You don't need to drop €€€ to get your skin in shape.
While the temperature this winter has been rather mild, your skin is having a tough aul time trying to keep up with weather's mood swings. One minute it's lashing rain, the next it feels like autumn with sunny clear skies. Switching between the everchanging temperatures to central heating being on an all-time high, your skin is suffering.
The harsh winter weather can cause uncomfortable dry skin. Central heating can damage the barrier of the skin creating dryness and flaking as a result. If you have any existing skincare conditions like acne or eczema, it'll flare up those too.
If there was ever a time to start taking proper care of your skin, it's now. There's a funny connotation that skin care has to cost a bomb for it to work but buying moisturisers, cleansers and serums doesn't have to make your purse cry. Here's your ultimate guide to affordable skincare that actually does what it's meant to do...
Cleanser: Milky Jelly Cleanser, €9, Glossier
Bit of advice? Avoid super hot water in winter. Washing your face with too warm water will drain your skin of moisture and leave it red and blotchy. Not Cute. Instead, use warm water on a face cloth to help cleanse your skin. Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser has a pH-balanced, creamy gel formula which is made with a blend of five skin conditioners so your face is left feeling healthy, soft, never tight.
Don't let the name scare you. If you're not a skincare buff - hyaluronic acid is a basically a godsend in the beauty world. It can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water which is why you see it listed as an ingredient in hydrating serums and creams. The Ordinary has added in vitamin B5 which is a surface hydrator. Apply a few drops before you apply your regular moisturiser and it will give your skin that boost of hydration it desperately needs.
Affordable moisturisers that are actually hydrating tend to leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy but this rich moisturiser is the exception. It will leave your skin nourished, plump and healthy which all beauty fiends will understand as being the perfect base for makeup.
Blemish Controller: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, €17.50, Sam McCauley
This cream is a classic for a reason. Effaclar Duo+ is the only product you need to be using to reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes. It unclogs pores and leaves your skin looking smooth. This stuff is magic.
Eye Cream: GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, €23, Origins
Are your eyes looking a little dull? puffy? Have you got bags for days? You need this eye cream. The product wakes up tired eyes thanks to the help of Panax Ginseng (helps boost your skin's energy), coffee beans (acts as an anti-irritant which keeps your eyes looking radiant) and magnolia extract (prevents your dark circles from deepening). The formula also contains natural optic which helps reduce the appearance of dark circles. The packaging is a dream as it's designed for on-the-go use.
If you have oily skin or combination, this is the face mask for you. The mask dries on your skin and instantly gets to work on recovering your skin. The formula consists of seaweed and volcanic earth which means it has the capacity to absorb excess oils, eliminate dirt and reduce impurities on your skin. The mask is also designed to be used on your mouth eyes which is a factor often overlooked by other masks.
Night Cream: Essential Moisture Night Cream, €13, No.7
The term 'beauty sleep' was invented because of night creams. So give your face the rest it needs by soothing it with this night cream from No.7. It's rich in formula meaning it will replenish any moisture your face lost during the day. The product contains elderflower and vitamin E and F which are designed to soothe and care for your skin.
Your skin is going to thank you!