’ll notice that it improves the texture, tone, radiance, oiliness and moisture of the skin. All of that for only £14 – winner.
As we move into Autumn, your skin will start to feel the cold just as much as the rest of your body. We find that a soothing, hydrating serum is just what’s needed to prevent any flare ups. Avène products are super gentle and won’t cause irritation.
If you want an entry-level retinol, this is it. It contains three types of retinol, but they’re suspended in a soothing cream so it won’t aggravate the skin like some punchy retinol serums can. Plus, look at that price.
The best eye cream is hard to come by, because we ask so much of them. This one is ideal for when you need to perk tired eyes up. The sponge tip is gentle enough for the delicate area and the caffeine and ginseng brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness respectively.
Often you think that to find a good anti-ageing product you need to shell out quite a bit of money, but Olay continues to show us that this is wrong. Their Total Effects range continues to win awards for its ability to keep us looking younger for longer.
Caudalie’s Vinopure range vastly improved our fashion editor’s blemish-prone skin and now she won’t use anything else. Their newest gel cleanser completes the range and really helps to reduce excess oil on the skin and clear out blocked pores.
The cleanser that changed a thousand faces. Liz Earle’s famed face wash can be found in beauty cupboard up and down the country. Why? Because it’s a brilliant cleanser and exfoliator and because at £15.50 is a beauty bargain.
Our beauty editor, Katie Thomas, loves, loves, loves this cleanser. It’s removes all make-up – even the tough to budge mascaras – it’s ridiculously gentle and doesn’t strip the skin, so never leaves it feeling tight. A perfect everyday face wash.
If you’ve ever had a really busy week, followed by an even messier weekend, then come Sunday your skin needs some serious TLC. This charcoal clay face mask will be your skin’s best friend on occasions like this – it draws out any impurities from your pores and restores things back to normal for Monday morning. If only you could apply to your insides as well.
See? We told you that you didn’t need to part with too many of your precious pound coins.
Bargain beauty at its best.