Skincare is expensive.
Sure, maybe we don’t all buy our skincare from La Mer or Estee Lauder – but let’s be real, even if you go for the most budget-friendly options, a 10-step Korean-inspired skincare routine is still going to set you back the best part of £100.
Not everyone has the time, energy or motivation to invest in a lengthy routine – so here are 5 easy ways you can improve your routine for under £5.
Your skin (and your wallet) will thank you!
For me, Sheet Masks were the hottest skincare craze of 2016 – so much so that they not only spread around the world from Japan, Korea and China, but drugstore brands like Garnier began getting in on the action with their own versions! No matter your skin issues, there’s a sheet mask for it – moisturising, pore refining, impurity-extracting, anti-aging, brightening, exfoliating, and much more! The best thing about them, in my opinion, is their affordability – starting at under £1, they’re a great way to try something new on a budget. Plus, they really do make a (sometimes dramatic) difference to your skin in as little as 15 minutes.
Huge in South Korea, these magical little Konjac Sponges are a perfect budget-friendly alternative to a face brush like the Clarisonic. Simply soak the sponge in some water until it puffs up, then use to gently scrub your face. They can be used just with water, or in combination with any cleanser – they work especially well with foaming cleansers because they help speed up the foaming action. Make sure you rinse them thoroughly and change your sponges often – you can pick them up for under £1 each on eBay or Aliexpress if you’re prepared to wait for delivery, but I’ve also seen them available for a little more in TK Maxx.
This is literally a little pot of magic balm, and I can’t sing it’s praises enough! The solid balm melts into an oil on your face, and helps to dissolve and extract those pesky blackheads without irritating or damaging your skin. You can use this before or after your normal cleanser, but my favourite time to use it is just after a clay face mask, because it helps to loosen any leftover impurities the clay leaves behind. I import mine via eBay for around £4, but if you can’t wait, it’s on Amazon for £6.
I discovered this Essence Prettifying Lip Oil earlier this year (after I decided the Primark version was a little too sticky), and I’ve since been recommending it to everyone I know – they’re probably all sick of hearing about it. It’s an immensely hydrating, non-sticky oil that looks like a lipgloss and feels like a balm. I’m absolutely convinced it’s a dupe for the Clarins Lip Oil – but at £2, it’s not exactly going to break the bank. It pumps my lips full of moisture – and I’ve gone through two tubes since I discovered it around September. Considering it takes me about 4 years to finish a lip balm, that’s pretty bloody amazing.
Where to buy: Wilko
Micellar Water has exploded in the skincare industry over the last year or two and now almost every brand has one. My favourite is the Nivea version – they’re a great quality, affordable skincare brand and this product is no exception. I use this to remove makeup, clean up eyeliner or mascara mishaps, as a cleanser and sometimes just to freshen up my skin. It’s much more gentle on your skin than face wipes, and does exactly the same job when combined with a cheap pack of cotton pads. The RRP is £4 but you can almost always find it on offer for £2 in Superdrug, Wilkos or one of the big supermarkets.
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