I’ve talked recently about my love for budget make-up, due to the fact that I don’t get to wear it that often and expensive makeup just seems like a waste. I’ve also taken the time to test out a few new budget skincare products that do the job and are mat-pay friendly.
Before I get into my recommendations, let me give you a bit of background about my skin. I’ve always been lucky enough to have relatively good skin. Apart from the odd hormonal breakout, my skin has been pretty clear. I did notice a few changes once I hit the 4 month postpartum mark though and my skin started to get more spotty and look dull due to hormonal changes. I’ve committed to a cleanse, serum, moisturise routine for a good 4 years now so I do look after it and I feel so much more confident when it feels healthy and clean. Especially now that I’m a new mum and spend so much time bare-faced, having a decent skincare routine to ensure a good glow gives me more confidence to go makeup-free.
So here are a few of my recent favourites that have cleared up my postpartum breakouts and have really worked for me to give my tired face some loving!
Cleanser- The Body Shop Tea tree cleanser- £6.50
This whole range is really great for spot-prone skin. I was recommended this by my sister who has suffered with breakouts for years and she swears by it. The tea tree smell is quite strong so be wary if you don’t like that smell, but it foams up well and leaves my face feeling really clean and keeps breakouts at bay.
Overnight treatment – The Body Shop Tea tree overnight mask- £12.00
This overnight mask is perfect for when I’ve had a breakout. It can be quite drying so if your skin is dry, just put it on the places where spots have appeared. It clears up your skin in no time!
Serums – The Ordinary (Hyaluronic acid – £5.90, Niacinamide £5.00)
I recently ran out of my more expensive serum and decided to go back to these two old favourites. I honestly don’t know why I ever stopped using them! The Hyaluronic acid is great for daytime moisturising and adds a lovely glow to tired skin and the Niacinamide is great for spots and scars so I use this one at night to give it time to do its thing.
Moisturiser – Yes to Tomatoes daily balancing moisturiser – £12.00
I recently discovered this brand and I can’t wait to try more of their products! I love that their products are made up of 97% natural ingredients and are cruelty-free. This daily moisturiser is no frills and unperfumed but does a great job. And I’ve noticed a significance decrease in oil and spots since using it.
Eye cream – Naturally Radiant eye cream at Superdrug – £5.99, The Body Shop Oils of life eye cream – £20.00,
I think that people probably presume that eye cream is not a necessary part of your skincare regime, and I have to admit that if I was in a rush it’s probably the step that I would skip. But since becoming a sleep deprived mum, my eyebags need some serious attention. I use a lighter one with radiance-boosting particles for the day. And a thicker, more heavy duty one for night. The Body shop one is quite pricey, but you only need the tiniest amount and it has really lasted me!
Face masks- Botanical Lab Turmeric blemish control clay mask at Superdrug – £6.99, Naturally Radiant Vitamin E Moisture mask at Superdrug – £2.99
Face masks aren’t typically a must-have when it comes to your skincare regime. However, they are a must-have when they come to your self-care routine (in my opinion). There’s something about applying a face mask that instantly makes me feel more relaxed, pampered and happy. I apply them twice a week. I apply an overnight moisturising mask once a week, and a blemish control mask once a week. This seems to tackle both problems.
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