Why as women do we spend a fortune on high end makeup products but when it comes to skincare we can’t part with our money?

Ask yourself : What is the point on putting expensive paint on a cheap canvas?

Over the past few years I have been trialing different skincare products and brands to find which ones worked best for me and my problematic (eczema prone) skin. I can happily say that I haven’t had an eczema flare up in over a year and my skin has never looked so good! Now I want to share these little gems with all of you.

Cleanser

I have just started my 5th bottle of this cleanser and I assure you that this product and brand are to thank for my clear, smooth and hydrated skin. The Cerave Hydrating Cleanser is a simple cleansing product with no fragrance or harsh chemicals. It is not a fancy product but does exactly what it says ‘on the tin’. The dermatologically approved formula cleans, hydrates and moisturises, I can’t recommend it enough! I cleanse my face every single morning & night religiously with this product.

Now lets move onto the topic of ‘double cleansing’ a new term that has popped up on Instagram over the past few years. Do I do it? Yes and no. I only every wash my face twice if I am wearing makeup. The way I see it, it’s like putting your dirty dishes in the dishwasher: if there is food on them, you (hopefully) rinse them first, if not you throw them on in.

Price: £9.50

Availability: ASOS, Boots

Serums

This is the part of the skincare process that scares a lot of people. Now a days there are so many different serums out there that you just don’t know where to start. I knew after a lot of research that I wanted to try The Ordinary serums and after endless browsing on their website I found the right products for me.

The first product: The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid is one that I don’t know how I lived the past 22 years without. No matter what skin type you have: normal, sensitive, dry or combination we could all use a little more hydration in our skin. Hyaluronic acid does just that, it traps all of the little water molecules on the surface of your skin keeping it hydrated, plumped and glowy. A lot of people who think they have wrinkles may find that these wrinkles are actually dehydration lines and this product like in my case took them all away! At only £5 per bottle it is a must try.

My Top Tip: When applying this serum make sure that your hands or face is wet as it will hold all of that water.

Price: £5

Availability: Beauty Bay, ASOS, The Ordinary, Next

Next up is a product that I have only been using for the past month but the results have been the most extreme. The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane. Its purpose is minimising fine lines and anti-ageing (which apparently you should start in your early 20s). It is a lot stronger than the rest of the products I’ve listed and has to be used with cation. Available in 3 strengths, it is advised the you start at the bottom and build up the strength and how many times per week you incorporate it into your routine. This product feels oily on the skin, which was a concern for me having combination skin (dry skin and an oily t-zone) however, it does not make oily skin any oilier. It is for this reason that The Ordinary recommend only using it as part of your evening skin care routine.

Price: £4.90

Availability: The ordinary, Beauty Bay, Next

Moisuturiser

My favourite part of my skincare regime is moisturising. In the morning I go in with the L’oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Vera for Combination Skin. This water based moisturiser has a very lightweight formula, a lovely scent and feels like you are giving your skin a big pint of H20. I love this product because it is made to suit different skin types: normal, sensitive & dry. It is so affordable, feels high-end and makes a great makeup base. I’m sure you have seen many makeup artists on Instagram also use this product as a base.

Price: £6.59

Availability: Boots, Superdrug

In my evening routine I change up my moisturiser to The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (hyaluronic acid). This little gem includes all of the vitiams, ceramides, acids and minerals you need to protect the outer barrier of your skin, whilst also hydrating and moisturising your skin. This moisturiser is very thick and takes longer to absorb into my skin, hence why I only use it at night. Your face however feels like a baby’s bottom in the morning!

Price: £5

Availability: ASOS, The Ordinary, Beauty Bay, Next

Eye Cream

My final reccomendation is an eye cream. As you can see by the list of products above I never spend a lot of money on skincare and that is because there are great, affordable products out there however, when it came to eye cream I had tried endless amounts of brands and nothing worked. Having eczema prone skin I always struggled with dehydrated and irritated under eyes that made me look like a 94 year old women that rose from the dead. My eyes had become so dull, dry and wrinkly until I finally found a little pot of gold. The eyecream that I use is the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment. I won’t lie it broke my heart paying £26 for it and when it arrived it was twice as small as I had imagined. The good news is that I have been using it every night since the beginning of March (8 months) and there is around half of the product still left in the pot. A little really does go a long way. Think about it you could spend £10 on an eye cream and have to replace it 4 times a year, compared to £26 that will definitely last me an entire year. I thankfully haven’t had any issues with my under eyes since using this treatment, they are hydrated, plumped and bright again. This is a product that I will repurchase for years to come.

Price: £26

Availability: Kiehls, Feel Unique

I hope that you got some tips and tricks from my skincare guide to help you create your own skincare routine. Remember that what suits me, may not suit you and you should get professional advice on products for your skintype.

Finally, you can spend lots of money on things like clothes and shoes, but you only get one face and you can’t hide it so treat it well.

Kayleigh xx

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