Skin is the foundation of any beauty routine and if you master the art of keeping your skin in check, then that really is half the battle. I am a firm believer in quality rather than quantity when it comes to skincare: it’s better to spend on a few choice items that will keep your skin looking amazing rather than loading on the cheap and cheerful products, which might do more harm than good.
Having said that, price isn’t always an indicator of quality. Although I tend to spend a little more on my cleansers (a current favourite is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm), there are a few high street finds that I return to time and time again. Not only are these fantastic value but they are also high performance, often beating out their more expensive counterparts.
1. L’Oreal Absolute Eye and Lip Make-Up Remover – The king of all makeup removers. Smudgeproof eyeliner? Easy. Waterpoof mascara? A cinch. There is no task too great for this extra strength eye makeup remover and yet it is still gentle enough that I can use it whilst wearing contact lenses. Every bit as good as Lancome’s famed Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover which will set you back £21. In contrast, L’Oreal’s version comes in at a much more reasonable £4.99 (and is frequently on offer). Possibly one of the best beauty ‘dupes’ I’ve ever found.
2. Johnson’s Daily Essentials 24hour Day Cream – this cream offers the world: round the clock moisture as well as SPF? For £4.09? It might seem too good to be true but this wonderful little day cream really is just that good. The consistency is perfect – not too thick, not too thin – and the level of moisture it offers is excellent. I can use this in the dead of winter and it works marvellously whilst still being light enough for summer use. It absorbs quickly so is also the perfect choice for prepping the skin before makeup.
3. Boots Simply Sensitive Face Wipes – Many beauty bloggers favour Simple wipes but in my opinion, Boots’ Simply Sensitive Wipes trump them all. One of the few makeup wipes on the market that don’t have a questionable ingredient list (most contain various types of parabens – a contentious preservative frequently used in beauty products), they are both gentle on your skin and incredibly effective. They are also some of the cheapest around, retailing for just £2.79.
4. Witch Blemish Stick – If you suffer from the occasional spot, then look no further. While it may look unassuming, this compact little tube helps to get rid of spots and fight the bacteria that causes you to break out in the first place. The formula is cooling and dries invisibly which means you can use this during the day and as often as you want. Ideal if you have oily skin which you sometimes struggle to control. It retails for only £2.89 for a 10g tube.
5. Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion – Not one for everyday but if you feel a breakout coming on or if your skin is a little more oily than usual, then nothing works quite like this. While it calls itself a cleansing lotion, this would probably be a little too harsh to use as an everyday cleanser so is more suited as a toner or as an occasional breakout treatment. Cleanses your skin like nothing else, one quick swipe with a cotton pad and you will be both horrified and strangely intrigued at what is actually lurking on your skin. Not for the faint-hearted but wonderfully effective. £2.99 for 200ml – and this bottle will last you a lifetime.
6. Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Creme – One of my favourite high street finds ever. This multi-tasker can be used for your body, hands and face and is truly one of the best moisturisers I’ve ever used. I use it primarily as a body lotion although Nivea have just released a compact version for your bag so it is ideal as a hand cream too. The fragrance is wonderfully clean and the level of moisture that it produces is remarkable. Priced at £4.28 for a 200ml pot – this really is the ultimate high street wonder product.