Like a lot of people, I love getting my paws on brand new fancy products but sometimes its not always about shelling out the most money in order to get great skin. While some, maybe most of those pricey soaps, clays and creams produce phenomenal results, they may not fall under the every day girl’s (or guy’s) budget. Here are some super affordable products that I have been using that have been keeping my skin (and my wallet) happy. Keep reading to learn more about what I’ve been using!
Let me start off with the fact that I’m not much of a beauty blogger, nor am I reviewing products but simply sharing what I’ve been using lately. Ok, let’s get started! So here I am, no makeup, just a freshly washed face. I get spots from time to time and without the saving grace of good lighting, I have a bit of redness and dark areas under my eyes, but for the most part, this is what I look like before I get myself ready for the day. For my daily routine, I always make sure I start off with a clean face before applying any products and I always make sure to take my makeup off and apply a good moisturizer before bed. I use Neutrogena’s (Makeup Removing) Face Wipes on a daily basis because they take everything off my face, cleanse and moisturize my skin. The key to maintaining clear skin for me is simply always making sure I take my makeup off every night.
Another part of maintaining my skin is my end of week routine, which is what this article is all about. At the end of every week (usually on Sunday), I treat my face to a full cleansing, pore cleaning, clay mask party. It helps especially since during the week I’m running around the city, wearing a face of makeup, exposed to the elements (sun, cold dry air, etc), early mornings and late nights and so on. Doing all of this during the week would probably dry my skin out and is also too time consuming that I find it’s most effective for me to do once a week, so I save it for Sundays. Its all about figuring out what works best for your schedule and your skin.
So, to step one of my skincare party, I start off with simply washing my face. I go back and forth between this Noxzema product and Cetaphil, both of which I grew up using. Noxzema is a brand that’s been around for a while, its super gentle and after washing, my skin feels like I’ve already applied a light moisturizer on it. Noxzema Classic Clean Moisturizing Cleansing Cream ($3.99 USD)
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($7 USD for the 8 pack). Step 2 of my skincare party is popping one of these bad boys on. I have a love-hate relationship with these things. They make my eyes water when I peel them off but they work! They definitely clear out my pores. Bioré makes various pore strips for different parts of the face, but I only ever notice a need for the ones on my nose. Super easy to use and surprisingly effective.
Step 3 is usually my favourite part, simply because I get to walk around the house with this painted on my face and will on occasion creep up on B and attempt to scare him (it never works). Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask ($3.99 USD)
So there are loads of different types of face masks that Freeman sells. To be completely honest, I selected this one because I thought it would be funny to walk around the house in a green face mask, that aside, it actually works great and I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying the other ones soon enough.
This tube is 6 oz./175mL so you’ll get quite a few uses out of it, which for $3.99 USD, is a total steal! I like to use a large foundation brush to get a nice even coat that’s not too heavy. It will make application mess-free, super quick and you’ll get much more mileage out of the tube.
After washing the creepy green mask off, I will take a warm washcloth and place it on my face for a few seconds to relax my skin a bit after having taken off the dry mask.
Now its time for a toner. I’ve been using Dickenson’s Pore Perfecting Toner ($4.99 USD). I like this one because its all natural, balances my skin out after the gauntlet of cleansing I just put it through and it feels really gentle. Toners are a step a lot of people seem to leave out (I know I did for a while) but it helps restore the pH of your skin after being in contact with various types of soaps. Just pour some to a cotton ball or cotton round and gently apply to your face. I like to do a light pass over my entire face then focus on my problem areas (my nose, T-zone and chin).
Once my skin is dry, its time to put some moisture back into it! Here are my three moisturizing products for my eyes, face and lips that I use daily after washing my face and before applying any makeup. Nourish Organic Eye Cream (I got this in my Ipsy bag and I love it. I believe a full size eye cream treatment on their website is $19.99) Pond’s Crema S Nourishing Moisturizing Cream ($8.49 USD) this moisturizer is great, especially in the winter and doesn’t clog pores, and lastly, Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (another product I received in my Ipsy bag that I’m in love with, retails for $12 USD)
And lastly, on the days that I do this entire routine, I like to keep my face free of tons of makeup, yet I never leave the house without sunscreen on, so BB cream with SPF is always my go-to. I have yet to really dive into the BB/CC Cream world and I’ve only tried a few types. Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew with SPF 20 ($11.99 USD) was something I picked up while at Target looking for travel items for a trip and thought I’d try and ended up really liking. Its super light, keeps my skin moisturized through the day, has SPF, helps even out my skin tone and the best part is it looks like I’m not wearing anything on my face at all.
And there you have it! Here’s the finished product. My Sunday Skincare Party. It’s like my own little spa day at home that doesn’t break the bank and I can do in my pajamas.
What are your favourite every day affordable skincare products?