A while ago I did a post all about creating a skincare routine and what products to use, which can be found here. As a base, I think that a good cleanser, toner and moisturiser is what you need, with the added extra of an exfoliator or mask if needed. I don't often speak about skincare now, unless it's products what I'm loving, mostly as I think sometimes people take what bloggers say as the Bible. Everyone's skin is different, all products react differently on one another, so always rememeber that. But with all these masses of products out there, where is it best to spend money on skincare?
After figuring out what skin type you have (remember you can have more that one type), think about what budget you have and what your skin needs. Combination skin? Dry skin? What type of cleanser do you want to use? Balm, gel, foaming, natural or oil?
Having a good cleanser is a good base, as this is setting your skin up for the rest of your skincare. You can double cleanse with one cleanser, something which I do, and if you wear make up, I would always suggest to do that. Drugstore is perfect if you're after a micellar water to remove make up, there's no need to spend more than £4 on something like that.
Higher budget? Look to Clinique for their cleansing balm, Oskia for their cleansing gel, Aesop for their cleansing gels for combination skin or Pai and REN if you're wanting something a lot more natural. Smaller budget? La Roche Posay has some brilliant cleansing gels, Boots Botanics cleansing balm, Avene for their cream cleansers or The Body Shop Vitamin E Skincare range.
When it comes to toning, think about what you want your toner to do. Many people use two toners, however you could pick between a hydrating, balancing or exfoliating toner. I believe that Pixi Glow Tonic is in a suitable price bracket for all budgets, as well as it now being avaliable on Liberty, so everyone could purchase that. If you're wanting to splash the cash, look to Omorovicza for their Queen of Hungary Mist or Zelens for some good skincare. Again, those with a smaller budget can look to Origins or La Roche Posay.
Some days I skip a toner and move straight onto a moisturiser, which is my favourite step of a skincare routine. A moisturiser could come in a traditional form of a cream, serum or maybe an oil too. All brands offer different levels of hydration for a whole range of skin types. A few of my favourites include Aesop Camellia Nut Hydrating Cream, Perricone MD Nourishing Moisturiser, Aesop Fabulous Face Oil and Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream. Boots will stock a wide range of brands to choose from, drier skins could look at Avene or Indeed Labs Organic Surge is a brilliant brand with products suited to all skin types, which are all at a low cost.
If you're exfoliating with a toner, you could skip using an scrub for the face, so that there is no over exfoliating. Some people prefer to use an physical exfoliant, so try looking at the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant or Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub. Again with masks, it's all about figuring out whether you'd prefer a hydrating or deep cleansing mask. One which does both of those is the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, which is hydrating enough for dry skin but also cleanses the skin with the honey. Those with a higher budget could go with the Perricone MD Chloro Plasma, Glam Glow, Omorovica Deep Cleansing Mask or Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. There are still options out there for budget masks too including Yes to Tomatoes mask for Combination Skin, Masque Bar Anti Blemish Mud Mask and Avene Cleanance mask. For hydrating, my favourites are Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, Origins 10 Minute Hydrating Mask and Rodial Dragons Blood Hydrating Mask.
Which are your favourite brands to spend money on for skincare?