When it comes to skincare I’m incredibly fussy which means I’m an actual nightmare to visit a beauty store with. However, this also means that I can ramble off a list of favourites at a moments notice. It only seems right that I should use this (perhaps slightly dubious) skill. When I thought about what I wanted to share on this weeks blog, I decided I wanted to focus on something practical.
The truth is there are some great affordable products out there, and it’s important to talk about them. Admittedly, a large percentage of my favourite products are on the expensive side, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find budget products that are incredible. So here I present to you the first in a series of blogs on economical pharmacy/drugstore skincare and beauty. In this first post I’ll be talking about a few of my long term loves!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Normal to Sensitive Skin and Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil. For a gentle and affordable way to try micellar water, you can’t got past these offerings from Garnier. I have both of these on hand and I use them when removing makeup. The water in oil version is especially adept at removing makeup and the sensitive formula is blessedly fragrance free. My skin loves to react to products that are specifically created for sensitive skin, because why the hell not? I can use both of these without feeling like I just splashed lava on my face, and that’s a real joy. While there are other variations on the Garnier micellar waters, the pink-lidded formula for normal to sensitive skin is the most popular, and if you have yet to try this step it’s the one I would recommend to you. Whether as an alternative to using a traditional cleanser in the morning, or to remove makeup, it’s well worth exploring.
Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil. This incredibly affordable cleanser removes makeup really well, though I will suggest that if you have any waterproof makeup on you may need to double cleanse. What I love most about this oil is that it’s fine to use on your lips and eye area, it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic and leaves the skin feeling really supple. Sometimes, Simple is best. I keep a bottle of this at my family’s house, so I know it’ll be there for me when I visit!
Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi Purpose Balm is a life saver. Made from 100% pure lanolin and lanolin oil, this powerful balm is free from sulphates and chemicals, and in my opinion nothing works better for severely chapped lips, torn cuticles and rough elbows. It melts onto warm skin, nourishes and protects. Here’s a superbly unglamorous tip- if you’re stuck home with a nasty cold or flu, you can dab it around the outside of your nostrils to avoid the awful dryness and inflammation that comes with frequent nose blowing. I hate being without Lanolips, and like my mother, I like to keep one in my bag at all times.
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