Being a skincare fanatic doesn’t have to break the bank. A high price tag doesn’t always mean better results either. There are an abundance of skincare formulations on the market at a reasonable price tag that offer excellent results.
We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 skincare products for under £20 that you should have in your quest for healthy, glowing skin.
1. CeraVe Moisturising Cream £12.00
If you know a thing or two about skincare you will probably have heard of CeraVe by now. CeraVe products incorporate ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) into their formulations to help repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function.
This is an excellent all-round facial moisturising cream for dry to very dry skin with the addition of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant which draws water from it’s surroundings to deliver excellent hydration all day long. Leaves a non-greasy finish, works well underneath makeup.
Fragrance free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic. What more could you want from a moisturiser?
2. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90
The Ordinary is the definition of bang for your buck. The Ordinary’s entire range of products offer excellent results at a cheap-as-chips price point. Whether your skin concerns involve acne, blemishes or dryness, they have everything covered.
This formulation, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is our favourite product offered by the Deciem subsidiary. A water-based serum with varying molecular sizes of hyaluronan which seeks to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to deliver rich, long-lasting hydration.
A must have for dry skin sufferers, those looking for anti-aging treatments, or everyone, really. With little risk of irritation and the addition of B5, this is the ultimate skin boosting serum.
3. PIXI Glow Tonic £18.00
We don’t typically agree with toners here at Obviously Skincare, but this one by PIXI is a little different.
The combination of 5% glycolic acid, aloe vera, and alcohol free-ness make this toner a winner. This is the only toner our team use, and with good reason.
Glycolic acid is an AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) which works deep into the pores to loosen debris and dirt, promote skin cell turnover, and brighten the complexion. Typically use of direct acids can cause mild skin dryness, which is where the aloe vera comes in to provide a cooling, soothing effect. Use AM or PM after cleansing for an active ingredient boost.
4. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser £7.12
A good cleanser forms the basis for any skincare regime. The perfect cleanser should be non-comedogenic meaning it won’t clog pores, alcohol-free and fragrance-free all while providing good cleansing results.
This cleanser by CeraVe fulfils all the above criteria and more. Perfect for those with normal to dry skin as it will remove makeup, impurities, dirt and oils without overly drying the skin. Use AM and PM. Also contains ceramides to protect the skin’s natural barrier, and hyaluronic acid to restore lost moisture.
5. Typology Retinol 0.3% (15 ml) £14.80
Typology is a Paris-based natural, vegan skincare brand who seek to provide excellent results whilst maintaining simplicity. This 0.3% retinol solution with castol oil does just that.
Retinol is an absolute must-have skincare ingredient which works to tackle the signs of ageing. Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, can fight free radicals, promote collagen synthesis, improve skin hydration, and reduce lines and wrinkles with continued use. It is no surprise then that the popularity of this vitamin has shot up in the past few years.
This formulation includes 0.3% retinol in a castor-oil base. Castor oil is non-comedogenic and will provide deep overnight hydration. Use at night.
6. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream £16.00
Eye creams are essential to keep those bags and wrinkles at bay. Continued use of eye cream can help diminish puffiness, dark circles, and even fine lines and wrinkles.
This eye cream by Mario Badescu has been enriched with hyaluronic acid to deliver deep hydration where it’s needed. The hyaluronic acid works to plump the eye and surrounding area, reducing the appearance of dark bags and circles. Also contains aloe vera to sooth the eye area, and leave you looking fresh in the morning. For all skin types, use AM and PM.
7. L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Day Cream £19.99
L’Oreal Paris is a well established drug-store brand which has been providing us with effective formulations for decades.
This daily moisturiser is especially effective for those with aging and mature skin, as it seeks to provide deep moisturisation and slow down the aging process. Also contains hyaluronic acid which is known to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, and leave the skin feeling more plump and hydrated from first use. Use AM.
8. La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. Breakout Corrector £12.50
One of the best targeted blemish and spot treatments on the market. This treatment by La Roche-Posay includes Niacinamide which works to regulate sebum production and minimise pore appearance, as well as Salicylic Acid which is known to battle blemishes and minimise skin inflammation and redness.
We recommend having one of these in your bag at all times, just in case. Use as required.
9. Avene Hydrance Intense Serum £13.40
With winter right around the corner it’s a good idea to stock up on serums that will help battle the dryness. This is a light-weight serum by Avene that is easily absorbed, and works well for all skin types. This serum sits well underneath thicker moisturisers and can really provide the additional hydration your skin needs. Use AM and PM.
10. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser £17.00
A favourite across the nation, this is an excellent two-in-one cleansing/exfoliating treatment which instantly brightens and smoothens the complexion. This formulation includes cocoa butter to soften and smoothen the skin.
Once the product has been applied to the face, using the pure cotton cloth provides gentle exfoliation to rid the skin of any dead skin cells, pollutants, grime and makeup.