The problem with the whole skincare thing is that we’re so bound by the latest fad and science and shizz. Ten years ago, if you didn’t spend five months wages on moisturiser you may as well go and get a blue rinse and twenty seven cats because, man, were you going get wrinkly fast.
Now we know that’s pretty much crap, and technology now means that you can get a decent skincare routine for twenty quid.
Obviously, you’re going to have to tweak this slightly depending on your skin type. I have the kind of skin that teenagers want, and no one else. It’s got small pores (yesss I’ve had about ten spots in my whole life – and I’ve picked every one) and is bone dry (hey there, wrinkles, you babes, you). It also means that whilst I’ve never had an issue with makeup wearing off throughout the day, it takes an army of products to get it off at night. I also have redness on my cheeks, which makes me pretty damn irresistible to little old ladies, for reasons beyond my comprehension.
Shut up, Caroline. Get on with the damn list.
Arguably the most important step in your routine, and the one you should spend the most money on. ‘But Caroline,’ I hear you wail. ‘I haven’t got any money!’ If that’s the case, buy this one from Superdrug. It’s about £2.69 full price. The only issue is that it’s regularly out of stock.
If you want a high-performance serum this one from Deceim (you can get in from Boots) is incredible for £30 (here’s Caroline Hiron’s review of it). TBH I don’t really have £30 to be spending on serum, so I buy it when it’s on either three for two or a third off. Either way, you can often get it for £20. I also only use it at night, and use the cheapo Superdrug one in the morning. If you can only afford the Superdrug one, that’s absolutely fine, you’ve still got an awesome serum.
Yes, you can get incredible moisturisers, but if you’re on a budget, remember that unless you’re paying serious money for it, it’s basically a barrier cream between your skin and the air. I use the Boots Botanics range for both day and night creams – you can probably get both for under £10.
3.Ditch the wipes
Yes, you’ve heard it before, but seriously, wipes are no good. I usually have a pack to wipe makeup off the back of my hand, but I never use them on my face. Get a cleansing oil and a muslin cloth. Just use olive or coconut oil if you fancy, they’ll work fine.
4. Second cleanse
Yes, you do need a second cleanse. Use a hot cloth cleanser. Superdrug and Boots do really good, cheap ones. This one from Soap and Glory is awesome, and is often on sale – it’s worth getting even just once because they come with the best cloths.
Don’t expect skincare to be good just because it has a hefty price tag – you need to find out what works for you – for example, the famous Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair does nothing for my skin. At all. It didn’t feel better or worse; just exactly the same. Quite the waste of thirty-five quid.
6.Exercise (or give your face a quick rub)
It gets the blood flowing, which in turn gives you that elusive youthful glow. Skipping (you know, with a rope) is good for this, because it’s one of the rare activities that gives you a red face before you get really sweaty.
7. Drink. More. Damn. Water
A pint when you wake up, a pint at 11, half a pint with lunch, a pint at 3, half a pint with dinner. That’ll do, pig.
8.Eat the rainbow
Peppers, berries, oranges, kiwis, you know, fruit and veg. Healthy stuff. It’s full of vitamins and water and all the good things.
Let’s start now. Go to the fridge and retrieve a carrot. Wash it, chop off the ends and give them to your rabbit (if you don’t have a rabbit, take this opportunity to pop to a shelter and get one, don’t worry, your mum’ll love it). Chop the carrot into sticks or circles – your choice entirely, go wild. Eat it. Well done, you’ve improved your skin a bit.
9. Shop around
Boots do high-end skincare and often have three for two offers on. Feelunique is also a good place to look. My personal favourite is TK Maxx because they have brands that are hard to find elsewhere in the UK like Physician’s Formula. It’s also good for mahoosive shampoo bottles. Just don’t buy the flavoured coffees, they’re all awful.
10. Eye cream
Erm, I personally don’t use it, I just take my serum up around my eyes. I find that I get milia (those little white bumps) if I use eye creams, and I’ve never really noticed a difference when I’ve used one. If you think I’m missing out, please sent me suggestions.
So there we go, ladies and gents: how to save money on skincare without shrivelling up too much . You may have noticed that I haven’t included SPF. This is because I work inside, live two minutes (literally) from work and I live in England. The one built into my day cream is ample. If I’m going outside for extended periods I use this one from Soap and Glory which I love (it smells like Ralph Lauren’s Ralph) but at £16 can break some people’s budget.
P.S. I’ve noticed that whilst the Soap and Glory hot cloth cleanser has increased from £8 to £10, the SPF has decreased from £16 to £15. Why, Soap and Glory, why?