As I mentioned in my budget beauty post last week, there are some amazing drugstore beauty options out there at the moment, including a wide variety of pretty spectacular skincare. Up until recently, I have to admit I was quite particular about my skincare and steered pretty clear of any drugstore skincare items for fear that they’d be filled with nasties that would wreak havoc with my skin.

But, times have changed and the drugstore is now full to the brim of incredible products that have actually budged some of my more high-end products off my bathroom shelves…

The Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser is a brilliant budget alternative to the much-loved Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and offers a wonderful deep clean without drying or irritating the skin. While I haven’t already tried it, the Vitamin E option from Superdrug is meant to be pretty ace too.

The next one is a bit of a cheat because it isn’t that widely available in the UK, but the La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray toner is one of my favourite hydrating and calming toners and, if you have a quick peak on Amazon, you can find it for a pretty impressive drugstore price. Another French import that has been a huge hit with drugstore brands recently is micellar waters. Since the ever-amazing Bioderma H2O hit the UK shelves, every drugstore beauty brand seems to have produced their own alternative and, thus far, my pick of the bunch is the recent offering from Garnier, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. At just £4.99 for 400ml, it’s one of the cheapest, yet most effective, Bioderma dupes out there.

A new drugstore release comes from Palmer’s, creators of the age-old Cocoa Butter moisturisers and skin oils. The brand has recently made a move into skincare and their Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask is one of the best drugstore clay masks I’ve ever tried. It leaves your face feeling super fresh and cleansed, but also helps to nourish and moisturise the skin. In terms of the scent, it has a subtle sweetness to it in the form of the traditional cocoa butter fragrance but it is by no means as powerful as the moisturisers.

There are loads of good moisturisers out there, but my pick of the pack goes to the La Roche-Posay Effaclar MatThe formula is incredibly nourishing, yet really lightweight, and leaves skin looking shine-free all day long. Similarly, there are a whole heap of drugstore spot treatments available – including the incredibly popular La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (which has just been revamped and re-launched as the Effaclar Duo[+]) – but my favourite is the Avene TriAcnéal Treatment Cream. Used overnight, it dramatically reduces spots and helps to calm any redness. It’s by far the most effective I’ve tried and I’m already on my second tube…!

What drugstore skincare items are you guys loving at the moment?


2 thoughts on “Beauty basics on a budget #2: skincare

  1. I actually like using a of Superdrug products 🙂 i first started using them more because I liked the idea that they aren’t tested on animals!

  2. Oo I like the look of the Garnier water. Great post! X

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