Latest Skincare Routine – Low to Mid Level Budget

I change out products pretty much as often as I finish each of them up. I don’t usually end up with more than two of something at any one time. I have upped my game in skin care over the last 6 months and it’s taken this long to incorporate the extra steps in a morning. I do think they are well worth doing at what ever price range your working with. I can’t believe how far I’ve come and how much it’s made a difference to my skin.So On with the routine in order of use:

skincare routine

Cleanser – Lush Let The Good Times Roll

This is the second pot and I have about a fifth left of this one. It smells gorgeous and is in a paste form. I wet my face first scoop a bit out about my little finger nail size blob then apply and work it over my face. It has fine grain like particles that give a mini exfoliation at the same time. I do enjoy it but because of the bits it slows me down when I come to take it off. I usually go over my face 2-3 times with a warm damp flannel to get the bits of my face and because of this time in a morning it takes extra I’m going to pick up something a bit simpler. I’d use it only at night if I could but then there is a best before with fresh Lush products.

Toner – The Body Shop Tea Tree

This at face value is good but if you have sensitive skin then it likely won’t suit you as it’s quite a tingle even on me and I usually don’t get feeling. It’s stronger smelling that the Lush Tea Tree Water and I feel like this is doing more to help my spots it’s like an inbetween strength of the Lush and the Origins Spot Treatment. I like it in use but before you get that you have to shake the powder that settles at the bottom of the bottle. This gets annoying shaking it every morning and night just to use it. I will finish it but will likely also try something a little quicker.

Eye Cream – N07 Perfect and Protect

This I got for free from my sister as she pointed out I don’t want to have baggy wrinkly eyes when I get to her age. I only see this as more of a preventative measure. I know this isn’t a cure and it’s a long-term benefit. On the other hand it’s very hydrating at the time and as I have a little bit of Psoriasis at the inner corner of each eye this has been moisturising enough that over a month of using it has practically vanished. No more concealer clinging to it and putting a look at me sign on my under eyes.

Serum – Superdrug Optimum Advance Firm and Lift

This is the first one I’ve used so I can’t compare and it’s made for someone more mature than me but beyond that I can tell the improvement it’s made. My overall skin texture has improved because it’s more hydrated and my skin feels much softer and plumped especially on my cheeks. I find my powder products sit better overall. This is also a low price at just £4.49 for 30 ml so I would recommend it for someone just beginning to find their feet with getting a routine together. If I can’t find something else along this price then I would keep using it until I can afford something more.

Moisturiser – Day – The Body Shop Vitamin E

Another freebie this time from my mum. I’m not a fan of the Vitamin E range but only because I don’t like the smell so I’ve just avoided it. I started on this last month as I didn’t have any others. This is however a good moisturiser for normal skin but on my dry patches of Psoriasis it wasn’t enough and when I picked up the sample of the Intense version in store this solved that and doesn’t have the same odd smell. I think I would replace it with the intense one when I run out.

Moisturiser – Night – Tesco Hydrating Night Cream

What can I say it was a £1 and I saw it about a fortnight ago and added it into my food delivery order. It’s basic white packaging and a little bit of cucumber smelling fragrance to it but other than that , I like it. It shocked me just how nice it was, it looks thick in the pot but it sinks in as quick as the body shop one and I do think it has helped that little bit extra. They don’t test on animals but I can’t say this doesn’t have a random list of chemicals I don’t understand on the side. It is what it is and for such a cheap price I like that I can incorporate it in and enjoy it too.

Spot Control – Origins Super Spot Remover

This is probably the most expensive random purchase I’ve made. It’s £14 for 10ml. That being said I got this in August and I use it almost every day sometimes more than once and it’s about 1/3 of the way through. Use a cotton bud and squeeze the bottle gently to get a little out the apply just to where you need it. If you don’t it can dry normal skin out. This is good and it’s lasted so I have no reason to change it but it probably does a similar job to just using tea tree oil. I can say when I occasionally get massive under the skin spots I use it religiously for a week and they go back down before they even break through the skin surface. If you do this always moisturise afterwards.

What I will leave you with is the idea that it’s better to clean your face than not. At whatever level of skincare you can mange that’s better than nothing. A cheap cleanser, toner and moisturiser has to be better than cheap face wipes…


  • I noticed that you are using products which might not give you any benefit at all, like the serum since its for a mature skin your skin wont get any “extra” help from it, the reason why is our skin doesn’t store ingredients for later… So they will just go to waste in our skin… Since you are young I would stick to something hydrating, after all the reason your probably feeling the skin more plump is from dehydration.

    Steph x

    • That’s fair enough I picked it up cheap as a way to get into the routine of using it, was looking at the body shop vitamin e oil in serum as a next one as I don’t have a lot of cash at the moment with moving house or could you suggest a few ?

      • Some times it’s better to use less products but ones suited to your skin type / conditions 🙂

        I think as long as you are using a hydrating moisturiser and drinking enough water you could prob skip on the serum for now (use the extra penny’s on other skincare items)…

        Skincare is personal so some times its trial and error finding what works for you. I would recommend anyone 20-30 uses cleanser toner eye cream moisturiser and spf daily. Then when you start seeing the first lines, or dark spots etc you can start buying products by concerns.
        Steph x

  • p.s I nominated you for the SHINE ON AWARD, http://wp.me/p2Udbl-UY Steph x

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