Drugstore skincare can be a bit of a minefield. I usually don’t mind spending $$$ on skincare, as I feel you’re paying for the fancy ingredients that you just don’t find in cheaper, drugstore products. But recently I’ve discovered some drugstore gems, which I would say compare to (or are, in some cases, even better than) high end, esssspensive products.
The Makeup Remover:
I’m not a big Micellar Water or any liquid remover on cotton pad type of gal, mainly because I’m super lazy and wipes are so convenient. But I got this Boots Botanics Micellar Water because it was free on an O2 Priority thing, and it’s GREAT. The Micellar waters I’ve tried in the past always feel greasy or don’t take my makeup off but this did neither of those things, it really removes all traces of makeup and visibly brightens your skin (like, visibly!). It also doesn’t hurt my sensitive-ish skin either.
You’ve already seen me sing the praises of this Dr Organic Bio-Plasma Mud Mask in my previous post. It’s still great for clearing your skin out, I still prefer it to my expensive Kiehl’s mud mask.
However, there’s a new mask on the block for me. The new L’Oreal Glow Mask is AMAZING. My skin feels so so so good after using it, it literally looks like I have highlighter on my bare skin. Also, I had horrible horrible breakouts all over my face after sweating under a thick foundation, and this mask dried them up in like two uses. I even bought a back up whilst they’re on special. The packaging is also very nice, luxurious heavy glass you don’t often get with cheaper products. Just a warning, the mask is a terracotta colour (which I like, because it shows up where you’ve applied it on your face), but does leave a tiny tint of red colour behind on the skin for a while, so wash it off thoroughly and don’t apply makeup immediately afterwards. I’d say this is a ‘last thing before bed’ type of mask.
The L’Oreal mask line also has two other types of mask for different skin types, and although it works amazingly, this ‘glow mask’ isn’t actually the one that was recommended for my skin. Therefore, tbh, I reckon the ‘which mask is for you’ /multi-masking thing is a con, and I would recommend this one out of the three for all skin types.
I’m big into facial spritzers at the moment cos: summer, lazy. I usually use various Pixi sprays, but as they’re pricey and relatively hard to get hold of (although: M&S does now stock Pixi), I thought I shouldn’t include them. My drugstore alternative to the Glow Mist is the Superdrug B range ‘Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz’. I originally picked this up as part of a three for two offer, because it’s hard to find any cheap product that claims to have certain acids as part of their main ingredients; it’s usually just pricier products that advertise such ingredients. But this mist did a great job of locking my makeup into place as well as being a great pre-makeup toning mist. And, as facial spritzes are just more of an ‘extra’ than a staple, I would def recommend this as a dupe for fancier facial spritzes.
My other fav drugstore toner is by Nip + Fab. I’ve featured these handy lil pads in my favourites before, and they remain a staple in my routine. Some people say not to use them too frequently as they’re a liquid exfoliator, but I find them gentle enough to use every night. They take off the day’s layer of dead skin and do a good job of toning at the same time. They’re also super convenient for travel due to being pre-moistened. The only negative thing about them is I find the strong citrus scent off-putting, but I find that even high end exfoliating pads have strong smells.
All the face washes I own and use daily are from high end brands (mainly Kiehls and Lancome), as I do honestly believe they’re worth investing in. However, these two are pretty good. The Superdrug Simply Pure gel wash is nice to use with my Clarisonic when I run out of other foaming cleansers. It’s pretty basic and has no scent, but it does clean your skin without stripping it completely. The only downside is that if you get it in your eyes: BOY. Ain’t so ‘Simply Pure’ then.
I also really like the whole Bioré line. I originally bought this wash because I met a lady in Dubai with the most amazing skin I’d ever seen. I asked her what she used, and she told me she just mixed baking soda into a cheap face wash. Not willing to literally rub baking soda onto my face, I purchased this Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser. I don’t use this every day as I HATE the smell of it, and it has a weird texture. I only use this when my face feels like it needs a detox and an exfoliate, as it’s full of lumps of baking soda that get rid of layers of dead skin. As much as I don’t like using it, my skin afterwards does feel pretty A1. (NB: Bioré also does a completely black charcoal wash in the same bottle and range that will be better for you if you have acne and very oily skin).
Last but DEFINITELY not least. Lads, I’ve found myself a holy grail product. Sali Hughes wrote about this serum a few years ago and although I didn’t have high hopes, for £2.69, I thought I’d give it a go. It’s SO good. I’ve already made everyone I know buy a bottle and have a back up in my cupboard. It doesn’t have any fancy anti ageing ingredients, but it smooths your skin and acts as a super light but very hydrating moisturiser. It’s not greasy at all, and dries down matte. It’s unscented and doesn’t have fancy packaging, but I would pay 10x the money for this. It’s probably not for you if you want drastic changes to your skin, but if you want to start incorporating a serum into your routine, this is great. If you don’t believe me try it for yourself, and if in the rare case you don’t like it, you’ll only have wasted £2.69. Even my mum bought a bottle and says she loves it, it’s got the Lisa Rushmore seal of approval so you know it’s good.
Are there any hidden drugstore skincare gems I should try? ALSO, should I do the high-end version of this post or nah?